8-Channel Bioassay

BioHawk 8-Channel Collector/Bioidentifier

BioHawk® is a portable 8-channel bioassay system integrated with an aerosol collector. It is suitable for the high-sensitivity monitoring of biological agents, toxins, explosives, and chemical contaminants. Assay results are typically available in 10 to 20 minutes.

Bioassays are performed within a small disposable credit card-sized plastic assay coupon that can perform up to 80 individual assays before replacement. Results are transmitted a through the touch panel LCD display, an audible alarm, a warning light, or by Bluetooth wireless or RS-232 link to personnel at a remote location. System operation may also be remotely controlled in real time.

Users need only a minimal level of training, because the internal processes and steps are preset through built-in computerized recipes. For more advanced users, Windows-based software allows development of customized sample collection and detection protocols.

Sampling and Identification in a Backpack

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Product Features

  • Man portable. Measures 35.6 cm W x 36.5 cm H x 17.1 cm D. Weighs less than 30 pounds.
  • Air sampler uses multi-stage, wetted-wall cyclone principle for enhanced particulate collection.
  • Air collection at 325 LPM, nominal.
  • Uses disposable wet assay coupon capable of running eight simultaneous assays. Reusable up to 10 times.
  • Fast assays: 10 - 15 minutes typical.
  • Auto-flush protocols for decontamination.
  • Analyte range: toxins, bacteria, spores, fungi, multi-cellular pathogens.
  • Sensitivity: analyte dependent, 1 to 10 ppb typical for toxins, 100 to 100,000 CFU/ml for bacteria.
  • Operator interface: Day/night touch screen LCD.
  • Designed to MILSPEC 810F.
  • Flash memory retains raw / processed data for over 6,000 assays.



  • Medical
  • Agriculture
  • Military
  • Homeland security
  • Environmental
  • Indoor air quality



Characteristic Description
Use Profile: Indoor/outdoor sample collection, transfer, and assay; storage of 255 assay recipes; user in full MOPP gear either walking or in moving vehicle.
Sample Introduction: 4ml liquid or liquefied solid sample inserted into sample port, or automated aerosol sample collection and transfer protocol based on built-in wetted-wall cyclone.
Assay method: Disposable wet assay coupon is reuseable up to 10 timesand can perform eight simultaneous software-based assays. Antibody based. Coupon reseals on removal for archival storage.
Fluid Handling: Fluids manipulated under microprocessor control using peristaltic and syringe pumps; sample may be oscillated to lower assay time; reagent is recovered for reuse up to 10 times.
Fluids storage: Snap on 3-section fluid pack. Clean water: 1 liter; Buffer: 250 ml; Waste: 500ml. Assay confirmation samples may be optionally stored in a detachable 8cc vial for later analysis.
Human interface: Day/night Touchscreen LCD display, usable in MOPP gear.
Digital communication: RS-232 bi-directional serial link
Physical size: 35.6 cm W x 36.5 cm H x 17.1 cm D
Weight: 21.7 lbs. dry; 26.7 lbs. with battery and fluids (9.8/12.1 kg).
Operating/storage: 1 to 66°C and -29 to 66°C. Reagent deterioration can reduce upper limit significantly.
Humidity: 10% and above. May be operated in rain.
Survivability: MILSPEC 810F; MTBF of about 30,000 hours is determined by air sampler fan.
Data storage: Flash memory retains raw/processed data for over 6000 assays.
Power Consumption: 6.2 W at idle; 17.8W with fan operating and one assay performed every 30 minutes.
Power source: BA‐5590/U primary battery or rechargeable battery UBI‐2590.
Universal lump-in-cord power supply, 82-265 Volt (47-63 Hz).
Alarm: Visual LED and 103 dB @0.6m waterproof horn; adjustable. RS-232 data link.
Decontamination: Auto-flush protocols using onboard water, or manual flush with detergent and/or disinfectant. High-performance pull-through fan easily removed if contaminated.
Sound level: 60 dB (A).
Ancillary equipment: Heavy-duty hard-shell transport case with wheels.

CBRN International reserves the right to change specifications without prior notice.