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Easier testing. Faster results.

Syndromic infectious disease testing with BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH is the fastest way to better results.


Disclaimer: Product availability varies by country. Please consult your local bioMérieux representative for product availability in your country.

System Overview

BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH is a multiplex PCR system that enables simultaneous testing for bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites, and/or antimicrobial resistant genes. It is designed to be used with comprehensive panels that each offer testing for sets of pathogens associated with some of today’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

The rapid results offer the information needed to help primary care providers and emergency room physicians to better triage patients and make timely, confident medical decisions. 

Discover Benefits of the All-in-One Technology

The user-friendly, multiplex, nested PCR BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH system incorporates sample preparation, amplification, detection, and analysis in one pouch. The pouch stores all the necessary reagents for cell lysis, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, amplification, and detection in one closed disposable. 

  • Quick and Easy Sample Prep
    Just 2 minutes of hands-on time is needed for the sample prep and test loading.
  • Comprehensive Results in About 1 Hour
    The PCR BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH’s automated syndromic molecular test can be completed in about an hour.
  • Any Tech, Any Shift
    Training is minimal, with no precise pipetting required and an intuitive interface. The system can be easily used by any tech on any shift at any size institution.
TORCH Diagram

Discover TORCH Flexibility

  • Easily Scalable
    A modular design makes it easier to scale BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH vertically, increasing capacity up to 12 modules per base.
  • High Throughput
    One BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH is capable of running up to 351 tests per day due to its vertical scalability and speed.
  • Small Footprint
    With just 46 cm of bench space needed, BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH can help labs consolidate testing in any space—no matter how small the lab.
  • Bidirectional Connection to LIS
    Can be interfaced with the LIS in either unidirectional or bidirectional HL7 configurations—saving time and reducing the likelihood of errors without sacrificing data security. 
TORCH Height

Discover the Streamlined Workflow

The BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH multiplex PCR system makes it easy to provide fast, comprehensive, and accurate diagnostic results.




BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH has been developed and configured to incorporate cybersecurity controls. Cybersecurity controls are applied to the computer operating system, which is delivered pre-configured on the system. Prior to delivery, bioMérieux verifies that the computer is free of malicious software.

For additional information about supported network configurations and cybersecurity risk management (including patch management, antivirus software installation, and software updates), please contact your bioMérieux representative or Customer Technical Support.


  • BIOFIRE® Respiratory 2.1 and 2.1plus Panels

    1 Test. Up to 23 Targets. ~45 Minutes.

    The BIOFIRE RP2.1 and RP2.1plus Panels use the syndromic approach to accurately detect and identify the pathogens most associated with respiratory infections. Fast and comprehensive results may enable better-informed diagnosis and treatment of patients.

  • BIOFIRE® Blood Culture Identification 2 Panel

    1 Test. 43 Targets. ~1 Hour.

    The BIOFIRE BCID2 Panel tests for 43 targets associated with bloodstream infections, including Gram-negative bacteria, Gram-positive bacteria, yeast, and 10 antimicrobial resistance genes – all with one test and with results available in about an hour from positive blood culture.

  • BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® Gastrointestinal Panel

    1 Test. 22 Targets. ~1 Hour.

    This alternative method to traditional stool testing is fast, sensitive, and comprehensive with a panel menu that includes bacteria, viruses, and parasites, causing infectious gastroenteritis.

  • BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel

    1 Test. 14 Targets. ~1 Hour.

    The BIOFIRE ME Panel provides answers on 14 of the most common bacterial, viral, and yeast pathogens that cause central nervous system infections to help healthcare providers rapidly distinguish between bacterial and viral meningitis and optimize life-saving therapy. 

  • BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® Pneumonia & Pneumonia plus Panels

    1 Test. Up to 34 Targets. ~1 Hour.

    Syndromic tests targeting a comprehensive menu of bacteria and viruses that cause pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections, as well as 7 genetic markers of antibiotic resistance.

  • BIOFIRE® Joint Infection (JI) Panel

    1 Test. 39 Targets. ~1 Hour.

    Using PCR technology, the BIOFIRE JI Panel is a rapid syndromic test that delivers comprehensive results in one easy-to-read report.

Services & Support

Customer Support: bioMérieux offers the best possible support with dedicated BIOFIRE® technical experts.

Application Specialists: bioMérieux’s dedicated support teams are available to help set up equipment and troubleshoot any issues.

VILINK® Compatible: BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH can be connected to the VILINK® software, bioMérieux remote customer support solution. It minimizes instrument downtime and troubleshooting efforts.

BIOFIRE® FIREWORKS™ Compatible: A centralized data management portal to better optimize your lab services by taking care of your systems, delivering insights and analytics into performance and utilization, pathogens surveillance, lab workflow management, and more.

Specs & Resources

Technical Specifications


BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® TORCH System Instrument Specifications 

System Base (W x D x H): 18 x 29 x 11.5 in | 45.8 x 73.66 x 29.21 cm
1 Module (H): 4.5 in | 11.43 cm
12 Modules (Max H): 34 in | 86.36 cm
System Base Weight: 36 lbs | 16.3 kg
Module Weight: 15 lbs | 6.8 kg
Maximum Weight: ~268 lbs | 121.6 kg
TORCH Diagram

Performance Parameters

  • Hands-on time: Approx. 2 minutes
  • Run turn-around time: Approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour

Environmental Specifications

  • 15°C to 30°C @ 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
  • -16m to 3048m
  • Indoor use only


  • Freeze-dried in durable plastic pouches
  • Room temperature storage



Syndromic Testing Brochure

With Pneumonia plus Panel

Syndromic Testing Brochure

With Pneumonia Panel

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