Most infections present as a syndrome, with signs and symptoms that are common to many pathogens. Traditional diagnostic methods often rely on guesswork—ordering a targeted test for the most probable cause of illness, waiting hours or even days for results, and repeating the process until a pathogen is positively identified. The syndromic approach, however, empowers healthcare professionals to skip this guesswork.
When we entered the field of infectious disease diagnostics, we made a goal to innovate what we called the BioFire “Big 5”—five cutting-edge syndromic testing solutions for the most common and most dangerous infectious diseases. We officially achieved this landmark with the launch of our fifth panel in late 2018.