BioFire Diagnostics: The Project That Keeps On Giving
Posted on Mar 31, 2020 by Paul Christiansen
2019 was a very successful year for the LONG Utah sales team, due to numerous successful projects and the single largest project for the office in over 25 years: BioFire Manufacturing HQ. One of our continued partnerships is with BioFire Diagnostics, a Utah based, wholly-owned subsidiary of the bioMérieux Corporation. BioFire specializes in the field of In Vitro Diagnostics, specifically the equipment used in urgent care facilities and doctor’s offices to determine if you have a viral or bacterial infection when feeling ill.
The BioFire Manufacturing HQ project included various HVAC equipment from numerous manufacturers that is currently being commissioned. Here is an example of some of that equipment:
All and all, it was a great project for the Utah team and for LONG! Though it is great to find success with a large project, it is even more rewarding knowing we have helped support a company currently doing important work.
BioMerieux and BioFire are now on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight, as they are pursuing two tests that confirm if a person has been infected with this contagious virus. The first is the SARS-COV-2 R-GENE® test that is currently being submitted for FDA approval and should be available to our Healthcare facilities in April.
In parallel, a fully-automated test based on the BioFire® FilmArray® technology is being developed to detect the virus on their current FilmArray® equipment platforms. They are also embarking on a new Respiratory Panel that will produce test results for the COVID-19 virus, as well as 21 other common respiratory pathogens, in 45 minutes or less at numerous doctor’s offices and urgent care facilities across the US and the globe.
As we face the daily challenges that the COVID-19 virus presents to our families, organizations, and governments, it is refreshing to know that we have a local partner and customer on the front lines of the fight. For more information on BioFire, please refer to the following link: https://www.biofiredx.com/covid-19/
Paul is responsible for mechanical equipment sales in the UT market. He achieved his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, followed by a MBA from the American Graduate School of Intl. Mgmt. (Thunderbird) in Glendale, AZ in 2004. Paul began his career with Envirco Corp., promoting HEPA filtration systems for cleanrooms in Asia, and later managed the Krueger organization in the North American Air Distribution market for 6 years. Before joining LONG in January, 2017, Paul led the PennBarry and Lau Sales, Product Development, Engineering, Customer Service and Marketing teams. As General Manager of LONG Utah, Paul will be implementing growth strategies to strengthen LONG’s market position, as well as enhance the group’s portfolio of Mechanical Products in the Intermountain region.