Pathogen Detection Overview

VIDAS instruments are multiparametric immunoassay systems designed to help provide the most accurate laboratory results.
With more than 3,000 food laboratories who have chosen VIDAS solutions for their routine analyses, bioMérieux is the worldwide leader in automated solutions for pathogen screening.


  • For Food Quality Control
  • For Personal Care Testing

Features & Benefits

MINI VIDAS is a compact version of the VIDAS® system with a built-in computer, keyboard, and printer. Two independent sections each accept six tests and can process up to 12 samples simultaneously.

This automated immunoassay system is reliable and economical. It uses ELFA (Enzyme Linked Fluorescent Assay) Phage and immuno concentration technology, has no carryover risks, requires a one-point recalibration once every 14 or 28 days depending on the assay and optimizes the cost per sample for batch or single sample testing. In addition, the menu of available assays is constantly evolving.

VIDAS system allows for a flexible work routine with:

  • a sectioned architecture (5 sections of 6 tests each).
  • an add-on modular system.
  • more efficient workflow.
  • batch testing (up to 100 tests/2 hr.)
  • single sample testing
  • random test capability
  • multiparametric testing
  • All VIDAS assays are single-dose format assays
  • Everything included in one kit
  • No reagent preparation – just load and go.

Ease of Use

  • Always ready with no startup and minimal maintenance
  • Ready-to-use reagents – just load and go

Cost Effective

  • Single test reaction strip
  • Batch or multiple assay testing


  • Reliable system with MTBF* > 1,000 days

The VIDAS test system uses a single-dose, ready-to-use reagent strip system

  • The SPR (Solid Phase Receptacle) is coated with antibodies, antigens and/or phage proteins.
  • The Strip contains all the reagents required for the reaction.

The SPR acts as a pipetting and reagent transfer device. At each stage of the reaction, it aspirates the reagents in and out. This original concept prevents any inter-reagent or inter-sample contamination. In addition, the absence of tubing, syringes and needles reduces system maintenance to a minimum.
The VIDAS system uses the ELFA assay principle, combining the ELISA test method with a final fluorescent reading. This technology ensures excellent result sensitivity and specificity.

Pathogen Detection Uses

For Personal Care Testing

  • Pathogen detection
  • Quality assurance testing

For Food Quality Control

  • Food Pathogen detection
  • E. coli O157 (including H7)
  • Listeria sp. (48 hours and next day)
  • Salmonella (48 hours and next day)
  • Staph Entertoxin
  • Listeria monocytogenes (48 hours and next day)
  • Campylobacter
  • Quality assurance testing

Veterinary Diagnostics

The VIDAS system is a multiparametric immunoassay instrument that helps veterinary laboratories to provide better care and analyze animal samples with the highest level of accuracy.

Providing the most reliable results in a short amount of time, the VIDAS system helps your veterinary laboratory save time and resources by eliminating unnecessary diagnostic tests. This allows your lab to identify and treat animal diseases with precision and efficiency.

Our range of tests for veterinary applications also include tests that can be used for canine species: VIDAS Progesterone and VIDAS T4.

Pathogen Detection Reagents

Menu of tests includes:

  • VIDAS UP E. coli O157 (including H7)
  • VIDAS UP Salmonella (SPT)
  • VIDAS UP Listeria (LPT)

Staph Entertoxin


E. coli




Next Day Solution for the detection of Salmonella.

VIDAS UP Salmonella is a high performance automated solution designed for the detection of Salmonella in food products.

VIDAS SPT combines the cutting-edge phage recombinant protein technology and the ease-of-use of the VIDAS system.

Providing reliable results in less than 19 hours and validated for samples of up to 375g, this innovative solution is both time-saving and cost-effective, as its speed can accelerate corrective action plans in case of contamination.

Benefits of VIDAS SPT

Fast solution: time to result is less than 19 hours

  • Earlier product release
  • Improved storage management
  • Internal and external customers informed more rapidly
  • More efficient corrective action plans and CIP, in case of positive results

Easy solution

  • Less hands on time: only one enrichment in buffered peptone water is necessary
  • Gain flexibility: incubation time is from 18 to 24 hours

AOAC validated

VIDAS SPT Ultra Performance Summary

VIDAS SPT General Protocol


Next Day Solution for the detection of Listeria spp

VIDAS UP Listeria is a high performance automated solution designed for the detection of Listeria spp in food products.

VIDAS UP Listeria combines the cutting-edge phage recombinant protein technology and the ease-of-use of the VIDAS system. It provides extremely reliable results.

Time-saving and cost-effective, VIDAS LPT accelerates corrective action plans in case of contamination.

Benefits of VIDAS UP Listeria (LPT)

Extremely FAST

  • Next day detection
  • 1 hour VIDAS run

Extremely EASY

  • Single enrichment: one broth, one strip, one day
  • Only one transfer step: hands-on time is reduced and risk of error is minimized
  • Ready-to-use media
  • Confirm your test on a chromogenic plate

Extremely FLEXIBLE

  • Up to 8 hours incubation range: process the samples as they come on Day 0, get the results on Day 1
  • Same protocol for all food and environmental samples
  • Room temperature storage

AOAC validated

VIDAS LPT Ultra Performance Summary

VIDAS LPT General Protocol

VIDAS E. coli O157 (including H7)

Based on billions of years of co-evolution of phage and its host bacteria, the use of phage recombinant protein technology offers unrivaled sensitivity and specificity and creates a breakthrough in food pathogen screening.

This new technology is available on bioMérieux's evoluting automated platforms for pathogen screening: VIDAS and miniVIDAS.

VIDAS E. coli O157 (including H7) is an automated qualitative test for the detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in food, feed, environmental samples and soil.

Ultra Performance

  • VIDAS E. coli O157 (including H7), the convergence between the performance of the phage recombinant protein technology and the ease of use of the VIDAS system.

Ultra Sensitivity

  • Improved sampling plan and better management of the E. coli O157:H7 risk
  • Reduce finished product contamination by managing the process upstream
  • Rapid product release

Ultra Specificity

  • Reduced economical loss due to false-positive results
  • Early and reliable decisions can be made after a positive result
  • Increased productivity of the laboratory
  • Flexibility for the laboratory workflow
Weight 88 lbs (40 kg)
Electrical requirements
  • Voltage: 100-240 VAC
  • Electrical consumption: 1.5 – 0.8 A
  • Frequency: 50-60Hz
  • Power: 150 Watts
  • Heat emission: approximately 512 Btu/hr
  • Optimized cost per sample result:
    • Uniquely designed testing device
    • Calibration stored in the analyzer's memory
  • Optimization of labor:
    • Ready-to-use reagents
    • Minimum maintenance
    • Ease of use
    • Unidirectional interface to LIMS
  • Rapid Results:
    • Kinetic reactions
    • Automated
    • Efficient workflow
  • Flexible work routine
  • 'Sectioned' architecture – 2 sections, 6 tests each (12 total available)
  • Batch or single testing
  • Multiparametric testing
  • Load and Go
  • True walk away capabilities
  • Automation
  • No carryover contamination
  • Fluorescence reading
  • Ready-to-use, bar-code-labeled reagents
  • On-board QC program
QCV Strips
  • Product Number: 30706
  • Assay Code: QCV
  • Description: For testing the pipette mechanisms and optical scanner of VIDAS and MINI VIDAS instruments for accuracy.
  • Tests per kit: 60

Integrated computer screen, keyboard and printer

Physical Features

Instrument packed

Instrument Alone


59 cm (23') 45 cm (max.) (17 1/2)'


80 cm (31.4') 57.5 cm (22 5/8')


66 cm (26') 55 cm (21 1/2')

Space Requirements


65 cm (25 5/8')


120 cm (47')


90 cm (35 1/2')

The instrument must be placed on a flat surface with a maximum horizontality defect of 5'.


Instrument Packed

Instrument Alone


47 kg (103 5/8 lbs) 40 kg (88 lbs)

Sound Level: 59 dBA