March 13, 2013

Cover Story

CEO of the Year

Effective leaders often credit their team members for successes and achiev...Read More

Featured Articles

It Isn't Easy Being Green

Founding Partners


Legal Briefs
Social Media and Investment Advisers

Money Talk
Drop in the Bucket

Economic Insight
From Vision to Action

Lessons Learned
The Right Move

Measuring Up

Needle in a Haystack

Business Trends
Corner the Market

Executive Living
Upper Crust


Kirk Ririe

Susan Yule

Around Utah
Around Utah

By the Books
"Never Eat Alone," by Keith Ferrazzi

Editor's Note
Are you a credible leader?

Reader's Choice
One for the Books

A Capital Idea

Industry Outlook
Travel & Tourism

Regional Report
Davis and Weber Counties


Kirk Ririe

Fueling the Fire of Innovation

Alex Springer

March 13, 2013

Many great ventures begin in humble places, and Biofire Diagnostics CEO Kirk Ririe understands this better than most people. Ririe has brought his company from the meager surroundings of a potato equipment facility to one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of biotechnical diagnostic equipment.  

Ririe earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Utah and is the recipient of several awards in both entrepreneurial and scientific fields. In 1990, Ririe founded Biofire Diagnostics—previously named Idaho Technologies—with Carl Wittwer and Randy Rasmussen. They got their start manufacturing and selling Wittwer’s DNA Amplification System. “We were doing that in the corner of my family’s potato equipment company in Idaho Falls,” Ririe says.

Since then, Ririe has focused on providing the healthcare industry with technology that will improve its ability to detect and treat the harmful pathogens that cause maladies ranging from minor infections to gastrointestinal problems. “The focus of our company is really on diagnostics. The FilmArray is a new class of diagnostic platform that allows hospital laboratories to test for the causes of a certain symptom,” Ririe says.

In addition to contributing to hospitals’ ability to detect harmful pathogens, Biofire Diagnostics has secured the Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) contract with the U.S. military. “[JBAIDS] tests for anthrax, plague and other harmful biological agents,” Ririe says. 

As an industry leader, Ririe strives to create a work environment that celebrates innovation and creative thinking. To this end, Biofire Diagnostics works closely with the U. “We work on really cool stuff on the cutting edge of biotechnology, but we benefit massively from proximity to a great university and a skilled, motivated workforce,” Ririe says.

By working closely with professors, researchers and students from the U, Biofire has been able to maintain its reputation for manufacturing quality products that are on the cutting edge of technology. Ririe is currently working on securing FDA approval of five new products designed to improve the FilmArray so it will be able to diagnose a more diverse set of pathogens, which will in turn benefit a hospital’s ability to treat a given medical problem.

“We believe that timely, accurate results will improve patient care. The future of our company is to provide that solution,” Ririe says.

Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
Sustainable Business Awards 2014Utah Business Event
Nov 13, 2014
Utah Business magazine along with presenting sponsor Big D Construction, is pleased to announce t...
Best Companies to Work For 2014Utah Business Event
Dec 11, 2014
Utah Business magazine along with our sponsors Diversified Insurance and Miller Motor Sports Park...
COMING SOON........SAMY Awards 2015Utah Business Event
Jan 31, 2015
Utah Business magazine along with Presenting Sponsor Griffin Hill are pleased to present the 201...
Community Events View All
Power of Your Purse
Oct 30, 2014
Please join us for the most anticipated and inspirational gala of the year! Be part of the groun...
Discovery Gateway's Halloween Spooktacular
Oct 31, 2014
Join Discovery Gateway: The Children's Museum of Utah, for its annual SUPER FUN Halloween celebra...  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
* Event Description: