What is a Biofilm Imaging Monitor (BIM)?

The Biofilm Imaging Monitor (BIM), is an LED-based optically-filtered light that utilizes specific wavelength combinations to detect light variations invisible to the naked eye.  These variations in light are made visible in order to assess the cleanliness of a hard surface in the food service industry.  The operator can then make an informed decision as to whether or not that surface meets sanitation code.

Surface Biofilm: a thin/resistant layer of microorganisms or bacteria that form on and coat various surfaces, usually stainless steel and hard plastic surfaces.

Patented Technology

The Biofilm Imaging Monitor is technology that was founded by USDA and purchased by AHPharma, Inc. through a CRADA in order to commercialize and make tangible.


USDA and Public Health inspectors expect food service, food stores, and processing establishments that handle food, meat, and other perishable foodstuffs to control all hazardous pathogenic bacteria.  The BIM can be used a a guide to sanitation success by receiving immediate feedback, preventing bias (both positive and negative) and providing a standard for the next visit and data trial.

Just to name a few…
  • Food Processing Plants
  • Fast Food Franchises
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • Food Distributors
  • Hotels (with restaurants)
  • Cruise Ships
  • Public Health Inspectors
  • Casinos

How can I purchase a BIM?

BIM technology is still in the development process.  Product inventory is expected in late 2017.