PLEASANTON, Calif. & WARRINGTON, England, Jun 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- IntegenX Inc., a privately held company and leading developer of rapid human DNA identification technology, DNA sequencing library preparation systems, and DNA/RNA room temperature stability and storage products, today announced the unveiling of its RapidHIT(TM) Human Identification System at the new Key Forensics Services Ltd (KFS) facility in Warrington, United Kingdom. KFS is one of the early access sites for the new system and will be the first to provide Rapid DNA identification capabilities to U.K. law enforcement organizations.
Rapid DNA analysis is a transformative technology that promises to fundamentally change the way investigations are conducted by enabling law enforcement personnel to quickly and definitively identify suspects while they are still in custody. Numerous international law enforcement and security agencies around the world use DNA-based human identification to make informed identification decisions regarding the arrest, detention, or release of suspects, as well as to analyze crime scene evidence. Rapid DNA technology has the potential to help create safer communities through its many applications from policing to homeland security and defense.
"The RapidHIT System will revolutionize the provision of DNA profiles, and we are honored to be one of the first forensic laboratories in the world to deploy it," said Paul Hackett, KFS Group Managing Director. "We look forward to delivering unprecedented improvements in turnaround times for our U.K. law enforcement customers with this system in our expanded state-of-the-art facility."
"The RapidHIT system will allow, for the first time, rapid DNA analysis at the point of collection, setting a new standard in the usage of DNA profiles as an actionable biometric similar to fingerprints," added Stevan Jovanovich, President and Chief Executive Officer of IntegenX. "KFS is among the world's leading forensic science providers and we are pleased to be working with them on the introduction of our Rapid DNA technology to the U.K. Their feedback will be invaluable as we prepare for the global commercial launch of the RapidHIT system later this summer."
The IntegenX RapidHIT 200 is a mobile, self-contained Human Identification (HID) system that automates and accelerates the process of producing standardized DNA profiles from buccal swabs and other human samples in less than 90 minutes. The RapidHIT system produces human DNA profiles compatible with the U.K. National DNA Database (NDNAD).
In celebration of this historic milestone in forensics, IntegenX has produced a short video that features leaders in law enforcement discussing the impact of rapid DNA in crime fighting. The video is available for download and distribution at http://integenx.com/video-rapid-dna-with-the-integenx-rapidhit-200/ .
About IntegenX Inc.
IntegenX, headquartered in Pleasanton, California, is a leading developer of rapid human DNA identification technology, Next-Gen Sequencing library preparation systems, and DNA/RNA ambient temperature stability and storage products. IntegenX technology platforms are the result of the integration of advanced fluidics, optics, and biochemistry capabilities to produce products for DNA-based human identity testing and forensics, next generation sequencing and biodefense applications. The company's expertise and extensive intellectual property includes its patented MOVe(TM) valve technology, patent-pending PrepX(TM) reagent kits for next generation sequencing library preparation, as well as a portfolio of patented DNA and RNA reagents including GenTegra(TM) for stabilization and storage of purified DNA and RNA, and GenPlate(R) for storage of blood samples. For more information, please visit www.integenx.com .
About Key Forensic Services Ltd.
Key Forensic Services Ltd. (KFS) is a privately-held UK based company that delivers forensic science solutions to the criminal justice system and private sector clients in the United Kingdom and Internationally. Its traditional forensic services include search and recovery of submissions for DNA profiling; document examinations; footwear marks screening; determination of weight, identification, and purity of drugs, as well as examination of items recovered from a crime scene for drug traces; forensic firearms training and awareness; gunshot residue examination; and evaluation and reporting of fingerprint casework. The company also offers digital forensic services, such as mobile phone examination, hex dumping, cell site analysis, computer forensics, forensic video analysis, and forensic audio services; and supplies forensic kits and packaging supplies. In addition, it provides professional forensic consultancy services for criminal defense lawyers; specialist custom collection and delivery service to police forces; and training and consultancy services. For more information, please visit www.keyforensic.co.uk .
IntegenX, the IntegenX logo, and RapidHIT are trademarks of IntegenX Inc. All other names or trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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For Key Forensic Services Ltd
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