The RapidHIT System Is the First Rapid DNA Technology That Uses FBI-Approved GlobalFiler(R) Express Chemistry, Enabling the Upload of DNA Profiles to the National DNA Index System (NDIS)
PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 13, 2014) - IntegenX Inc., the market leader in Rapid Human DNA identification, has met the FBI guidelines to upload directly to the NDIS system, known arrestee and convicted offender DNA profiles, as well as casework known samples, generated with the RapidHIT System using Life Technologies GlobalFiler Express kits from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The RapidHIT GlobalFiler Express cartridges contain Life Technologies NDIS-approved GlobalFiler Express Kit, which has all DNA markers commonly used in most international databases. NDIS is considered one part of Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), the national level containing the DNA profiles contributed by federal, state, and local participating forensic laboratories. CODIS is the generic term used to describe the FBI's program of support for criminal justice DNA databases as well as the software used to run these databases.
"Having the ability to directly upload a profile into the national database from a Rapid DNA system provides laboratories with an excellent option for turning results around quickly," commented Gray Amick, Ph.D., DNA Technical Leader at Richland County Sheriff's Department. "In our continued quest to reduce time to generating results, the RapidHIT System provides a great option."
"For the first time ever, an accredited forensic laboratory can directly upload a DNA profile from a Rapid DNA system in less than two hours, into our national database," commented Robert A. Schueren, president, chief executive officer, IntegenX. "We're thrilled to be the first and only company to achieve such a milestone."
"The GlobalFiler Express chemistry has proven to be a transformative solution for forensic labs since first introduced in 2012 and approved by the FBI a year later," said Nadia Altomare, vice president and general manager, Human Identification, for Thermo Fisher Scientific. "The speed and superior quality of data obtained by our solution expedites comparison of DNA profiles to help solve and prevent crimes faster."
With less than five minutes of hands-on time, the RapidHIT system enables buccal swabs collected from known arrestees and convicted offenders, as well as casework known samples to be analyzed in less than two hours, compared to weeks or months with conventional laboratory techniques, dramatically improving efficiency of forensic laboratories. This improved efficiency will allow laboratories to spend more time reducing backlog and processing other forensic samples. The innovative design of the Life Technologies GlobalFiler Express cartridges allows users to process between one and seven samples in a single run, offering further savings to forensic laboratories.
RapidHIT System DNA profiles are completely compatible with standard databases that contain previously generated profiles from buccal swabs and crime scene sources. Combining ease of use and rapid turnaround time for DNA human identification will have a high impact toward ensuring the safety of our communities.
More information about the ability to utilize Rapid DNA technology with NDIS may be found at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/lab/biometric-analysis/codis/codis-and-ndis-fact-sheet
About IntegenX Inc.
IntegenX, headquartered in Pleasanton, California, is the market leader of Rapid human DNA identification technology. IntegenX technology platforms integrate advanced fluidics, optics, and biochemistry capabilities to produce sample-to-answer products for DNA-based human identity testing for forensics and law enforcement applications. For more information, please visit www.integenx.com.
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