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Leading forensic laboratories participate in independent validation of the GE Healthcare Life Sciences and NetBio Rapid DNA system

May 07, 2014

Technical evaluation of Rapid DNA technology is a fundamental step towards responsible adoption by law enforcement agencies, say leading forensic laboratories participating in validation of DNAscan

CHALFONT ST. GILES, UK and WALTHAM, MA, USA -- 5 May 2014 -- GE Healthcare Life Sciences, (NYSE: GE), and NetBio named today several of the laboratories participating in the recently announced comprehensive developmental validation of DNAscan™ Rapid DNA Analysis™ System. Leading international and US accredited NDIS participating forensic laboratories are independently evaluating the overall system from "swab-in to profile-out", including the on-board Expert System software which uses automated data interpretation to eliminate the need for human review.

Explaining the importance of forensic laboratory participation in the independent validation, Angelo Della Manna, Chief of Forensic Biology and DNA, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, said, "Law enforcement agencies routinely look to us for guidance on cutting edge forensic technologies. Rapid DNA analysis technology has the potential to be a powerful investigative tool for law enforcement, but it must be held to the same strict standards as existing analytical methods. As an internationally accredited laboratory and one of the original members of the CODIS pilot program more than 20 years ago, we have a responsibility to assess Rapid DNA and provide guidance about its technical robustness and efficacy for the law enforcement community."

Chris Carney, Supervisor of the DNA Investigative Support Database, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, added, "The validation of a Rapid DNA system with an integrated Expert System is a critical step towards enabling suspects to be identified, included or excluded from the scope of the investigation while they are still in law enforcement custody. Our role as forensic scientists is to examine Rapid DNA technology and ensure the law enforcement agencies we support are equipped with an independent assessment of what this technology can do for them at the booking stations in the future."

Results of the comprehensive multi-laboratory validation process, which includes meeting an extensive set of FBI Quality Assurance Standards, will be used to seek NDIS approval to enable forensic laboratories to submit STR profiles generated by the DNAscan System to CODIS. It is also a critical step toward the ultimate goal of obtaining approval for the DNAscan System to be used by law enforcement as part of the routine booking procedure1.

The forensic laboratories participating in the validation also includes international representation to ensure the interests of law enforcement agencies outside the United States are represented. Dr. Farida Alshamali, Deputy General Director for Technical Affairs, Dubai Police Crime Laboratory, noted, "We are excited to be a part of a group that is establishing the value of Rapid DNA analysis for law enforcement. Having DNA results in 90 minutes could speed up investigative leads, prevent future crimes and provide safer communities."

Mike Benevento, General Manager, Human Identification, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, said, "Crucial to our responsible adoption approach is working with accredited laboratories that have highly respected technical experts from the forensic and law enforcement communities. Their involvement strengthens our efforts and brings us an important step closer to a fully integrated Rapid DNA system approved for use as part of the overall booking process."

Dr Val Jones
GE Healthcare
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