IntegenX Inc., a leading developer of rapid human DNA identification technology, today launched its RapidHIT™ Human DNA Identification System to the European law enforcement and forensic communities at the 6th European Academy of Forensic Science (EAFS) Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands. Representatives from IntegenX are on site at the meeting to demonstrate the self-contained desktop system and share data produced by its first users.
“This is a very exciting time as we introduce the world's first rapid DNA analysis system to the professionals who will be on the cutting edge of implementing it to identify offenders, clear innocent suspects quickly, and prevent future crimes.”
The RapidHIT System automates and accelerates the process of producing standardized DNA profiles from cheek swabs and other human samples in about 90 minutes. 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 link suspects to crimes while they are still in custody.
"We have spent a great deal of time working closely with the law enforcement, forensic and judicial communities to understand their needs and priorities for DNA-based human identification, and are now confident that we are the partner of choice to help the international community to successfully deploy this important advance in crime solving," said Stevan Jovanovich, President and Chief Executive Officer of IntegenX. "This is a very exciting time as we introduce the world's first rapid DNA analysis system to the professionals who will be on the cutting edge of implementing it to identify offenders, clear innocent suspects quickly, and prevent future crimes."
Numerous international law enforcement and security agencies use DNA-based human identification to make informed decisions regarding the arrest, detention or release of suspects, as well as to analyze crime scene evidence. By integrating a multi-step, multi-system process, rapid DNA technology has the potential to accelerate and expand the use of proven DNA technologies to help the efforts of law enforcement, homeland security, and defense to create safer communities.
The RapidHIT System will be on display at EAFS in exhibit space #58. Technical marketing manager Keith Elliot will describe the instrument and early data from users in "Real-time DNA Using the RapidHIT 200," Tuesday, August 21 at 11:00 AM, and IntegenX will contribute additional information at the "Mobile DNA Technologies" workshop on Wednesday, August 22 at 9:30 AM.
IntegenX will begin shipping early access RapidHIT systems this month. The company will launch the system to the U.S. market at the 119th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition in San Diego, California, September 29 - October 3, 2012.
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/.