The RapidHit System from Integenx delivered a stunning arrest in the United Kingdom last week. A suspect was arrested for a minor crime and swabbed for a DNA reference sample while in custody. His DNA profile was generated in less than two hours using the RapidHit System at UK forensic laboratory, Key Forensic Services. Upon upload to the UK's National DNA Database (NDNAD), the suspect's profile immediately matched with a DNA profile recovered from a serious sexual assault case.
The suspect, while still in custody, was charged with the previously unsolved sexual assault case. Facing this compelling forensic evidence, the suspect pleaded guilty to serious sexual assault. As a result of the Rapid DNA service supported by the RapidHit System, the offender was prevented from being released on bail, to possibly reoffend.
"We are thrilled that the RapidHit prevented the suspect's release for such a serious crime," stated Robert Schueren, President, CEO of Integenx. "To see such a dramatic impact on crime is yet another step in our vision to use Rapid DNA to improve the safety of our communities."
RapidHit is a Rapid DNA platform used globally for expediting DNA profiles within two hours, facilitating the identification and apprehension of criminal suspects quickly. Unlike conventional processing of DNA profiles using non-rapid technology, the RapidHit System generates a DNA profile within about two hours, using validated, CODIS and NDNAD-compliant technology and chemistry.
Integenx Inc., headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., uses 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, visit www.integenx.com.
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