Rapid DNA in the News

RapidHIT ID Evaluation Results Presented at ISHI alongside RapidLINK Software

October 4th, 2016

Last week we exhibited at the 27th Annual ISHI meeting (International Symposium on Human Identification) in Minneapolis, MN. At ISHI 2015 we unveiled the RapidHIT ID instrument to the forensic field. While RapidHIT has long been the market leader for lab-based Rapid DNA testing, RapidHIT ID set the bar for Rapid DNA in the booking station because of its form factor, ease of use, and price point. And this year we took it a step further by making RapidLINK software the central focus of the display.

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Judging by customers’ reactions, we set the bar once again by establishing the expectation that every Rapid DNA provider should be thinking not just about the instrument, but about the data management pipeline behind it, too. With RapidLINK, we effectively demonstrate that we are miles ahead of our competition in terms of offering customers a fully-integrated workflow.

Additionally, Dr. Bruce Budowle’s lab (formerly at FBI Laboratory, now at University of North Texas) had a poster presentation on their evaluation of RapidHIT ID. Their results demonstrated, among other things, full concordance with benchtop methods, no run-to-run contamination, the instrument’s ability to correctly identify and flag mixtures, flexibility of swab/substrate, and the ability to retrieve and re-run swabs previously tested on the RapidHIT ID. To have such positive results from one of the top labs in the world lends an additional layer of credibility to RapidHIT ID that our competitors do not have.

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IntegenX RapidHIT Acquired by Guilford County Sheriff’s Office

July 23rd, 2016

More and more agencies are adopting IntegenX technology to improve their turnaround time for rush cases.

Here’s the latest, from WFMY News reporting on Guilford County Sheriff’s Office in Greensboro, NC:

…in the magical world of entertainment, DNA evidence is somehow collected and tested in 15 to 30 minutes. But, that’s not how it happens in the real world. It can take months or even years for DNA test results and detectives don’t get commercial breaks.

“With this day and time with crime being as it is we have to turn around tests as quick as possible so that we can get the perpetrator off the street,” said Colonel Randy Powers.

“Now, we can have it in two hours,” said Powers.

Rapid DNA Act passes House Judiciary Committee… Only one more vote left!

July 8th, 2016

Another major milestone yesterday in the world of Rapid DNA legislation: the House Judiciary Committee passed the Rapid DNA Act. This means there is only one more step (a vote by the whole House of Representatives) before the Act goes to President Obama for signature. We’re hearing that the vote may take place as early as next week.

Rather than giving you my own opinion on what this means, I’ll let the Congressmen and Congresswomen of the Judiciary Committee speak for themselves. Here are a few key quotes from the hearing:

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (Republican – Virginia), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

“The House Judiciary Committee works on may important issues but few are more important that making sure that innocent arrestees are promptly released and that culpable suspects are not released to strike again.”

“With Rapid DNA technology it is possible to test the DNA of arrestees as soon as they are in custody and determine within hours whether they match the DNA profile from the crime scene or from other earlier crimes.”

“The subcommittee heard from an FBI official, a crime lab administrator, and a rape victim advocate who all emphasized the need for Rapid DNA technology.”

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (Democrat – California), Ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee

“In December of 2013, I met with officials of a company called IntegenX who described Rapid DNA and the value of this technology… It has already been used extensively in other countries and was completely reliable.”

“[Rapid DNA] is reliable identification… It’s no more intrusive than a fingerprint.”

Scroll to 58:48 of the hearing video and you can see Congresswoman Lofgren talk about IntegenX.

 

Rapid DNA Act of 2016 Passed by the US Senate

June 16th, 2016

Today the US Senate passed the Rapid DNA Act by unanimous consent. In the words of FBI Director Comey back in December, we are one step closer to “changing the world in a very, very exciting way.”

This means that the House of Representatives can now adopt the Senate version of the bill and move to pass it as well. Once that’s done, it will go to the President for signature. It seems very likely the Rapid DNA Act will pass this year.

In addition to the legislative momentum in DC, there are a number of other positive forces pushing the Rapid DNA Act forward. Just two days ago, the Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of the Rapid DNA Act, stating that “enacting S. 2348 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.” Additionally, the Association of State Criminal Investigation Agencies (ASCIA) released its letter of support for the Rapid DNA Act.

In a few years from now, we will look back on the days of 1 month turnaround time as a thing of the past!

Rapid DNA Act of 2016 (S.2348) receives unanimous support in Senate Judiciary Committee

May 12, 2016

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously supported the Rapid DNA Act of 2016. Soon this groundbreaking legislation will go to a vote on the Senate floor. When passed, it will enable Rapid DNA technology to be used in the booking station for faster identification of dangerous criminals and swift exoneration of innocent suspects.

California Association of Crime Lab Directors congratulates CA Senator Feinstein on co-sponsorship of Rapid DNA Act of 2015

January 6, 2016

Support for Rapid DNA legislation in the United States continues to grow as the California Association of Crime Lab Directors (CACLD) shows their support for Senate bill 2348, the Rapid DNA Act of 2015.

Read the full statement here: CACLD Position Statement S2348 (Rapid DNA Act of 2015)

Dr. Gray Amick discusses guilty verdict obtained with RapidHIT

December 10, 2015

 

Read the full story here.

 

U.S. Senator Hatch and FBI Director Comey discuss Rapid DNA

December 9, 2015

Read Senator Hatch’s press release here.

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RapidHIT Helps Solve Crimes Faster For Alameda County Sheriff

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