Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Inside Michigan State Police Biometrics and Identification Division: Facial recognition and fingerprint identification

dna12LANSING, Mich. – A state-of-the-art division of the Michigan State Police is designed to locate evidence in some of the state’s most complex criminal investigations.
Some cases are open-and-shut and solved within a matter of hours or days. But others take time, months or even years, and require MSP technology to find the evidence needed for an arrest.
FOX 17 was recently granted unprecedented access to these labs and facilities.

Cuyahoga County touts expanded forensic capabilities at regional crime lab

helix 7CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County officials today showed off their expanded regional crime lab, a project more than 14 years in the making.

FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database

NGI-logoThis week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database.

Federal Grant Program to Help Reduce Backlog of Rape Kits Renewed

Debbie SmithMonday, President Obama signed a bipartisan bill into law that protects sexual assault victims. The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014 reauthorizes a federal grant program for state and local governments to reduce the backlog of rape kits through 2019. The program was set to expire Tuesday.

FBI plans rapid DNA dragnets

Collection DeviceThe FBI is preparing to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database.

Horizon Technology Finance Leads $10 Million Venture Loan for IntegenX

silver HelixFARMINGTON, CT and PLEASANTON, CA, Sep 22, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Horizon Technology Finance Corporation HRZN, -0.36% (“Horizon”), a leading specialty finance company that provides secured loans to venture capital and private equity backed development-stage companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and cleantech industries, today announced it led a $10 million venture loan for IntegenX Inc. (“IntegenX”), the market leader in Rapid Human DNA identification technology. The venture loan was fully funded at closing, with Horizon, Square 1 Bank and a third lender funding their commitments of $3.75 million, $2.5 million, and $3.75 million, respectively. IntegenX will use the funds primarily for working capital purposes.

Columbus, Ohio, Buying Software to Improve Crime DNA Analysis

columbus+crime+sceneThe Columbus City Council yesterday approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of DNA found at crime scenes.

COPAN Group Announces the Untimely Death of Its Beloved CEO and General Manager, Daniele Triva

TrivaBRESCIA, Italy, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — COPAN Group announces with great sadness that, on July 30th, 2014, its beloved, charismatic and eclectic leader, Daniele Triva passed away at his home in Italy, after a seven-month battle with Esophageal Gastric cancer. Daniele was 54 years old and leaves behind his wife and four children, his sister and family and a legacy of technological innovation in the field of pre-analytics.

Feds aim to fund forensic science center

Blue Helix2A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced a competition for money to build the center, which will work on establishing “a firm scientific foundation” for key methods in the sciences.

Renowned UK DNA pioneer Peter Gill adds voice to Amanda Knox case

amanda-knoxDr. Peter Gill has taken on the task of analyzing the disputed DNA evidence in the Meredith Kercher murder case, providing his expert opinion in his new book titled “Misleading DNA evidence: reasons for miscarriages of justice.”

Bode Technology Sponsors Houston Forensic Science Center Event

dna_justiceThe Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic services that recently completed DNA testing for more than 5,000 untested sexual assault kits for the city of Houston, is co-sponsoring Houston Forensic Science Center’s event tonight. This presentation of the story of DNA from a legal and genetics perspective in Houston, featuring Dr. C. Thomas Caskey and Attorney Rusty Hardin highlights the first forensic DNA case tried in court in Texas and is being held in conjunction with National Forensic Science Week.

The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine

ialmDubai-650x120-2The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine is one of the most important Events in the calendar for those Professionals and Academics involved in the practice and development of the Bio-Medicolegal Sciences, the main Triennial Congress of the IALM to be held in Dubai from the 19th to the 21st of January, 2015.Supported by both the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Police, the Congress boasts a rich Scientific Programme with a broad range of topics of current interest, presented by prominent Experts in the field and accomplished in a spirit of collegiality and with an ethos which encourages transcultural dissemination of knowledge.
Register here.

The man who discovered DNA fingerprinting win’s the world’s oldest science prize

JeffreysLONDON: The man who discovered DNA fingerprinting has won the world’s oldest science prize — Royal Society’s Copley Medal.
In 1984, Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys stumbled on a method for distinguishing individuals based on their DNA. It was a discovery that went on to transform forensic science and resolve questions of identity and kinship.
He received the medal “for his pioneering work on variation and mutation in the human genome”.

Home Office rewards police innovation with £50 million

GATCAll forces in England and Wales benefit from Police Innovation Fund
Every police force in England and Wales will receive a share of a £50 million Home Office fund for projects aimed at transforming policing through innovation and collaboration.
The successful schemes include investment in body-worn camera, groundbreaking forensics techniques and joint working between the police and fire service.
Forces were awarded money for new approaches to tackle anti-social behaviour and rural crime; a project to help young runaways; and work to improve the way the police interact with people with mental health problems

York County DNA lab to help ease backlog of cases

CampbellYORK — No longer will police in York County have to wait several months to a year for a speck of saliva to match a burglary suspect or a blood stain to uncover the identity of a wanted killer.