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NFSTC@FIU named Rapid DNA Center of Excellence by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific has established a Rapid DNA Center of Excellence within the National Forensic Science Technology Center at Florida International University (NFSTC@FIU). The Center combines cutting-edge DNA analysis technology with hands-on DNA training to advance forensic science, and will house Thermo Fisher’s RapidHIT and Applied Biosystem RapidHIT ID platforms in Largo, Fl.

NFSTC@FIU trains hundreds of investigators and laboratory analysts every year in all levels of forensic DNA collection and analysis techniques.

“We are honored to be named a Center of Excellence to support further enhancement and understanding of Rapid DNA capabilities and applications,” says Kevin Lothridge, executive director of NFSTC@FIU. “We look forward to working closely with our partners at Thermo Fisher and within the forensic community to continue to improve justice initiatives in all communities.”

Thermo Fisher is a worldwide leader in forensic DNA testing and has served the criminal justice community for more than 25 years. The company’s Rapid DNA platforms are used nationally and offer rapid results in the lab, at law enforcement agencies or in the field. With Rapid DNA, forensic results can be obtained in approximately 90 minutes for use in criminal investigation, providing valuable information while suspects are still in custody.

For crime labs, law enforcement and first responders seeking technology, training and expertise in advanced DNA analysis, the new Center of Excellence will be a resource with state-of-the-art testing and training laboratories, and will develop validation guidelines, training modules and support materials.