SBIR-STTR-Success: ANDE Corporation
Contrary to what is seen on the latest television crime dramas, DNA analysis is not a two-minute job. Identifying an assailant by their DNA ID (also called a DNA fingerprint) actually takes months or even years, giving the perpetrator plenty of time to move on, and leaving a barrage of unanswered questions behind.
Dr. Richard Selden, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientific Officer of ANDE, wanted to change that dynamic, and developed a Rapid DNA technology with the help of the federal SBIR program.
The Rapid DNA system, simply called ANDE, is a ruggedized instrument that can be used outside the lab. An operator collects the sample, say for instance, a blood stain, or saliva from the rim of a water bottle. The sample is inserted into the instrument and in less than two hours, a DNA ID is generated.
A similar need was identified for the battlefield. For example, by the time an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) is analyzed, the person who built it might be long gone. ANDE changes all that, and with additional support from both the FBI and the DHS, Rapid DNA is being used to quickly generate a DNA ID on the go.
The Rapid DNA Act of 2017 allows Rapid DNA testing to be performed on arrestees in police stations. With that, the Rapid DNA Index System allows police stations to generate IDs and search the Federal DNA database to help solve violent crimes. ANDE Corporation is working closely with local, state, and federal government to implement arrestee DNA testing. By performing DNA testing of arrestees in two hours at police stations, the potential to dramatically reduce violent crime across the country is real.