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Digitizing DNA Evidence with Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-23-P-0097
Agency Tracking Number: FX224-OCSO1-1096
Amount: $74,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: X224-OCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.4
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-10-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-04
Small Business Information
2829 Technology Forest Bvld STE 110
The Woodlands, TX 77381-3913
United States
DUNS: 083110740
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Mittelman
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Business Contact
 Kristen Mittelman
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Research Institution

The DAF aims at providing the fullest possible accounting of currently missing service members to return them to their families and to the nation. However, traditional forensic methods, alone, cannot address this backlog of unidentified human remains. Moreover, many of these remains have highly degraded and damaged DNA, contaminated with bacteria, or extremely low in human DNA quantity. The Air Force and the DOD need to modernize DNA-assisted identification of missing U.S. service members with using forensic-focused advanced DNA sequencing. Othram has built the world’s first private DNA laboratory specifically to apply the power of massively parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Our fully integrated genetic testing platform and deployable hardware solutions allow us to digitize challenging forensic DNA evidence and provide investigators with the tools they need to identify human remains. Othram has demonstrated human identification from difficult evidence such as greater than century-old skeletal remains, touch DNA, and rootless hair. Over the last three years, Othram’s DNA technology has helped law enforcement crack cases at the local, state, and federal level, many of which had been unsolved for decades. This is the perfect technology to now assist the DAF and the DOD in providing enhanced investigative and identification services.

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