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Rapid-ID: A comprehensive reach-back solution for fielded Rapid DNA systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT19C00000028
Agency Tracking Number: FY19.1-H-SB019.1-001-0003-I
Amount: $149,983.40
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB019.1-001
Solicitation Number: FY19.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-02
Small Business Information
11260 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 406, Reston, VA, 20190-5203
DUNS: 828881305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Wilson
 Director of Forensic Sciences
 (703) 689-9689
 mwilson@parabon.com
Business Contact
 Paula Gawthorp-Armentrout
Title: Corporate Secretary
Phone: (703) 689-9689
Email: parmentrout@parabon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this Phase I SBIR project, Parabon NanoLabs will develop a practical and affordable plan to establish a comprehensive reach-back support system for Rapid DNA analysis.The proposed solution, code-named Rapid-ID, will enhance DHS identity testing and kinship verification capabilities by enabling DNA analysts to review Rapid DNA profiles with OBIM Store/Match/Share software and re-run DNA analyses when necessary.Detailed requirements will be gathered, including the concept of operations, user interface features needed for review and annotation of Rapid DNA profiles, minimum acceptable performance criteria and requisite DNA data sharing standards.A system architecture will be designed to satisfy these requirements.Technology options and risks will be identified for consideration.The plan will cover both the establishment of a permanent and accredited reach-back facility and eventual transition of the capability into DHS LSSD facilities, and will include cost, resource and staffing analysis.Beyond satisfying the stated objectives of the solicitation, we will also investigate innovative ways to support faster and more extensive DNA analysis in both the field and reach-back facilities.This will include analysis of the causes of sample failure and recommended analytical methods to minimize such.We will also explore use of supplemental DNA processing and analysis methods that could greatly expand kinship inference capabilities and possibly lead to complete automation of Rapid DNA analysis.Commercialization of the resulting solution will not only assist DHS with its mission, but will provide powerful new DNA identification and kinship verification capabilities to law enforcement and intelligence communities.

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