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NIJ and CHORI—Collaboration with SoftGenetics® and California Department of Justice – Customizing NextGENe Software for Forensic Applications, April 2016

“Mitochondrial analysis holds significant potential for the forensic community and represents a great market opportunity for SoftGenetics®. As part of Dr. Calloway’s NIJ funding, we were able to initiate a collaboration to customize the NextGENe® software for forensic use.” — John Fosnacht, Co-Founder/VP Sales & Marketing SoftGenetics®vv

NIJ and DNA—Polymerase Technologies Addressing a Key Challenge for PCR-Based Forensic Tests, April 2016

“DNA Polymerase Technologies has done impressive work engineering Taq mutants and in determining the proper combination of PCR enhancer cocktails to assess STR profiles in challenging samples.” — Robert Bever, Ph.D., Laboratory Director Mitotyping Technologies, A Division of American International Biotechnology

NIJ and University of South Carolina—Improving Detection of Crime Scenes​​​, August 2016

“This technology provides the ability to detect blood in all sorts of circumstances, even in some cases where traditional techniques can’t.” ─ Stephen L. Morgan, University of South Carolina

NIJ and University of South Florida—Creating an International Databank of Skeletal Biomarkers for Human Identification (DHI)​​​, September 2016

“Forensic anthropology today is largely about applying methods and theory from studies in human variation to aid in the identification of human remains. The key is to find an approach which takes into account biological, cultural, and legal diversity so that families of the missing and the broader community find resolution and peace.” — Erin Kimmerle, Ph.D., Director, Florida Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Sciences, University of South Florida

NIJ and University of Central Florida (UCF)—Identifying Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris and Providing Error Rates for Purposes of Testifying​​​, November 2016

“This technique provides an alternative objective method for classifying ignitable liquid residues, which is one of the only viable options for helping to progress fire debris analysis beyond a subjective comparison technique.” — Glen P. Jackson, Ph.D., Forensic and Investigative Science & C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, West Virginia University (WVU).

 

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NIJ and Intelligent Automation, Inc.—Demonstrating Objectivity in Ballistic Identification Statistical Validation Using Topographical Imagery​​​, April 2015

“The problem firearms examiners have had when testifying in court is that their conclusions are guided by experience and are difficult to quantify. With this and related studies, there is now a body of science that can help firearms examiners convince a jury of the accuracy of firearms identification for certain firearms barrels.” – Benjamin Bachrach, PhD Intelligent Automation, Inc.

NIJ and Midwest Research Institute—Introducing New Methods for DNA Analysis, April 2015

“The importance of this work is in the ideas it brought forward. It opened up new ways for the forensics community to think about how to do rapid genotyping.” – Micah Halpern, PhD Principal Investigator Formerly, Midwest Research Institute

NIJ and NetBio—Advancing Rapid DNA Analysis, April 2015

“The NIJ was the first group to really give us a chance, to believe that there was something to our vision, and the NIJ grants that we were awarded were major building blocks in our development.” – Richard Selden CEO NetBio

NIJ and the National Museum of Health and Medicine-Understanding the Ecology of Human Decomposition Methods for Estimating Postmortem Interval, April 2015

“In life and death the body is its own ecosystem.” –  Franklin Damann, PhD National Museum of Health and Medicine

NIJ and Texas State University—Improving Identification of Mexican Hispanic Remains, April 2105

“Without the NIJ funding, none of this would have happened. We wouldn’t be getting proper sex estimates for people who are considered Hispanic, or properly be able to identify their geographic origin with confidence. The funding was absolutely crucial.” –  Kate Spradley, PhD Biological Anthropologist Texas State University–San Marcos

NIJ, UC Berkeley, and IntegenX—Bringing Short Tandem Repeat (STR) DNA Identification to Law Enforcement, April 2015

“Ultimately, I think the most powerful application of this technology is going to be performing immediate analysis on DNA samples that are taken when people are arrested for felonies, because it will help keep serial criminals off the streets.” – Richard Mathies, PhD Chemist and Professor UC Berkeley