Overview

The FTCoE hosted the Rapid DNA Technology Forum in Alexandria, VA from August 15-17, 2017. Rapid DNA technology has quickly advanced over the past several years with two commercially available systems being adapted to analyze the CODIS panel, and the introduction of the Rapid DNA Act of 2017 which became law on August 18.

This forum provided more than 130 attendees from the forensic DNA community an opportunity to be updated on commercially available Rapid DNA technologies, hear lessons learned from several early adopters spanning local law enforcement and federal agencies, and discuss moving forward as a community. The attendees included representatives from several government organizations, including the FBI, NIJ, NIST, DHS, and CTTSO, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), practitioners, and vendors.

Senator Orrin Hatch, co-author of the recently passed Rapid DNA Act, also offered his thanks to community in attendance of the forum through a welcome letter featured in the forum’s program, in which he mentioned that he, “stand[s] ready to continue our work together as we seek to improve DNA analysis and make our criminal justice system more efficient.”

 

Objectives

 Educate the forensic DNA community with the state of Rapid DNA technologies. Rapid DNA has quickly advanced the field of DNA analysis by providing an integrated stand-alone solution which has been evaluated and/or implemented by several local, state, and federal agencies. During this forum, attendees heard details of pilot programs and in-field evaluations, an overview of the evolution, and the future potential of Rapid DNA.

 Provided attendees with an update on current Rapid DNA technologies from the two commercial entities, IntegenX, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) and ANDE (Waltham, MA).

►  Showcased other Rapid DNA technologies to educate attendees on current and future initiatives that are forthcoming, and could potentially change the landscape of using DNA for investigative leads.

►  Provided attendees access to a panel of experts who have each adopted Rapid DNA for various purposes. Each presenter discussed unique use-cases spanning law enforcement, investigative leads, disaster victim identification, and kinship analysis.

 Discussed recent updates related to the use of Rapid DNA for CODIS and the National DNA Database.

►  Provided attendees with the opportunity to network with Rapid DNA experts, current technology providers, researchers, developers, and other users.

Forum Archives

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