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Forensic Testing Instrumentation Installation at Japanese Police Facilities

Life Technologies : 29 March, 2010  (Application Story)
The National Police Agency of Japan and it's forensic science laboratories throughout the country have taken DNA extraction instrumentation and analysis software from Life Technologies as a result of increased efforts to solve crime in the country
Life Technologies Japan, a subsidiary of Life Technologies has completed the installation of DNA analysis software, genetic analyzers, and DNA extraction instrumentation for the National Police Agency (NPA) and its 47 prefectural forensic science laboratories. This installation represents a 3 billion yen (approximately $30M) investment by the NPA to modernize its testing systems in all prefectural police agencies across Japan, and increases their current capabilities to enable high throughput forensic testing. NPA chose Life Technologies' forensic testing instrumentation because it meets the rigorous requirements to provide the highest quality testing results to law enforcement officers.

"Japan's recent investment demonstrates a strong commitment to protecting public safety and establishes Japan's prefectural forensic science laboratories as the world's most sophisticated laboratory systems," said Leonard Klevan, PhD, President of Human Identification at Life Technologies. "This commitment is part of a larger trend in the United States, Europe, China and other countries to utilize the power of DNA databases to share investigative information in order to enhance the criminal process and bring justice to victims worldwide."

Japan transitioned to a mixed jury system for serious crimes in 2009. This change in the legal system created a need to evaluate a broader scope of evidence and is expected to increase the overall use of DNA in the investigative and legal process. "We expect that the enhanced capacity will accommodate this increasing need for more DNA analysis," said Siddhartha Kadia, PhD, Chief Operating Officer of Life Technologies Japan. "Life Technologies has been providing leading edge DNA analysis instrumentations for Japan's police system since the 1990's. We are committed to ensuring that the latest instrumentation is utilized effectively to provide the highest quality testing results to law enforcement officers. We value the trust that the NRIPS and NPA have in Life Technologies, and will provide our best support as Japan transitions into a new legal system."
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