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IntegenX, Northrop Grumman Get Army Contract for Development of DNA Identification Platform

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Northrop Grumman today announced an award from a US Army program to further develop and supply a human DNA identification system from IntegenX.

The contract, the terms of which were not disclosed, was awarded as part of the US Army's Biometrics Operations and Support Services – Unrestricted, or BOSS-U, program and will be used to further build out the IntegenX RapidHIT 200 Human DNA Identification System. IntegenX had previously demonstrated the ability of the system to deliver correct DNA identification of individuals in less than two hours in an invited US Department of Defense exercise.

"With the successful demonstration of prototype versions of the RapidHIT 200 System, the BOSS-U award will enable us, in partnership with Northrop Grumman, to accelerate the delivery of field-forward DNA identification to warfighters during 2012," Stevan Jovanovich, president and CEO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based IntegenX, said in a statement.

The platform automates and accelerates the generation of standardized DNA profiles from cheek swabs, human tissue samples, and other objects with low copy numbers of DNA, the firm said. The profiles generated by the RapidHIT 200 System are matched against samples with existing DNA records in domestic and international databases or are used to expand those databases.

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