NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DNA testing services company Orchid Cellmark plans to open a new forensic testing facility in the Northwest of England to support a number of new police forces, the company said today.
The company said it is opening the center later this year after having received a “major award” from nine new police forces in the area, but it did not disclose the amount of the award.
The new lab will give the company a site near its Northwest England customers and it will provide extra testing capacity for future growth of police needs.
Orchid Cellmark will perform forensic services such as DNA testing of database crime scene samples, forensic casework, and DNA samples taken under the UK’s Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
The three-year contracts are expected to be executed soon for the nine police departments.