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UK-based Police Force to Use Orchid Cellmark s Forensic DNA Testing Service

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (GenomeWeb News) - Orchid Biosciences said today that the Thames Valley Police, the UK's largest non-metropolitan police force, has selected Orchid's European Cellmark business as its exclusive provider of forensic DNA testing services.

 

The three-year, multi-million dollar contract is extendable for an additional two years, and was awarded through Forensic Alliance, Orchid's strategic partner. Further financial details were not disclosed.

 

Orchid said that Cellmark has supplied part of Thames Valley Police's forensic DNA testing services since 1998, and that the current agreement appoints Cellmark as the sole supplier.

 

Earlier today, Orchid Biosciences posted a 39 percent increase in revenues for the third quarter, which it partially attributed to an increase in forensics testing volume.

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