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Orchid Cellmark UK Forensic Contracts Extended

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Orchid Cellmark today announced the two-year extension of contracts previously awarded under the North West/South West and Wales regional forensic tender process in the UK.

The contracts, originally awarded in April 2008, were set to expire in 2011 and have been extended to 2013. In total, the contracts have a value of about $10 million, the company said in a statement.

The forensic testing contracts are for three areas — comprehensive casework services using a range of forensic analytical methods; DNA testing of crime scene samples for submission to the National DNA Database; and DNA testing of samples from arrested criminal suspects.

In the tender, Orchid was awarded work from nine UK police forces in Avon & Somerset; Cumbria; Devon & Cornwall; Dorset; Dyfed Powys; Greater Manchester; Lancashire; Merseyside; and North Wales.