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AKESOgen and Identitas Partner

 

 

AKESOgen and Identitas partner to provide a comprehensive Next Generation Forensic profiling solution

 

New York, NY, USA and Norcross, GA, USA – August 16th 2013 – Identitas Corp., a leader in forensic phenotyping and AKESOgen, the genomics and biorepository services company today announced a global commercial partnership to offer the forensic industry an innovative turn-key phenotypic screening solution that allows investigators to generate more comprehensive leads from DNA samples than had previously been possible. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Our unique technology creates highly specific phenotypic predictions from DNA, combining inferences on biogeographic ancestry, extended relatedness/kinship, gender, Y and mitochondrial haplotype, and physical appearance such as hair and eye color. ISAS™ is able to generate investigative leads rapidly using only a single aliquot of DNA. We evaluate genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), to extract greater insight from DNA samples than has previously been possible” said Dr. Aruna Bansal, CIO of Identitas.

“We are excited to be working with Identitas to provide a comprehensive solution which we believe is unique in the forensic market and will have tremendous utility for enhanced phenotyping of individuals for a variety of applications including missing person identification as well as investigative lead generation, to complement standard panels such as CODIS.” commented Dr. Mark Bouzyk, CSO of AKESOgen.

The partnership will harness the combined strengths of both companies: AKESOgen will provide an end-to-end genetic analysis package powered by Identitas’s proprietary ISAS™ software analysis tool. ISAS™ employs a computationally powerful approach that interrogates single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to develop a profile that describes the physical appearance of an individual. AKESOgen has entered in to a license agreement with Identitas for access to the ISAS™ software, enabling customers a seamless delivery of an enhanced phenotypic profile from receipt of DNA.

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Contact details

Mark Bouzyk, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, AKESOgen, Inc.
T: +1 855 661 8920 (Toll Free)
C: +1 404 771 8667
E: mbouzyk@akesogen.com

Aruna Bansal MSc, PhD, CStat, CSci, Chief Information Officer, Identitas Corp.
C: +44 1223 421 662
E: bansal@identitascorp.com

About AKESOgen, Inc.

AKESOgen is an integrated genomics and company providing biorepository services and high-throughput, biomarker profiling and genomics analysis utilizing different types of markers (e.g. DNA, mRNA, miRNA, methylation) for the R&D market in a CLIA environment. A private company based in Atlanta, GA, AKESOgen is a genomics contract research organization that services the government, academic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical testing and agricultural sectors. AKESOgen provides expertise in biobanking, assay development and all ancillary services in a purpose-built facility. For more information, visit www.akesogen.com

About Identitas Corp.

Identitas Corp. is a forensic genomics company developing better ways to extract information from genetic evidence. Their lead software product, ISAS™, is an all-in-one solution that generates highly detailed profiles from a single DNA sample. ISAS™ provides simple, intuitive reports of high resolution data that describe familial relatedness, bio-geographic ancestry/location of origin, and visual phenotyping. For more information, visit www.identitascorp.com

– See more at: http://www.akesogen.com/?page=pr-2013-08-16#sthash.DZmANyjv.dpuf

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