The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has awarded £450,000 to The Forensic Science Service (FSS) to develop a commercial DNA Database package so police and governments can store, search and match forensic DNA profiles.
The project will be funded through the third round of the Public Sector Research Exploitation (PSRE) fund targeted at turning turn public sector research into commercial success.
Birmingham-based FSS already has a number of international clients who use their FSS-i3 DNA analysis software and are interested in upgrading to the new FSS-iD software which adds forensic DNA profiling capabilities. The money will also go towards marketing the product.
In total, 29 projects won a share of the £25 million fund.