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Miami Valley DNA Lab Pulls Off Million Dollar Productivity with STACS DNA

February 19, 2014

Lab automation increases throughput by 86%

OTTAWA, February 18, 2014—STACS DNA Inc., the only DNA sample processing software provider, today announced that the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab (MVRCL) reports an 86% increase in its DNA sample processing output – the equivalent to tripling its lab staff – by implementing STACS-CW Enterprise™ along with other automation.

MVRCL implemented STACS-CW Enterprise in 2012 and has experienced:

  • Increase in output: equivalent to tripling lab staff
  • Samples processed: 86% increase
  • Total processing cost per sample:  40% cost savings
  • Turnaround: 83% time savings
  • Case documentation: 90%+ time savings
  • Time typing profiles into CODIS: 90%+ time savings
  • Prevented errors due to transcription and use of expired reagents

“We are doubling, sometimes tripling our previous processing rates,” says Mark Squibb, the supervisor of the DNA laboratory at Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab (MVRCL). “So it’s like a double whammy – we are knocking away our backlog more than if we added personnel, because each analyst is only able to handle a certain number of samples.”

Only by tripling its budget would MVRCL be able to match its improved case output using their previous manual processes and staff levels. According to Mark Squibb, that is the equivalent of saving a million dollars a year.

Read the full case study at https://www.stacsdna.com/resources/case-studies/.

About MVRCL

Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory (MVRCL) is a full-service, forensic science facility dedicated to assisting law enforcement agencies with criminal investigations. Located in Dayton, Ohio, the laboratory is accredited with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). For more information, go to http://www.mcohio.org/government/mvrcl/index.html.

About STACS DNA

STACS DNA delivers the only sample processing software specifically designed for DNA laboratories. Since 2000, we’ve helped DNA labs of all sizes to accelerate throughput, save time, prevent errors, cut costs, and maintains chain of custody. STACS tracks and controls samples, manages workflows, integrates systems and instrumentation and improves data quality. Customers are federal, state, regional and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada, including many of the largest forensics DNA labs in North America. The company is based in Ottawa, ON and Fairfax, VA. For more information, visit www.stacsdna.com.

For more information

Heather MacIntosh
Vice President, Marketing
STACS DNA Inc.
613-274-7822 ext. 2005
stacsdna at stacsdna  dot com

Customers are federal, state, regional and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada, including many of the largest DNA labs in North America.