A state-of-the-art facility, it will provide research and training opportunities to DNA forensic scientists and law enforcement experts
Gandhinagar, India, August 30th, 2022- Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, in technical collaboration with National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) has set up the Centre of Excellence for DNA Forensics at the NFSU campus in Gujarat, India.
A first-of-its-kind in India, the centre, was inaugurated formally by Shri Amit Shah, Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Co-operation, Govt. of India in the august presence of Shri Harsh Sanghavi, Hon’ble Minister of State (Home) and Minister of Revenue, Govt. of Gujarat, Shri Jitubhai Vaghani, Hon’ble Education, Science and Technology Minister, Govt. of Gujarat, Shri Rajendra Trivedi, Minister of Law and Justice, Govt. of Gujarat and Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Union Home Secretary, Govt. of India. Also present for the inauguration were Dr. J.M. Vyas, Vice Chancellor, NFSU, Amit Chopra, Managing Director, India and South Asia, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Jagjit Singh Anthak, Director, Genetic Sciences Group and Specialty Diagnostics Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has equipped the facility with its entire DNA workflow which includes sophisticated systems for DNA extraction, real-time PCR instruments, DNA sequencers/ genetic analyzers, next-generation sequencers and rapid DNA technologies along with consumables, software and validation services.
The centre has been created to facilitate training and education for the students of NFSU and across forensic labs, and for law enforcement experts (police, judiciary).
“We are proud to be a technical partner to set up this centre of excellence for DNA Forensics, the first in the country, in collaboration with NFSU. Our end-to-end workflows underscored by robust technologies and application expertise, streamline human identification analysis. These highly accurate systems aid experts with investigative leads for making evidence-based decisions. Through our association with institutes such as NFSU, we remain committed to our Mission to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer”, said Amit Chopra, Managing Director, India, and South Asia, Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The NFSU-Thermo Fisher Centre of Excellence for DNA Forensics will eventually be hallmarked as a model set up for DNA casework and databasing workflows for nationwide adoption.
About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue of approximately $40 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, increasing productivity in their laboratories, improving patient health through diagnostics or the development and manufacture of life-changing therapies, we are here to support them. Our global team delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services, Patheon and PPD. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com
The National Forensic Sciences University is the world’s first and only University dedicated to forensic, behavioral, cybersecurity, digital forensics, and allied sciences. It was established by the Government of India with the objective of fulfilling the acute shortage against the increasing demand for forensic experts in the country and around the world. For more information, please visit www.nfsu.ac.in.