ANDE is dedicated to the development and commercialization of Rapid DNA products for human forensic identification, biothreat detection, and clinical diagnostics. The company believes that moving DNA analysis from the laboratory to the field will dramatically improve societal safety and health. By reducing crime, exonerating the innocent, monitoring borders, and reuniting families, Rapid DNA represents a fundamental opportunity for the public and private sectors to protect the innocent.
“It is our hope that this simple concept can help reduce human suffering and loss by identifying criminals more quickly and by allowing our justice system to work reliably and with reasonable speed.”— George Heinrichs, CEO, ANDE
Founded based on pioneering research performed at MIT's Whitehead Institute, ANDE was incorporated in 2000 in Greater Boston and has received significant support from both government agencies and industry. ANDE products are based on a series of enabling microfluidic and molecular biology technologies developed for sample preparation and DNA purification, rapid thermal cycling, highly multiplexed amplification, focused DNA sequencing, optical detection of DNA sequences, and nucleic acid separation and detection. ANDE's products have been designed for use by non-technical operators outside the laboratory, a feature that is critical to address the enormous unmet needs of the rapidly emerging Rapid DNA markets.
In 2009, ANDE was awarded the contract for a competitive R&D program sponsored by a consortium of Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security. The result of the program was the development of an automated rapid human DNA identification capability that minimizes analytical complexity and user manipulations for field-forward biometric and forensic applications. The ANDE program achieved its objectives to deliver fully automated and integrated field-deployable systems that would rapidly generate human DNA IDs with no user manipulations after inserting a sample into the system.
ANDE has undergone extensive lab and field testing by DHS in partnership with NIST, DOD in partnership with DFSC, and the FBI laboratory. This program resulted in the first and only field-forward, fully-automated, and integrated Rapid DNA Analysis system. The ANDE system is currently used operationally to help support public safety around the world.