Ottawa’s STACS DNA lands first overseas deal with Algerian police force

DNA

An Ottawa company that provides specimen tracking software for some of the largest DNA labs in North America has landed its first international customer, Algeria’s national police force.

The likes of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation use STACS DNA’s software to track medical samples such as sexual assault kits throughout the screening process. The Ottawa-based firm announced last week that Algeria’s Direction générale de la sûreté nationale (DGSN) has implemented its solution to centralize DNA data at the force’s head lab in Algiers.

In a release, the company says its tech cuts down on time and errors involved in sample tracking and processing.

The news comes a month after STACS began rolling out its software to track newborn specimens across Ontario. That project aids medical professionals in flagging lost samples and speeds up diagnoses for newborns.

STACS DNA was spun out of Ottawa’s Anjura Technology after the RCMP approached the local firm to create software capable of supporting its DNA sample bank.