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Health Network Labs acquires two forensic labs, broadens DNA testing services

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Health Network Laboratories, headquartered in Allentown, has acquired two State College-based forensic DNA laboratories that provide testing services for human identification, paternity and criminal investigation.

HNL now owns Fairfax Identity Laboratories and Mitotyping Technologies, which recently merged to also provide comprehensive DNA testing services for immigration, estate settlements, adoption and species lineage.

According to HNL president and CEO Dr. Peter Fisher, the acquisition gives HNL a national and international presence.

“These companies are highly respected in the industry and employ renowned forensic scientists,” he said. “I am excited about this new acquisition and look forward to their contributions to our forensic pathology and toxicology services, as well as the introduction of new service lines.”

The laboratories also provide expert witness testimony in high-profile forensic cases and have a reputation of working on challenging cases using advanced technical and scientific expertise.

Fairfax Identity Laboratories originally operated in Virginia, and since 1990 has been in DNA testing for forensic analysis, paternity testing and genetic identity. It works with state and federal agencies, police departments, attorneys, private individuals and the Department of Defense, among other clients.

In 2014, Fairfax Identity Laboratories merged with Mitotyping Technologies and moved to State College.

Mitotyping Technologies offers forensic mitochondrial and nuclear DNA analysis and is one of longest running providers of these services, specializing in mitochondrial DNA analysis of shedded hairs and hair fragments. The laboratory is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and American Association of Blood Banks Relationship Testing.

Both Fairfax Identity Laboratories and Mitotyping Technologies will remain in State College, with oversight by HNL scientific officer Jeff Wisotzkey.

HNL is a multiregional, full-service medical laboratory serving more than 10,000 health care providers in the public and health care communities. Providing laboratory services for 35 years, HNL performs tests on 70 million samples annually, employs more than 900 and retains 25 board-certified pathologists and scientists.

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Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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