Thermo Fisher Scientific Donates Rapid DNA Analysis Technology to Help Reunite Families Recently Separated at Border
Accredited technology quickly and accurately identifies parentage relationships while preserving privacy

WALTHAM, Mass., June 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --  Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today announced it is offering to donate $1 million worth of rapid DNA analyzers and related technology to support efforts to reunite children and parents recently separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Thermo Fisher's breakthrough technology can go from sample to result in 90 minutes, ensuring fast, easy and accurate DNA matching.

"Thermo Fisher's Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer, and this is another great example of how we can provide technology to address a societal challenge," said Marc N. Casper, president and CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific. "We're proud to offer our rapid DNA testing instruments to help reunite children with their families, here and all over the world."

Thermo Fisher's donation is being offered in response to widespread calls for accredited technology solutions. The company's RapidHIT system, which can be set up at locations within a day, enables:

  • Easy sampling, with self-contained collection kits requiring only a swab of the inside cheek
  • Rapid sample processing, going from sample to result in 90 minutes, including only minutes of hands-on prep time
  • Privacy and security, with results forwarded directly and only to an authorized party and samples destroyed after processing to prevent future testing.

RapidHIT provides a DNA fingerprint solely for identification purposes, without additional genetic information that can trigger privacy concerns.  This DNA fingerprint is the gold standard for paternity testing and has been an established method of identification for more than 20 years in the U.S. The technology is also used worldwide for DNA analysis, with more than 140,000 samples run on the rapid DNA platform to date.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 70,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services. For more information, please visit

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