THE PROCESS PHASES
Any technological transfer project is divided into four phases:
PHASE I. Designing the laboratory
GENOMICA plans the design of the laboratories depending on their functional features, required outfitting, consumable and fungible materials and reagents. Appropriately determining these needs with the utmost degree of accuracy assures that the cost-benefit ratio of the laboratory will be optimum.
The DNA laboratories are designed and installed fully complying with the most stringent procedures for guaranteeing the handling of the samples. This sample handling process is particularly important in those used as evidence and are handled separately from the reference samples.
GENOMICA’s experience in the implementation of the DNA technology guarantees our customers’ fullest satisfaction and an extraordinarily high-quality operation of the new forensic genetics laboratories implemented.
PHASE II. Project roll-out
Once the laboratory’s operating requirements have been determined, GENOMICA then commences rolling out the process in several stages:
Partitioning and conditioning the working rooms:
Depending on the existing facilities, GENOMICA conditions the different working rooms in keeping with their future use (electrical facilities, climatizing of the different areas, entry control, etc.). Afterward, it sees to installing the laboratory furnishings necessary for carrying out the analysis techniques.
This process is of major importance in the development and operability of the laboratory and also in minimizing any danger of contamination among the different working areas.
Supply of equipment, consumable and fungible materials and reagents:
GENOMICA manages the procurement process at both the equipment outfitting and reagent levels, at all times in keeping with the functional characteristics and operability of the future laboratory and respecting the highest quality for their use in Molecular Biology.
The Company guarantees the supply of high-tech equipment of brands of renowned prestige which will guarantee the maintenance and replacement parts for the same within the country where the laboratory is located.
The equipment installation and commissioning
GENOMICA installs all of the equipment necessary in the different rooms and verifies their proper working order.
PHASE III. Scientific-technical training
As part of its technological transfer, GENOMICA sets out a specific training plan for each project in terms of the different techniques implemented.
Both the textbook theory as well as the practical aspects are taught by GENOMICA’s qualified technicians possessing long professional careers in the field of forensic genetic analysis.
This training will be held in the laboratory installed, guaranteeing the technical personnel and end users of the laboratory a knowledge of the fundamentals of the textbook theory-based aspects as well as the practical process of carrying out the different phases and techniques for the DNA analysis with different types of samples.
In parallel to this training, GENOMICA sets up an ALLELE FREQUENCY DATABASE FOR THE LABORATORY’S TARGET POPULATION in conjunction with the laboratory technicians. This database is fundamental for the purpose of making the necessary biostatistical calculations for issuing the final report with all of the technical, scientific and judicial guarantees. The training in this area is fundamental for making any calculation of probabilities and successfully putting the same forth before the courts of law.
Following completion of the training, a skill evaluation and certification process will be carried out for all of the personnel involved in the different stages of DNA analysis.
PHASE IV. Technical support
Following full completion of the custom-tailored forensic genetics laboratory implementation project, GENOMICA provides the laboratory with technical support.
This support is provided by means of a user-provider “hotline” for troubleshooting or answering technical questions and providing solutions to queries.
GENOMICA also guarantees to the International Forensic Genetics Societies the incorporation of the laboratory implemented into said Societies.