Michigan Company to Connect Private Enterprise with Forensic Science Laboratories

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The Forensic Science Chamber of Commerce was created to accelerate and economize the delivery of technology to crime laboratory experts.

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Crime labs don't have a lot of money which means that money spent on marketing is money not spent on research and development.

The Forensic Foundations Group is announcing its receipt of the first applications for The Forensic Science Chamber of Commerce, a one-of-a-kind membership organization launched in January to boost private sector investment in forensic methods and technologies.

John Collins, who is the founder of the Forensic Foundations Group and the executive director for the chamber, says that his company is ahead of schedule.

"We had immediate interest shortly after announcing the chamber," Collins said. "Five applications from major players in the forensic science business community came to us quickly to voice their interest. Three applications were from the U.S. and two were from Canada."

The Forensic Foundations Group will announce the first members of the chamber later this year when it expects to welcome 20 companies as its charter members.

Collins explains that public safety depends on innovators and risk-takers in the private sector who create the "CSI" technologies used to solve crimes.

"It's a very tough market," says Collins. "Crime labs don't have a lot of money which means that money spent on marketing is money not spent on research and development. We can fix that."

Collins hopes to welcome 100 companies into the chamber within three years.

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