STACS DNA’s ROI Calculator Helps Labs Decide Between Hiring and Automation

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Reveals most cost-effective way to increase sample processing capacity based on actual lab data

Try the ROI Calculator for Casework DNA Labs
Forensic DNA lab managers need to figure out how to cost-effectively increase their sample processing capacity. STACS DNA’s ROI Calculator helps them decide between hiring and automation based on the evidence.

STACS DNA Inc., the only DNA sample processing software provider, today introduced a new ROI Calculator that shows crime labs how to maximize their return on investment. Based on the lab’s own data, the ROI Calculator presents a cost-benefit comparison of implementing STACS DNA’s sample tracking and control software versus hiring and training more criminalists to achieve equivalent volumes.

The analysis is based on the lab’s actual data as well as productivity results reported from STACS DNA’s customers currently using STACS-CW Enterprise in automated casework labs. All costs related to fees and personnel time invested are included: software license, support and maintenance, as well as implementation (training, installation, configuration, system validation and monthly overhead).

Upon answering a series of simple questions about the laboratory, the ROI Calculator determines:

  •     The lab’s potential increase in processing capacity—without hiring additional staff—after implementing STACS-CW Enterprise software; and
  •     The lab’s return on investment of using STACS-CW Enterprise.

As a comparison, the ROI Calculator also analyzes the cost to the lab of not implementing STACS-CW Enterprise and displays:

  •     The number of lab analysts (criminalists) the lab must hire to achieve the equivalent increase in capacity; and
  •     The cost to hire and train that number of analysts.

“There shouldn’t be any surprises when choosing something as important as forensics laboratory software,” said Jocelyn Tremblay, President and COO of STACS DNA. “We asked our customers detailed questions about how our software has improved their lab operations. The cost of every task in a lab can be calculated in dollars and cents. We used their real data to drive the calculations. This ROI Calculator uses a lab’s own metrics, not guesswork, to determine if there is a financial benefit.”

Casework DNA lab managers are often faced with the challenge of processing increasing volumes of samples while their budgets don’t keep pace. Their labs must meet the highest accreditation standards—as well as public scrutiny—despite the fact that the lab may be experiencing turnover of highly trained forensics scientists. This tool helps them answer the question, “What is the most cost-effective way to increase our capacity?”

Accessing the ROI Calculator

The STACS DNA ROI Calculator is now available at For a more detailed ROI assessment, contact us here.

About STACS-CW Enterprise

STACS-CW Enterprise is sample tracking and control software specifically designed for casework DNA labs to dramatically increase sample processing capacity and meet all forensic accreditation standards— without hiring and without replacing a lab’s current forensics LIMS. Rather, STACS-CW Enterprise addresses the shortcomings of current forensics LIMS faced by DNA labs. It is simply the most effective DNA sample processing software available today.


STACS DNA delivers the only sample processing software specifically designed for DNA laboratories. Since 2000, we’ve helped DNA labs of all sizes to accelerate throughput, save time, prevent errors, cut costs, and maintain chain of custody. STACS tracks and controls samples, manages workflows, integrates systems and instrumentation and improves data quality. Most of the major forensic DNA labs in North America are our customers, such as the FBI, RCMP, U.S. Army and the largest state labs. The company is based in Ottawa, ON and Fairfax, VA. For more information, visit

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