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Top Ten Companies in Forensics Technology

  • September 2013
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  • BCC Research
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  • 77 pages

INTRODUCTION

Broadly defined, “forensic technologies” is the application of a wide–ranging spectrum of science and technology to establish and investigate facts, generally pertaining to the legal system. The forensic science industry (often simply called forensics) is currently undergoing rapid growth as well as dramatic change due to several factors. Technological change is resulting in the development of new forensic techniques, lowering the cost of implementation and enabling forensic technologies to gain broader reach throughout our entire economy.
The demand for forensic–related products and services continues to grow at a robust pace, a trend that is likely to continue over coming years. Spending on DNA–related government lab testing is rising and the U.S. and other national governments are spending on many large initiatives in biometrics. On a private level, labs are gaining traction and benefitting from a larger role in establishing forensic results for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Private company spending in other forensic–related areas is also growing, as well as human identity analysis, toxicology testing, computer–forensic services and demand for biometrics products and services. Technological advances are increasing accuracy and quality, lowering costs, and generally benefitting all areas of demand for forensic–related products and services. These changes in technology are lowering the cost of implementation and advancing execution of forensic capability, while also leading to new and more efficient techniques for investigation. Greater portability and accuracy are also resulting in new and improved methods. These factors will continue to lead to sensational growth and change in the forensics industry.
The broader forensic technology industry can be sub–divided into several different component categories that include DNA testing and analysis; analytical instruments and equipment; toxicology/immunoassay; biometrics; computer/ database forensics; and forensic consulting. The following is a brief description of these forensic market segments:
• Forensic DNA testing and analysis – The use of DNA to identify individuals for purposes of legal investigation. Advancements in DNA testing, new protocols by the FBI, changing legal standards and the DNA services provided by private and public crime labs are generally included in this category.
• Forensic analytical instruments and equipment – Analytical instruments and supply makers; this also includes drug identification kits. DNA testing equipment, systems and instruments are included in this category, and are generally supplied to the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies and both government and private crime labs.
• Toxicology/Immunoassays – Forensic toxicology is the use of toxicology and other disciplines such as analytical chemistry, pharmacology and clinical chemistry to aid medical or legal investigation of death, poisoning, and drug use. The primary concern for forensic toxicology is not the legal outcome of the toxicological investigation or the technology utilized, but rather the collection and interpretation of the results. A toxicological analysis can be made of various kinds of samples including urine, blood, hair, and oral fluid (generally saliva). Post–mortem autopsies may use other fluids or bodily samples to conduct testing.
• Biometrics – Biometrics is the automatic identification or identity verification of an individual based on physiological or behavioral characteristics, the authentication of which is done with computer technology in a noninvasive way to match patterns of live individuals in real time against enrolled records. Biometric products recognize faces, hands, fingers, signatures, veins, irises, voices, skin and fingerprints.
• Computer/database forensics – Techniques used in recovering and investigating data from digital devices, including development of algorithms and software for forensic purposes.
• Forensic consulting – Often closely intertwined with computer forensics and other areas of forensics, but also including forensic accounting and financial analysis.

The digital era is also having a profound effect on forensic investigation techniques and demand. With the Internet emerging into a universal vehicle for communication, and the digital transfer and storage of sensitive data, there has been a surge in Internet related crimes, and abuse of corporate and government information assets. The hacking of secure networks for unauthorized access to data results in identity theft and unauthorized use of credit/debit card information. These cyber–crimes are creating a massive market for computer forensics technology, including tools for collecting and analyzing electronic data in order to present it as evidence in a court of law.
Another noteworthy driver for this market is the growing prominence of DNA testing. Forensic DNA diagnostics products and testing/analysis services are used with more prevalence throughout many markets, and are no longer part of a small niche.
Biometrics is another area where advancements in forensic technologies are creating explosive demand globally and in the U.S. Lower–cost and more accurate recognition techniques are leading to greater penetration of biometrics products into private and public company budgets. Government identification initiatives along the U.S. border and in the country of India are boosting global demand for biometric services and equipment, along with several other large global initiatives. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the largest human biometrics identification project in world history, with an end goal of providing a unique ID card to the country’s 1.2 billion residents. Other large corporate and government biometric initiatives to identify employees and general populace are also driving demand.

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

This document is a specialty report related to the BCC Research report SAS003D. The goal of this document is to provide a more in–depth look at the top–tier forensic technology companies.
The objectives include identifying companies that are considered leaders and the technologies or management contributions that make them leaders. There are certain market drivers and some constraints to both the companies and to the evolving technology they seek to dominate. There is a desire to ascertain if these companies will be able to meet the continuing demand for their products by proprietary technology, strategy alliances, superior marketing or other sought after advantages.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This report is intended for suppliers of forensic technologies and those with a need to understand the status and dynamics of the market for these products. The report is largely nontechnical in nature, providing an overview of the products, markets, and trends used in forensics work. It is not written specifically for scientists and technologists, although its findings concern the market for their work.
BCC expects the report to be especially useful for executive management personnel, marketing and financial analysts, investors, and anyone interested in the forensic market for analytical instrumentation, drug and toxicology analysis, DNA profiling, and fingerprinting/biometrics.

SCOPE

The SCOPE of this report is focused on a select 10 companies in forensic technologies. This is in many ways a selected due diligence of the key companies and drivers in the forensic technology market sector.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

This report provides:
• Identification of the top 10 companies in the market for forensics technology, and the rationale behind these selections.
• Factors taken into account, including technical innovation, market leadership, and commitment to this market via investment in products.

When selecting these top 10 companies, BCC Research looked across the industry spectrum and selected the most active and significant contributors while recognizing that there are many other contenders. Some of these “significant others” are included in the report but are detailed to a lesser extent than the top 10 companies.

Table Of Contents

Top Ten Companies in Forensics Technology
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES 3
INTENDED AUDIENCE 4
SCOPE 4
RELATED BCC REPORTS 4
BCC ON-LINE SERVICES 4
DISCLAIMER 5

CHAPTER 2 MARKET SUMMARY AND SEGMENTATION 7

TABLE 1 PROJECTED U.S. FORENSIC PRODUCT AND SERVICES MARKET BY
SEGMENT ($ MILLIONS) 7
GROWTH IN THE FORENSICS MARKET 8
COMPARISON WITH LIFE SCIENCE EQUIPMENT MARKET 8
THE TOP 10 8

CHAPTER 3 THE TOP 10 FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES 11

INTRODUCTION 11
ACCESSDATA GROUP LLC. 12
PRODUCTS 13
TABLE 2 ACCESSDATA FORENSICS PRODUCTS 13
FINANCIALS 14
ACQUISITIONS 14
COMPETITION 14
MANAGEMENT 14
TABLE 3 ACCESSDATA GROUP MANAGEMENT 14
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES 15
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS BUSINESS 16
LIFE SCIENCES BUSINESS 17
ACQUISITIONS 17
PRODUCT LINES 18
FINANCIALS 18
TABLE 4 AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES REVENUES, 2012 (%) 19
TABLE 5 AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES REVENUES, 2011 AND 2012 ($ MILLIONS/%) 19
MANAGEMENT 20
TABLE 6 AGILENT MANAGEMENT 20
CELLMARK FORENSICS 20
PRODUCTS 21
Casework Services 21
Screening (Blood, Semen, Saliva Detection) 21
Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Analysis 21
STR Kits 22
Y-STR Analysis 22
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) 22
Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) 23
Forensic Paternity 24
Expert Testimony 24
Case Review 24
Offender Testing 24
International Quality Assessment Scheme (IQAS) 25
ID-Secure 25
FINANCIALS 26
TABLE 7 CELLMARK FORENSICS REVENUES, THROUGH 2011 ($ BILLIONS) 26
MANAGEMENT 27
TABLE 8 CELLMARK MANAGEMENT 27
ILLUMINA INC. 28
PRODUCT INITIATIVE 29
PRODUCTS 30
FORENSIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES (FORENSIC GENOMICS) 30
Criminal Casework 30
Data Banks 31
Simultaneously Analyze Multiple Loci 32
Future Proofing for NGS 32
Missing Persons and Human Remains 32
Mass Fatalities 33
Improved Kinship Analysis 34
Suspect Identification and Phenotyping 34
ACQUISITIONS 34
POTENTIAL ACQUISITION 35
TABLE 9 ILLUMINA ENTERPRISE VALUE 36
FINANCIALS 36
TABLE 10 ILLUMINA'S REVENUE GROWTH, 2009-2012 36
MANAGEMENT 37
TABLE 11 ILLUMINA MANAGEMENT 37
LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORP. 37
PRODUCT AREAS 38
PRODUCTS 39
TABLE 12 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES FORENSICS PRODUCTS 39
FORENSIC PRODUCT INITIATIVES 40
FORENSICS COLLABORATION 42
HISTORY AND ACQUISITIONS 43
FINANCIALS 45
TABLE 13 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES REVENUE COMPARISON RESULTS OF OPERATIONS,
($ MILLIONS/%) 46
TABLE 14 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES FIRST-HALF REVENUE RESULTS OF OPERATIONS,
2011 AND 2012 (%/$ MILLIONS) 46
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC ACQUISITION OF LIFE TECHNOLOGIES 47
MANAGEMENT 48
TABLE 15 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES MANAGEMENT 48
PERKINELMER INC. 49
FORENSIC PRODUCTS 50
FINANCIALS 50
TABLE 16 TOTAL REVENUE BY SEGMENT, 2009-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 51
MANAGEMENT 51
TABLE 17 PERKINELMER MANAGEMENT 51
PROMEGA CORPORATION 52
PRODUCT INITIATIVES 53
FINANCIALS 54
TABLE 18 PROMEGA CORPORATION REVENUES, THROUGH 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 54
MANAGEMENT 54
TABLE 19 PROMEGA MANAGEMENT 54
SORENSON FORENSICS 55
SERVICE OFFERINGS 56
Forensic DNA Testing 56
STR DNA Testing and Analysis 56
Mini STR Testing 56
Y STR Analysis and Interpretation 56
Lab Validation Services 57
Case Review and Expert Witness 57
DNA Identification of Missing Persons 57
NEW PRODUCT INITIATIVE 57
MANAGEMENT 58
TABLE 20 SORENSON FORENSICS MANAGEMENT 58
SPEX FORENSICS 59
PRODUCT AREAS 59
HORIBA SCIENTIFIC 60
THERMO SCIENTIFIC 60
PRODUCTS 61
TABLE 21 THERMO SCIENTIFIC FORENSIC APPLICATIONS 61
FINANCES 62
TABLE 22 REVENUE SEGMENTS ($) 63
MANAGEMENT 63
TABLE 23 THERMO FISHER MANAGEMENT 63

CHAPTER 4 WATCH LIST: FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES 65

3M COGENT 65
PRODUCTS 65
3M ACQUISITION OF COGENT 66
BODE TECHNOLOGY INC. 67
DIFFERENTIATING PRODUCTS/TECHNOLOGY 68
OUTLOOK 68
FORENSIC FLUIDS 69
TABLE 24 FORENSIC FLUIDS REVENUE, 2008-2012 ($ MILLIONS) 69
DIFFERENTIATING PRODUCTS/TECHNOLOGY 70
OUTLOOK 70
IBIS BIOSCIENCES 71
ACADEMIC COLLABORATION 72
FINANCIALS 73
TABLE 25 IBIS FINANCIALS ($ MILLIONS/%) 73
L-1 IDENTITY SOLUTIONS 74
PRODUCTS 74
Biometric Identification 74
Finger and Palm 74
Face 74
Iris 75
Multi-biometric 75
Civilian Identification Management 75
Secure Credential Issuance Systems 76
Enterprise Access Solutions 76
SAFRAN ACQUISITION OF L-1 IDENTITY 76
QIAGEN 76
FORENSIC PRODUCTS 77
FINANCIALS 78
TABLE 26 QIAGEN REVENUE THROUGH 2Q 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 78

CHAPTER 5 GLOSSARY OF FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY TERMS 80



LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1 PROJECTED U.S. FORENSIC PRODUCT AND SERVICES MARKET BY SEGMENT
($ MILLIONS) 7
TABLE 2 ACCESSDATA FORENSICS PRODUCTS 13
TABLE 3 ACCESSDATA GROUP MANAGEMENT 14
TABLE 4 AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES REVENUES, 2012 (%) 19
TABLE 5 AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES REVENUES, 2011 AND 2012 ($ MILLIONS/%) 19
TABLE 6 AGILENT MANAGEMENT 20
TABLE 7 CELLMARK FORENSICS REVENUES, THROUGH 2011 ($ BILLIONS) 26
TABLE 8 CELLMARK MANAGEMENT 27
TABLE 9 ILLUMINA ENTERPRISE VALUE 36
TABLE 10 ILLUMINA'S REVENUE GROWTH, 2009-2012 36
TABLE 11 ILLUMINA MANAGEMENT 37
TABLE 12 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES FORENSICS PRODUCTS 39
TABLE 13 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES REVENUE COMPARISON RESULTS OF OPERATIONS,
($ MILLIONS/%) 46
TABLE 14 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES FIRST-HALF REVENUE RESULTS OF OPERATIONS,
2011 AND 2012 (%/$ MILLIONS) 46
TABLE 15 LIFE TECHNOLOGIES MANAGEMENT 48
TABLE 16 TOTAL REVENUE BY SEGMENT, 2009-2011 ($ MILLIONS) 51
TABLE 17 PERKINELMER MANAGEMENT 51
TABLE 18 PROMEGA CORPORATION REVENUES, THROUGH 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 54
TABLE 19 PROMEGA MANAGEMENT 54
TABLE 20 SORENSON FORENSICS MANAGEMENT 58
TABLE 21 THERMO SCIENTIFIC FORENSIC APPLICATIONS 61
TABLE 22 REVENUE SEGMENTS ($) 63
TABLE 23 THERMO FISHER MANAGEMENT 63
TABLE 24 FORENSIC FLUIDS REVENUE, 2008-2012 ($ MILLIONS) 69
TABLE 25 IBIS FINANCIALS ($ MILLIONS/%) 73
TABLE 26 QIAGEN REVENUE THROUGH 2Q 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 78

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