CINCINNATI, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), one of the largest commercial DNA testing companies in the world, celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Headed by President and CEO, Peter Vitulli, DDC is a consumer services company that focuses on DNA testing across multiple channels and segments. It employs over 200 associates and generates a significant portion of sales across international markets via its distributors in over 120 countries.
Peter Vitulli acknowledges the anniversary of the company and its accomplishments, “A personal thanks to the staff and scientists for reaching this important milestone. DDC is the world’s largest paternity testing company and also provides Forensic, Cell Line Authentication, Ancestry, Immigration, and Veterinary-related DNA tests. Last year, DDC launched DDC Direct Connect, a valuable online portal for the company’s Government Contract customers. In late 2014, DDC also became the leading seller of Home Paternity tests in drug stores in the United States.
DDC has one of the largest DNA laboratories in the world with multiple accreditations, including ten individuals who hold Ph.D.’s. For the last decade, the company has been conducting DNA tests in 168 countries, and performs over 600,000 DNA tests annually with more than 4,500 collection sites globally. DDC services the public and private sectors and is the preeminent provider of DNA tests to the entertainment industry, including “Dr. Phil” and “Maury” TV shows, to name a few.
Dr. Michael Baird, Chief Science Officer, is considered the country’s foremost expert in DNA and paternity testing, and was the first person to testify in a criminal DNA case in the US. Since 1987, he has been involved in more than 300 court cases involving DNA and paternity. Dr. Baird is currently the Chair of the Relationship Testing Committee of the AABB responsible for developing standards for paternity testing. He has authored or coauthored over 50 peer reviewed scientific articles involving DNA identification analysis. He was an on-air consultant for NBC during the OJ Simpson trial and the DNA expert in the highly publicized paternity case of Dannielynn, the daughter of Anna Nicole Smith. Dr. Baird received his PhD in Genetics from the University of Chicago in 1978.
On the news of the 20th anniversary, Dr. Baird states, “I am honored to be a member of DDC since 2004. We are proud to help those who are in need of real answers that can change their lives and the lives of their loved ones.” Amongst many “firsts” in the industry, in 2011 DDC launched ‘DDC’s Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test’, empowering customers to learn the paternity of an unborn child as early as 9 weeks in the pregnancy, using a safe, quick, and simple blood collection.
About DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center):
DDC is one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world. Founded 20 years ago, DDC offers comprehensive DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, cell line authentication, and ancestry. DDC receives more than 800,000 consumer calls each year, and will perform over 600,000 DNA tests in 2015. DDC’s unique Dual Process™ ensures all collected DNA samples are independently tested twice producing legal results of unmatched quality and reliability. DDC is recognized through a number of accreditations nationally and internationally including those performed by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). DDC is also accredited by ACLASS to meet the standards of ISO 17025 and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board International and follows the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) guidelines, which attests to DDC’s superior forensic testing service. For more information: http://www.dnacenter.com or 1-800-625-0874.
To learn more about DDC and to interview Peter Vitulli and/or Dr. Michael Baird, please contact Jan Strode, CEO Advisors 619-890-4040 or JanStrode@aol.com