DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center), one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world, announced today the acquisition of Orchid Cellmark, Inc.’s (Orchid Cellmark) government paternity business. Orchid Cellmark, a leading international provider of DNA testing services primarily for forensic and family relationship applications, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America(R) Holdings (LabCorp(R)) (NYSE: LH).


“Our acquisition of Orchid’s government paternity business significantly expands the size and scope of DDC’s portfolio, further solidifying our position as one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world,” said Peter Vitulli, DDC President and CEO. He continued, “This transaction allows for a strong and vibrant competitive landscape in the marketplace, which will in turn benefit the consumer. Orchid’s government paternity business has earned an outstanding reputation for excellent quality and reliability, as well as top notch customer service, and we are pleased to enter into this agreement.”


Orchid Cellmark has provided parentage testing services to government agencies since 1979, providing contracts to numerous state and county entities under exclusive and multi-vendor terms. Some of these contracts and their renewals span more than two decades.


About DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC):

DDC, founded over twenty years ago, is one of the world’s largest private DNA testing companies with offices in Fairfield, Ohio(United States) and London, England (United Kingdom). DDC offers DNA testing for paternity and family relationships, ancestry, forensics, genetic traits of animals, and cell line authentication.

DDC is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), The Ministry of Justice, The College of American Pathologists (CAP), and The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA). DDC is also accredited by ACLASS to meet the international standards of ISO 17025 and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board-International (ASCLD/LAB). For more information, please visit dnacenter.com.

For more information about DDC, please contact us at press@dnacenter.com or 513-881-4056

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