Orchid Cellmark Inc. said today that it plans to open a new laboratory in the northwest of England.Orchid Cellmark Inc. (NASDAQ:ORCH) said today that it plans to open a new laboratory in the northwest of England.
Shares of the DNA-testing service company, based in Princeton, were up $0.04, or 1.6 percent, to $2.57 in morning trading. Orchid Cellmark has its European headquarters in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom.
Orchid Cellmark said the decision to open a new facility, which will be used to service local customers and to provide room for future expansion, follows an award of work from nine police forces.
The company said it expects to strike three-year contracts with the police departments. Under the deals, Orchid Cellmark will provide forensic services, including DNA testing of database crime scene samples and forensic casework.
Orchid Cellmark also provides its DNA testing services to the agricultural industry, and for paternity and kinship identification.
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