Founded in 1993 as a biotech start-up by Texas businesswoman Caroline Caskey, Identigene gained instant scientific recognition for pioneering the use of STR, or short tandem repeat technology, for commercial DNA paternity testing. STR quickly became the gold standard for DNA paternity testing. In 2007, Sorenson Genomics, owned by Utah philanthropist and fellow entrepreneur, James LeVoy Sorenson, acquired Identigene.
Mr. Sorenson, the father of eight children, had a passion for genealogy and understood the importance of knowing for certain the relationship identified in the family line. His vision was to make DNA paternity testing affordable and accessible to every person in the world. Although Identigene was available for online purchase before the acquisition, Mr. Sorenson wanted to make DNA testing even easier. So, in 2007, Identigene launched its paternity test kit into drugstores. Steve Smith, Executive Director of Identigene says, “Mr. Sorenson had an uncommon gift for innovation and tenacity. He expected no less than to see Identigene in all major drugstores and supercenters in America—there is great satisfaction in having achieved his vision.”
Today, Identigene test kits can be purchased in nearly 25,000 stores throughout the United States and it remains the first and only DNA paternity test kit available in major drugstores and supercenters nationwide. When asked what the public might expect from the science of DNA over the next 20 years, the COO says he’s excited for the future. “Next generation DNA testing will become faster, more informative, and more accessible. We’re testing new technologies that will again change t
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