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DNA Forensics

As the leader in private forensic testing services within Canada, and with a reputation for tackling time-sensitive cases, Maxxam offers complete forensic biology testing services and court testimony for criminal and civil investigations at our laboratory in Guelph ON

Our testing services include the screening of evidentiary items for saliva, semen, blood, hair and other biological materials that may be suitable for DNA analysis. Maxxam performs both STR and YSTR nuclear DNA analysis. Law enforcement agencies, criminal defence lawyers, corporations, professionals and private individuals can benefit from the Forensic services offered by Maxxam. Our methods are validated and accepted by both the scientific and legal communities.

Maxxam’s scientists are regularly retained by criminal defence lawyers to consult on and review DNA laboratory reports from other laboratories and, on occasion, act as expert witnesses to explain the merits and limitations of the testing that was previously performed. Maxxam’s forensic biology and DNA testing services are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to the ISO 17025 International Standard, which is a benchmark for forensic DNA testing laboratories across North America.

Standard turn-around for casework is 15 business days from the time of item submission. Maxxam can also provide RUSH analysis if required – with turn-around times as fast as 24 hours from sample receipt.

Industry and Private Individuals

Using forensic biology and DNA analyses, we assist law enforcement agencies in the resolution of cases of all types: homicide, sexual assault, physical assault, break and enter, motor vehicle accidents and more. As the most experienced private DNA testing laboratory in Canada, Maxxam has worked directly with more than 350 police agencies across the country. Maxxam is often asked by police agencies to attempt to generate DNA profiles from DNA extracts generated at other forensic laboratories where the extract falls below the threshold of that laboratory. We have been able to generate useful DNA profiles from some of these DNA extracts. To date As of August 2018, Maxxam has reported over 15000 criminal DNA cases, has testified as an expert witness in over 230 cases and has submitted more than 6400 profiles to CODIS (the National DNA Data Bank).

Since 2001, Maxxam has been the sole provider of forensic biology and DNA casework services to the RCMP Forensic Science & Identification Service (FSIS) under a Standing Offer contract. The awarding of this contract to Maxxam for each consecutive term is a testament to the expertise of our scientific staff, the continued quality of the work performed and the experience of our customer service team.

To discuss your current case requirements, please contact our Forensic Laboratory Manager directly by email or call 1 877 706 7678 Ext. 7067712.

Maxxam’s goal has been to make forensic biology and DNA testing available beyond police agencies and make it available to any individual who needs it. We provide information that our clients seek regarding matters that are often complicated and very personal.

Private investigators, Corporate QA and security personnel, professionals and individual citizens count on our unique capabilities and DNA expertise to help them provide accurate answers to the following issues:

  • Spousal infidelity
  • Familial relationships
  • Risks associated with contaminated products
  • Continuity matters for medical specimens
  • Estate settlement
  • Threatening mail

From disgruntled employees to consumer fraud, corporations today face an increasing number of potential threats. The ability to respond appropriately to these concerns, and to mitigate potential risks, is vital. Maxxam has recognized the growing corporate QA need for safety and has developed expertise in helping corporations of all sizes to effectively deal with a wide variety of transgressions. Each case is unique, but there are a number of case categories that fall within Maxxam’s significant range of expertise, including:

  • Product Tampering
  • Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
  • Extortion/Theft
  • Sexual Harassment

If you are ready to submit a case, please click here to complete and print our PDF submission form.

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Donna Garbutt, M.B.A. Chief Executive Officer Maxxam is the Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies – a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees. Our annual Corporate Responsibility Report outlines our efforts to continually improve our business performance and practices. Its publication is an industry first and an integral part of our commitment to success with responsibility. LinkedIn
Maxxam Analytics Maxxam is the Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies – a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees. Our annual Corporate Responsibility Report outlines our efforts to continually improve our business performance and practices. Its publication is an industry first and an integral part of our commitment to success with responsibility.
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