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Bode Technology to invest $2 million and add 70 jobs to expand DNA testing services lab in Lorton

Governor Glenn Youngkin today, April 11, announced that Bode Technology, a leading provider of forensic services, will invest $2 million to expand its DNA testing services lab in Fairfax County to support increased customer demand.

The company will hire additional senior and entry-level laboratory technicians, forensic science professionals, and other business support roles, creating more than 70 new jobs.

Youngkin said, “Biotechnology is evolving rapidly in the 21st century and leading firms like Bode help drive the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in this vital sector.”

Caren Merrick, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, was quoted as saying, “Bode Technology’s success over the past 25 years clearly demonstrates the value of Northern Virginia’s world-class higher education institutions, research assets, and skilled talent pipeline. This incredible company is able to tap into the Commonwealth’s high concentration of biotech workers to help agencies around the globe identify criminals, solve cold cases, and identify remains from wars and natural disasters, making our society safer and providing closure to families with lost loved ones. We salute Bode Technology’s mission and look forward to supporting its future growth.”

“For more than 25 years, Bode Technology has called Virginia our home, and today’s announcement is a testament to that bond,” said Mike Cariola, CEO of Bode Technology. “To help fight crime, we need to hire the most talented scientists in the world, and the universities in Virginia and surrounding areas have been essential to our success. Demand for our services has increased, and today we are recruiting talented scientists from across the country to join us here in Fairfax County so that we can continue our mission.”

“Bode Technology is one of Fairfax County’s most unique and impactful companies because of its leadership in forensic DNA services,” said Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) President and CEO Victor Hoskins. 

“I am very happy to have Bode Technology growing its DNA testing services, analysis, and research in Lorton,” said Senator George Barker, who also represents part of Prince William County. “Bode’s systems help identify criminals and victims of tragedies, such as war, crimes, and natural disasters. We all benefit from their work.”

Bode Technology operates one of the most internationally respected private forensic DNA laboratories and provides a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art forensic DNA collection products, DNA analysis services, and research services to law enforcement, the justice system, and other government agencies around the world.

Its forensic DNA experts have assisted in identifying criminals in every state in the U.S., as well as victims of war, terrorism, crime, and natural disasters, including the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the conflicts in Cyprus, and the remains of U.S. soldiers dating back to World War II.

To fulfill its mission to create a safer society through the use of forensic science, the company helped to eliminate Virginia’s statewide backlog of 2,665 untested sexual assault kits, providing closure to countless victims of sexual assault and providing investigative leads to law enforcement in hundreds of cases.

Earlier this year, Bode Technology assisted the Fairfax County Police Department in the identification of two victims of a suspected serial killer dubbed the ‘Shopping Cart Killer.’

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