Launch of DNA testing service will create up to 20 jobs

From left: Lawrence Perret-Hall, Ryan Wetherell (quality & operations manager)

Up to 20 jobs are being created through expansion by digital forensics and cyber security firm CYFOR.

The Manchester-based business has experienced sustained growth throughout the pandemic and has now launched a new service offering DNA relationship testing, under the brand Biotas.

Ten jobs have already been created this year, and CYFOR aims to double this over the next 12-18 months as a result of the latest expansion.

Biotas will operate from a Ministry of Justice and ISO:17025-accredited laboratory, providing a range of DNA relationship testing services, such as paternity, maternity and grandparentage testing.

It will cater primarily to legal professionals and local authorities, a client base with which the business is already well established.

Biotas will also serve members of the general public seeking ‘peace of mind’ testing.

CYFOR commercial director, Lawrence Perret-Hall, said: “Following years of sustained growth, we feel it is the right time to diversify our client offering by stepping into a related, yet new and thriving sector.

“This journey starts with DNA testing, but over the coming months and years we intend to add a suite of complementary offerings, including toxicology and other wet forensics disciplines.”

He added: “We are enormously excited by the new opportunities this will bring to the CYFOR Group.”

Founded in 2002, CYFOR provides digital forensics, eDiscovery and cyber security services to law firms, regulatory bodies, and businesses.

Its venture into DNA testing, with the creation of Biotas, will further perpetuate growth for the company and generate employment opportunities.