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At Parabon NanoLabs, we are developing a new class of nano-pharmaceuticals and advanced forensic tools by fully leveraging the power of DNA.

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Whether chemically engineering synthetic DNA for creating nano-pharmaceuticals or reverse engineering human DNA for biomarkers of medical or forensic significance, Parabon NanoLabs is developing some of the most compelling products of the DNA Age.

For example, our scientists and customers use the Parabon Essemblix Drug Development Platform to design and produce potent new compounds for the treatment of cancer, infectious disease, and biodefense applications.

We also offer the Parabon Snapshot® DNA Phenotyping Service, which produces a descriptive profile of the source of any human DNA sample, including pigmentation, face morphology, and other forensically relevant traits.

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To learn more about our products and services, check out the Therapeutics and Forensics pages.

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NEW Using DNA to Sketch What Victims Look Like

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NEW Boise Police Detectives Release DNA-Generated Profile on 30th Anniversary of Cold Case Homicide

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NEW Parabon Fx Next-Gen Forensic Analysis Platform Unveiled at the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI)
New Software Environment Provides Seamless Integration and Use of Emerging Forensic Analysis Tools

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NEW How Does DNA Composite Image Used in Lisa Ziegert Case Compare to Photo of Suspect Gary Schara?

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NEW Accused Massachusetts Killer-Rapist ID'd, 25 Years Later, Through DNA and Handwritten Confession

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NEW Sketch Released of Person Of Interest in 1990 Tilden Park, CA Murder

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NEW NYPD Has New Tool to Solve Perplexing Cases
Police have begun using phenotyping in three of their cold cases

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NEW Break In Las Vegas Cold Case Leaves Detectives and Family Hopeful

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NEW In 2004 Cold Case, A Big Break Emerges

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Sacramento County, CA, Sheriff's Department Using New DNA Technology for Cold Case

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Tempe, AZ Police Hope New Tech Will Help Solve 20-Year-Old Cold Case

[IMAGE] DNA Phenotyping Shows Results - One of the benefits of this technology is a significant reduction of the suspect pool which can save time, money and manpower. - Kathy Marks

Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service Featured in Police and Security News Magazine

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Vancouver Police Hope New Technology Will Lead To Arrest in 2003 Murder

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New DNA Facial Profile Technology Aids Police in Albuquerque, NM Assault Case

[IMAGE] DNA Technology Advances: Sierra Bouzigard Suspect Sketch

New DNA Technology Advances Help Find Alleged Murderer in 2009 Cold Case

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Man Arrested in 2009 Killing of Sierra Bouzigard

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New DNA Technology Produces Computer-Generated Image of Suspect, May Help Solve 1980 Cold Case Killing

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Tip From DNA Phenotype 'Snapshot' Leads to Arrest in 2009 Murder Cold Case

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Parabon Scientists Describe Novel Method for Detecting SNP Interactions BioData Mining


How DNA Forensics Company is Helping Solve Sacramento County Cold Case

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Who Killed Robin Brooks? DNA Technology Helps Paint Portrait of Killer

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New DNA Technology Creates Digital 'Sketch' of Terrorists' Faces

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to Use Snapshot to Aid Identification of Child Victims
DNA Phenotyping to Provide Valuable New Information for Nonprofit's 'Help ID Me' Program

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Laboratory Uses Serial Rapist's DNA Left at Crime Scenes to Create Vivid Facial Composite

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National Geographic Explorer Investigates Cutting-Edge Crime Solving Tool


Detectives Using Advanced DNA Technology in Infant Death Cold Case

[IMAGE] “[Snapshot] allowed us to narrow our pool of [hundreds of] suspects and ultimately focus in on Jason Martinez. That led us to NY where we were able to attain his DNA, which matched the blood at the crime scene and led to his arrest.” — Detective Sergeant Scott Meyers, Coral Springs FL Police Department

DNA Technique Leads to Break in Coral Springs, FL Homicide Case

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New DNA Analysis Now Predicts Who Killer Might Be

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Someone — Who May Have Looked Like This — Killed a Md. Store Owner 25 Years Ago

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Armed With Science: Technology Uses DNA to Predict a Person's Looks

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Cedar Rapids, IA Police Unveil Images Created Using DNA Technology

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DNA Breakthrough: Using DNA Snapshots to Reveal Cold Case Killers

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Advanced DNA Science Leads to Arrest of Alleged Serial Rapist

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Brazos County, TX Sheriff's Office Release New Sketch in Cold Case Murder KBTX TV

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Massachusetts Police Hail DNA Breakthrough in Vanessa Marcotte Murder Arrest

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Composite Image Released for Suspect who Sexually Assaulted a Child

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New Technology Could Help Authorities Identify Suspects

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Parabon presents at the ACCP 32nd AGM and Conference
May 1–3 in Oranjestad, Aruba

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Clearer Picture Emerges of Grand Prairie, TX Killer

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Columbus, GA Police Seek DNA Technology to Identify Suspect

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US Army Offers $10,000 Reward to Solve Murder of Fort Carson Soldier

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Do You Recognize This Brockton, MA Rapist and Possible Murderer?

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Composite Image Released in 2007 Valentine's Day Murder

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Phoenix, AZ Investigators Use New DNA Tech

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Police Identify Suspect in 1997 Cold-Case Rape and Killing in Costa Mesa, CA

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DNA Phenotyping Provides 'Snapshot' of Man Sought in 2001 Aventura, FL Killing

[IMAGE] SOLVED: A comparison of the Snapshot Composite Profile and a photo of José Alvarez, Jr. taken at the time of his arrest

Parabon's DNA Phenotyping Had Crucial Role in North Carolina Double-Murder Arrest, Conviction

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Parabon NanoLabs Wins Prestigious 2016 Tibbetts Award
DNA Technology Innovator Recognized by Small Business Administration

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Boston Authorities Seek Person of Interest in Marcotte Murder Case

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Specialized Technology Could Help Solve Murder of Vanessa Marcotte WBZ TV 4, CBS Boston

New Composite Image of Sweeney's Killer Generates 150 Tips

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Could DNA Phenotyping Construct a Likeness of the Gold Coast Rapist?

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Drawing an offender's face from a drop of blood — by Andrew Purcell

Fayetteville, NC Police Closer to Catching Ramsey Street Rapist

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Monica Vendituoli reporting for the Fayetteville Observer

Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit Introduces New Partnership

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Parabon, Leader in DNA Phenotyping, Creating Next-Gen Software Platform

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Parabon's Keystone DNA Analysis Platform featured in Forensic Magazine

Parabon Awarded Government Contract to Develop Next-Generation Forensic DNA Analysis Platform

Software to advance Department of Defense forensic capabilities with support for latest DNA technologies

Paradise, PA Mystery Torso Investigation Generates Victim's "Snapshot" Composite

Andrew Scott reporting for the Pocono Record

Police Release DNA Composite in UCF Student's 15-Year-Old Cold Case

Emilee Speck and Melodi Smith reporting for WKMG News 6

Parabon Seeks Volunteers for DNA Kinship Study to Help Identify Fallen Soldiers from Past Conflicts

Extended families recruited to advance identification methods using DNA from distant relatives

Tests Help Sheriff Determine What Baby Hope's Parents Might Look Like

Bernie Tafoya reporting for CBS Chicago

DuPage Sheriff: What Baby Hope's Parents May Look Like

Jessica Cilella reporting for the Daily Herald

DNA Sketches A Suspect In Cold Case Slaying of Agawam, MA Teacher

Laura Crimaldi reporting for the Boston Globe

Police Release Facial Image They Say Could Help Identify Murdered UNC Student's Killer ABC TV

Ryan Smith reporting for 20/20

DNA Breakthrough Finally Gives 'A Face To This Crime.' But Can It Solve A Woman's 1992 Murder?

Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reporting for the Washington Post

Dismembered Body Found in Louisiana Could Have Ties to Mississippi Gulf Coast

Chris Thies reporting for WLOX TV

Hampden County, MA District Attorney Releases DNA-Generated Image of Suspect

Dan Glaun (@dglaun) reporting on the unsolved homicide of Lisa Ziegert from Agawam, Massachusetts

Oxnard Police Use New DNA Technology

Marjorie Hernandez reporting for the Ventura County Star

Parabon Snapshot featured in
"The Telltale Strand"

Kristen French reporting for Proto Magazine

Dr. Greytak Presents at the 2016 International Symposium on Human Identification

Sep 26–29 in Minneapolis, MN — #ISHI27

DNA Phenotyping Recreates the Face of an Alleged Serial Killer

Seth Augenstein reporting for Forensic Magazine

Murder Suspect Sketched from DNA Test 30 Years Later
New Technology Leads to Sketch of Triple Homicide Suspect KUSA TV

Noel Brennan reporting for in Denver, CO

Galveston Police Use DNA to Create Composite of 1988 Murder Victim

John Wayne Ferguson reporting for the Galveston Daily News

New DNA Technology Assists with Predicting Appearance of Homicide Victim

City of Galveston, TX Police Dept releases Snapshot prediction of unidentified female found decapitaed in 1988

How Science is Putting a New Face on Crime Solving National Geographic

Advances in forensics are giving us an unprecedented ability to solve cases—and exposing mistakes in some investigations.

Pennsylvania State Police Use DNA to Look For Cold-Case Killer

Lori Falce reporting for the Centre Daily Times

Police Release Composite of Suspect in Warwick, RI Murder

Shaun Towne reporting for WPRI12 TV

Decades-old Case Turns Hot Thanks to New Technology

Debra Alfarone reporting for WUSA TV

DNA Phenotyping Puts Face on Cold Case Suspect

Roz Plater reporting for ABC7 WJLA TV

Fort Wayne Police Release New Composite of Suspected Tinsley Killer

Sheryl Krieg reporting for the News-Sentinel

Loudoun County Turns to Composite Image Based on DNA to Crack Cold Case

Northern Virginia bureau reporter David Culver reports on a new way to take DNA and come up with a composite.

Loudoun Sheriff's Office Uses Advances in DNA Technology to Gain Cold Case Information

Loudoun Times article

Tacoma Police Release DNA Snapshot Composite Images of Suspects in 1986 Murders

Michella Welch and Jennifer Bastian murders featured on Dark Sleuth blog

Windsor, Ontario Police Hope DNA Composite Profile Will Help Solve 45-Year-Old Murder

Christie Bezaire reporting for CTV Windsor News

WANTED: Tacoma Police release DNA composites of 2 killers in 1986 child murders

Q13 Fox News report from April 6th, 2016

New DNA Technique Could Lead to a Break In Snowbird Murder Case

Michael Robinson reporting for the Toronoto Star

Florida Police Turn to DNA Phenotyping to Solve Toronto Couple's Murder

Toronto's CityNews reporting on Hallandale Beach, FL Investigation

Snapshot Reveals Two Perpetrators Responsible for Child Abduction Murders in Tacoma, WA

Local Police Reopen 30-year Old Cases with First Ever Use of Child Abduction Response Team in a Cold Case Investigation

Police Use Snapshot to Sharpen Image of Athens, Ohio Serial Rapist

David DeWitt reporting for the Athens News

Tacoma Police Release [Snapshot] Composite Sketches of Suspects in 1986 Slayings

Stacia Glenn reporting for the News Tribune

Athens Police Department Releases New Information, DNA Report on Sexual Predator

Kaitlin Fochesato reporting for The Post

Parabon Announces Snapshot Facial Reconstruction Service

First-ever Combination of DNA Phenotyping with Forensic Facial Reconstruction Revolutionizes Investigation of Unidentified Persons

Police Hope Composite Image Can Help Close Cold Case

Kim Dacey reporting for WBAL TV

Police seek information about 30-year-old Glen Burnie cold case

Meredith Newman reporting for the Capital Gazette

Technology Reveals 30 Year Old Murder Victim's Face

Holly Basta reporting for the Arundel News Network

Parabon Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Contract to Aid Identification of Remains from Past Conflicts

Snapshot Kinship Analysis to Be Enhanced for Toughest Missing Personnel Cases

Police Use Discarded Chewing Gum To Figure Out What A Suspect Looks Like

Nick Hudson writing for Police Professional

Pinch of DNA to Reconstruct a Suspect's Face May Help Fla. Police

Megan Hamilton writing for Digital Journal

Can DNA Predict a Face?

Meghan Rosen reporting for Science News

Snapshot Featured on Fox Television's Xploration Earth 2050

DNA Phenotyping cited as the future of DNA Forensics

National Geographic Awards Grant for Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Study

Forensic DNA expert Dr. Bruce Budowle to perform National Geographic evaluation

Snapshot Featured on TNT Real-life Crime Show 'Cold Justice'

John Walsh interviews investigative team about "the most exciting development in DNA technology"

Snapshot Produces Composite of Miami-Dade County "Serial Creeper"

Four Florida jurisdictions jointly release Snapshot composite in televised press conference

Snapshot Helps Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Redirect Investigation into Sierra Bouzigard's Cold Case

CPSO Sheriff Tony Mancuso releases Snapshot composite in press conference

Technology Reconstructs Person's Facial Features Using DNA Sample

Erika Ferrando reporting for KPLC News

DNA Phenotyping Gets a Forensic Artist's Touch

Snapshot Forensic Art Enhancement Services featured in Forensic Magazine

Parabon Announces New Snapshot Forensic Art Service at the International Homicide Investigators Association Meeting PRNewswire

Progression, Accessorization and Facial Reconstruction Now Available for Parabon's Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service

New DNA Analysis Technology Could Help Solve Cold Cases P&SN

Snapshot featured in Police and Security News Magazine

Putting a Face to DNA: New Tech Gives Hope in Cold Cases NBC

Snapshot featured on NBC Nightly News with Kate Snow

Snapshot Reveals New Clues in 27-Year Old Cold Case

Parabon generates composite image from DNA linked to 1988 murder of April Tinsley

Parabon Snapshot nominated for Cannes Innovation Award

What's Old Is New Again

Bob Grant, writing for The Scientist

A Hong Kong Clean-Up Campaign Identifies Litterbugs Through DNA Fast Company

Jeff Beer, writing for Co.Create

Hong Kong Anti-Littering Campaign Uses DNA From Trash to Shame People

Justin Worland, writing for the South China Morning Post

Creepy Ads Use Litterbugs' DNA to Shame Them Publicly WIRED

Liz Stinson, writing for

Snapshot Puts a Face on Litterbugs

Ogilvy & Mather "The Face of Litter" Campaign Launches on Global Earth Day to Support Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge

Reconstructed Phantom Images of DNA N24

Parabon Snapshot featured on German TV

A Kodak Moment for Law Enforcement Police Chief Magazine

Using DNA Blueprints to Build Facial Composites by David J. Roberts

Police Use DNA To Generate a Suspect's Face

Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA New York Times

Andrew Pollack, writing for

New Technology Generates Photo Illustration From A Person's DNA

Melody Schreiber, writing for the Washington Post

Parabon announces Collaboration with Dr. Bruce Budowle at AAFS 2015

Renowned Forensic Expert to Conduct Peer-Reviewed Validation of Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service

New System Creates Faces Based Off DNA Samples Fox News (TV)

Dr. Greytak interviewed by Stuart Varney of Varney & Co.

First DNA-Phenotyped Image of 'Person of Interest' in Double Homicide

Snapshot profiled in Forensic Magazine

DNA: The Next Frontier in Forensics Financial Times

Clive Cookson, writing for

Forensic experts create e-fits from DNA Daily Mail

Traces at crime scenes used to build face shapes with accurate eye and skin colour

Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes PopSci

Francie Diep, writing for Popular Science

A New Way DNA Can Help You ID Your Unknown Suspect Police One

Tim Dees, writing for

Reston Company Develops New Forensic DNA Analysis Technique

Gregg MacDonald of the Fairfax Times

New DNA Technique May Reveal Face of Killer in Unsolved Double-Murder

Christina Corbin, writing for Fox News

Snapshot Puts a Face on a Four-Year-Old Cold Case

Parabon Snapshot used to identify possible person-of-interest

5 Private Biotechs Revolutionizing Medicine

Maxx Chatsko, writing for The Motley Fool

Parabon NanoLabs: Applied DNA Nanotechnology, from Custom-Designed Drugs to Virtual Mug Shots

Parabon NanoLabs profiled by Duke University Department of Electrical & Computer Science

Parabon Awarded CRCF Grant for
Artificial Vaccine Platform

CIT Announces Awards for the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) FY2013 Solicication

Biotechs Explore Role for 3D Printing
In Drug Development

Parabon Nanolabs profiled by New York Genome Center (

The 7 Best Inventions of 2012

Huffington Post names Parabon Essemblix one of the seven best inventions of 2012

Parabon NanoLabs Awarded NSF Grant for Development of Cancer Therapeutic with Industry Partner Janssen R&D

Novel formulation aims to reduce side-effects and improve efficacy of approved chemotherapeutic compound

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