Rodrigo Alejandro Mancilla Villalobos
Konrad Fernández Krzeminska
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Our business proposal is intended to develop a new revolutionary method for test biological paternity. The main technique employed currently is expensive and time-consuming: the analysis of short tandem repeats (STR) by capillary electrophoresis with fluorescent primers. The next step in DNA analysis workflow appears to be the High Resolution Melting analysis (HRM) a more efficient technology in cost (60%) and time (80%). The market of the DNA paternity analysis in Chile is around 30.000 analyses per year 65% performed by the Legal Medical Service (SML) and 35% performed by private companies. The market is growing annually at 30%. In addition in the last year (2010) 2000 people were analyzed for forensic DNA testing by LABOCAR PDI and SML. Furthermore duo to the association to the international CODIS system by these institutions in the next few years the entire criminal population (53.000 people) will be analyzed. The growing demand for paternity tests and DNA analysis that lead the institutions to require lower cost tests for a coverage increase and the technological dependence on foreign suppliers are an ideal scenario for our product that will be a unique kit in the world with primers for human molecular markers for High Resolution Melting. We hope to establish a Joint Venture with BiosChile S.A. a biotechnology leader company in the region for the commercialization and distribution of our product at local and international levels. Based on market research and cost analysis Dnart Ltda defined a value of $50.000 for the HMR kit for 3 DNA testing with a margin of 23X in relation to the competence with $90.000. This clearly shows the potential profitability of the project proposed and described below.