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Richard Selden founded ANDE (originally NetBio) in 2004 with a vision to move DNA analysis from sophisticated laboratories to the field, where it could have immediate impact on forensic identification in military, disaster victim identification, law enforcement, and homeland security applications. His fascination with practical applications of DNA emerged from his early career as a pediatrician and scientist seeking solutions to the diagnosis and treatment of genetic disease. Once convinced of the potential of generating a DNA ID in two hours by a non-technical operator outside the laboratory, he created the field of Rapid DNA with an initial focus on public safety. Working closely with several US federal agencies to understand their operational requirements, he led the team that developed and launched what is today known as the ANDE Rapid DNA Identification system.
Dr. Selden is an author on 43 scientific publications and an inventor on 44 US patents. He has received awards including the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year, the R&D 100 Award, and the Not Impossible Award. When he’s not working, Richard spends his time with his family, reading, and working on conservation projects in the Boston area.