"NFSTC has a vision to bring quality forensic services from the crime scene through to the courtroom. We have trained hundreds of professionals in the skills needed to provide these services," stated longtime NFSTC CEO Kevin Lothridge. "We are looking forward to working even more closely with FIU's International Forensic Research Institute to elevate education and practice worldwide."
For FIU provost and executive vice president Kenneth G. Furton, he sees rich and practical rewards for both sides of the new partnership. "Industry-university collaborations are crucial for the 21st century," stated Furton, an analytical chemist who founded the International Forensic Research Institute 20 years ago. "Forensic science is a discipline that has real world implications and applications," he said. "Together, we not only have an opportunity to broaden NFSTC's services globally, but now our faculty and students will work with NFSTC and their partners to get their discoveries out of the lab and into the marketplace."