-- Noetic Technologies Inc., a company created for entrepreneurs
at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced its first
business partnership with Biocare Medical of Walnut Creek, Calif.
a forensics instructor at Southern Miss, and Kim Wright, a histology
technician at Forrest General, have signed a licensing agreement
with Biocare Medical that will allow the company to produce and
market a tissue rehydration agent the duo created. The solution,
which would make it easier for coroners to revive fingerprints and
identify dead bodies, will be sold as a kit to crime labs and law
of the solution were paid a technology fee for their intellectual
property and will receive a percentage of future sales, as will
the university, Noetics president and CEO Dr. Les Goff said.
are the type of opportunities Noetic Technologies was created to
produce," Goff said. "I must say that Dean and Kim are
the type of inventors and entrepreneurs that we need. Through their
curiosity and hard work they pushed to make this happen."
came together after Wright started brainstorming about other potential
uses for a buffer salt solution she was using at the time to test
tumors. Wright approached Bertram about the forensic possibilities
of the solution, and the two soon began doing research together.
Wright tested the product on themselves, purposefully drying their
skin and applying the solution to see if it would reinvigorate their
skin cells, which it did. "The solution works great for enhancing
tumors, so I had an idea this would help in fingerprinting,"
of the solution are many, Bertram said. "It's nontoxic, so
you can use it at the scene of a crime, in the field or in a lab."
the solution could be used to identify a decomposed body when the
fingerprints are too shriveled to lift. "We can soak the hand
in the solution and bring up ridge details (in the fingers) to the
point where they can get a print. That way, if you have their prints
in a data bank somewhere, they can be identified," he said.
and Bertram have not tested the solution on a cadaver, it is currently
being tested by the Department of the Army's Criminal Investigation
Laboratory in Iraq, Bertram said. The results have not been returned
yet, he said.
Bertram and Wright will take their product to St. Louis for one
of the largest forensic science conventions in the nation.