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ESR scientists apply innovative science and technical expertise to create products that make a difference for Aotearoa New Zealand.

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ESR scientists have applied their innovative science and technical expertise to the following products. Find out more below.

Lumi™ Drug Scan

Lumi™ Drug Scan

Lumi™ enables frontline officers to screen suspected drug samples on the street, in real-time.

Lumi™ Drug Scan combines a portable handheld device, the Lumi™ Mobile App, and a secure cloud service to deliver real-time analysis of drug samples. This means real-time results in the field enabled by a virtual drug reference library built by and used in a real-world forensic laboratory.

Lumi™ can scan through clear packaging to tell if something contains methamphetamine, cocaine, or MDMA, meaning officers don’t need to handle unknown substances. Lumi™ has been co-designed and validated in partnership with frontline police, resulting in a robust, reliable, and responsive system.

Lumi™ has been developed in partnership between New Zealand Police and ESR's forensic laboratory providing science reliability and police usability. Thanks to the unique co-design process, Lumi™ has been tested and validated at every step from ideation to development, to pilot, to evaluation, and to roll-out.



STRmix™ is expert forensic software, developed by ESR and Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA), that can resolve previously unresolvable mixed DNA profiles.

STRmix™ uses a fully continuous approach for DNA profile interpretation, resolving complex DNA mixtures worldwide. STRmix™ software combines biological modelling and mathematical processes to achieve results not possible with traditional DNA interpretation methods.