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Intelligent Fingerprinting to be used in hospitals thanks to funding boost

Mon, 05 Nov 2012

New technology to detect drug-use through people’s fingerprints has been awarded a share of a £39 million healthcare grant announced by minister for science and universities David Willets.

Intelligent Fingerprinting Ltd a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia has been given £425000 to improve drug screening services in hospital A&E and coroners’ departments.

The boost has been awarded by the Biomedical Catalyst - a programme of public funding designed to assist growth in the UK life sciences sector and delivered by the Medical Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board.

The company also won the ‘One to Watch’ category at the Eastern Daily Press Annual Business Awards this week.

Intelligent Fingerprinting has developed drug screening technology to analyse the minute amounts of sweat contained in a fingerprint to reveal the recent drug-use history of an individual. It provides rapid results in just 10 minutes using a portable hand-held device.