Imaging system to reveal drug use of individuals

A spin-out company from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) has been given £425,000 to improve drug screening services in hospital accident and emergency and coroners' departments.

Nov 14th, 2012
Imaging system to reveal drug use of individuals
Imaging system to reveal drug use of individuals

A spin-out company from theUniversity of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) has been given £425,000 to improve drug screening services in hospital accident and emergency and coroners' departments.

The money was awarded to Intelligent Fingerprinting (Norwich, UK) 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.

Intelligent Fingerprinting has developed a handheld image processing system that can analyze the minute amounts of sweat contained in a fingerprint. The system can reveal the recent drug-use of an individual, providing results in just 10 minutes.

A £135,000 award will fund a project in partnership withLeicester University (Leicester, UK) to research the feasibility of using the technology for fast, non-invasive drug screening of patients admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments. A second £290,000 award will fund a study in conjunction with coroners to trial non-invasive drug testing of the deceased.

Intelligent Fingerprinting was one of 32 projects to receive a share of £39m in funding from the government-backed Biomedical Catalyst.

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