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Finger prints can now show drug use

Intelligent Fingerprinting, a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia, has been awarded £425,000 by the Biomedical Catalyst – a programme run by the Medical Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board to accelerate innovative health-care products.

Intelligent Fingerprinting has developed drug screening technology to analyse the sweat in a fingerprint to reveal the recent drug-use history of an individual.

It provides results in 10 minutes using a portable hand-held device.  

A £135,000 award will fund a project in partnership with the University of Leicester to research the feasibility of using this technology for drug screening A&E patients on admission to hospital.

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