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20 February, 2011 - 21:30 By Staff Reporter

£300k for Intelligent Fingerprinting

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Intelligent Fingerprinting has secured £300,000 of investment from the Porton Group together with the Iceni Seedcorn fund.

The Norwich-based company has developed methods to determine whether an individual is using drugs from the sweat deposited in a fingerprint. The fingerprint itself provides positive identification of the individual and sweat analysis shows the presence or otherwise of drugs in the body. The combination of both these factors provides a watertight evidence trail for crime detection.The technology detects the metabolites and not the drug itself. It is, therefore, impossible for an individual to avoid detection – if hands are washed, a time delay in acquiring the fingerprint will still show the metabolite on the fingerprint when he or she begins to sweat again.Intelligent Fingerprinting is developing reagent kits which use high sensitivity immunoassay technology intended for application in forensic science, roadside policing and homeland security.The reagent kits can already determine nicotine, cannabis, methadone and cocaine and development work continues for the identification of other illegal substances, individual biomarkers and even explosives.Terry Swainbank, Investment Director, Synergis Technologies, part of the Porton Capital Group said: "This is a very exciting investment opportunity for us and we are looking forward to working with Intelligent Fingerprinting as they develop this next generation in diagnostics technology into a significant commercial success. “With the increased movement of population around the world, there is a strong need for a system that can accurately and quickly determine illicit substance abuse in an individual".Intelligent Fingerprinting was founded in 2009 by Professor David Russell, Professor of Chemistry at UEA and Dr Sue Jickells, based on technology developed jointly at UEA and Kings College, London. David and Sue were joined in early 2009 by Dr. Jerry Walker as CEO. Dr. John Polden of ICENI joined the board as non-executive Chairman in October 2009.

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