Fingerprint drug detector among recipients of £2.5m pot of funding
A company using technology to detect drugs in the sweat contained in fingerprints is among 18 small companies awarded funding to develop their scientific ideas.
Intelligent Fingerprinting, like the other 17 SMEs, has received around £150,000. Based in Norwich, the business uses high sensitivity detection reagents to identify metabolite substances in the sweat contained in fingerprints.
Also receiving finance is Absynth Biologics, a Sheffield company which is developing technology to be used to develop a vaccine to prevent the hospital acquired infection, MRSA.
The funding was part of several annoucements made by ministers at the British Business Embassy Life Sciences Summit in London, one of several business events running during the London 2012 Olympics.
Also announced was news that the Olympics drug-testing labs will be converted into a permanent research centre after the Games, while £19m will be used to establish four e-health research centres in London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea. The new centres will enable the UK to make more effective use of electronic health data, a field with huge possibilities for health care delivery and the understanding of disease.