Intelligent Fingerprinting



Intelligent Fingerprinting specialises in the development of non-invasive diagnostic screening technology for fast and convenient point-of-care testing. World’s First Handheld Fingerprint Drug-Screening Device The company has designed the world’s first handheld fingerprint drug-testing device, which is expected to go into pilot production in early 2014. Requiring only a single fingerprint sample to screen for commonly abused groups of drugs, this compact and portable device provides results in ten minutes. Drug Screening From a Single Fingerprint The company’s ground-breaking diagn.... Read more
Intelligent Fingerprinting specialises in the development of non-invasive diagnostic screening technology for fast and convenient point-of-care testing.

World’s First Handheld Fingerprint Drug-Screening Device
The company has designed the world’s first handheld fingerprint drug-testing device, which is expected to go into pilot production in early 2014. Requiring only a single fingerprint sample to screen for commonly abused groups of drugs, this compact and portable device provides results in ten minutes.

Drug Screening From a Single Fingerprint
The company’s ground-breaking diagnostic technique detects drug use by analysing chemicals (known as metabolites) contained in the minute traces of sweat found in a fingerprint. Metabolites are chemicals produced by the body as a result of normal metabolic processes. They can be used to identify the substances a person has ingested, inhaled or injected. Because the technique detects the drug metabolites rather than the drugs themselves, a positive result proves that the person being screened has taken the drug and not simply touched a contaminated surface.

The device captures a detailed image of the fingerprint during analysis. If required, this image can be used to confirm personal identity in relation to the test result, ruling out false positives due to sample mix ups.

Global Opportunities Across Many Market Sectors
Intelligent Fingerprinting has attracted worldwide interest in its technology for a wide range of drug-screening applications including criminal justice, drug rehabilitation, prisons and the workplace. The technique has potential for many other uses including healthcare diagnostics and homeland security applications.

In 2012 Intelligent Fingerprinting raised £2m in funding from a consortium of private US-based investors, as well as government funding for pilot studies within the UK’s National Health Service and forensics services.

Founded in 2007, Intelligent Fingerprinting is a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The company is based in Norwich, England and employs eleven people.