04/06/2018

World’s first portable fingerprint drug test introduced to Italian market

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World’s first portable fingerprint drug test introduced to Italian market

  • Revolutionary new test analyses fingerprint sweat to determine cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and cannabis use
  • Free Half-Day Seminar to see first live demonstration of technology in Italy – Fiumicino, June 8

The world’s first portable fingerprint-based drug test – which works by analysing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if someone has recently used cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or cannabis – will bring new levels of convenience, hygiene and speed to the drug rehabilitation testing market in Italy. A video showing the revolutionary Intelligent Fingerprinting fingerprint-based drug testing in action is available here.

Lazio-based drugs of abuse testing specialist Di.RA.LAB will host a seminar on 8 June at the Mercure Hotel, Fiumicino, Italy, from 09.30 to 13.00, where it will join with Intelligent Fingerprinting – developers of the revolutionary fingerprint-based drug test – to showcase the technology for the first time in Italy. Targeted at a specialist audience, including drug rehabilitation and law enforcement, the seminar will cover both the science behind fingerprint-based drug testing as well as a practical demonstration of the technology in action.

The Intelligent Fingerprinting solution is the industry’s only end-to-end drug testing solution based on fingerprint sweat analysis, and is the result of several years of intense R&D and €13.5 million in development funding. The solution features a Drug Screening Cartridge that detects specific drugs or their metabolites in the sweat collected from a fingerprint; the highly sensitive and robust Reader 1000 which provides a positive or negative result for each drug in the test within just eight minutes; and a Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis (if a laboratory confirmation test is required). The system is particularly quick and easy-to-use, while its non-invasive and hygienic nature makes it an ideal solution for rehabilitation drug testing scenarios.

“Traditional drug testing methods, particularly those that require the collection of body fluid samples, can be both expensive and difficult to administer across Drug Rehabilitation Centre environments,” said Di.RA.LAB’s Gianluca Zafrani. “That’s why we’re excited to showcase an entirely new fingerprint-based method of drug testing at our June 8 Intelligent Fingerprinting seminar in Fiumicino, Italy. At Di.RA.LAB we have a proven track record in supporting drugs of abuse screening and analysis using a range of technologies, and it’s clear that the innovative Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System, with its portability and flexibility, will prove a valuable addition to the drug testing portfolio. We look forward to a successful seminar and the opportunity to demonstrate how fingerprint-based drug testing can prove a smart choice for organisations such as law enforcement and drug rehabilitation service providers.”

To find out more about the Intelligent Fingerprinting technology and its applicability across a range of markets, please get in touch to attend the June 8 Di.RA.LAB / Intelligent Fingerprinting seminar in Fiumicino, Italy.

Fingerprint-based drug testing – how it works

Intelligent Fingerprinting’s drug screening system features a single-use, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge that takes just five seconds to collect a sweat sample. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and, within eight minutes, provides a positive or negative result on-screen for each of the four drug groups in the test: cocaine, opiates, cannabis and amphetamines. Other drug tests will follow soon.

Should an individual’s initial screen prove positive for any of the four drugs tested, the drug test administrator can collect fingerprint samples for laboratory confirmation using the new Intelligent Fingerprinting Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis. Once the confirmatory samples have been collected, the Fingerprint Collection Cartridges are sent in a tamper-evident security bag for analysis.

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About Di.RA.LAB
Based in Fiumicino near Rome, Di.RA.LAB S.r.l. is a leading supplier of products and services associated with the diagnosis of the use of substances of abuse such as drugs and alcohol. Di.RA.LAB is an acknowledged innovator, and offers a broad range of single and multiple drug and alcohol tests that not only deliver the highest levels of accuracy but also support current legal and compliance guidelines across a number of sectors. Di.RA.LAB works closely with a range of organisations including Local Health Authorities, the Military Police, the Italian Army, Navy and Air Force, the Italian Interior Ministry as well as a number of private Occupational Medicine laboratories.
For more information, please visit: www.diralab.com

About Intelligent Fingerprinting
Launched in August 2017, Intelligent Fingerprinting’s portable Drug Screening System works by analysing the sweat from a fingerprint sample. It is non-invasive, fast and cost-effective – screening for multiple drug groups simultaneously (currently amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates) with sample collection taking 5 seconds and results in minutes. A laboratory confirmation service is also available.

The system is currently being marketed to the criminal justice arena, drug rehabilitation services, offender management, workplace and occupational health services. The technique has potential for many other uses including healthcare diagnostics and homeland security applications. Founded in 2007, Intelligent Fingerprinting is a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The company is based in Cambridge, England and currently employs around 30 people.
www.intelligentfingerprinting.com  Twitter @iFingerprinting

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