As David Russell, founder of Intelligent Fingerprinting, collected the new Future 50 One to Watch Award he hinted that the business could be set for big things, not just here in Norfolk but across the world.

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And it is not difficult to see why.

Hidden away on the Norwich Research Park, Intelligent Fingerprinting is a classic example of a successful university spin off.

Combining research ideas with business brains has taken the business, founded by Prof Russell, has taken the venture into the “CSI” world.

With new inventions coming on stream there is the potential to produce world leading products and on the eve of the awards it emerged that the company had been awarded £425,000 to improve drug screening services in hospital A&E and coroners’ departments, helping to develop a test which analyses the minute amounts of sweat in a fingerprint to reveal whether an individual has taken drugs.

Administered through a handheld device and delivering results in 10 minutes, the test could have a range of applications – from working out if hospital patients have taken drugs and screening drivers at the roadside, to testing that employees are fit to work and working out causes of death.

David Russell, said: “We think we have a good market and a unique product, which I think is what has made us stand out in this category. We have a lot of very interested potential customers so we’re looking forward to the future.”

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