Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
ADME Tox
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Brazil Scientific Police Advance Drug Testing Facilities

Published: Monday, March 12, 2012
Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012
Bookmark and Share
Randox Toxicology Evidence machine adopted by Brazi Police Force.

The Forensic Toxicology centre of the Brazil Scientific Police (Núcleo de Toxicologia Forense do IML-SP) have adopted the leading methodology for Drugs of Abuse testing; Biochip Array Technology.

Developed by UK manufacturer Randox Toxicology, the novel Biochip method allows samples to be screened for a comprehensive panel of drugs simultaneously.

With the high class Evidence analyzer, the Forensic Toxicology Centre has been able to enhance the service that they provide throughout the state of Sao Paulo.

The Brazil Scientific Police are a recognized provider of forensic services including substance abuse or dependence, post-mortem examinations, sexual assault, analysis of injuries and accidents at work.

They carry out toxicological analysis in urine, blood and forensic specimens. The majority of toxicology cases are as urine samples which must be screened and confirmed by different methods before results can be reported.

In 2010, the Scientific Police laboratory decided to evaluate Biochip Array Technology in order to replace a Dimension analyzer. They began with the bench-top Evidence Investigator and correlated results for urine and tissue samples against their current methods.

The laboratory staffs were pleased with the results that they could achieve on the Biochip system. Not only could they detect fourteen drugs simultaneously per sample, the biochips also offered significant time savings.

Following this, the Scientific Police laboratory decided to implement the higher spec Evidence analyzer, offering fully automated testing of over twelve hundred samples in one hour.

The multi-matrix system is applicable with a range of biological samples including post-mortem blood and tissue. The director of the Institute of Legal Medicine of Sao Paulo, Roberto Souza Camargo commented in a local news report:

"The Evidence analyzer can identify fourteen groups of drugs simultaneously in blood and urine. With the result, we can start the specific analysis for the type of drug found… when cocaine is identified in the sample, we can then target that specific drug to confirm the result."

The Evidence system works with highly sensitive assays which take place on a small, pre-fabricated biochip.

A unique feature of the Randox Toxicology biochip arrays is that separate targeted assays are utilized for various drug groups such as Benzodiazepine and Oxycodone. This ensures optimum specificity is achieved.


Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,400+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
New Material Opens Possibilities for Super-Long-Acting Pills
A pH-responsive polymer gel could create swallow able devices, including capsules for ultra-long drug delivery.
Long-sought Discovery Fills in Missing Details of Cell 'Switchboard'
A biomedical breakthrough reveals never-before-seen details of the human body’s cellular switchboard that regulates sensory and hormonal responses.
Tracking Breast Cancer Before it Grows
A team of scientists led by University of Saskatchewan researcher Saroj Kumar is using cutting-edge Canadian Light Source techniques to screen and treat breast cancer at its earliest changes.
Zebrafish Reveal Drugs that may Improve Bone Marrow Transplant
Compounds boost stem cell engraftment; could allow more matches for patients with cancer and blood diseases.
Teeth Reveal Lifetime Exposures to Metals, Toxins
Researchers have identified dental biomarkers to reveal links between early iron exposure and late life brain diseases.
An Innovative Algorithm to Decipher How Drugs Work Inside the Body
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have developed a computer algorithm that is helping scientists see how drugs produce pharmacological effects inside the body.
Uncovering the Spread of Bacteria in Pneumonia
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered the role a toxin produced by a pneumonia-causing bacterium plays in the spread of infection from the lungs to the bloodstream in hospitalized patients.
Ferring Bets on Bacteriophages to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Ferring Pharmaceuticals have annoucned that it will collaborate with Intralytix in the latest phase of its early stage development programme for a bacteriophage-based therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Rare Form: Novel Structures Built from DNA Emerge
DNA, the molecular foundation of life, has new tricks up its sleeve. The four bases from which it is composed can be artificially manipulated to construct endlessly varied forms in two and three dimensions.
RNAi Screening Trends
Understand current trends and learn which application areas are expected to gain in popularity over the next few years.
SELECTBIO

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,400+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FREE!