Spectral Engines’ drug screener finds EU-funding
Finnish technology company Spectral Engines has secured 2.4 million euros in EU-funding for the mass production of its latest innovation, a pocket-sized drug screening device mainly intended for police use.
Spectral Engines won the significant funding from the competitive EU Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme, aimed at funding innovation projects and helping the growth and expansion of businesses to other EU countries.
The portable drug screening device can be used by police patrols for rapid on-site screening of suspected drugs, as the results are available on the user’s mobile phone in a matter of seconds.
It accurately identifies drugs such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamine from very low drug concentrations, and can be updated to detect specific designer drugs or foreign substances – thus opening doors to customs and military use.
“The EU funding guarantees that we can proceed rapidly from the first prototype to mass production, and allows us to assign several man-years of labour on this productisation project,” explains Janne Suhonen, CCO at Spectral Engines. “We will be able to launch the first products next spring, and early next year we will also begin field testing with the first pilot customers.”
Spectral Engines’ scanner technology has been on the horizon of EU-funding before, and earlier this year the company’s Food Scanner won an innovation prize in a European Commission Horizon 2020 competition.