Manchester (PRWEB UK) 3 September 2012
Manchester’s Trimega Laboratories, one of the world’s leading companies for testing hair for substance abuse, has increased the number of tests of applicants to the Brazilian Military Police (Polícia Militar). Following the success of its initial analysis of 351 samples from August to December 2011, Trimega has been instructed to test the recruits of a further six states, testing 1,551 samples in the year to date.
Trimega tests the hair samples for a comprehensive range of drugs including amphetamine, MDMA ‘ecstasy’, cocaine (including crack cocaine), ketamine, methadone, cannabis and other opiates. The company’s technology enables it to show an accurate picture of drug-usage behaviour for up to a year prior to the date of the test. Of the 1,500 samples tested this year, 23 individuals (1.5%) tested positive for a prohibited substance.
Douglas MacSween, General Manager of Trimega, said: “We are extremely pleased with the increased interest and uptake in the use of our testing capability as part of programmes to ensure a high standard of recruitment for the forces of the Polícia Militar. Our intention is to increase our capability in partnership with Laboratório Sodré and to eventually provide these tests to the military police forces of all Brazilian states.”
Trimega anticipates receiving upwards of 3,000 samples for testing in the course of the year and is investing in further technology to enable quicker testing of higher volumes of samples as demand for the service increases.
Trimega’s testing of hair samples builds on its partnership with Laboratório Sodré of São Paulo and now includes applicants to the Military Police Forces of Rio de Janiero, São Paulo, Lins (São Paulo State), Manaus (state capital of Amazonas), Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Ceará.
Tim Newns, Chief Executive at Manchester's investment agency MIDAS, said “Greater Manchester has an ambitious strategy for further internationalising its business base in key sectors and markets and the fact that one of Manchester’s highly acclaimed companies is proving so successful in one of the key BRIC markets is excellent news for the city region. The confidence shown in Trimega by the Brazilian military police shows that with an excellent product and service, success is highly achievable in growth markets such as Brazil.”
Upon the announcement of the partnership with Laboratório Sodré in June last year, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg highlighted Trimega’s investment in Brazil as one of over £2.5 billion worth of business deals signed between British and Brazilian companies, during a keynote speech in Brasilia as part of the UK trade delegation’s visit to the country.
Graham Stringer MP, for Blackley and Broughton, Manchester, said: “I am delighted that Trimega Laboratories is at the cutting edge of forensic technology and continues to grow from strength to strength. It is excellent to have such a high performing company in my constituency.”
Hair drug testing (http://www.trimegalabs.co.uk/tests/hair-drug-testing.php) is a revolutionary method of testing for drugs using hair strands. It not only determines the presence of an illegal substance, but can also provide an accurate historical record of substance misuse. This helps in differentiating between a one-off user and a chronic substance abuser. Hair drug testing provides a picture of usage of the previous 12 months, depending on the type and length of hair of the donor. More traditional forms of testing, such as analysis of urine and blood, can provide a record of consumption of only the previous three days and four to six weeks, respectively.
About Trimega Laboratories (http://www.trimegalabs.com)
Established in London in 2005, Trimega Laboratories is well recognised for being a leader in the development of innovative techniques for testing for substances of abuse. Its core business is laboratory-based analysis of hair samples that provide accurate historical records of alcohol or drugs dependency over a one to 12 month period. In the UK, Trimega’s core clients include: family law specialists, law courts, and social services.
Trimega was the first to market with dual-marker hair alcohol testing (FAEE and EtG). Dual hair testing provides very accurate results: at its annual conference in March 2011, the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) confirmed that dual testing on hair for alcohol misuse provides accuracy rates of over 94%, with less than 1% risk of a false positive, and just 5.75% risk of a false negative. The SoHT’s consensus was based on analysis of Trimega’s data set of approximately 2,000 dual hair testing samples, the largest of its kind in the world.
Trimega has won many awards, and most recently was one of 25 companies to represent the UK in the 2011 European Business Awards.
Trimega was responsible for the creation of a Hair Strand Scientific Advisory Board. Its purpose is to analyse the fast growing database of information created from the 10,000 hair alcohol tests and 7,000 hair drug tests carried out on UK samples each year, of which Trimega is responsible for around 40%. The findings of the Board are shared with the Society of Hair Testing which will assist it in future decisions, particularly those relating to the setting of universal standards/guidelines.
About Laboratório Sodré (http://www.laboratoriosodre.com.br)
Established in 1985 by bio physician Claudio Ariano Sodré, Laboratório Sodré was founded with the aim of providing accurate clinical analysis to clients across the medical establishment.
The company aims to provide high levels of technical, ethical and moral service to clients, in accordance with the standards established by the Brazilian Clinical Pathology Society.
The business has steadily grown to its current size of eight service units and offers over 3,000 tests in the clinical analysis field, as well as other divisions that work in the fields of toxicological testing, occupational medicine, and DNA testing.
The company uses state-of-the-art technology to provide efficiency and efficacy. It provides results via email and offers individualised access via the internet to clients and physicians.
Investment in human capital is extremely important to Laboratório Sodré, and it invests in continual professional development – there are now more than 40 professionals employed by Laboratório Sodré: bio physicians, biologists, nurses and nursing technicians, all trained to deliver excellent results to clients and physicians.