FluroTech (TSXV:TEST), (“FluroTech” or the “Company”), a developer of a human saliva-based testing device designed to accurately measure concentrations of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), methamphetamines and cocaine, is pleased to report that it has achieved the proof of concept to specifically detect cocaine below the 50 ng/ml cut-off, as required for roadside testing by the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Drugs and Driving Committee (“DDC”) for Drug Screening Equipment. The development team will continue to validate the cocaine test and prove concept for THC and methamphetamines prior to commercialization of the drug test kits. Once the drug test kits are complete, they can be modified for employee testing with the CompleTest™ devices that are currently in production.
“With recreational cannabis legalized, law enforcement agencies and drug recognition experts will be under the microscope to correctly identify drivers who are under the influence of any drug that impacts their ability to drive in a safe and responsible manner,” said FluroTech CEO Danny Della-Longa. “Having a device to definitively, quickly and accurately measure various drug levels in saliva to assist the drug recognition experts is a benefit to all members of society. Adding the ability to detect methamphetamines and cocaine to the ability to detect THC on a parts per billion (ppb) basis will help keep the streets safe.”
The design of the roadside testing device for the drugs required by the DDC is complete and prototyping is underway. The device was designed with the following goals:
- Accurate testing in a wide range of ambient temperatures
- Effectively suppresses background substrates
- Limited wait time before commencing the testing process
- Saliva swabs to be completed in under two minutes
- Entire test to be completed in under 10 minutes
- Ease of training of law enforcement personnel
The Company anticipates submitting an application in response to current requests for submissions of testing devices for consideration to the DDC in Q4 2018.
About FluroTech (TSXV: TEST)
FluroTech is a technology and marketing company whose core business is focused on the commercialization of new spectroscopy-based technologies for cannabis quality control testing and human saliva testing for ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, methamphetamines and cocaine to determine levels of impairment. FluroTech’s proprietary spectroscopy-based technology allows for the testing and identification of organic and inorganic compounds contained within biological samples. Using the technology that was developed at the University of Calgary in conjunction with the University of Alberta, FluroTech has developed a two-part solution comprising an instrument called the CompleTest™ and consumable testing kits.
To learn more, visit www.FluroTech.com.
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