Foster and Freeman is recognised for 'game-changing' forensic technology

Award Winners

Based on Vale Park in Evesham, forensic science equipment manufacturer Foster + Freeman Ltd. is celebrating having been presented with a prestigious award for innovation.

The Loughborough University Enterprise Award, which recognises ‘game-changing’ achievements of academics engaging with business, public and voluntary organisations, was presented to Foster+Freeman for their development of RECOVER, a unique technology capable of revealing ‘impossible’ fingerprints.

Using RECOVER, forensic examiners can develop identifiable fingermarks on metallic items that have been subjected to extreme conditions, for example, a fired bullet casing, fragments of an explosive device, or even the blade of a knife that has been purposely washed clean.

With forensic experts still relying on fingerprints ahead of DNA as the primary method of identifying suspects, the new RECOVER device has been an immediate commercial success with police forces in the UK and USA placing advanced orders.

Exporting forensic science instruments to the world’s most prestigious police labs, Foster + Freeman is a local business success story, employing over 100 staff and having recently been named in the top 3 small to medium-sized enterprises in the Midlands.

Having worked together with the Ministry of Defence and Loughborough University to develop the RECOVER system, Foster+Freeman was nominated for the Enterprise alongside other notable innovations including a real-time, street-level flood prediction system and a novel chemical-free seed sterilization process.

 

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