Mike Heffernan

Mike Heffernan is a lifestyle photographer based in London working for various advertisement photography agencies. He specialises in various areas of lifestyle photography such as life, leisure, work, fitness, travel and he also works on his own projects. His clients include; Nokia, Coca Cola, Halfords, Travel Lodge, Ragatta and more.

He has worked on an interesting project with the ArroGen Group called FMID (Fingerprint Modular Identification) working on advanced forensic solutions, which is analysing the chemical residues on fingerprints taken from suspect to save on cost etc.

The FMID technology, a new category in forensic science, will enable law enforcement agents, district attorneys and government agencies to build a molecular profile of criminal suspects. By analyzing chemical residues on fingerprints taken directly from a suspect or from fingerprints or other latent prints left at crime scenes, FMID can reveal a suspect’s gender, use of tobacco, medicines and illicit drugs, and exposure to explosives.

“Fingerprint Molecular Identification will give investigators, prosecutors and government agencies a powerful new tool for human identification,” said Michael Heffernan, chief executive officer of ArroGen. “This unprecedented technology will empower their investigations and intelligence-gathering with indisputable scientific evidence, saving time and money.”

ArroGen’s patented process uses surface-engineered, silica-based SupraNano™ powders to capture chemical residues on fingerprints and state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to analyze the residues. FMID, a non-invasive process, can detect gender biomarkers, nicotine use by tobacco smokers, chewers or snuffers, and chemicals used in improvised explosives. It can also detect illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, temazepam, marijuana and ecstasy, as well as legitimate medicines.

FMID for nicotine and drug use will be commercially available in the fourth quarter of this year, and applications for gender and explosives will be available in the first quarter of 2016.ArroGen representatives will display and discuss the FMID process from crime scene collection to analysis while demonstrating the company’s unique FMID kits at booth 238 in the Sacramento Convention Centre. [1]



[1] ARROGEN GRUOP, (2016). Advanced Forensic Solutions. [Online] Available from: http://arrogengroup.com/blog/2015/07/31/arrogen-to-preview-new-fingerprint-molecular-identification-technology-at-international-association-for-identification-conference-in-sacramento/                                                                                                         [Accessed: 06 May 2016]

[2] MIKE HEFFERNAN, (2016). Mike Heffernan Photography. [Online] Available from: http://www.michaelheffernan.com/about/1                                                                     [Accessed: 06 May 2016]

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