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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DNA Authentication Program for Cotton Textiles and Apparel

Applied DNA Sciences launches On-Site(TM) DNA Authentication Program for cotton textiles and apparel.  This will allow licensees to verify the DNA content of their cotton on the spot.

On February 9th, Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., announced the launch of an On-Site DNA Authentication Program in response to the apparel markets need to provide faster reporting of DNA authentication at every step of the cotton textile supply chain.  The goal of which is to ensure quality assurance, controls and sourcing of raw materials or greige goods, prior to conversion into finished goods.

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. is a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology, supply chain and product authentication solutions.
The patent-pending, On-Site Program includes the provision of a desktop-size PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) machine with consumables for testing, complete with supporting software, on-site training, guidance on chain-of-custody protocols, and online customer service support.  APDN will consult with its licensees and its supply chain partners to ensure seamless program implementation. Potential licensees will benefit from the program by having the On-Site device located at their facility, with the ability to test a large volume of samples from different lots or batches, of raw fiber, yarn or fabric, before they are converted into finished goods.  As part of the program, APDN will receive retain samples from Licensees to enable full forensic evaluation and authentication whenever required.

The On-Site DNA Authentication platform complements the company's multi-modal screening platform that was announced last week (see more on this below). The former provides DNA-based proof of origin or authenticity, while the latter enables rapid screening with higher level of assurances than any visual inspection. The On-Site DNA Authentication Platform will be integrated with the company's service platform for full forensic assessment of its DNA markers, including Certificates of DNA Authentication (CODAs) and expert witnessing for court cases. Dr. James Hayward, President and CEO of APDN, commented: "This is a development of historic importance, as we believe we are the first and only company to place forensic authentication in the hands of our customers and partners. If I were a brand owner, I would want to ensure that my products are never compromised. The transparency this program offers will allow brand owners, in collaboration with the textile manufacturers and suppliers, to deliver on their promise to the consumer with confidence."

Dr. Mike Hogan, VP of Life Sciences, stated, "We are very excited to offer this turn-key solution that allows for both fiberTyping® and SigNature® T authentication of greige goods on site. Higher volume of testing translates to a higher degree of confidence in the authenticity of the source material." This program will enable the on-site testing of unprocessed fiber, yarn or fabric (greige goods) by anyone in the cotton textile supply chain, including growers, ginners, spinners, manufacturers, logistics partners, brand owners, retailers and government agencies. Forensic authentication of the relevant DNA on site will help ensure that companies are compliant with international or in-country label laws.

In relevant news, on February 3, 2015, Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. indicated that they have completed customer feedback demonstrations of its new technology for multi-modal, in-field detection and validation of complementary security elements integrated with its primary SigNature® DNA mark. Platform development now moves from prototype toward customer pilots.  The technology platform is designed to identify APDN DNA-marked products before they are sampled or sent for forensic authentication in one of APDN’s laboratories. With a road map to include a mix of chemical, optical, digital and image-processing characteristics, it enables users to identify the presence of a SigNature DNA mark on their product.  Some marks can be both encrypted and covert, and require a multi-modal reader just to indicate their presence.

Used either stand-alone or as an element of APDN’s digitalDNA® architecture, the multi-modal reader platform has been demonstrated at conferences and customer meetings in combination with
commercially available mobile host systems such as laptops and tablets, and data-capture devices such as handheld readers of overt or covert bar codes. The digitalDNA system backbone utilizes
proprietary security algorithms operating under a standards-based systems architecture for maximal customer utility.

Targeted applications for the multi-modal reader include print, labeling and packaging; police evidence rooms; parts quality control test labs; the identification of DNA-marked home assets; cash and valuables in transit (CViT); government commodities and identification verification.

“In-field mark detection, validation and authentication are critical to our customers for on-the-spot decision-making about security in their environments. The multi-modal reader is a unique complement to Applied DNA Sciences’ world-class forensic science and drives new insights from our digital platform,” said Dr. James Hayward, Chairman and CEO, Applied DNA Sciences.

On a separate note, the company announced on February 5th, 2015 that they have completed a campaign for SigNature T DNA marking of pima cotton fibers destined for one of America’s largest retailers.  More than 10,000 bales of extra-long staple, pima cotton have been securely marked at the fiber level with APDN’s botanically-derived DNA, and are en route to off-shore locations in Asia for conversion to finished goods, that will ultimately be sold at retail this year.

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