Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: APDN), (Twitter: @APDN), a biotechnology firm that provides DNA-based authentication and security solutions and services noted today that the Missile Defense Agency has awarded APDN a research project that would expand APDN’s technology platform established in the Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to accommodate as many as 100 electronic component manufacturers. The contract provides for monthly payments to APDN totaling approximately $975,000 over a two year period.
APDN has already developed proprietary SigNature® DNA inks supplemented with optical markers to provide authentication marks that are of a higher standard relative to other taggant technologies. This reliable DNA-optical adduct is impervious to copying and is required by the Defense Logistic Agency (DLA) for the marking of FSC 5962 electronic components.
The new research, in addition to developing more efficient methods of SigNature® DNA application, entails the development of an optical reader that could be employed in the field for rapid detection of the SigNature® DNA ink marked on a component.
About Applied DNA Sciences
APDN is a provider of botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. SigNature® DNA describes the uncopyable marker that is at the heart of all of our security and authentication solutions. SigNature DNA is at the core of a family of products such as DNAnet®, our anti-theft product, SigNature® T, targeted toward textiles, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.