Applied DNA Sciences Launches DNA

CIOReview Team | Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:23 IST

STONY BROOK, NY: Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, commences a new technology, based on the use of a panel of novel, fluorescent, encrypted security elements, and the patent-pending ‘DNA Beacon’ technology, which has been designed to integrate seamlessly with our SigNature DNA platform. 

The Beacon technology is designed to identify APDN DNA-marked products, by encrypted fluorescence, throughout an entire supply chain or through high-value asset chain-of-custody. By combining our flagship SigNature DNA mark with the new Beacon technology, APDN's new combined technology platform can now accelerate the fight against counterfeiting, diversion and theft. Once a product is marked, identification in the field is easily conducted with the use of a simple Beacon activator (which chemically decrypts the Beacon) and a UV light, to be followed by forensic-grade DNA authentication, when required.

An indication of the unique robustness of the Beacon technology is its ability to survive flame temperatures in excess of 1000°C. Thus, it is well suited to prevent crimes such as copper theft where criminals sometimes burn the wire sheathing to expose bare copper for sale.

Divese industries can leverage the power of this new integrated [SigNature DNA + Beacon] technology platform: to safeguard consumer packaged goods, luxury brands, government commodities, copper, plastics, the printing and packaging of documents and labels for field inspection, and the protection of cash and valuables in the home or in transit. With this new technology pair, companies can realize higher confidence in field-level screening to combat counterfeiting, diversion and theft by integrating Beacon and SigNature DNA together as a combination taggant into their product lines.

The technology has already been endorsed and incorporated in labeling solutions provided by CCL Label, security labeling and packaging services. Additional feasibility trials have taken place with customers in the electronics, athletic wear, pharmaceuticals, plastics and book-publishing businesses.

This new technology platform complements APDN's current product, solution and service portfolio, including the recently announced Multi-Modal reader prototype. These interlocking platforms offer the marketplace an array of DNA-based security solutions, which enable users to DNA-mark, identify and authenticate a product or asset as it moves through a secure supply chain or between people or facilities.

"Beacon is another breakthrough technology allowing us to address the demands of our customers to conduct covert in-field inspections, protecting their products and assets," says Dr. James Hayward, President and CEO, Applied DNA Sciences.