Applied DNA Sciences Inc., a provider of DNA-based anticounterfeiting technology, supply chain and product authentication solutions, said Monday it was introducing an On-Site DNA Authentication Program to provide faster reporting of DNA authentication at every step of the cotton textile supply chain.

The company, based in Stony Brook, N.Y., said the goal of the program is to ensure quality assurance, controls and sourcing of raw materials or greige goods prior to conversion into finished goods. The patent-pending, On-Site Program includes the provision of a desktop-size Polymerase Chain Reaction machine and materials for testing, complete with supporting software, on-site training, guidance on chain-of-custody protocols, and online customer service support.

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.

The program enables on-site testing of unprocessed fiber, yarn or greige goods fabrics 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.

The On-Site DNA Authentication platform complements the company’s multimodal screening platform that was announced last week. The On-Site program provides DNA-based proof of origin or authenticity, while the screening platform enables a higher level of assurances than 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 and expert witnessing for court cases.

James Hayward, president and chief executive officer of APDN, said, “We believe we are the first…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.”

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