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‘Linear DNA’ combo shows punch in cancer fight

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mark another impressive victory for LineaRX, this time in a two-front battle against cancer. The Stony Brook-based biotech with innovation in its DNA (literally) has lent its unique DNA-sequencing technology to two vaccine-candidate tests run by Italian R&D company Takis Biotech, which is hot on the trail of new therapeutic cancer vaccines. It might be catching up. On Thursday, LineaRX announced that both vaccines – each produced in “linear DNA” form…


For Applied DNA, new blood – and a shot in the arm

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just 11 months after spinning off from its parent company, a Stony Brook startup with expansion in its DNA has made its first corporate acquisition. LineaRX, a subsidiary of Applied DNA Sciences, has acquired the physical assets and intellectual property of Vitatex Inc., a private biotech with close ties to Stony Brook University and a patented method of isolating Invasive Circulating Tumor Cells in standard blood samples – spotting metastatic cells…


For secure signatures, DNA is mightier than the sword

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s busiest biotechs has (literally) inked an exclusive security deal with a leading global penmaker. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences this week announced a five-year agreement with German manufacturer Montblanc-Simplo GMHB, master of not only “luxury writing instruments,” according to the Hamburg-based company’s website, but a wide range of watches, jewelry, eyewear, leather goods and other personal (and personalized) products. Pens, however, will be the focus of the…


With synthetic opioids lurking, DNA detector scores

By GREGORY ZELLER // With synthetic opioids increasingly implicated in the alarming number of drug-overdose deaths plaguing the nation, a stalwart Long Island biotech’s DNA-based tracking technology has received a major endorsement. The peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE has published a paper by Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences on the molecular tagging of pharmaceuticals – a next-gen supply-chain authenticator that Applied DNA considers unforgeable, inescapable and particularly useful in a world where counterfeit drugs are…


No. 394: On cancer centers, secure weed and Asian affairs (plus: naughty books in Huntington)

  Don’t know how you do it: But you’ve done it again, dear reader – it’s Friday and you’re sprinting toward the finish line of another busy workweek, with another well-earned weekend in the offing. Nicely done. It’s April 5 out there, and if you had Alexander Nevsky’s Russian forces turning back the Teutonic Knights in the Battle on the Ice on this date in 1242, pozdravlyayu! The state gratefully collects 200 rubles on your…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


New licensing deal adds fresh buzz to joint venture

By GREGORY ZELLER // A partnership between a Stony Brook biotech and a Canadian pharmaceutical-solutions provider is growing like a weed. Less than a year since introducing the world’s first DNA-based cannabis-tagging system and just five months since they upgraded the system to accommodate large-scale growers, Applied DNA Sciences and Canadian/Panamanian cohort TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. have inked an exclusive licensing deal. The skinny: a long-term licensing agreement pairing Applied DNA’s proprietary CertainT supply chain…


Globetrotting Applied DNA has it made in Taiwan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out, Asia – here comes Applied DNA Sciences. Picking up where it left off at the end of a hyper-busy 2018 – in which it expanded its DNA-based supply-chain-authentication portfolio to include pharmaceuticals manufacturing in Pennsylvania, legalized marijuana distribution in Canada and a host of other supply chains in domestic and international markets – the Stony Brook-based biotech is sending its product-traceability solutions deep into to “the heart of Asia’s…


Applied DNA makes its bed, U.S. retailers to jump in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Inspired by Applied DNA Sciences’ molecular-tagging technology, a global textiles manufacturer is climbing into bed with the “circular economy.” Actually, India-based GHCL Ltd. has already bedded the so-called circular economy (referencing a regenerative system in which waste and emissions are minimized by narrowing energy and material loops, mostly through recycling and manufacturing upgrades). The manufacturer is knee-deep in recycled materials, including entire linen lines formulated from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (you may…


At LineaRX, putting the horsepower behind the CAR T

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking a big step in the war against cancer, a Stony Brook-based startup has initiated pre-clinical development of a non-viral, plasmid-free chimeric antigen receptor modified T-cell manufacturing platform. In English: A novel platform designed to develop and manufacture new pharmaceutical treatments, including treatments for different forms of cancer. The tech comes from LineaRx Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary that officially spun off from Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences in September. Noting…


With new spinoff, biotech goes all-in on DNA sales

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook biotech with a growing international reputation for supply-chain security has spun off a new company focused on DNA modification and production. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences on Tuesday announced the formation of LineaRx Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary that will concentrate on commercializing the parent company’s extensive experience in the design, manufacture and chemical modification of DNA by large-scale polymerase chain reaction – big news for scientists working…


For Applied DNA, ETCH Biotrace may be a pot of gold

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just six months after announcing a partnership to develop a new molecular-tracking system, a Long Island biotech and a Canadian medical-marijuana supplier are launching the world’s first cannabis tagging system. Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist Applied DNA Sciences and Calgary-based pharmaceutical-solutions provider TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. on Tuesday announced the launch of ETCH Biotrace, which leverages Applied DNA’s CertainT platform to tag, test and track cannabis plants “in…


In Applied DNA’s new UL partnership, it’s safety first

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new deal with a worldwide safe-sciences leader will expand a Long Island innovator’s already-impressive global reach. Illinois-based UL, known primarily as Underwriters Laboratories for most of its 124-year history, has reached a “commercial agreement” with Applied DNA Sciences that will “lay the foundation for a significant new development in product authentication and supply-chain traceability,” according to a statement from Applied DNA. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the partnership will…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


Memo to Applied DNA: It’s payday in Pennsylvania

By GREGORY ZELLER // Memorandums of understanding are swell and all, but for a scrappy enterprise forever waging a bottom-line battle, nothing beats getting paid. So, Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences should be very happy to receive the first of two “milestone payments” accompanying the March 31 signing of a new licensing deal with Pennsylvania manufacturer Colorcon Inc. Announced Thursday, the license and cooperation agreement grants Colorcon the exclusive worldwide right to add Applied DNA’s…