Biotech

Applied DNA enlists with Army’s bio-warfare defenders

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences is in the Army now. Already under U.S. Department of Defense contract on a number of different projects, the Stony Brook-based biotech has entered into a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. Best known as a developer and distributor of in-house botanical-DNA-based security and authentication protocols, Applied DNA is lending its expertise in a slightly different…


Global nod marks major milestone for Applied DNA

By GREGORY ZELLER // An esteemed international certification organization has stamped a ginning company tracking its cotton supplies with the help of Applied DNA Sciences. The Global Organic Textile Standard certification is another feather in the cap of the Stony Brook biotech, which has long banked on cotton and other textile-focused industries as a business-development cornerstone. The certification was awarded to Woolam Gin of Texas, an Applied DNA “ginning partner,” by Netherlands-based Control Union Certifications,…


ALZ: Genetic variants can run, but they can’t hide

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is targeting genetic risk factors behind Alzheimer’s disease, the first of many steps toward new potential treatments. Feinstein Institute assistant professor Yun Freudenberg-Hua has been awarded a five-year, $600,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, supporting her mission to better understand the genetic causes of a disease that inflicts an estimated 5.5 million Americans. Ultimately, the doctor and her staff hope to develop new…


NYIT: ‘Lethal interactions’ could stop tough cancers

New York Institute of Technology researchers may have found a way to stop cancerous tumors from spreading through the central nervous system. And for some patients suffering from the worst cancers – and the traditionally awful side effects of conventional chemotherapy – help may be on the way. A July issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences chronicles the work of associate professor Dong Zhang and his team at NYIT’s College…


For Applied DNA, real growth in fertilizer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences, the Stony Brook biotech, has spent 2017 aggressively introducing its DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies to new industries and markets – and now adds fertilizer, a critical commodity for global farmers, to its growing list. Less than a month after applying its CertainT authentication platform to plastics – specifically, thermoplastic polymer resin – through a multi-year licensing deal with Indian global textile manufacturer GHCL Ltd., Applied…


Concussion-focused Scythian sets market debut

By GREGORY ZELLER // Scythian Biosciences Corp. is going public. The New York City/Toronto-based biotech, led by Great Neck investment banker Jonathan Gilbert on its quest to develop the world’s first pharmaceutical treatment for concussions, will begin trading Aug. 8 on the TSX Venture Exchange, one of Canada’s major stock markets. Projected to open at $8 (Canadian) per share, Scythian Biosciences (ticker symbol “SCYB”) will float upwards of 2.5 million shares – about half of…


Throwing in more towels, and that’s very good

By GREGORY ZELLER // Another week, another significant partnership for Applied DNA Sciences, which continues to make itself at home in the national textiles market. The Stony Brook-based provider of DNA-focused supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Loftex Home LLC, a well-known maker of high-quality towels and other home textiles. The new deal builds upon a prior agreement between Applied DNA and New York City-based Loftex Home, announced…


Award-winning Re-Nuble lays waste to malnutrition

By GREGORY ZELLER // An outer-borough biotech with a Long Island lineage is racing to the head of the organic-fertilizer field. Re-Nuble Inc., founded by scientifically oriented business IT specialist Tinia Pina, has snagged a 2017 American Entrepreneurship Award and the $25,000 interest-free loan that accompanies it – the latest feathers in the cap of a 2015 startup that transforms food waste into fresh produce. The American Entrepreneurship accolades are doled out by the Libra Group,…


PET project brings Applied DNA to India, and the world

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences wants to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics. After checking cotton, leather, European luxury cars, Department of Defense microcircuits and other diverse, often critical verticals off its to-do list, the Stony Brook-based provider of DNA-focused supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies has signed a multi-year licensing deal with global textile manufacturer GHCL Ltd., focused specifically on polyethylene terephthalate. Known best by its…


Stock deal, textile team-up top biotech’s big week

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a busy and happy week for Applied DNA Sciences. Just days after trumpeting a new and potentially lucrative research partnership with Texas-based Aloe vera-products manufacturer Lily of the Desert, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist announced Wednesday a $1.8 million private placement led by company executives and board members and an unnamed “strategic investor.” Also this week, Applied DNA announced a new licensing agreement with Himatsingka…


Applied DNA’s soothing solution to Aloe ‘deception’

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a further display of its unique – some would suggest universal – applicability, Applied DNA Sciences may soon find its way into your favorite facial cream. And maybe your top sports drink, too, now that the surging biotech has engaged new research under a partnership with Lily of the Desert, a leading producer of Aloe vera-derived products including topical creams and nutritional beverages. The Texas-based natural products producer and the…


Familiar names abound in Center for Biotech awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several breakout research projects – and a few familiar faces from the cutting edge – scored funding this week through Stony Brook University’s annual biotechnology awards program. The Center for Biotechnology at SBU, an Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation Center for Advanced Technology, has announced the recipients of the 2017-18 Applied Research and Development awards. The awards, along with matching funds from the recipients and other stakeholders,…


New federal defense contract bolsters Applied DNA

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new multiyear, seven-figure contract will expand Applied DNA Sciences’ relationship with the Department of Defense. The Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist announced Tuesday that it’s won a two-year, roughly $1.5 million competitive-bid contract through the federal Defense Logistics Agency. The contract, which runs through May 2019, was granted via a Rapid Innovation Fund that provides the DLA with “innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition…


An SBU sweep in Bioscience Hub’s latest round

By GREGORY ZELLER // Five research projects targeting advanced medical-imaging applications, computer-based drug discoveries and a range of new pharmaceutical treatments will be backed by the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, on behalf of the LIBH, announced Tuesday the fourth funding round of the Hub’s technology-commercialization initiative. This time around, a total of $400,000 has been earmarked for two “feasibility” and three “proof of concept” awards, each backing biomedical…


Big investment, tiny particles and a giant leap for BNL

BY MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Brookhaven National Laboratory is stepping up its electromicroscopy game, in a big way. The fiscal year 2017 New York State budget includes $15 million for the Upton laboratory to purchase and install a cryo-electron microscope, which will work in tandem with the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the world’s brightest synchrotron light source. The Cryo-EM will be the backbone of BNL’s new Long Island Facility for Electromicroscopy, a national user facility…