Defense Logistics Agency re-ups on DNA markers

On the board: Applied DNA has scored again, extending a microcircuit-marking deal with the Defense Logistics Agency.

A federal contract extension will keep Applied DNA Sciences knee-deep in microcircuits for another year at least.

The Stony Brook biotech said Monday that the Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a one-year extension of a 2014 deal through which the supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist applies its SigNature DNA biomarkers to microcircuits at the DLA’s Ohio-based Land and Maritime facility.

Financial terms of the contract extension were not disclosed. But continuing to mark and track the Federal Supply Class 5962 microcircuits – and to work with the DLA’s Electronic Product Test Center “to keep our warfighters safe” – is “an honor,” according to Janice Meraglia, Applied DNA’s vice president of government and military programs.

“My team and I are proud to be part of Land and Maritime’s strategic initiative to identify and manage supply-system risks with the use of innovative DNA technology,” Meraglia said in a statement.

To date, Applied DNA – which this month announced a new U.S. patent for its Signature T molecular tags – has tagged some 800,000 DLA microcircuits, the company said.