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Applied DNA catches Irish robber blue/green-handed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Already the bane of Swedish car thieves, Applied DNA Sciences has now notched its first armed-robbery criminal conviction in Ireland. The latest international adventure for the Stony Brook-based anti-theft and product-authentication specialist and its ever-evolving roster of vertical markets takes us to the Emerald Isle, where evidence gathered through the biotech’s SigNature DNA platform has helped convict a thug involved in a violent theft. According to Applied DNA, the case involves…


Missiles, cars, leather … finally, biotech pushes pills

By GREGORY ZELLER // A biotech with a penchant for leather, foreign automobiles, high-tech weaponry and next-gen digital imaging is finally getting around to pharmaceuticals. Actually, that’s not true – Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences has already this year announced multiple pharma-nutra-focused forays, including the production of DNA chains for in-vitro diagnostic and DNA-based therapeutic research purposes. But in announcing a technology license memorandum of understanding with Pennsylvania-based “hard dose” specialist Colorcon Inc., Applied DNA…


Applied DNA is talking Turkey (and West Africa, too)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences is in one of those modes again: another week, another big leap into a potentially lucrative geographic or vertical market. This week, it’s geographic, with a new federal mandate in the Republic of Turkey aiding the Stony Brook biotech’s efforts to develop new business there. Applied DNA on Tuesday announced plans to introduce DNA-tagged fertilizer to Turkey and countries in West Africa and Asia, amidst strong interest in…


As biopharma blossoms, ace DNA producer locks in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences has long proclaimed textiles – your cotton shirt, your leather shoes and the industries that produce them – as its primary vertical market, the ideal sector in which to apply its patented DNA-based security and authentication protocols. But a wholly different use for its coveted DNA supplies may soon eclipse textile-tracking as the Stony Brook biotech’s primary moneymaker. That’s the word from President and CEO James Hayward, who…


Applied DNA earns new SigNature patent, more T’d up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences has added two new U.S. patents to its impressive collection – at least, a new patent-and-a-half. The Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist announced this week the arrival of U.S. Patent No. 9,790,538, covering “Alkaline Activation for Immobilization of DNA Taggants” – essentially, protecting the core technology powering Applied DNA’s SigNature T molecular tags. The biotech also announced a Notice of Allowance on U.S. Patent Application…


With license and library deals, biotech spreads its DNA

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a banner month for Applied DNA Sciences, with two new deals both reaffirming the biotech’s scientific value and significantly extending its commercial reach. On Friday, the provider of DNA-focused supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies announced that its SigNature molecular tag technology had been added to global materials-innovator Material ConneXion’s prestigious library – exposing Applied DNA’s wares to scientists, manufacturers and makers around the world, a potentially enormous commercial…


Printing partnership takes Applied DNA global, again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Diversity-driven Stony Brook biotech Applied DNA Sciences has added yet another vertical market to its rapidly expanding collection: laser printers. And not just printers and inks but third parties that use them to tag their products, packaging and supply-chain components, all available through a new “strategic partnership” between Applied DNA and Videojet Technologies. Under the guidance of an all-star business-development team, the biotech – which specializes in can’t-be-copied, can’t-be-broken DNA-based security…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…