Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (OTCBB: APDN; Twitter: $APDN)is a provider of botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions that can help protect products, brands and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. SigNature® DNA and smartDNA™, our principal anti-counterfeiting and product authentication solutions that essentially cannot be copied, provide a forensic chain of evidence and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.
Applied DNA and Holliston LLC, the nation's oldest and largest manufacturer of cloth coverings, have announced that they are working together "to develop the next generation security platform for various product coatings, including passports and luxury packaging materials, with botanical SigNature DNA®." Holliston is the preferred supplier of high-security passport cover material to the U.S. Government.
"We are excited about the prospect of incorporating the botanical SigNature DNA layer into a variety of products to stem the rising threat of forged passports and other identity documents. DNA, we believe, is the gold standard, and we are working toward providing our customers with the best security solution, whilst maintaining the highest quality products to which they are accustomed."
The DNA-coatings that these two companies are developing and testing "essentially cannot be copied, and provide a means for customs and law enforcement groups to authenticate products in the field, and in the lab. The joint work has resulted in a feasibility study that successfully demonstrated the ability to incorporate botanical SigNature DNA onto passport covers. The next phase of the collaboration is to develop working prototypes, and move toward scaling up the process for commercial production."
Dr. James Hayward, APDN CEO and President, commented,
"Passport authenticity governs secure entry into the United States for all citizens and visitors. We are pleased to be working with Holliston, the world's largest supplier of secure passport bindings. This effort extends our existing business to enhance government security."