Stony Brook, N.Y.-based Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN) — a provider of DNA encrypted and embedded anti-counterfeiting technology and authentication solutions — announces it has successfully completed a large-scale trial of its SigNature T® anti-counterfeiting platform. The trial involved using the technology to mark international cotton crops to protect them from counterfeiting and dilution.
SigNature T uses APDN’s botanically derived SigNature DNA markers to mark and authenticate fibers, yarn, fabric, garments and labels at any point along the supply chain, from distributor to retailer to consumer (see “APDN Launches SigNature T Anti-Counterfeiting Technology For Textiles,” TextileWorld.com, Dec. 17, 2013).
APDN conducted the trial with a globally well-respected textile organization at an undisclosed location on foreign soil. SigNature DNA was applied to five tons of the finest extra-long-staple (ELS) cotton, and according to APDN, its scientists were able to identify the difference between authentic and counterfeit in every test at each major step of the cotton logistics chain, from ginning through finished product. In addition, the APDN mark on the cotton withstood aggressive processing, industrial washing and other harsh treatments and stresses.
“We believe that the great success of this trial shows that the APDN anti-counterfeiting platform for textiles will be the worldwide gold standard for brand identity assurance in textiles,” said APDN CEO and President James Hayward, Ph.D. “APDN can now mark massive volumes of product, on both American and foreign soils, and assure integrity of the textile supply chain at an unprecedented level.”
This is the second such use of the company’s SigNature T platform for textiles and apparel. APDN has teamed with Supima — the Phoenix-based nonprofit trade association of American Pima cotton growers — to mark, identify and protect 100-percent U.S.-grown American Pima or ELS cotton from counterfeiting and blending. Work began in November 2013 to mark nearly 50 million kilograms of cotton at a major cotton grower and is expected to continue through February 2014.
January 7, 2014