Applied DNA Sciences is already engaged in piloting the only anti-counterfeiting technology currently funded by the Defense Logistics Agency, the agency that manages the military supply chain. The company’s patented and proprietary technology, called SigNature® DNA, uses a botanical mark—namely, plant DNA—to authenticate products in a unique manner that essentially cannot be copied, and provide a forensic chain of evidence that can be used to prosecute perpetrators. The system uses real DNA and can be individualized to provide a DNA profile, per application, that is as unique and fool proof in verification as individual human DNA.
The company’s system can mark microchips or any other product with uncopyable DNA codes, which can then be used to authenticate the originality of chips or products anywhere along the supply chain. The company’s technology can “enhance inspection” and forensically verify originality. DNA from plants is used to create taggants to mark the product in a unique way; for example, the DNA can be added to ink that is used to print lot code. At any node in the supply chain, a chip may be tested for the presence of the DNA marker, which can then be submitted for forensic tests to determine originality.
We would be happy to arrange an interview with Dr. Jim Hayward, the company CEO, to discuss how Applied DNA’s technology can help stem the tide of counterfeit electronics in military equipment. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit www.adnas.com to learn more.