Applied DNA Sciences Inc., of Los Angeles, a provider of proprietary DNA-embedded security technology, has signed a joint development memorandum with Appleton, a US-based manufacturer of security products, to focus on identifying integration within the security printing and manufacturing process to embed the Applied DNA Sciences’ Marker Technology.
Additionally, the companies will explore combining and layering Applied DNA Sciences’ DNA-embedded technologies and products into Appleton products.
The companies will explore the potential for integrating Applied DNA’s technology initially into additives or coatings for use in paper, film, and printing products that require technology with the highest barrier of security in the marketplace today. This technology will also be tested for its use as an additional means to track and trace inventory.
“We are eager to explore how we might apply the unique security features of this DNA-based technology across our products lines,” said Jeff Luehring, director of research and development for Appleton’s security products business. “Our goal is to develop a new level of security benefits for our customers.”
Applied DNA Sciences’ DNA- embedded technology can be integrated as an application within specific media such as ink, paint, glue, polymers labels and incorporated into microchips. For example, by testing to determine where in the printing process to embed the DNA technology within thermal paper, one of the Appleton products, the characteristics of the DNA can be read to identify, tag and distinguish genuine products from counterfeits. Thermal paper is extensively used at ATM machines, for lottery vouchers and airline tickets.
Appleton produces security, thermal, carbonless, inkjet and performance packaging products, and is headquartered in Appleton, WI.