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Applied DNA Sciences Completes DNA Microchip Program for the Department of Defense
[June 26, 2011]

Applied DNA Sciences Completes DNA Microchip Program for the Department of Defense

Jun 27, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Applied DNA Sciences has completed a program to DNA mark microchips for the Defense Logistics Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

In a release, APDN CEO James Hayward said: "Securing the complete supply chain for a ubiquitous technology like microchips generates an immediate return on investment in business-to-business relationships with the Original Chip Manufacturers, the electronic distributors and the builders of circuit boards. When it comes to protecting our government and military supply chains, this is a return on investment measured not just in dollars, but in American lives saved." Used systematically, DNA marking could prevent counterfeit microchips from entry at any point in the Department of Defense's supply chain.

APDN has been awarded a follow-on contract of almost $1 million to fully engage one of the government's microchip supply chains.

By including the various supply chain participants, APDN can partner with government and industry to build a forensically secure supply chain from the source to the end-user.

Pricing efficiency is attained even with modest volume levels, allowing for an Original Chip Manufacturer to mark entire production runs with minimal costs, yet securing maximum protection. The benefit of DNA marking at the point of manufacture can then be shared by any and all participants in the supply chain through to the end-user, because non-destructive testing allows for absolute distinction between authentic and counterfeit product. Every participant in the supply chain can then share the benefits of DNA marking, from the Original Chip Manufacturer to the end-user.

The Defense Logistics Agency is a Department of Defense's logistics combat support agency.

APDN sells patented DNA security solutions.

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