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December 13, 2011

Microchips to Be Marked with SigNature DNA from SMT Corporation

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. recently announced that SMT Corporation, a leading microchip distributor, will be joining APDN for a first of its kind, anti-counterfeiting pilot program which is being supported by an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

The APDN SigNature DNA product will be used by SMT to inspect and verify the downstream inspection integrity of the microchips which is being sold to its strong and reputed client base.  

In a release, Tom Sharpe, SMT Vice-President and co-founder, said, "The most promising technology in the fight against counterfeits. When newly produced microchips are marked with DNA throughout the industry, we will have our reliable wall of prevention. As counterfeiters have unleashed newer techniques to thwart detection, it is critical that the industry responds with new, highly sophisticated counter-measures. Applied DNA Sciences' DNA marking is a reply in kind, including raising the level of downstream assurance on our own anti-counterfeit technologies as performed at SMT."

SMT is now part of an eighteen-month, second-phase pilot program which is being supported by the Defense Logistics Agency. The pilot will be used to demo APDN's technology at commercial scale. This expanded pilot program will be responsible for demonstrating the delivery of what Dr. James A. Hayward, President and CEO of APDN, calls a "one-two punch."

Dr. Hayward said, "We believe our partnership with SMT Corporation is, for counterfeiters, very bad news. They will have to contend with the cutting edge integrity testing and overall strategic intelligence of SMT, combined with our uncopyable, unbreakable SigNature DNA platform."

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves