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Applied DNA Signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with U.S. Army to Study Commercialization of Rapid In-Field DNA Detection Technology (9/12/17)
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. ("Applied DNA", "the Company", NASDAQ: APDN), is proud to announce the signing of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement ("CRADA") with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center ("ECBC") to study the commercialization of ECBC's innovative rapid, in-field DNA microarray technology for use in military and commercial supply chains. ECBC is the nation's primary Department of Defense ("DoD") technical research organization for non-medical chemical and biological warfare defense.
Under the terms of the CRADA, a cooperative effort under the recently-announced Defense Logistics Agency Rapid Innovation Fund award secured by Applied DNA in June 2017, ECBC's subject matter experts and Applied DNA's science team will cooperatively study the feasibility of commercializing ECBC's in-field DNA detection technology in varied supply chains. ECBC's hand-held in-field DNA microarray technology allows for detection of a DNA taggant within a few minutes. The project goal is to demonstrate the system with Applied DNA's taggants introduced into standard inks or varnishes or onto other surfaces, without the need for DNA amplification or other sample preparation, thus greatly simplifying in-field DNA detection.
"Rapid, hand-held in-field DNA detection has long been a goal of ours and is essential to the long-term growth of our technology platform," stated Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA. "We are honored to work with the U.S. Army through ECBC to study the commercialization of the ECBC's innovative in-field DNA detection technology as a complement to our DNA authentication products for supply chain integrity capable of rapid detection anywhere, anytime, for global supply chains."
Continued Dr. Hayward, "This mutually beneficial cooperative research and development project parallels our ongoing partnership with several DoD agencies and reflects our continued efforts to commercialize technologies made available under our ongoing DoD R&D contracts. We believe that the ECBC's technology is extremely promising in this regard and are excited to work alongside it on this next generation data capture."
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