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Applied DNA Successfully Completes Leather Tagging from Farm to Finished Products (5/1/18)
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., (NASDAQ: APDN) (“Applied DNA” or the “Company,”) announces the
successful completion of its one-year (approx.) consortium research project with BLC Leather
Technology Centre Limited (BLC) who are based in the United Kingdom. The aims of the research
project were to apply and recover DNA tags throughout the following key processing stages:
• Apply DNA to animals on a farm and test for recovery when hides were delivered to a tannery;
• Apply DNA at the wet blue stage after initial tanning and test for recovery following leather
splitting on both grain leather and drop splits; and,
• Apply DNA during the leather finishing process and test for DNA recovery.
We are pleased to announce the research project was successful in every aspect, achieving all the
stated objectives. The project was completed on schedule and proved the technical feasibility of DNA
marking throughout the leather supply chain using SigNature DNA.
Tony Benson, Applied DNA’s Managing Director with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa
(EMEA) commented, “We were delighted for the opportunity to prove our technology in the most
severe of environments and to work alongside our partners, BLC. We are especially thankful to the five
Global brands, one non-government organization (NGO) and two tanneries who helped to sponsor this
research project and make it a success. Special thanks go to Ms. La'Deva McKenzie of BLC and Dr. Jo
Greenwood, Technical Director EMEA, for their outstanding work.”
Dr. James Hayward president and CEO of Applied DNA, stated, “Success in this category is a
testament to the adaptability of DNA, but more importantly, to the skills of our teams and the strength
of our intellectual property. When properly formulated, DNA can survive most manufacturing
processes and physicochemical environments.”
Dr. Hayward continued, “We are grateful to all of our sponsors and to all those now participating in a
pre-commercialization, scaled-up pilot trail, including, among others: National Wildlife Federation,
PUMA, the Scottish Leather Group, and Tong Hong Tanneries.”
Dr. Victoria Addy, Technical Director of BLC said, “We are delighted at the results which exceeded
everyone’s expectations. The potential for this technology to help the leather industry to ensure a fully
traceable supply chain cannot be underestimated and we look forward to working with Applied DNA
and sponsors in the coming months to see the technology being introduced.”
Barbara Bramble, Vice President of International Conservation and Corporate Strategies for the
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) stated, “We are thrilled to co-sponsor this research project, which
works towards developing technologies that help increase visibility on the complex traceability issues
within leather supply chains. Clarity on the origin of leather can help protect native habitat and wildlife
by providing producers and suppliers with the necessary information to follow through on ‘zero-
deforestation’ and other supply chain commitments to protect native habitat.”
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