“Fiber Forward” supply chain protection authenticates ELS cotton.
Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, has signed a commercial agreement with a textile manufacturer to purchase a SigNature T(R) DNA mark, in order to protect and authenticate extra long staple (ELS) Pima cotton.
The SigNature T commercial program involves the creation of a unique, SigNature T DNA marker that will be used to mark the customer’s annual demand of Pima cotton at the ginning stage. Once marked, the cotton fiber may be authenticated for textile identity along any node in the supply chain, from grower to ginner to spinner to manufacturer to distributor to retailer. The company calls this approach to managing textile identity in the supply chain “Fiber Forward.”
Once the cotton is marked following each step of the process, its textile identity will be tested, accumulating “provenance data” linking the original cotton fiber to finished product, preserving the authenticity of the product and the integrity of the supply chain.
The SigNature T DNA marker, an advanced technology based on botanical DNA, is robust, long-lasting, and uncopyable. APDN’s platform also includes a unique test for Pima cotton identity called fiberTyping, and can also include a cloud-based track and trace system called digitalDNA.
Applied DNA Sciences is a security provider in the form of a biotechnology platform. Many of its customers are protected under confidentiality.