DNA Microchips For The Department Of Defense
Applied DNA Sciences Successfully Marks Mission-Critical Microchips for the Department of Defense
Stellar Results Lead to Immediate Marking Program With Defense Logistics Agency
June 22, 2011
pplied DNA Sciences, Inc. APDN +0.17% has successfully completed a program to DNA mark microchips for the Defense Logistics Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. Used systematically, DNA marking could prevent counterfeit microchips, which might be defective and possibly dangerous, from entry at any point in the Department of Defense’s supply chain.
The initial results were so successful that APDN has already been awarded a follow-on contract of almost $1 million to fully engage one of the government’s microchip supply chains. With interim deliverables that must be met, this final phase will include several Original Chip Manufacturers, distributors, board builders, system integrators and the Armed Forces. 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. APDN believes that the project could be a significant first step for the company toward a major role in supply chain defense with government, and in business-to-business relationships with Original Chip Manufacturers, distributors, and the manufacturers of printed circuit boards and finished electronic goods.
Results tell the story
APDN announced in a previous press release that it began marking microchips for a “government agency” which we did not name at the time. Our results in that first program demonstrated the ease of applying the forensic, botanical SigNature(R) DNA taggants at an Original Chip Manufacturer. Once marked with DNA taggants, each microchip carries a “built-in” certificate of conformance to ensure authenticity and guard against counterfeiting.