Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. a leader in polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based DNA manufacturing for product authenticity and traceability solutions, announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Molecular Isotope Technologies, LLC (“MIT LLC”), a pioneer and leader in the application of natural-abundance stable-isotopic analysis provided under the trademarks Nature’s Fingerprint® and IsoPedigree™. MIT LLC’s technology utilizes stable isotopic “fingerprints” as a method for verification of product origin and supply chain processing to support product claims.
For 20 years MIT LLC has provided patented services to the bio/pharmaceutical industry which have been successfully employed in various legal matters, supporting pharmaceutical patent-infringement and fraud lawsuits. These authentication services are tailored to specific product and supply chain processes and will be offered by Applied DNA as an additional component of its CertainT® platform to tag, test and track raw materials and finished goods. MIT LLC will support and promote the CertainT platform as a service complementary to its own.
“Through the combined power of our cutting-edge technologies, Applied DNA offers brand owners “one-stop-shop” access to unique analytical tools to verify product and process authenticity for brand assurance and provenance with forensic certainty. This partnership with MIT LLC enhances Applied DNA’s CertainT feature-set by offering additional datapoints for deeper product and supply chain intelligence supported by world-class forensic laboratory services. The large-scale tagging and authentication of customer-specific DNA identity at most any supply chain node, combined with genotyping identification allies perfectly with stable-isotopic identification of origin and process. We expect our enhanced portfolio will serve to further our penetration of key markets such as textiles, adding another level of identity for organic cotton, among other natural materials,” stated Judy Murrah, chief information officer of Applied DNA.
Stable-isotopic “fingerprints” within materials provide innate chemical evidence of their chemical, geographic, and industrial provenance and major processing-dependent characteristics. They derive from the natural abundance of various stable isotopes including carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur and others that vary in their isotopic ratios and are present in soil, water and other organic materials and become integrated with the chemical composition of a product from raw materials through synthetic intermediates to finished products. Discrete process steps may alter isotopic fingerprints, permitting the identification of deviations in locale or materiel. MIT LLC’s existing and pending patents variously encompass the use of natural-abundance stable-isotopic analysis for establishing both product and process fingerprints.