SOURCE: Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences

December 02, 2015 05:30 ET

Applied DNA Sciences Completes Initial Collaboration With SAS Industries: Blending SigNature DNA Into Silicone Rubber

STONY BROOK, NY--(Marketwired - December 02, 2015) - Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) (Twitter: @APDN), a provider of DNA-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, has completed a six-month development project funded by existing defense contracts to demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating its SigNature® DNA technology into various conductive and non-conductive silicone elastomers. SigNature DNA was successfully proven suitable for use in both liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding and in the manufacture of highly-conductive, metalized silicone composites.

Commercial grade LSR products manufactured during this initial project stage include o-rings, gaskets and specialty sealant parts. An APDN technical team led by Dr. Mike Hogan (APDN Vice President of Life Sciences) worked with SAS Industries staff to incorporate SigNature DNA into a proprietary SAS process for the manufacture of military grade, conductive metalized silicone composites used for EMI/RFI (electromagnetic interference/ radio-frequency interference) shielding. Long Island-based SAS Industries is a supplier of waveguide gaskets to the US Defense sector and has been producing gaskets and related products for multiple industries since 1973.

Subsequent project stages aim for a full commercial launch of select DNA-embedded silicone rubber products, joint presentations and exhibits at defense and commercial conferences.

Dr. Mike Hogan commented, "Embedding DNA into military grade composite materials and then authenticating the final product has generated novel challenges in terms of material science. However, working closely with industry experts, in this case SAS, has ensured fairly-rapid success. On the commercial side, LSR injection-molded parts and other composite materials are also commonly used in the automotive, medical device and toy industries. Thus, the breadth of commercial opportunity opened via technical success with our SAS partners is diverse, not only in military and aerospace applications, but more broadly, into the DNA marking and authentication of such silicone composite materials used in many commercial items."

SAS Industries President Steve Steckis stated, "SAS is proud to support another Long Island company focused on providing cutting-edge technologies that can help protect the warfighter and regular consumers alike. We are extremely excited to participate in APDN's DNA marking technology. Our core goal is and always has been customer satisfaction, and we strongly believe authentication and traceability solutions, such as SigNature DNA, will provide a benefit for the industries that we serve."

About SAS Industries

SAS Industries, founded in 1973 and based in Manorville, NY, specializes in the manufacture of EMI Shielding Gaskets, Fluid Sealing Products, Static and Reciprocating Seals, Waveguide Gaskets, Connector Gaskets, Conductive Gaskets, Non-Conductive Gaskets, Washer Style Gaskets, O-Rings, and Co-Elastomer Gaskets that provide both a Conductive and Non-Conductive Environmental seal.

SAS capabilities include Die Cutting, Compression Molding, Transfer Molding, Injection Molding, Liquid Injection Molding, Extruded, and Water Jet Cut Gaskets, along with a wide variety of stocked sheet and roll goods. This allows us to both convert materials from our vast network of suppliers that we have distributorships/converting agreements with to provide you with the best selection of products from some of the most prominent material manufacturers along with our own line of EMI/RFI Shielding materials.

About Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences makes life real and safe by providing biotechnology-driven solutions to help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. Patented botanical DNA solutions can be used to identify, tag, track, and trace products, to help assure authenticity, traceability and quality of products. SigNature DNA is at the heart of a family of uncopyable, security and authentication solutions such as SigNature® T and fiberTyping®, targeted toward textiles and apparel, DNAnet®, for anti-theft and loss prevention, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence, and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.

Go to adnas.com for more information, events and to learn more about how Applied DNA Sciences makes life real and safe. Common stock listed on NASDAQ under the symbol APDN, and warrants are listed under the symbol APDNW.

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