SOURCE: Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences

February 02, 2015 08:30 ET

Applied DNA Sciences and ITW Pillar Technologies Provide Traceable, Tamper-Proof Induction Sealing Solutions

Protecting Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Personal Care Products, Supplements, Food and Beverage

STONY BROOK, NY--(Marketwired - February 02, 2015) - Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN), (Twitter: @APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology, supply chain and product authentication solutions, announced today that it is working with ITW Pillar Technologies, a business unit of giant ITW (NYSE: ITW), to provide traceable, tamper-proof induction sealing solutions that can be used to protect products from adulteration, counterfeiting and diversion.

ITW Pillar Technologies is a provider of induction cap sealing systems and plasma surface modification systems that can easily incorporate a unique SigNature® DNA taggant, supplied by Applied DNA Sciences, to mark products, and allow for forensic authentication on the seal itself. This value-added solution has the benefit of protecting the tamper-proof seals on original packaging, and subsequently protect original product with the forensic proof needed to demonstrate that the quality and integrity of product are not compromised.

Stated Rory Wolf, CEO, ITW Pillar Technologies, "Conventional induction seals are vulnerable to counterfeiting. We highly recommend a pro-active approach by integrating with this seal a unique DNA mark that can be designated for a particular product type, made at a particular geographic location, for a specific customer. That is the genius of this solution."

Applied DNA Sciences and ITW Pillar Technologies are already working on a number of commercial programs in the pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, food and beverage industries.

"We see real benefits to clients that market and sell products where product stewardship, as well as quality assurance, are highly valued. Traceable and tamper-proof induction sealing solutions help to protect products, such as pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, that may be subjected to regular audits, inspections or product authentication," stated MeiLin Wan, Executive Director, Project Development, Applied DNA Sciences.

About Pillar Technologies

Founded in 1966, Pillar Technologies leads the industry in new product development for the packaging, converting and plastic film-printing marketplace. As a division of ITW (NYSE: ITW), Pillar Technologies has access to literally hundreds of products manufactured by over 600 business units within the ITW family. ITW is a multibillion dollar company with more than 90 years of history. Today, ITW designs and manufacturers fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems and a variety of specialty products and equipment for customers around the world. The company's vast array of business units are small, decentralized and focused on their customers. By actively practicing teamwork with customers and suppliers, the men and women of ITW are creating competitively superior products, solutions and even work environments.

About Applied DNA Sciences 

We make life real and safe by providing botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. SigNature® DNA describes the platform ingredient that is at the heart of all of our security and authentication solutions. SigNature DNA is at the core of a family of uncopyable products such as DNAnet®, our anti-theft product, SigNature® T, targeted toward textiles, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.

Applied DNA Sciences is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol APDN, and its warrants are listed under the symbol APDNW.

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