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Improving Transparency in the Leather Supply Chain

Applied DNA has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Eurofins BLC Leather Technology Center LTD (BLC) to support the commercial implementation of SigNature® T-based leather traceability system. This agreement follows the successful completion of the funded consortium research project with BLC as announced in May 2018.

“We are thrilled to enter into this mutually beneficial relationship with BLC to advance the commercial implementation of our leather tagging system. BLC’s unparalleled knowledge in all aspects of leather processing, long-standing relationships with global brands, and its history of forward-thinking innovation makes them an ideal partner.”

Tony Benson, Managing Director, EMEA

“This agreement with BLC significantly enhances our position for the commercial implementation of our leather tagging system. We already have keen interest in the commercial adoption of our system from several project sponsors. We are targeting a defined goal of having 300,000,000 square feet of DNA-tagged leather under contract over the next five years. BLC’s knowledge in the industry and technical expertise will be invaluable to these efforts.”

Dr. James Hayward president and CEO of Applied DNA

“There is a strong need within the leather industry to provide a robust system of traceability for semi-processed and finished leather. This cost-effective application system provides a process for applying a unique molecular tag in a way that is impossible to counterfeit. Eurofins BLC looks forward to supporting our customers in their journey towards supply chain transparency and traceability.”

Adam Hughes, Managing Director of Eurofins BLC Leather Technology

About Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre

BLC is a leading, leather and chemical testing, consulting, auditing and technology centre, established over 95 years ago.

As a laboratory exclusively dedicated to leather, footwear, chemical, and leather product testing, BLC has the technical pedigree to ensure fast and accurate solutions to technical, management or environmental leather problems.

Eurofins Scientific is an International group of laboratories headquartered in Luxembourg, providing testing and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental, agroscience and consumer products industries. It is a leading provider of analytical services with an international network of more than 400 laboratories across 44 countries. Through research and development, in-licensing and acquisitions, the Group draws on the latest developments in the biotechnology and analytical sciences field.

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