TheraCann and CannAcubed Enter Collaboration Agreement to Validate Cannabis and Hemp Supply Chain in China

Alliance will Utilize Technology from Applied DNA Sciences in ETCH biotrace™ to Secure Supply Chains

Stony Brook, NY, May 15, 2019 – Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN), announced today that partner TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation (“TheraCann”), a leading full service international cannabis consultancy and technology firm, in conjunction CannAcubed Pte Ltd (CannAcubed), a pioneer in the China cannabis space with a focus on building the world’s largest diversified cannabis operations, has formed an agreement focused on the implementation of TheraCann’s molecular-tagging ETCH biotrace™ technology for the industrial hemp and cannabinoid markets in China.

TheraCann’s ETCH biotrace™ platform uses both a physical molecular tag (exclusively supplied by Applied DNA Sciences) and a non-appendable distributed ledger (blockchain) to provide forensic levels of traceability of cannabis and cannabis derivatives at any point in the supply chain. Whether introduced at the farmer, processor, manufacturer, or at packaging, ETCH biotrace links a unique molecular tag to the cannabis plant that will survive extraction or conversion into new products within the supply chain.

“The base technology behind ETCH biotrace has enjoyed a long and proven track record in the cotton industry and other global supply chains,” said Dr. James Hayward, President and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences and partner to TheraCann on the technology; “The molecular tags used in the ETCH biotrace system are considered GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). The ETCH molecular tags are very small; too small to function as genes and are non-GMO. Tags are typically applied at a ratio of parts per billion, levels too low to have any impact on form or function, or the biological properties of cannabis or hemp. The opportunity to supply molecular tags to TheraCann on a large commercial scale to support the CannAcubed project leverages our core competency in large-scale taggant supply and authentication.”

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A&E to Preview ‘Integrity’ Molecular-Tagged Thread Solution From Applied DNA Sciences at Texprocess

American & Efird (A&E) will be previewing its new line of advanced identification threads, branded ‘Integrity’ later this month.A&E will publicly display this latest breakthrough at the upcoming Texprocess trade show in Frankfurt Germany.

“One of the big challenges brands face today centers around authenticity. Loss of revenue, reputation, and brand trust are some of the potential outcomes of counterfeit products,” said A&E President, Chris Alt. “We are looking forward to previewing our new ‘Integrity’ line at the upcoming Texprocess show in Frankfurt.”

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Techtextil 2019

American & Efird‘s launched their new line of advanced identification threads, under the brand name Integrity, at the 2019 Techtextil show in Frankfurt, Germany. Developed with CertainT® molecular-based validation technology, Integrity thread enables sewn products to be authenticated, thread order quantities to be validated, and improved product quality control with forensic certainty. Spot quality checks ensure validated product reaches its final destination. Returned goods can be verified as authentic and genuine.

Tony Benson of Applied DNA attended the show alongside A&E, and helped explain how our cutting-edge molecular tagging technology can enable traceability and help combat counterfeiting.

Well known for its leadership role in innovation, product quality, and sustainability, A&E supports many of the world’s top industrial and consumer brands with thread products that require strict quality and performance. A&E’s new “Integrity” thread line provides a tool which adds advanced identification for greater visibility and transparency into their product creation process.

Pictured above: David Hixon, A&E’s VP Global Technical Support / Research & Development and Tony Benson, Managing Director, EMEA for Applied DNA.

SigNature T to ensure authenticity of Egyptian Cotton

Applied DNA Sciences, a leader in PCR-based manufacturing for product authenticity and traceability solutions, has received an order for the implementation of its SigNature T cotton traceability system in Egypt and indelibly mark two varietals of high-value Egyptian Cotton, widely acknowledged to be among the finest in the world.

The molecular tag and delivery system have been shipped and cotton tagging is expected to commence within in the month. The system, already installed in eight cotton gins worldwide, includes the use of of unique SigNature T molecular tags, internet-based data collection linking evidence of tagging process quality to each bale ID, and bar code scanning of tagged packaged bales for inventory management and tracking.

Read more at Innovation in Textiles

Counterfeiting Video

SigNature T to ensure authenticity of Egyptian Cotton

Applied DNA Sciences, a leader in PCR-based manufacturing for product authenticity and traceability solutions, has received an order for the implementation of its SigNature T cotton traceability system in Egypt and indelibly mark two varietals of high-value Egyptian Cotton, widely acknowledged to be among the finest in the world.

The molecular tag and delivery system have been shipped and cotton tagging is expected to commence within in the month. The system, already installed in eight cotton gins worldwide, includes the use of of unique SigNature T molecular tags, internet-based data collection linking evidence of tagging process quality to each bale ID, and bar code scanning of tagged packaged bales for inventory management and tracking.

Read more at Innovation in Textiles

Applied DNA Thread Demo Video

As Counterfeits Flood the Marketplace,
Consumers Demand Brand Accountability

By Stephen Birkhold

When it comes to fashion, image is everything. Consumers proudly display labels of the hottest designers, the newest styles, and as of late, the causes they care about. In fact, socially conscious consumers are a growing category, and they care as much about the sustainability and ethical practices of the brands they wear as they do about their fashionable relevance.

Sustainable fashion appears to be much more than a passing trend; it is more like a fast-growing movement. In the past few months, the British Parliament created a fast-fashion tax, the UN hosted a Conference on Sustainable Fashion and sustainability was front and center in New York, Milan, London and Paris fashion shows. And, at the Global Wellness Institute’s annual summit in February, the phrase “well fashion” was featured to describe a new era of sustainable, ethically made, and inclusive clothing.

Read more at Sourcing Journal

FIT Event

By MeiLin Wan

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), in conjunction with the AATCC Student Chapter, hosted an important forum to discuss Sustainable Labor Practices . The event was held on May 2 in Manhattan, NY.

Our Strategic Advisory Board Member, Steve Birkhold, presented on the topic of transparency in supply chains, providing insights as to how forensic-based technology can enable brands to remove risk from their supply chains, be responsible on the claims they make, and also substantiate any sustainability initiatives.

“All companies have gray market teams to understand if the products are real and where they come from. With DNA, you can tag by customer, date, warehouse location, and the inkjet systems that use a unique DNA tag, this can help brands with their anti-counterfeiting programs,” stated Mr. Birkhold.

Leather Infographic

Applied DNA and GHCL launch the Rekoop bedding collection on Amazon

Dedicated page includes videos that explain sustainability and traceability products

Home Textiles Today Staff, April 23, 2019

Stony Brook, NY – Earth Day was Amazon debut day for Rekoop ecologically conscious bedding.

GHCL’s Rekoop bedding is made by blending 60% cotton with 49 polyester fiber obtained from recycling post-consumer PET bottles. There are 36 PET bottles used for the production of every 250 thread count sheet set. The collection is designed to help reduce landfill space, crude oil consumption and carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

Read more at Home Textiles Today

Applied DNA Celebrates Earth Day

By Heather Berry

Working at Applied DNA has opened my eyes to the importance of sustainability and responsible sourcing. Technological advances have allowed for plastic waste to be transformed into consumer goods like bedding and towels, and out of landfills and oceans. Shocking statistics, such as the assertion that plastic will outweigh fish in oceans by 2050, are a grim reminder that adopting eco-friendly practices is crucial for businesses and individuals alike.

>Small changes can have a big impact on our planet, not just on Earth Day, but every day. Here are a few of the changes that my family has adopted in order to benefit the environment.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Native American proverb

Plant a garden

Growing our own vegetables and herbs is the ultimate embodiment of ‘local sourcing’ and a great way to get kids excited about eating their greens!

Container gardening is an excellent option for people without much yard space. Almanac.com offers great tips about what types of vegetables are container-friendly, and what supplies are needed to get started.

Recycle

Keeping up with weekly recycling helps send less trash to landfills, and saves resources associated with sourcing virgin materials. Since recycling saves energy, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Challenge the throwaway culture

Single-use or individually-packaged products may be convenient, but the amount of trash generated by such goods is staggering. As Rachelle Strauss of UK’s ZeroWasteWeek said, we never actually throw anything “away”, it’s really just put somewhere else on the planet. Using refillable drink containers and cloth shopping bags and are easy ways to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Innovations in Molecular Cannabis Tagging

APDN’s John Shearman, Executive Director of Marketing, spoke with Cannabis & Tech Today at MJBizCon, where he demonstrated the new POD cannabis tagging system and helped explain how the CertainT platform can help ensure brand protection from farm to shelf.

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