Interest in large-scale Linear DNA for nucleic acid-based therapies continues to rise

STONY BROOK, NY. June 26, 2019 – LineaRx, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN), announced today that it has shipped multiple customized linear DNA amplicons to Evotec SE, a well-known therapeutic development company, to support their research efforts related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. DNA amplicons are segments of DNA that can serve as templates to generate the RNA or more DNA necessary for nucleic acid-based therapies.

“LineaRx collaborated closely with the customer on the design, production and post processing of their unique amplicon specifications,” stated Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO of LineaRx. “Evotec SE, like a growing number of other cutting-edge biotech companies, sees value in evaluating linear DNA as a foundation for their research and recognizes the strengths of LineaRx in the design and large-scale production of linear DNA using LineaRx’s proprietary platform for DNA production by polymerase chain reaction (“PCR”). The amplicons will be evaluated by Evotec SE over the next few months.”

Our shipment to Evotec SE, in support of neurodegenerative disease therapy research, is representative of a growing number of therapy developers coming to LineaRx and placing research quantity orders to evaluate the benefits of linear DNA in their therapeutic development pipeline. Many of the disease targets would have been considered unapproachable by gene therapies only a short time ago.

“Our expertise in PCR, as well as our pathway to cGMP large scale production, makes LineaRx a valuable partner to those companies pursuing a plasmid-free path,” indicated Brian Viscount, Director of LineaRx. “We continue to see growing demand for linear DNA, in both double-stranded and single-stranded formats, across a wide variety of nucleic acid-based therapies. We have the research bandwidth and production capacity to respond to the increasing demand we are seeing.”

About LineaRx
LineaRx seeks to commercialize the biotherapeutic value of Applied DNA Sciences’ deep expertise and experience in the design, manufacture and chemical modification of DNA by large scale polymerase chain reaction (“PCR”). Linear DNA is a form of DNA distinct from the circular form of DNA most commonly produced in plasmids and grown in bacteria. Plasmids are extrachromosomal DNA found in bacteria and are associated with the genes for antibiotic resistance which are often exchanged between bacteria and consequentially, are seen by many to embody a serious threat to global health. In addition, many nucleic acid-based therapies also rely on viral vectors for efficient transfection and expression of plasmid DNA. These viral vectors carry additional nontrivial risks and are extremely time consuming and expensive to manufacture.

About Applied DNA Sciences
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