Providing pharmaceutical security solutions
for a complex, global supply chain

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Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security

Benefits of SigNature molecular tags

  • Cannot be copied
  • Inert, inactive and safe
  • Custom tags are created for each product/company/geography
  • Highly resilient and compatible with virtually any material
  • Traceable at molecule levels (parts per billion/trillion in the tablet)
  • Can be incorporated in the pharmaceutical grade ink used on tablets, or  the coating material that goes on the tablet
  • Can be added to any of the ingredients in the tablet
  • Can be added to the packaging 
  • Authenticate with field readers and in lab analysis
  • Forensically secure
  • Accepted by courts
  • Fits within FDA Guidance on the use of DNA in pharmaceuticals

Bob Miglani
Chief of Business Development

Problem Statement

Manufacturing today is done on a highly complex, global and often fragmented scale. Possibility of disruption, obstacles and risks become higher given the number of touch points in a long and global chain. With the increase of product diversion, and counterfeiting, companies could be at significant risk if the supply chain is not fully secured.


As part of the 2013 US Drug Quality and Security Act, and regulations in countries such as Japan, China, India, Turkey and others, pharmaceutical companies are already in the process of serializing their products through the supply chain. Much of the current strategy of serialization involves bar codes.

Two-dimensional bar codes are able to track and trace products throughout the supply chain. However, bar codes can be copied using ubiquitous items such as smartphones and printers. These fake bar codes can find their way to a possibly dangerous package, and in turn, a company’s supply chain.

An Innovative, Fully Secure Solution is Here

Using the breakthroughs in forensics, nanotechnology, chemistry, biology and biotechnology, Applied DNA has commercialized a fully secure end-to-end solution that is uncopyable and unbreakable.

SigNature Molecular tags can be customized for each product (container, lot, batch, unit, dose, etc.)

Molecular tagging can fully secure patient safety, ensure compliance and reduce risk for pharmaceutical companies.

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Tag Pharmaceutical Tablets with Molecular Ink

Molecular tags may be added to pharmaceutical grade, edible inks used for printing on capsules or tablets. Applied in parts per billion or trillion as the overall component in a dose, molecular tags are safe and fit within the FDA guidance on the use of DNA as a pharmaceutical chemical identifier (PCID) in solid oral dosage forms (SODF).

Secure, Traceable Packaging

Molecular tags can be applied to the packaging of any pharmaceutical product, fully securing the package. Bar code labels can be printed with SigNature molecular ink, enabling complete track and trace.

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Test at Warehouse

Upon arriving in any warehouse, the pharmaceutical package or tablet/capsule can be tested using Applied DNA’s authentication devices to verify that the product that left manufacturing is the product that reached the warehouse, ensuring a fully secure distribution chain.

Test at Pharmacy

Prior to dispensing to a patient, a pharmacist can determine authenticity through the package or the tablet/capsule. The presence of the assigned SigNature molecular tag offers the patient reassurance that their medicine is real and safe.

Test In Forensic Lab

If required, Applied DNA will perform a thorough examination and analysis of the sample to provide clients with a full detailed report of findings, as well as an authentication report that is admissible in a court of law.

Companies reduce risk, improve safety and ensure compliance

Pharmaceutical companies can be more confident that serialization is fully secure and uncopyable, reducing  risk, ensuring compliance with FDA requirements, promoting safety and TRUST for patients.

Patients feel safe and confident in brand

Healthcare professionals and patients can feel secure and safe in their medicine because of clarity, transparency and now full security of the global supply chain.

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