Strategic Advisory Board

Applied DNA Sciences has formed the Strategic Advisory Board to provide guidance and industry outreach in specific market verticals.

The board consists of globally recognized experts in their fields, who have a broad viewpoint and are respected leaders of change within their vertical markets. The board will provide insights and guidance to our strategic plans and help shape the direction of our company.

Bob Catell Board of Directors

Bob Catell

Chairman New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Chairman, U.S., Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook, Former Chairman of National Grid U.S., and former Chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation

Bob will guide our strategies for railways and power authorities across the globe. His impressive leadership abilities and worldwide perspective, will provide us with industry knowledge and a lens to forward thinking concepts which will optimize our solutions in these two emerging markets for APDN. Mr. Catell has agreed to Chair the Strategic Advisory Board.

Gunther Faber

Former Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, for GlaxoSmithKline

Gunther has over 30 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, and was a member of the GlaxoSmithKline’s Policy Team on Access to Medicine. Gunther is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of One Family Health, a US501(c)(3) tax exempt Foundation and a L3C low profit company involved in developing a franchise network of entry level primary healthcare clinics in Africa. Gunther’s experience working in Africa, which has a high concentration of pharmaceutical counterfeits, will provide critical perspective to educate leaders and create industry awareness linking our solutions to prevent the pharmaceutical supply chain from being compromised.

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Mehmood Khan, strategic advisory board

“Authentication and traceability across complex global supply chains is a critically important priority worldwide. APDN is doing exciting work designed to create innovative solutions that make supply chains more secure. I look forward to contributing to their ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of supply chains across industries.”

Dr. Mehmood Khan

CEO of Life Biosciences Inc., Former Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development of PepsiCo

Dr. Khan was named CEO of Life Biosciences Inc and is member of the company’s board of directors. Dr. Khan will lead the Boston-based biotech company, which has raised over $75 million to pursue the eight pathways of age-related decline (ARD).

Dr. Khan was recently appointed Vice Chair of the US Council for Competitiveness and joined the Board of Food and Agriculture Research at the USDA (FFAR).

Dr. James Hayward, President and CEO of Applied DNA, said, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Khan’s keen scientific insight and robust commercial experience to help us grow our business in new and growing markets. His decades of involvement in the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, as well as his depth of scientific innovation experience, are a perfect complement to Applied DNA as we expand our core vertical markets. With Dr. Khan’s appointment to the FFAR, and its engagement with both the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Applied DNA hopes to optimize their benefits to American agronomy and to the world in general.”


Ray Kelly

Vice Chairman of K2Intelligence, Former NYPD Commissioner

As a member of Applied DNA’s Strategic Advisory Board, Mr. Kelly will help advance the company’s expansion in law enforcement and security sectors and solution offerings, working along with other distinguished industry experts.

Mr. Kelly’s almost 50-year career in public service includes serving as commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and as Undersecretary of Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department. He served as a vice president of Interpol and directed the International Police Force in Haiti, where he was awarded the exceptionally meritorious service commendation from the President of the United States. Mr. Kelly is also a retired United States Marine Corps Reserves Colonel with 30 years of service in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, including serving a combat tour in Vietnam. He received 14 citations of merit for outstanding police work during his tenure at the New York Police Department and was awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion d’Honneur. Under Mr. Kelly’s leadership, the New York Police Department gained a reputation as the premier domestic public-safety agency in the United States. He established the first Counterterrorism Bureau of any municipal police department in the country and built the Department’s Intelligence Bureau, creating a global intelligence program with detectives stationed in cities abroad. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and an ABC News consultant. He is the author of the best-selling book Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City.

Ray Kelly former NYPD commissioner

“I look forward to contributing to the company’s business priorities during a time of heightened security threats both nationally and internationally.”

“By understanding a fashion brand’s business challenges, APDN is uniquely qualified to secure their claims of sustainability, relevance to the circular economy, ethical sourcing and the veracity of fiber content. I am delighted to join their world-class team, and to offer contemporary brands the tools to improve global trade in fashion.”

Steve Birkhold

Former CEO of Bebe, Lacoste, Diesel and Earl Jeans

Steve Birkhold is a 30-year veteran of the fashion industry and is the former CEO of several of the world’s most prominent apparel brands. His appointment to the Strategic Advisory Board aims to assist Applied DNA with market penetration in the fashion and luxury apparel and accessory markets.

Mr. Birkhold will spearhead the development of a new sales, marketing and go-to-market strategy for the Company’s technology in the fashion and luxury apparel and accessory markets, and will leverage his substantial industry contacts to facilitate the introduction of the Company’s technology to the C-suite executives of well-known fashion and luxury apparel and accessory brands.

Dr. James Hayward, President and CEO of Applied DNA, said, “Steve Birkhold is one of the most respected names in fashion. His expertise will help us bridge the strategic connection between our leading-edge technology and the supply chains and associated claims of contemporary fashion. His knowledge of the global business environment within the fashion world, and his entrée in the most recognized C-suites, will accelerate our go-to-market timeline.”

Wayne Buchen, Vice President of Strategic Sales for Textiles at Applied DNA Sciences, added, “Steve’s expertise in fashion merchandising includes marketing, retail, wholesale, e-commerce and strategic positioning in a very competitive, fast-moving vertical that is a perfect fit for our technical platform. Together, we will help global brands to secure their position with forensic science.”