Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a leader in large-scale PCR-based DNA manufacturing and authentication, announced that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) to develop and commercialize apparel made from RIL’s R|Elan GreenGold fabric and Recron GreenGold recycled polyester fiber and filament powered by CertainT. The collaboration as set forth in the MoU, provides for potentially extending, apparel manufacturing using R|Elan GreenGold, and the use of recycled polyester through Recron GreenGold into consumer and industrial applications, in the global markets. Applied DNA has already demonstrated with its supply chain partners, full end-to-end traceability by tagging over 20 million lbs of recycled polyester, testing of hundreds of samples, and tracking of forensically authenticated products from fiber to finished goods. Commercial products are sold in over 4,000 US retail stores, with expansion into international markets before the end of 2019.
Prior to the signing of the MoU, Applied DNA and RIL had tagged recycled polyester at RIL’s facilities in India in successful proof-of-concept studies. Under the MoU, samples will be tested both on-site and at Applied DNA’s laboratory in Ahmedabad. The groundwork for commercial scale-up for DNA production for manufacture of CertainT tagged staple fiber and filament yarn is underway. Joint marketing will support sales and business development in US and European markets.