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Applied DNA Sciences opens new testing lab in India

Applied DNA Sciences has announced the opening of a Central DNA Testing Laboratory in Ahmedabad, that will provide full forensic authentication services. The lab will support Applied DNA’s growing global textile business in the Asia-Pacific region with expansion capability for other supply chains present in the region, such as fertilisers and pharmaceuticals.

To be launched February 15, 2018, the Central Laboratory is strategically located in Gujarat, an economic hub for the development and advancement of cotton, other textiles, fertilisers, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. Ila Lansky, a forensic scientist with over 11 years of forensic DNA experience, will direct the Central DNA Testing Laboratory. She currently oversees all aspects of forensic analysis, testing, authentication and reporting for all samples submitted, following the standard operating procedures established by Applied DNA’s New York forensic laboratories.

The Central DNA Testing lab is a high throughput laboratory, providing customers with accurate reports and a short turnaround time. Lansky their methodology, “This is an important opportunity for Applied DNA to bring our proven technologies to the heart of India’s textile industry and share our impeccable standards and operational protocols. The laboratory will have the ability to process thousands of samples, serving our textiles customers in the region.”

James A. Hayward, President and CEO, Applied DNA says, “Opening a lab in Gujarat has both strategic and practical importance for Applied DNA. Our partnership with Himatsingka, has proven remarkably successful, with uptake in the commercial ecosystem and endorsement by big box retailers. Adoption of our technologies by other textile companies is growing. Working closely with such India-based industry majors as Himatsingka and GHCL, we know Applied DNA’s value in enabling source-verified supplied chains and contributing the steady growth and ensured protection of the circular economy. It only makes sense for Applied DNA to have a facility where so many of our current and future partners are based.”

Applied DNA is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics. The company aims to “make life real and safe by providing innovative, molecular-based technology solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion”. The proprietary DNA-based CertainT platform can be used to identify, tag, test and track products to help assure authenticity, origin, traceability, sustainability and quality of products.