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Missile Defense Agency looks to DNA Sciences for anti-counterfeiting parts marking

STONY BROOK, N.Y., 23 April 2013. Designers at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va., needed anti-counterfeiting technology to mark original parts at the time of manufacture to confirm that the component is authentic. They found their solution from Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. in Stony Brook, N.Y.

MDA officials have awarded a $150,000 Phase I research grant to Applied DNA for advanced development of the company's anti-counterfeiting platform for military electronics.

The award, granted by the MDA Small Business Innovative Research program (SBIR), aims to develop ways to use unique DNA to mark or coat original parts at the time of manufacture, to enable customers at later stages in the supply chain to confirm that the component is authentic.

The project expands on, but is separate from, research and testing supported by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to mark all parts that DLA buys with unique DNA-based material to help prevent counterfeit parts from entering the Pentagon's logistics chain.

For more information contact Applied DNA Sciences online at, or the Missile Defense Agency at

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