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Stony Brook company wins Japan contract

Computers with DNA markers

Computers with DNA markers Credit: HP

A Stony Brook company’s anti-counterfeiting markers, made of unique strands of botanical DNA, are now being used by a top Japanese maker of plastic computer and phone cases.

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. has signed an agreement to supply the anticounterfeiting tools to Nissha Printing Co. Ltd., of Kyoto, a designer of molded electronics components for HP, Acer, LG and other major brands.

Applied DNA’s products, unique genetic markers that cannot be reproduced, will be injected into Nissha’s in-mold decorations.

Specifically, the DNA markers will become part of the three-dimensional hard plastic cases Nissha makes for mobile phones, laptop computers, car interiors and electrical appliances.

"We have already begun supplying Nissha with our DNA authentication markers,” James Hayward, chief executive of Applied DNA, said in a Thursday news release.

“It extends our reach into Japan and Asia, where the need to verify authentic products” is acute, especially in the mobile phone, computer and pharmaceutical industries.

The photo above left provides an example of Nissha in-mold decoration, shown here on HP electronics cases; Applied DNA Sciences will now supply Nissha with unique DNA markers as an anti-counterfeiting tool that it will include in its decorations.

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