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Stony Brook DNA company to sell anti-intruder spray

James Hayward, chief executive of Applied DNA Sciences

James Hayward, chief executive of Applied DNA Sciences Inc. in Stony Brook. (April 25, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Applied DNA Sciences, of Stony Brook, has a new agreement for exclusive North American rights to distribute an anti-intruder spray infused with genetic markers.

The agreement is with RedWeb Technologies, of Staffordshire, England. The RedWeb product is its Sentry 500 Intruder Spray Systems.

The spray is embedded with SigNature DNA, a proprietary brand of botanical genetic material made by Applied DNA., which trades its stock publicly as APDN. The spray system is already being used in Sweden.

"APDN believes that the market for this product in North America is vast and as yet untapped," the company said in a Tuesday news release.

"For instance, in jewelry stores alone, the sales potential is upwards of $32 million for initial installation with the potential for renewal fees every 18 months."

Applied DNA said the device has a set of spray heads that can be installed at entrances, where they "emit a burst of DNA solution onto the offenders."

The spray can be launched by a panic button or linked to an alarm system, and "contains a rapid-read tracer and a unique DNA code, linking the criminals irrefutably to the crime scene."

Photo shows James A. Hayward, chairman, president and chief executive of Applied DNA Sciences, in his DNA Extraction lab in Stony Brook.

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