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Stony Brook DNA firm wins defense contract

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 Inc. said Wednesday it has won a $1-million trial contract from the U.S. Department of Defense after it successfully completed an anti-counterfeiting trial program in which it marked military-grade microchips with unique strands of DNA.

The test was done for the Defense Logistics Agency, as part of Stony Brook-based Applied DNA's effort to gain a large-scale U.S. military contract for its anti-counterfeiting technology.

"Used systematically, DNA marking could prevent counterfeit microchips, which might be defective and possibly dangerous, from entry at any point in the Department of Defense's supply chain," Applied DNA said in a news release.

"The initial results were so successful that APDN has already been awarded a follow-on contract of almost $1 million to fully engage one of the government's microchip supply chains."

Photo: James A. Hayward, president of Applied DNA Sciences. (April 25, 2011)

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