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Applied DNA and Stratum Reservoir (Isotech) sign memorandum of understanding to leverage isotopic analysis for enhanced DNA-based cotton authenticity and provenance

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) (Applied DNA or the “Company”), a leader in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based DNA manufacturing and nucleic acid-based technologies, and Stratum Reservoir (Isotech), LLC (“Isotech”), a division of Stratum Reservoir and a leader in laboratory stable isotope analysis, a technique used for fingerprinting naturally occurring organic compounds such as cotton, today announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Under the terms of the MoU, Applied DNA will deploy Isotech’s isotopic analysis (IA) as a confirmatory assay for cotton genotyping, the process through which cotton DNA is utilized to determine cotton fiber and fabric origin forensically. The MoU is expected to be followed by a definitive agreement between the companies. 

The signing of the MoU follows the joint presentation of initial data by the companies at an American Apparel and Footwear Association event that describes a methodology and findings for the successful determination of Egyptian cotton fiber, yarn and fabric origin using cotton genomics with affirmation by IA. The complementary use of IA to Applied DNA’s CertainT® platform for textile traceability yields a continuity of forensic data across the entirety of a natural fiber-based value chain – from source to finished goods – to ensure adherence to social (avoidance of products made with forced or slave labor) and environmental practices (sustainable, organic) aligned with regulatory and consumer expectations. Per the MoU, the companies will support business development opportunities for cotton traceability. They will also continue to build and compile a global database of cotton, yarn, and fabric samples from known sources to broaden the application and utility of IA.

MeiLin Wan, vice president of Textile Sales at Applied DNA, stated, “The use of IA complements our CertainT platform to deliver what we believe is a best-in-class, multi-layered approach to supply chain traceability and assurance across the entirety of natural fiber-based value chains. With CertainT, once origin is established, we deliver certainty that we believe is immutable and forensic from source-to-shelf. The power of DNA is now augmented with IA.”

“Stable isotope analysis is a powerful tool that we have historically used in the oil and gas industry,” said Steven Pelphrey, Director of Stratum Reservoir (Isotech), LLC. “Through our collaboration with Applied DNA, we can now more broadly apply our proven technology and techniques to the textile industry. This both enhances Applied DNA’s CertainT platform with an additional layer of geographic provenance and delivers an unmatched solution to the marketplace.”

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