Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) (Applied DNA or the “Company”), a leader in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based DNA manufacturing, today announced it has entered into a new contract with the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Land and Maritime’s Product Test Center (PTC) in Columbus, Ohio. The firm fixed-price, indefinite delivery contract (IDC) provides for a maximal contract value to the Company of $1.04 million over an up to five-year performance term. Applied DNA was awarded the original contract in 2014, with the primary objective of supporting the DLA’s counterfeit mitigation initiatives, and product verification and testing programs specific to FSC 5962 microcircuits. The newly awarded contract outlines the Company’s provision of supplies and services, including creation of unique DNA marks in various inks, QC authentication testing and training.
“This new contract enables DLA to maintain continuity of services at the PTC in service of the nation’s warfighting capabilities and further reinforces the application of our forensic DNA mark as a secure, high-resolution taggant to track provenance and ensure authenticity,” said, Judy Murrah, chief operating officer, Applied DNA.
About Applied DNA Sciences
Applied DNA is commercializing LinearDNA™, its proprietary, large-scale polymerase chain reaction (“PCR”)-based manufacturing platform that allows for the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences.
The LinearDNA platform has utility in the nucleic acid-based in vitro diagnostics and preclinical nucleic acid-based drug development and manufacturing market. The platform is used to manufacture DNA for customers as components of in vitro diagnostic tests and for preclinical nucleic acid-based drug development in the fields of adoptive cell therapies (CAR T and TCR therapies), DNA vaccines (anti-viral and cancer), RNA therapies, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) based therapies, and gene therapies. Applied DNA has also established a COVID-19 diagnostic and testing offering that is in the early stages of commercialization and is grounded in the Company’s deep expertise in DNA.
The LinearDNA platform also has non-biologic applications, such as supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology. Key end-markets include Gov/Mil, textiles, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, and cannabis, among others.
The Company’s common stock is listed on NASDAQ under ticker symbol ‘APDN,’ and its publicly traded warrants are listed on OTC under ticker symbol ‘APPDW.’
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