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Fabrics Expo: Applied DNA Sciences is "ShowStopper"

Applied DNA Sciences was front and center last week at the The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo Americas 2012 conference in Boston (  Over 7,000 companies and individuals participated in the three day conference and expo to celebrate IFAI's 100th Anniversary. APDN exhibited in the Advanced Textiles Pavilion and was a featured speaker at one of the breakout sessions on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Karim Berrada, Director of DNA Formulation, spoke about DNA based authentication of textiles using exogenous and endogenous markers. Karim detailed how 21st century technology has come to textile authentication.   

A highlight of the show was the announcement of the IFAI 2012 ShowStoppers awards ( for the best of the best new products at the expo. IFAI received a total of 84 entries from 4 countries that were submitted by 56 companies in this year's competition. IFAI noted that the winners exhibited the newest; coolest; the most pragmatic and the most innovative; the most effective and the most efficient; the most economical and the most environmentally sound. Winners were chosen by their industry peers in attendance and exhibiting at IFAI Expo 2012. ShowStoppers entries were displayed on the show floor in exhibitors' booths and highlighted in a prominent voting display.

APDN was the proud recipient of a ShowStopper Award in the "End Products and Services" category, a rare honor for a first time expo participant. Tom Gladtke, Director of Sales at APDN noted, "We entered our product into the showstopper competition because we believe it us just that, a show stopper. A unique, one of a kind solution, that utilizes bio technology and DNA as a forensic taggant in a way no one else does. We were very excited about winning the award, especially since show attendees voted and recognized the significance of our cutting edge authentication platform."