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On Tuesday (3 January 2012), New York States' preeminence in nanotechnology advanced, when Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB: APDN) announces its agreement to share its patented technologies for the use of DNA-marking to prevent the propagation of counterfeits with CNSE.   It is the dawning of a new field, which we call Nanosecurity.


Attracted to USB by the School of Engineering’s nanotechnology resources, Applied DNA Sciences has commercialized DNA technologies to aid law enforcement and the military, to protect cash, and to prevent the proliferation of counterfeits in any industry.  Here, Dr. James A. Hayward, CEO and President of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. explains the new field, Nanosecurity.





By James A. Hayward, CEO and President of Applied DNA 


Until the 1970’s, “nano” was used as a prefix for a unit of measure. Today it has come to be commonly accepted as shorthand for “nanotechnology”, encompassing chemistry, biology, electronics, even economics.

New York State took on nanotechnology leadership in 2004, when it launched the first college-level education program in nanotechnology at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), associated with SUNY, Albany. An unqualified success, CNSE houses more than 2,600 scientists, engineers and students, who benefit from more than 12 billion dollars invested and collaborations with more than 300 of the world’s leading semiconductor companies.

Long Island’s role in in the Nanoscience Revolution was cemented with the establishment at USB of the Center for Excellence in Wireless Information Technology (CEWIT) in 2003, and subsequently with the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. USB’s engineering efforts in nanoscience include catalysis, new composites and fibers, energy production and even a “nanofab” facility, helping to push the limits of semiconductor production. 

Flood of counterfeit electronics into military supply chain

This partnership launches the field of “Nanosecurity,” laying down nanoscale DNA to secure supply chains.  APDN foresees the applications of its Nanosecurity patents in many industries, protecting global trade.

Already collaborating with agencies within the Department of Defense (DoD), APDN is marking microchips with chip manufacturers, distributors and the builders of printed circuit boards, sub-assemblies, weapons and aircraft.  Recent hearings by the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed a serious threat to our nation’s security, after it was discovered that more than 40% of DoD’s supply chain has been tainted by counterfeit electronic parts.

Cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting measures

As part of the collaboration, CNSE and APDN intend to establish a joint technology development partnership model – engaging nanoelectronics device fabricators, leading aerospace and defense system integration companies, and state and federal government agencies – to further advance the implementation of counterfeit protection measures. CNSE recently submitted a technology development proposal in partnership with APDN and other leading nanoelectronics companies in response to a Broad Agency Announcement issued by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which invests in technology programs that have the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.