ADNAS Develop SigNature DNA with Verimaster

Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has launched a new woven garment label, which incorporates an anti-counterfeiting technology called signature DNA. USA-based Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has launched a new woven garment label, which incorporates the company's anti-counterfeiting technology, called SigNature DNA.

SigNature DNA is an environmentally friendly technology based on botanical deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The technology uses DNA extracted from plants to authenticate products by applying a marker to the inks of a label or the yarns of a fabric.

SigNature DNA markers are applied to the new woven garment labels as a finishing treatment. During the finishing process, the labels absorb a unique solution, which contains the markers. Once the labels are dried, the markers remain embedded in the fibres from which the labels are made.

According to APDN, the technology provides protection against counterfeiting as the markers cannot be copied or re-engineered, nor can they be viewed under a microscope or identified by digital scans.

The markers can be detected with a special hand held device, which is supplied to garment manufacturers that have adopted the technology.

Also, the markers can be authenticated forensically using a polymerase chain reaction1 (PCR) methodology at APDN’s laboratories in Huddersfield, UK, or in New York, USA.

The new woven garment label was developed by three companies, namely Nilorn UK, BrandWatch Technologies and Addmaster. Nilorn UK is a UK-based manufacturer of woven labels. BrandWatch Technologies is a USA-based manufacturer of Security products. Addmaster is a UK-based provider of additives for various applications including textile products.

*Please note that Addmaster was acquired by the Polygiene Group AB in January 2021, so all news articles prior to that date will still be branded as Addmaster.