Pallet-to-plate authentication using DNA

Sunday, 29 May, 2005

Gribbles Molecular Science (GMS) and Sunshine Technologies (ST) have formed a joint venture company, id-DNA Pty Ltd, focusing on the use of DNA technology in the biosecurity area.

Applications for the DNA technology include the homeland security sector, 'pallet to plate' verification in food and livestock area as well as a multitude of applications such as sample tracking.

The id-DNA technology incorporates two established technologies: the identification system of DNA fingerprinting combined with tagging technologies using RFID (radio frequency identification) devices, smart cards and passports incorporating smart chips. One application is to include DNA tracking and other information into cattle tags so that animals can be DNA tracked all the way from birth to plate.

The company has developed its own IP as well as having access to a variety of GMS patents including using DNA identification for document security. Initially the company will be focusing on launching and piloting its products within Australia and will then expand to international arenas.

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