Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences, a developer of anti-counterfeiting products located at the , announced Tuesday it has been hired by a government agency to mark microchips.
The company, however, has not disclosed with which government agency it is working. On Wednesday, a company spokesman said Applied DNA Sciences is contractually bound to not disclose the name or nature of the agency, but that the company expects to release that information in the coming weeks.
The company said in a statement it will be marking microchips used in "mission-critical government supply chains" with its SigNature DNA tags, which have previously been used in and .
"DNA marking is the premiere forensic anti-counterfeiting platform, and by implementing this program the U.S. Government is taking a major step toward adding a powerful tool for future counterfeit detection and prevention and reducing the risk of procuring sub-standard parts," Hayward said.
Applied DNA Sciences has called the fast-growing microchip industry a target for counterfeiters.
According to the Semiconductor Industry Association, that industry employs close to 200,000 people in America, and its technologies have helped grow the nation's high-tech industries, worth around $1.1 trillion.