Please join us on Tuesday, January 16th, for a talk by Jim Hayward from DNA Sciences.
The Water's Edge at Giovanni's
2748 Boston Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
Registration 5:30 - 6:00pm
We have known that DNA is the curator of our biology since the 1940’s, long before Watson and Crick proved the structure accommodated codons and self-replication. Synthetic biology, moving so quickly that even the field’s oxymoronic name lacks clear definition, now permits the reading and writing of DNA sequences so quickly that FDA has approved the personalized creation of immunotherapies to fight cancers with tumor content recombined in humoral cells enabling natural killer cells to attack the tumor so aggressively that is sometime eradicated in hours.
That same approach can be used to generate short DNA sequences (less than 200 base pairs), that are non-functional-by-design, but that contain content indicating an ingredient has been organically farmed, or sustainably produced, or manufactured ethically, while identifying their point of origin, without the benefit of forced human labor. These tags are being used as GRAS indicators of authenticity in pharmaceutics, and can be identified at every node in the supply chain from API (Active Pharmaceutic Ingredient) to the finished drug passed to the consumer. Uncanny sensitivity to detection allows the use of DNA tags at concentrations often approaching 1 part per trillion (PPT), meaning that costs, impact of form or function and on manufacturing processes are minimal. The technology has been commercially scaled to millions of pounds per year, in the complex ecosystems of textile and fertilizer manufacture. On-site rapid testing methods, framed within a blockchain-ready cloud based IT framework, trace and track the product from raw material to consumer goods with data available go everyone in the supply chain.
These short fragments contain encrypted content that serves as forensic proof of authenticity that has been recognized by courts in over 115 trials of the provenance of cash stolen from ATM machines. The Department of Defense orchestrated a “Red Team Challenge” and proved that SigNature Molecular Tags can not be copied, securing supply chains from counterfeiters. In personal care, DNA tags can be used to verify the provenance of raw ingredients, ensure the authenticity of ingredients and finished goods, ensure certain ingredients are organically or sustainably sourced, prove site of manufacture, ensure the use of genuine packaging components, and to prevent the copying of serialized codes. It is possible to analyze a “Product Genome” in a single test that would validate the all the ingredient content of Personal Care finished goods.
Register below, or email Cynthia Valovich
SCC members: $45
Students and Unemployed: $35