Applied DNA Sciences is expanding to India to provide forensic authentication for its growing textile business in the Asia-Pacific region.
On Feb. 15, the molecular technologies provider is opening a new Central DNA Testing Laboratory in Ahmedabad, India, which will support Applied DNA’s growing Asia Pacific global textile business as well as provide an opportunity for the firm to service other supply chains in the area, including raw materials, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals. Applied DNA’s new laboratory is located in the state of Gujarat—which is an economic hub for the advancement and development of cotton, other textiles and petrochemicals.
Dr. Ila Lansky, a forensic scientist, will oversee the new laboratory. Currently, Dr. Lansky is responsible for all aspects of forensic analysis, authentication, testing and reporting for all samples submitted, following regulatory operating guidelines established by Applied DNA’s New York forensic laboratories. The laboratory will enable India-based Applied DNA customers to receive authentication reports in a short turnaround time. With the lab, customers will be able to trace their materials with Applied DNA’s authentication solutions, including SigNature T and fiberTyping, which are targeted to the apparel and textile industries.
“This is an important opportunity for Applied DNA to bring our proven technologies to the heart of India’s textile industry, and share our impeccable standards and operational protocols,” said Dr. Lansky. “The laboratory will have the ability to process thousands of samples, serving our textiles customers in the region.”
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According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), India’s textile industry is worth almost $135 billion and predicted to reach $230 billion by 2023. The nation, which is home to global textile companies and manufacturers, including GHCL Limited and The Himatsingka Group, is anticipated to grow globally, as authentication authorities, including Applied DNA, expand their presence to help streamline cotton and material traceability in supply chains. Additionally, IBEF indicated that India is home to one of the largest pharmaceutical markets in the world—which is expected to be worth $550 billion in the next three years.
“Opening a lab in Gujarat has both strategic and practical importance for Applied DNA,” said Dr. James A. Hayward, president and chief executive officer of Applied DNA. “Working closely with such India-based industry majors as Himatsingka and GHCL, we know Applied DNA’s value in enabling source-verified supplied chains and contributing the steady growth and ensured protection of the circular economy. It only makes sense for Applied DNA to have a facility where so many of our current and future partners are based.”
Applied DNA’s new laboratory comes on the heels of its recent financial results. For the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, Applied DNA reported that revenues increased 13 percent to $4.8 million. The company attributed the increase to growth in product revenue of roughly $1.4 million in the global textile sector, including protecting cotton supply chains worldwide.
Applied DNA Sciences aims to improve the way companies source cotton worldwide, by heightening its authentication solutions for multiple textile groups, including home goods products.