Nanoparticle-DNA for Anti-Counterfeiting

 

Executive Summary

 

A 2008 report by the International Chamber of Commerce valued the counterfeit market at $650 billion and was expected to rise to $1.7 trillion in eight years. There is large safety concern with many counterfeit products, especially pharmaceuticals and toys manufactured with toxic agents. Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a simple and inexpensive nanoparticle DNA-based barcode system to track and reliably confirm the identity and authenticity of items such as pharmaceutical products, imported foods, electronics, textiles, currency, credit cards, passports, and many other legal documents and goods.

 

Description of Technology

 

Metal nanoparticles are coated with unique DNA sequences of various base lengths that can act as barcodes for product authentication, product serialization, brand protection, track-and-trace, intelligent supply chain, and law enforcement. The nanoparticle-DNA (nano-DNA) barcodes can be integrated into the product itself or into inks, dyes, labels and other markings at all production levels to encode company and product-specific information.  The nano-DNA can be authenticated using a simple, low-cost electrochemical biosensor device.  This allows for field-operability, quick results, and inexpensive operation unlike other DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technologies that require expensive PCR machines and highly skilled lab personnel to operate. 

 

Key Benefits

  • Initial in-field rapid authentication
  • Difficult to copy and alter
  • Reduces costs
  • Improves safety
  • Reduces counterfeit pharmaceuticals, knock-off toys, electronics

 

Applications

  • Anti-counterfeiting and brand protection
  • Product authentication / identification for virtually any product (e.g. computer hardware / software, pharmaceuticals, food, clothing etc.)

 

Patent Status: 

 

Patent Pending, Application publication number US20140224673A1

 

Licensing Rights Available

 

Full licensing rights available.

 

Inventors: Evangelyn Alocilja

 

Tech ID: TEC2013-0074

 

Alternative contact due to temporary leave:

 

Nina (Isi) Davis, Technology Marketing Manager, email: davisnin@msu.edu, phone (direct): (517)884-1829. 

 

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For Information, Contact:

Randy Ramharack
Technology Manager
Michigan State University
ramharac@msu.edu
Inventors:
Evangelyn Alocilja
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