Applied DNA Sciences Vice President, MeiLin Wan, Honored with 2017 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (June 21, 2017) – Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (“Applied DNA,” “the company,” NASDAQ: APDN), is pleased to announce that MeiLin Wan, Vice President of Textiles, received a 2017 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award at the organization’s 16th annual dinner gala in New York City on June 20th.

The Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award Gala includes a wide array of Asian ethnicities that represent a microcosm of elite Asian American business owners, professionals and corporate executives across the United States. The award committee identifies and selects outstanding leaders who have built a successful business or who have distinguished themselves in their community.

Dr. James Hayward, Judy Hayward, MeiLin Wan, Surabhi Mukhi
and Bob Miglani at the AABA Gala

Recognized for her contributions to secure supply chain solutions and services to assure quality and enable responsible sourcing practices for textile customers globally, Wan’s work fulfills the promise of, “keeping textiles real and safe.” She has more than 25 years of experience in the biotechnology, consumer products, and personal care industries, specializing in marketing, sales, strategic and international management.

Today, Wan is actively working to initiate new platforms such as CertainT™ to safeguard supply chains against product recalls, and liability, while maintaining profitability and market differentiation. From 2014 to present, Wan has led Applied DNA’s efforts to tag, test, and trace over 160 million pounds of U.S. grown cotton, resulting in the launch of products sold under the PimaCott® brand in over 1,700 stores throughout the United States and Canada.

In addition, she leads the team for creating and driving commercial strategies to develop innovative textile applications in synthetics, recycled cellulosic, rayon, wool, cashmere, silk and many other fiber, yarn and fabric products. Focusing on excellence in marketing, sales, and customer service, Wan is the key business manager for multinational partners and clients including Himatsingka, Loftex, Louis Dreyfus Company, Martin Guitar, Nissha Printing Company, Solvay, and other Fortune 500 companies.

MeiLin Wan receives the 2017 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in
Business Award from John Wang, founder and president of Asian American Business Development Center

“MeiLin has been such an asset to our team,” said Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA. “She has brought a real creative force to our science, pushing our innovations forward and growing our textile business, which is instrumental in the growth of our company. We are very proud of her work and congratulate her on this great honor.”

The 2017 award gala cumulatively has honored over 700 successful Asian Americans representing over 50 industries and professions. In recognizing this year’s role models from the Asian American business community, John Wang, president of Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) also highlighted the emergence of the New Majority as America’s ethnic minorities are poised to become the biggest combined demographic bloc in coming years.

“We’re proud to honor high-achieving Asian Americans in business, and excited to join with Latinos and African Americans to form the new Mainstream Economy,” said Wang.

Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC)
The Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1994. It assists Asian American businesses in strengthening their capacity to compete in the mainstream market, to expand business opportunities and to promote recognition of Asian American businesses’ contributions to the general economy.

About Applied DNA
Applied DNA is a provider of DNA-based supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics.

Wemake life real and safe by providing innovative, molecular-based technology solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. The proprietary DNA-based “CertainT™” platform can be used to identify, tag, track, and trace products, to help assure authenticity, origin, traceability and quality of products. SigNature® DNA describes the core technology ingredient that is at the heart of a family of uncopyable, security and authentication solutions such as SigNature® T and fiberTyping®, targeted toward textiles and apparel, BackTrac™ and DNAnet®, for anti-theft and loss prevention, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track- and-trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence, and can be used to prosecute perpetrators. Applied DNA Sciences is also engaged in the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences using the polymerase chain reaction.

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