The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), an international alliance of forward-looking companies dedicated to providing consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability, is pleased to welcome AuthenTechnologies LLC to its growing membership.
AuthenTechnologies, based in Richmond, Calif., is the first contract laboratory in the United States specializing in DNA-based botanical authentication testing and research services. The company was founded in 2010 by botanists from the University of California, Berkeley, in response to the increasing demand for reliable identity testing compliant with the Food and Drug Administration’s good manufacturing practices.
AuthenTechnologies offers standard DNA-based identity testing, including its Confirm IDNA and Multiple IDNA services, as well as DNA-Authentication Botanical Identity Reference Materials, in addition to contract genetic research services for a variety of applications.
“We warmly welcome AuthenTechnologies to the UNPA membership,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “CEO Danica Reynaud and her staff provide a unique expertise in DNA analysis of botanicals, and given the current debate over a recent paper published on DNA bookmarking of botanicals, we look forward to their leadership and resources in assisting UNPA member companies and the industry at large in understanding and best utilizing this promising technology.”
“AuthenTechnologies shares UNPA’s vision to enhance the quality and safety of natural products, by advancing and making identity testing capabilities accessible to industry,” said Reynaud. “Additionally, we are interested in educating UNPA members about the issues and solutions to the challenges associated with botanical identification as well as about genetic technologies, which until now have mostly been overlooked despite being integral to the development of botanical taxonomies in academia.”