DUST Identity

Active dates:

January 31, 2019 - January 31, 2019
STEX25 Participation:
January 31, 2019 - April 30, 2020
Company information

85 Wells Ave
Newton, MA 02459
United States

Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

DUST Identity links physical objects to their digital records - securely.


DUST -- the Diamond Uncloneable Security Tag -- is a proprietary technology which utilizes nanodiamonds to create an unclonable identity layer on any object. An optical scanner and cloud-based infrastructure provides an interface to the object identity and provenance. DUST ensures that trusted data and verifiable products are used and traced across their full lifecycle.

Formerly Diamond Nanotechnologies, Inc., DUST Identity is a Boston-based early stage venture focused on developing advanced microscopy tools for neuroscience and biology. The technologies stemmed out of scientific research that we conducted at Columbia University and MIT on nitrogen-vacancy color centers in diamond. As this research transitioned from fundamental studies to development of practical imaging and sensing tools, there was a growing interest in our tools from physicists, chemists, biologists and neuroscientists; thus, we decided to spin-off the company. This allows us to focus on our users needs and deliver the best tools for their applications.

DUST Identity continues a strong relationship with early adopters in a variety of scientific disciplines. This has enabled an applications-driven development approach to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time such as simultaneous, real-time imaging of the action potential of thousands of neurons with single-neuron specificity and single-molecule tracking in live cells. Recently, Diamond Nanotechnologies was awarded a multiple-year contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an optical imaging system that uses diamond nanosensors. This system can potentially enable high-speed parallel recording of neural activity in brain tissue in vitro and in vivo of animal models.
Technology Description

Technology Description

DUST Identity developed a process to engineer nano-scale synthetic diamonds with quantum properties, known as "nitrogen vacancies," that allow us to detect the diamond's orientation. After enhancement, the diamonds are embedded into physical objects using common polymers.