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Verifai Pty Ltd. (Australia) Joins The Axia Institute®


Verifai Pty Ltd. (Australia) Joins The Axia Institute®

Midland, Michigan – January 20, 2020

Michigan State University’s Axia Institute is pleased to announce that Australian-based Verifai Pty Ltd. has joined the Axia Institute as a General Member.

“Axia is excited to welcome Verifai Pty Ltd. as a partner of the Axia Institute. Verifai’s leadership in the logistics space matches well with the logistics challenges the Axia Institute is currently exploring,” according to the Axia Institute’s executive director, Katherine Franz. “Verifai’s partnership with Axia validates the global nature of the value chain challenges our Institute is addressing, and we’re anticipating innovative ideas will result from our future collaborations with the Verifai team.”

Verifai has developed an integrated shipping and logistics platform that enables end-to-end traceability for cargo shipments that travel by train, road or ocean.

Jonathan Kempe, CEO & Founder of Verifai, was encouraged about the relationship with Axia, noting, “Our team is honored to join the prestigious Axia Institute and explore the role technology can play in facilitating transformational change. We have the greatest respect for Axia’s Value Chain research and look forward to working alongside Axia’s world-class team and associated commercial collaborators. We will also work to strengthen ties between our two countries, expanding this partnership to encompass other companies, academic institutes, government departments, and border agencies in Australia and the United States.”

As a General Member of the Axia Institute, Verifai will have exposure to Axia’s research portfolio, and will be able to participate in the Axia Value Chain Index™ (VCI) Performance Assessment.


About Axia

Located in Midland, The Axia Institute®, formerly the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation, is a premier research and education center dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, The Axia Institute® partners with industry to solve grand challenges and conduct cross-disciplinary research in areas of value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety. The Institute was founded by leaders in value chain creation and development at MSU, including the Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of Social Science, and School of Packaging. Founding donors include The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.


About Verifai Pty Ltd.

Founded in 2017, Verifai is an Australian-based company that deploys unique solutions to secure and protect people, businesses, assets, and critical infrastructure. Verifai is currently focused on increasing the visibility, transparency and security of global supply chains through the utilization of established and emerging technology: customized locking/sealing hardware, modular IoT sensors, robust communication devices and multi-modal biometric identifiers paired to an interoperable data-sharing software platform. Verifai supports sustainable manufacturing and carefully adheres to Cybersecurity-by-design; this can be clearly observed in Verifai’s production processes, and in how Verifai acquires, handles and securely distributes trusted data.


For further information, please contact:

The Axia Institute:

John D. Hatfield

(989) 423-2047


Verifai Solutions:

Jono Kempe