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Tagsmart is a British technology company formally launched in 2016. We pioneered the application of synthetic DNA tags to verify and certify artworks and developed an online platform to generate highly secure Certificates of Authenticity. We are the go-to provider of these services in the art market and the only such business featured in the 2017 Deloitte Art and Finance Report.

“There is now an increasing need to inject security and confidence into the art market. Tagsmart has innovated a means of authentication and provenance recording which I am delighted to both utilise and strategically support.”

Philip Mould CBE, of BBC's Fake or Fortune and advisor to the company

The journey began when globally renowned frame-maker and fabricator Mark Darbyshire and product designer Steve Cooke got together to explore a solution for certifying art in 2014. Led by Executive Chairman/Founder Investor Tom Toumazis MBE, the team also features experts from art and tech backgrounds including Robert Suss, renowned art collector and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts, Aino-Leena Grapin, former Managing Director/CEO at Paddle8 and Ian Griffin, Founder and Executive Chairman of B2B Hotel Marketplace platform eviivo.

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