Bear-based company receives grant, announces deal with Aussie distributor


A company based in Bear received a grant from The Booz Allen Foundation and a distribution agreement with an Australian company.

SciK9, LLC was selected to receive a grant for its project – “Putting a Dog in the COVID-19 Fight”. A project aimed at supporting the U.S. Army and the University of Pennsylvania with their COVID-19 detection dog study by supplying the containment and odor delivery systems, known as TADDs (training aid delivery devices).

TADDs enable the training of dogs on potentially hazardous patient samples.

SciK9 was one of fewer than two dozen companies to be selected out 3,000 applications that came from 50 states, four U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C.

The 21 winners—including SciK9 — are each working to develop new solutions, systems, technology and approaches that help build community resilience by protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or support the safe return to work.

In a related development, SciK9 has announced the expansion of their global distribution network for TADD through a partnership agreement with TactixK9.

TactixK9 offers canine products, including CrazyTuff tactical harnesses and Precision Explosives odor print training aids.

Wayne Ferrari, president of TactixK9, said “We are proud to add SciK9’s TADDs to the growing offering of premium canine training products. There is no other scent detection product like the TADD and being able to get it in the hands of canine community here is very special.”

Michele Maughan, chief scientific officer of SciK9, stated, “This partnership represents just how unique the TADD is and the enormous capability gap it fills. It is an honor to be able to bring our invention from the USA to Australia and beyond and know that we are enhancing canine scent detection around the world.”

While the entire SciK9 product line is not available at this time, TactixK9 plans to carry the entire line within the next year.

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SciK9 was formed in 2020 with the goal of providing a safe training aid delivery device (TADD) to the canine community for training and detection purposes.

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