Independent Third-Party Testing

The TADD has undergone thousands of rounds of testing by independent third-parties. We are working hard to get approval for distribution on all of the test reports. In the meantime, we have posted here the reports approved for public distribution. 

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US Army CHemical Biological Center

Evaluation of the SciK9 Training Aid Delivery Device for Containment of Powders

 

[Technical Report AD1143404]

Abstract:

The SciK9 Training Aid Delivery Device (TADD) was invented by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development
Command Chemical Biological Center (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD) to contain solid, powder, or liquid training
substances. The TADD is designed to enable free gas/vapor exchange and simultaneously prevent escape of a training aid
substance into the environment. This study demonstrates that the SciK9 TADD wholly contains powdered substances in the
form of fine particulates and does not allow release of any trace material into the surrounding environment. Experiments were
designed to evaluate short and long term stationary and dynamic containment of substances with a dry or wet membrane. In
addition, formation of condensation within the lid of the TADD was determined. Caffeine and benzylfentanyl were used as
surrogates for hazardous powdered narcotics and exposed to various experimental conditions. After analysis by mass
spectrometry, no traces of these substances were found on the outer surfaces of the TADD. The results demonstrate that SciK9
TADDs can be used to safely train canines in the detection of powders such as narcotics after exposure to various experimental
conditions. 

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Chiron K9

Trials of Training Aid Delivery Device for
Underwater Oil Detection Canine Training

Key Findings:

  • The various studies reported here show that TADDs can be used to train ODCs without exposing the water source to contamination by the target oil sample.

  • Odor molecules, which a trained ODC can identify, pass through the TADD membrane into water or air medium.

  • For effective utilization of the TADD, in-field training, the ODC should be imprinted and trained on the device containing the target, underwater.

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University of Pennsylvania

Discrimination of SARS-CoV-2 infected patient
samples by detection dogs: A proof of concept
study

TADDs were utilized to contain potentially infectious SARS-CoV-2 patient samples:

"After sample inactivation, all samples were stored at a minimum of -20˚C cold storage until aliquoting. Samples from adults or children were combined, but only NP-40-inactivated urine was mixed with NP-40-inactivated urine, heat-inactivated urine was only mixed with heat-inactivated urine and heat-inactivated saliva was only mixed with heat-inactivated saliva. Samples were aliquoted into 400 uL volumes into SciK9 Training Aid Delivery Devices (TADD)."

TADDs were utilized during training in the Tactical Direction Canine Scent Wheel:

"Each wheel contained controls (e.g. SARS-CoV-2 negative samples treated with the same inactivation protocol as targets) as well as distractors (e.g. gloves, empty TADD, garlic on filter paper, SharpieTM marker on filter paper, TADD with coconut flavoring, paperclips, marinade on filter paper, empty cans etc), such that each port contained an odor."

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German Armed Forces & University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover GERMANY

Scent dog identification of SARS-CoV-2 infections, similar across different body fluids

TADDs were used to contain infectious clinical samples of SARS-CoV-2 and the TADD membrane was subsequently tested via PCR swab to ensure viral containment. Supplementary Data Table 3 shows the data from the 68 TADDs that were tested and subsequently passed the viral containment tests.

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