Smell digitization platform gets seed funding

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By Peter Clarke

Canaery Inc. (Alachua, Florida), a startup that is digitizing smell, has raised $4 million in seed funding.

The money will be used to accelerate the development of its scent-sensing platform, the company said.

The round was led by Breakout Ventures and included participation from about ten investors Dolby Family Ventures, KdT Ventures and SOSV.

“This capital will help us recruit additional top tier engineering talent and further invest in R&D as we move toward full commercialization,” said Gabriel Lavella, CEO and co-founder of Canaery, in a statement.

Platform helps animals

Canaery is developing a proprietary neural interface that is intended to be deployed alongside animals used for scent detection. The interface can detect every scent that enters the natural olfactory system of a working animal and wirelessly transmit the chemical signatures to the cloud for processing. There is no special training required and Canaery can identify scents that the animal may never have encountered before.

The resulting continuous analysis can enhance animals’ abilities and be used for early detection of disease, invasive species or for identifying other scent signatures such as environmental hazards and explosives.

Canaery was founded in 2020 by ex-DARPA engineering advisor Gabriel Lavella, former Allen Institute senior scientist Peter Ledochowitsch, and NYU Langone Health professor of neuroscience Dmitry Rinberg.

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