Canaery Secures $14M in Seed Funding for their Digitized Olfaction Technology

Canaery, the startup focused on digitized olfaction, announced they have successfully secured more than $4 million in seed funding to accelerate their development.

While others are advancing imaging and object recognition systems, this company has switched gears to target our other sense – smell. The company is developing a scent-sensing platform capable of detecting scents with the same accuracy as a trained animal. 

Their system can be used in a range of applications including:

  • Detection of explosives, biological threats, contraband;
  • Identification of zoonotic diseases (eg. swine flu) and plant diseases before there are any visible signs;
  • In human health through screening for infectious and physiologic diseases.

The funding will help in the development and rendering of the Canaery neural interface, which is thinner than a piece of tissue paper and a quarter the size of a US postage stamp. This neural interface is based on a decade of primary research and is capable of detecting every scent that enters the natural olfactory system of a working animal. 

So the animal smells, as usual, and the neural interface detects these chemical signatures. The interface then wirelessly transmits the chemical signatures to the cloud for processing within seconds – even before the animal consciously identifies the scent. In fact, the interface can even identify scents the animal has never encountered before.

The round was led by Breakout Ventures and included participation from major investors Dolby Family Ventures, KdT Ventures and SOSV. Canaery previously was part of the IndieBio class of 2021.

“Canaery is the first company to successfully harness the miracle of nature’s olfactory system instead of trying to reinvent millions of years of evolution,” said Gabriel Lavella, CEO and founder of Canaery. “I’m grateful for the support and faith shown by our investors, and for the hard work and dedication of everyone on team Canaery. This capital will help us recruit additional top tier engineering talent and further invest in R&D as we move toward full commercialization.”

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