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Collective Protection for Military Working Dogs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911QY-09-C-0136
Agency Tracking Number: C081-103-0124
Amount: $373,907.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD08-103
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-09-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-09-14
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 100
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States
DUNS: 022552900
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Noe Salazar
 (512) 656-6200
Business Contact
 Noe Salazar
Title: President
Phone: (512) 656-6200
Research Institution

Shelter enclosures for military working dogs in the event of a CB attack is a technology gap identified by the Joint Requirements Office. Important parameters to consider in the design of protective enclosures include low weight and size to minimize transport requirements; rapid setup; and accommodation of canine physiological and psychological comfort needs while providing protection against CB agents. The overall operational weight of the enclosure would also be a function of its power requirements which in turn is a function of its operating mode. Agave BioSystems, in collaboration with Gentex Corporation and Dr. Joseph Wakshlag of the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, is developing protective enclosures for military working dogs that meet these requirements. In the Phase I, this team was highly successful in defining the canine physiological and psychological parameters of importance to enclosure design; developing multiple designs to allow consideration for both powered and non-powered enclosures as well as active and passive materials; and demonstrating proof of concept for the protective capacity and long-term kenneling suitability of the designs.

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