Founded in 2014 in Oakland, California, Hound Labs, Inc. is a point-of-care health technology company that has developed ultra-sensitive and portable solutions for the measurement and identification of minute concentrations of particles and pathogens that until now required large-scale and expensive diagnostic equipment. The Company’s point-of-care solutions include the HOUND® MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER, which allows employers and law enforcement to rapidly identify recent marijuana use while on-site, and the HOUND® COVID-19 BREATHALYZER, which captures breath samples on-location for laboratory identification of COVID-19 in breath.
HOUND® MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER
The Company’s pioneering breath measurement technology led to the creation of the ultra-sensitive HOUND MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER which is 1 billion times more sensitive than today’s alcohol breathalyzers. The HOUND MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER provides rapid on-site results, accurately identifying recent marijuana use by measuring THC in breath – where it only resides for a few hours after smoking. Current marijuana tests of oral fluid, blood, urine, and hair may result in positive samples for days, weeks, or months – long after impairment subsides. A better way to determine very recent marijuana is to use the HOUND MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER to test breath, where the active ingredient in marijuana (THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) remains for only a few hours, correlating with the peak impairment window. The HOUND MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER allows law enforcement and employers to balance SAFETY + FAIRNESS™ without unjustly accusing individuals who legally and responsibly use cannabis.
HOUND® COVID-19 BREATHALYZER
In early 2020 when SARS-CoV-2 began spreading around the world, the Hound Labs scientific team indicated that the ultra-sensitive Hound Labs breath technology could be adapted to measure COVID-19 in breath. The Company received IRB approval for research and then made rapid changes to the HOUND MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER. Hound Labs began using the HOUND COVID-19 BREATHALYZER in May 2020 to capture COVID-19 in the breath samples of patients. The Company remains optimistic that the Hound Labs breath technology will be useful to help unravel some of the mysteries surrounding COVID-19, including whether the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in breath helps to identify “super spreaders.” Results from ongoing research indicate the value in conducting large-scale studies.