Akita Innovations is a Limited Liability Company, privately owned, chartered in Delaware, and registered to do business in Massachusetts. Akita was founded in 2012 by Dr. Lawrence Hancock and Dr. Larry Takiff to develop novel materials and instruments for government and commercial customers in the defense, security, and natural resources sectors. The company is located in Billerica, Massachusetts, about 20 miles north of Boston.
Akita Innovations was named for a type of dog. An Akita is a Northern breed (Spitz) dog of Japanese origin, known for intelligence, independence, strength, and loyalty. Akitas were brought to the United States by military personnel after the Second World War, and many kennel clubs (though not those of the U.S. or Canada) recognize the American and Japanese Akitas as separate breeds.