- Jonathan Toker, Ph.D., founder of Toker Engineering LLC, developed the SaltStick products. Toker is an elite-level triathlete who hails from Canada and lives in Southern California. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in 2001, worked in the biotech industry for 5 years, and raced in the professional ranks as a triathlete and runner for 5 years.
- Original concept for a capsule dispenser developed in 2002 as part of my professional triathlon racing needs.
- Engineering of the SaltStick® dispenser took 4 years and the contributions of a San Diego machine shop, other professional triathlete testers, and hundreds of hours of effort.
- The SaltStick® name came about suddenly one day and seemed so "right" that nothing else came close. The name is a registered trademark and patents have been issued and are pending.
- SaltStick® Caps were developed as a study of scientific literature on electrolyte loss in sweat, highly bioavailable ingredients, and field testing. SaltStick Caps have since become the accepted standard for electrolyte replacement capsules.
- The first dispenser prototypes were shown at the Interbike industry trade show in Las Vegas in Sept. 2005 and used by top athletes at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii a few weeks later.
- The first commercial sales were at the California Ironman 70.3 event in March, 2006. SaltStick®products are now sold in over 15 countries around the world