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TRANSFORMING ANIMAL DIAGNOSTICS AND ZOONOTIC SURVEILLANCE

Convergent Animal + Health (Convergent A+H) is an animal pathogen surveillance company developing diagnostics for livestock and wildlife pathogens and for identification of pre-emergent zoonotic pathogens. Convergent A+H, in collaboration with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has successfully completed proof-of-concept of the diagnostics test. Our proprietary, patent pending miRNA biomarker tests will transform how we monitor and treat livestock, protect against wildlife-borne diseases, and identify and prepare for future zoonotic pathogens that could lead to pandemics.

  • Livestock - allow timely, cost-effective detection of an animal’s exposure to pathogens before they show symptoms. Starting with parainfluenzas in cattle.
  • Wildlife – detect exposure to Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, for herd management and to ensure harvested deer safe for consumption (technology also applicable to BSE and Scrapie)
  • Zoonotic - identify animal-borne pathogens that could jump to humans (Convergence A+H's collaborators have identified previously unknown zoonotic pathogenic strains)

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Convergent Animal Health Strategic Research Partner TTUHSC Receives $250K Funding to Expand Proprietary Next Generation mi-RNA Biomarker Test for Chronic Wasting Disease

June 5, 2024, Lubbock, TX — Convergent Animal Health (Convergent A-H) announced today that strategic partner Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to validate its miRNA test to address concerns about the increasing
frequency of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a prion disease that attacks a deer’s brain function much like the prion disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — also known as Mad Cow disease — attacks a cow’s brain, slowly destroying the brain and spinal cord. The USDA grant includes funding to refine and scale up the test to aid deer breeders with surveillance testing for CWD prion exposure. CWD has been detected in cervids in 34 states including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin,
and Wyoming

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