GeneThera is a biotechnology company, dedicated to improving food safety by applying the latest molecular technologies to eradicate "cross over"(zoonotic) diseases such as Johne's Disease, Mad Cow Disease, Chronic Wasting Disease, and E.coli. Diseases of terrestrial, avian and aquatic life animals influence a number of economic and global security issues; food for an increasing world population, access to international trade, species conservation and protection of those endangered, and economic growth in developing and re-organizing nations. Because many animal disease agents are zoonotic (transmissible between humans and animals, causing infection in both species), their management and prevention are crucial to improving public health on a global scale. The company focuses on developing molecular diagnostic tests, therapeutics, and vaccines in the belief that better technologies and methodology need to be implemented to help control emerging diseases in animals and in humans, if not these diseases in animals will likely continue to cause serious and growing problems in terms of economics, human health and biodiversity.
GeneThera’s focus is on the diagnostic and treatment of Johne’s disease.
Johne’s disease is a worldwide problem of domestic animals primarily dairy cattle, sheep and goats and a great public health concern Johne's disease (JD) results from infection with bacteria called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis. This organism grows very slowly, causes a gradually worsening disease condition, and is highly resistant to the infected animal's immune defenses. Therefore, infected animals harbor the organism for years before they test positive or develop disease signs.
Major Factors related to JD:
- Worldwide Infection
- Reduction in milk production to 25%+.
- High culling rate which increases costs.
- JD affects trade and hinders exports.
- Link between JD and Crohn’s disease.
- Reduction in quality wool production in sheep.
- Paratuburculosis causes in excess $ 5 billion in economic damages worldwide to the dairy industry alone.