Thyreos has Received an SBIR Grant for their Vaccine Research

Thyreos, a Nebraska based vaccine research company, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant is intended to support the development of a new vaccine to protect against Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), a disease that causes respiratory illness in cattle.

Thyreos’ vaccines use proprietary technology capable of protecting the animals nervous system by removing the viral component responsible for the viral transmission. Bovine alphaherpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1) is endemic in the US cattle population leading to a significant loss of milk and viable beef. 

Thyreos R2 technology can selectively remove the neuroinvasive potential of the herpesvirus by removing a key viral component. The SBIR program will support the continued research and innovation to bring this technology to scale.

“We are pleased to receive a Phase I SBIR grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,” said Eric Zeece, CEO of Thyreos. “BoHV-1 and associated respiratory diseases are responsible for significant costs to cattle producers. Thyreos R2 vaccines represent a new technological approach to developing alpha herpesvirus vaccines that decrease producer costs through improved efficacy and safety.”

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