SOURCE: TrillaMed

October 29, 2014 09:12 ET

TrillaMed and Convergence Equity to Address Shortage in Ebola Protective Gear

BATON ROUGE, LA--(Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) -  TrillaMed LLC, a global Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) medical materiel company, and Convergence Equity, LLC, a medical supply manufacturer and technology company with global manufacturing capacity and existing protective gear feedstock, today announced a joint venture through which the companies will provide new, level three certified Ebola resistant protective gear with current RN numbers and more than adequate shelf to US government agencies and health providers, both foreign and domestic.

Each of the aforementioned suits comply with recent recommendations by The Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB), a collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitioners from a wide array of professional disciplines that represent all levels of government and the public safety sector.

Convergence Equity's current inventory includes more than 3 million suits, gloves, booties and protective gear supplies and millions more in its development pipeline; the company has agreed to supply TrillaMed with over 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits immediately and to fulfill orders for thousands of more both here and internationally as needed. Each kit contains up to 350 complete suits and gear. The initial order of 1,000 kits will allow TrillaMed to provide approximately 350,000 Ebola-resistant protective suits to Federal Government departments and agencies.

TrillaMed's contracting and operational capabilities draw upon years of expertise to transact effectively in the Federal environment and meet exacting Federal Government requirements. At present, the company serves and distributes products to over 700 US Federal Government facilities worldwide, including at the Department of Defense, Veteran's Affairs, the Department of Energy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other agencies across the country.

"There is an alarming shortage of Ebola-resistant protective gear feedstock supplies which, if not immediately addressed, could have disastrous consequences nothing short of lives lost," commented TrillaMed CEO Sgt. (Ret.) Frank Campanaro. "Protecting those people who put themselves in harm's way to treat Ebola victims is a matter of national security and must be our government's top priority."

Convergence Equity spokesperson, Rob Hartwell, noted that, "In addition to having quality feedstock available to protect military and medical personnel on the front lines, we are going into full production mode at our facilities in Mexico, Alabama and Taiwan, to ensure a global supply in case the Ebola crisis or any other biohazard crisis moves toward pandemic status. While we have the situation under close scrutiny here in the US, tens of thousands of health professionals and millions of citizens are at risk and are ill prepared to ward off Ebola without adequate protective gear. We are fighting to alleviate such an intolerable situation." 

Convergence operations adhere to an executive mandate to become a principal supplier of medical supply equipment, technology and related expertise globally and is currently finalizing exclusive agreements with global medical supply world leaders to be announced in the near future. 

Of note, is that for the next three months, Convergence has agreed to provide TrillaMed with up to $100 million in additional gear as needed, with options for more.

ABOUT TrillaMed, LLC
TrillaMed, LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that is operated, managed and owned by three combat veterans who served as US Army Airborne Rangers. TrillaMed specializes in providing world-class medical materiel and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operating) supplies to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and other Government agencies. Driven by a military ethos of service and precision, we focus on our dual mission of providing world-class products and services while growing a firm that employs Vets to serve Vets. TrillaMed teams with industry leaders such as CareFusion, GE, W.W. Grainger and Philips to deliver their superior products and to maximize customer satisfaction. Our distribution and logistics system utilizes the latest in EDI technology and secure website ordering for ease of customer use.

For additional information, please visit www.trillamed.com

About Convergence Equity, LLC
Convergence Equity, LLC, with offices in Baton Rouge, LA, was founded in 2014 by Jay Simon, Gregory Overstreet and Johnny Carrigan, individuals with over 50 years of combined business, manufacturing and outsourcing experience around the world. Rob Hartwell of Palmetto, FL, a former Congressional Chief of Staff and technology company owner, Robert Garrett Bolks, President and CEO - d-TEC Direct, and Kevin J. Pane, of Los Angeles, CA, also join others to be announced shortly who will form a distinguished group of business advisors. Convergence plans to become a major supplier of medical supply equipment, technology and related expertise globally and is currently finalizing exclusive agreements with global medical supply world leaders to be announced in the near future. 

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