Healthcare Industry News: Hemopurifier
News Release - July 18, 2007
Aethlon Medical Announces Cancer Treatment DiscoverySAN DIEGO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Aethlon Medical, Inc., (OTCBB:AEMD ) announced today that researchers have discovered the Aethlon Hemopurifier® is effective in capturing particles that suppress the immune response in cancer patients. The particles, known as exosomes, are released by solid tumors, lymphomas, and leukemia. Exosomes induce T-cell apoptosis (programmed cell death), and block T-cell signaling, proliferation, and cytokine production. High concentrations of circulating exosomes correlate with reduced T-cell production and tumor progression in cancer patients.
In studies led by Dr. Douglas Taylor at the University of Louisville, 60% of circulating exosomes were removed from the blood of ovarian cancer patients during first pass (approximately 10-minutes) through a small scale Hemopurifier®. The capture data was consistent over the course of five different studies. The ability to reduce circulating exosomes would likely reverse immune suppression and increase patient responsiveness to both immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Dr. Taylor is a recognized authority on the causative effects of immune suppression in cancer patients. He is the credited with the initial characterization of exosomes and is the leading peer reviewed author on the subject.
Based on initial study observations, the Aethlon Hemopurifer® is positioned to address the unmet medical need of inhibiting exosome production in cancer patients. As a result, Aethlon will increase the focus of its treatment opportunities to include both the infectious disease and cancer markets. Related to this news, a detailed audio presentation by Dr. Taylor and Aethlon Chairman and CEO, James A. Joyce can be accessed online at: www.aethlonmedical.com/news/cancer.htm.
About Aethlon Medical
Aethlon Medical is the developer of the Hemopurifier®, a first-in-class medical device to treat infectious disease. The Hemopurifier® addresses the largest opportunity in infectious disease, the treatment of drug and vaccine resistant viruses. Regulatory and commercialization initiatives in the United States are focused on bioterror threats, while international initiatives are directed towards naturally evolving pandemic threats, and chronic infectious disease conditions including Hepatitis-C (HCV) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Collaborative studies to demonstrate utility of the Hemopurifier® are being conducted with researchers at the Government of India's National Institute of Virology (NIV), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), and The Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR). Aethlon recently demonstrated safety of the Hemopurifier® in a 24-treatment human study and has received approval to continue further humans studies at The Fortis Hospital in India. The Company has also submitted an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to advancing the Hemopurifier® as a broad-spectrum treatment countermeasure against category "A" bioterror threats. Additional information on Aethlon Medical and its Hemopurifier® technology can be accessed at www.aethlonmedical.com.
Certain of the statements herein may be forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements involve assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Aethlon Medical, Inc. to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the Company's ability to raise capital when needed, the Company's ability to complete the development of its planned products, the ability of the Company to obtain FDA and other regulatory approvals permitting the sale of its products, the Company's ability to manufacture its products and provide its services, the impact of government regulations, patent protection on the Company's proprietary technology, product liability exposure, uncertainty of market acceptance, competition, technological change, and other risk factors. In such instances, actual results could differ materially as a result of a variety of factors, including the risks associated with the effect of changing economic conditions and other risk factors detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Source: Aethlon Medical
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