SAN DIEGO, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD), disclosed this afternoon that its Chairman and CEO, Jim Joyce, and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Richard Tullis, gave a presentation yesterday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The presentation was entitled: The extracorporeal removal of tumor-secreted exosomes: An adjunct strategy to reverse immune suppression and inhibit metastases in melanoma.
The presentation focused on the potential of the Aethlon Hemopurifier® to be combined with chemo and immunotherapies as a strategy to improve melanoma treatment outcomes. The Hemopurifier®, which is a first-in-class device being advanced in Hepatitis C (HCV) care, has also demonstrated the ability to capture cancer-promoting exosomes secreted by tumors. Tumor-secreted exosomes have emerged to become a potentially vital therapeutic target in cancer as researchers have reported these microvesicular particles promote tumor progression by inducing programmed cell death of anti-cancer immune cells. As a result of inhibiting the immune response, exosomes increase the proliferation and spread of many forms of cancer. Researchers have also reported that exosomes seed the spread of metastasis, promote angiogenesis (essential for tumor survival and growth), increase tumor aggressiveness, and contribute to anti-cancer drug resistance.
"We are truly appreciative for the invitation that allowed us to share our vision for improving metastatic melanoma care with physicians and researchers at MD Anderson," stated Mr. Joyce.The slide-deck of Aethlon's presentation can be accessed on the company's website at: http://aethlonmedical.investorroom.com/index.php?s=19. About MD Anderson Cancer Center Over the past 70 years, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has become the world's premier center devoted exclusively to the prevention, treatment and eradication of cancer through research. For eight of the past 10 years, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in the "Best Hospitals" survey published by U.S. News & World Report. In fiscal year 2011, more than 108,000 people — about one-third of them new patients — sought the high-quality care that has made MD Anderson so widely respected. There were nearly 10,000 registrants on clinical trials exploring novel treatments, the largest such program in the nation. About Aethlon Medical, Inc. The Aethlon Medical mission is to create innovative medical devices that address unmet medical needs in cancer, infectious disease, and other life-threatening conditions. Our Aethlon ADAPT™ System is a revenue-stage technology platform that provides the basis for a new class of therapeutics that target the selective removal of disease enabling particles from the entire circulatory system. The Aethlon ADAPT™ product pipeline includes the Aethlon Hemopurifier® to address infectious disease and cancer; HER2osome™ to target HER2+ breast cancer, and a medical device being developed under a contract with DARPA that would reduce the incidence of sepsis in combat-injured soldiers and civilians. For more information, please visit www.aethlonmedical.com. Certain statements disclosed in the MD Anderson presentation 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, that the FDA will not approve the initiation of the company's clinical programs or provide market clearance of the company's products, future human studies whether revenue or non-revenue generating of the Aethlon ADAPT™ system or the Aethlon Hemopurifier® as an adjunct therapy to improve patient responsiveness to established cancer or hepatitis C therapies or as a standalone cancer or hepatitis C therapy, the company's ability to raise capital when needed, the company's ability to complete the development of its planned products, the company's ability to manufacture its products either internally or through outside companies and provide its services, the impact of government regulations, patent protection on the Company's proprietary technology, the ability of the company to meet the milestones contemplated in the DARPA contract, 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. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Contacts:
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