SAN DIEGO, June 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD), a therapeutic medical device and technology company focused on unmet needs in viral diseases, oncology and inflammation, today released positive ex vivo data demonstrating the ability of a laboratory version of the Company's Hemopurifier® to capture tumor-derived exosomes in several forms of cancer. The data were presented in e-poster format by Dr. Annette Marleau, the Company's Senior Director of Research, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting II, on June 22, 2020.
Exosomes are subcellular particles that are shed from both normal and malignant cells and have been shown to mediate multiple mechanisms of tumor growth and spread. The e-poster, titled, "Targeting Tumor-Derived Exosomes using a Lectin Affinity Hemofiltration Device", highlights data from ex vivo studies which demonstrate that a laboratory version of the Hemopurifier effectively captures and removes substantial quantities of exosomes from fluid samples that are circulated through the device. The data show that the Hemopurifier can clear exosomes that originate from plasma from patients with diverse cancers, including head and neck cancer, melanoma, ovarian cancer, esophageal cancer and breast cancer. The e-poster is available online at https://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/#!/9045/presentation/7490.
"Despite abundant research on tumor-derived exosomes and their role in cancer growth and immunosuppression, a clinical strategy for influencing exosomes in oncology has been unavailable," said Timothy C. Rodell, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Aethlon. "The ability to effectively target and capture exosomes that exhibit signatures of malignancy and immunosuppression offers a potentially powerful therapeutic strategy for cancer. By reducing the presence of tumor-derived exosomes in the circulation of cancer patients, we believe the Hemopurifier may have the potential to improve the benefits of existing cancer treatment regimens and emerging immuno-oncology drugs. Our recently announced Early Feasibility Study in patients with head and neck cancer being treated with pembrolizumab (KeytrudaÒ) may provide human clinical data to complement these in vitro studies."
About Aethlon Medical, Inc. and the Hemopurifier®
Aethlon Medical, Inc. is focused on addressing unmet needs in global health. The Aethlon Hemopurifier is a clinical-stage device designed to combat cancer and life-threatening viral infections.
In preclinical studies in cancer, the Hemopurifier depletes the presence of circulating tumor-derived exosomes that are believed to promote immune suppression. These tumor derived exosomes also appear to seed the spread of metastases and therefore may inhibit the benefit of leading cancer therapies. The Hemopurifier® is an FDA designated "Breakthrough Device" related to the treatment of individuals with advanced or metastatic cancer who are either unresponsive to or intolerant of standard of care therapy, and with cancer types in which exosomes have been shown to participate in the development or severity of the disease cancer. The Hemopurifier also is an FDA designated "Breakthrough Device" related to life-threatening viruses that are not addressed with approved therapies.
Aethlon also owns 80% of Exosome Sciences, Inc., which is focused on the discovery of exosomal biomarkers to diagnose and monitor cancer and neurological disease progression. Additional information can be found online at www.AethlonMedical.com and www.ExosomeSciences.com.
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