Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD), the pioneer in developing selective therapeutic filtration devices to address infectious disease, cancer and other life-threatening conditions, announced today that the European Patent Office (EPO) has provided the Company a notice of intent to issue European Patent Application No. 04 703 672.8 entitled "Method For Removal of Viruses From Blood By Lectin Affinity Hemodialysis." The patent describes a medical device that incorporates an affinity lectin to reduce the presence of envelope viruses and viral particles from blood or blood plasma.
"As we continue the successful expansion of our intellectual property portfolio, this patent will help to protect a substantial market opportunity for our Hemopurifier® to address Hepatitis C and other infectious disease conditions throughout the European marketplace," stated Aethlon Medical Chairman and CEO, Jim Joyce. The Aethlon Hemopurifier®, which is a first-in-class device being advanced in Hepatitis C care, has demonstrated the ability to capture a broad-spectrum infectious viral pathogens, including HIV and numerous bioterror and pandemic threats.