Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB:AEMD), the pioneer in developing therapeutic filtration devices to address infectious disease and cancer, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Sarcoma Oncology Center to study the ex vivo effectiveness of the Aethlon Hemopurifier® to remove immunosuppressive exosomes from the blood of advanced-stage cancer patients. Exosomes released by cancer have recently emerged as a novel therapeutic target in cancer care, as they have been implicated in cancer survival, growth, and metastasis. Researchers have also identified that cancer-released exosomes may assist tumors in evading the response of the immune system. At present, there is no therapeutic drug candidate to inhibit the deleterious roles of cancer-released exosomes.
The Aethlon Hemopurifier® is a first-in-class medical device with broad-spectrum capabilities against viral pathogens, including HIV and Hepatitis C virus. The device has also demonstrated the ability to capture cancer-released exosomes from cell culture and human ascites fluids.
"The opportunity to test the ability of our Hemopurifier® to remove exosomes from the blood of cancer patients represents an important step in our effort to improve cancer care," stated Aethlon Chairman and CEO, Jim Joyce. "Additionally, we will have the privilege of working with Dr. Sant Chawla, a leading authority in the sarcoma oncology field and his team at the Sarcoma Oncology Center."
The study will be conducted in collaboration with The Sarcoma Oncology Center (www.sarcomaoncology.com) based in Santa Monica, California. The Sarcoma Oncology Center is one of the most sought after research centers for the clinical testing of new therapeutic candidates against sarcomas and other forms of cancer. Click on (ASCO 2011) to view the Center's clinical presentations at the 2011 American Society of Oncology conference.
The lead investigator of the study is Dr. Sant P. Chawla (About Dr. Chawla). Dr. Chawla noted, "This clinical histological study is a critical validation step in Aethlon's Hemopurifier® strategy for cancer that we hope will set the stage for planned therapeutic trials in cancer patients. The concept of 'subtractive therapy', eliminating a major mechanism of tumor progression and resistance to drugs, represents a potential breakout solution that needs to be tested in the clinic." The initial study will quantitate and capture exosomes ex-vivo, from blood samples of patients with advanced cancers. The study will evaluate 25 patients, five patients with metastatic cancer of the following types; non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma, head and neck cancer, and sarcoma. Successful study outcomes would provide a basis for advancing human studies of the Aethlon Hemopurifier® as an adjunct therapy to improve patient responsiveness to established cancer therapies.