James A. Joyce

Chief Executive Officer and Director

James A. Joyce founded Aethlon Medical in May 1998, and presently serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. During Mr. Joyce's tenure, Aethlon has evolved the concept of a medical device to treat infectious disease into a reality of treating infected patients in a clinical trial environment. The resulting Hemopurifier® technology is positioned to treat global pandemic issues such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, and pathogens most likely to be weaponized for use in bioterrorism. Mr. Joyce has been an active participant in the emerging biodefense industry. He has testified before Congress on issues related to Project BioShield legislation and the deployment of the Hemopurifier as a countermeasure against biological weapons. His efforts have been instrumental in expanding the definition of treatment countermeasure in Project BioShield legislation to include medical devices. Mr. Joyce recently served on the Project BioShield panel at the Federal Biodefense Research Conference, and was named Co-Chairman of the Bioterrorism/Chemical and Nuclear Security Task Force of the Homeland Security Industries Association. Mr. Joyce actively discusses issues related to infectious disease at various conferences, and has been featured in news stories on CNN, NBC, ABC, and other media outlets. From February 1993 until founding Aethlon Medical, Mr. Joyce was Chief Executive Officer of James Joyce & Associates. Previously, he was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Labs, Inc., was a principal at London Zurich Securities, Inc., and played professional football for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Mr. Joyce is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Rodney S. Kenley


Mr. Kenley has 33 years of experience in healthcare, most of which have been spent in the extracorporeal blood purification arena. Mr. Kenley held several positions at Baxter Healthcare (Travenol) from 1977 through 1990 including International Marketing Manager, Business Unit Manager for Peritoneal and Hemodialysis products, Manager of New Business Development, Director of Worldwide Product Planning, Director of Advanced Product Development, and VP of Electronic Drug Infusion.  During this tenure he conceived of and managed the launch of several new products that have been highly commercially successful including the HomeChoice peritoneal dialysis cycler.

Mr. Kenley founded Aksys Ltd. in January 1991 to develop and commercialize his concept of a daily home hemodialysis system which was commercially launched in 2002 as the PHD system.  In 2004, Mr. Kenley initiated the development of a second-generation home hemodialysis system in partnership with DEKA Research & Development Corporation in Manchester, New Hampshire.  In 2007, the assets of Aksys Ltd. were acquired by DEKA, where Mr. Kenley was employed prior to joining Aethlon.

Mr. Kenley is the recipient of over 30 patents and has been a frequent presenter at international symposia regarding the provision of dialysis, the design of dialysis equipment, designing medical equipment according to FDA guidelines as well as lecturing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and at other business schools in the area of entrepreneurship. 

Mr. Kenley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Wabash College, a Masters of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Northwestern University and a Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management, also at Northwestern University.

James B. Frakes

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President – Finance

Mr. Frakes joined Aethlon Medical in January 2008 and brought 16 consecutive years of financial responsibility for publicly traded companies, as well as, specific knowledge and experience in equity and debt transactions, acquisitions, public reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley section 404 internal control requirements. He previously served as the CFO for Left Behind Games Inc., a start-up video game company. Prior to 2006, he served as CFO of NTN Buzztime, Inc., an interactive entertainment company with $40 million in sales, where he played a key role in acquisitions that doubled the company's revenue.

Mr. Frakes received an MBA from the University of Southern California, and completed his BA with Honors at Stanford University.

Scientific Team

Michael Jacobs

Senior Scientist

Michael has an extensive and diverse background in medical device product development and process improvement. His previous research has led to multiple publications in various peer-reviewed journals from Elsevier and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Annette Marleau, PhD

Director of Research

An expert in immunology, virology, and cell biology who formerly held academic research positions at the The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE). Dr. Marleau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo, a Master’s degree in Reproductive Immunology from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, and a PhD in Immunology from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.