Aethlon Medical Announces the Grant of a European Patent Protecting Methods of Quantifying Exosomes
SAN DIEGO, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD), announced today that the European Patent Office has granted European Patent Number 2591359, entitled "METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR QUANTIFYING EXOSOMES."
In recent years, exosomes have emerged as a significant diagnostic and therapeutic targets for a wide range of disease conditions, including cancer, infectious viruses, tuberculosis, Alzheimer's, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This granted European Patent is an important addition to Aethlon Medical's patent portfolio as it protects methods for quantifying any type of exosome captured by lectin affinity using Galanthus nivalis lectin (GNA), Narcissus pseudonarcissuslectin (NPA), Allium sativum lectin (ASA), Lens culinaris lectin (LCH), Sambucus nigra lectin (SNA), Maackia amurensis lectin (MAL) or concanavalin A. The patent has claims encompassing methods of quantifying exosomes associated with CTE, Alzheimer's, cancer, or any other disease condition by contacting a sample having any type of exosome with GNA, NPA, ASA, LCH, SNA, MAL, or conconavalin A immobilized on a substrate, contacting the bound exosomes with a detectable exosome-binding agent, and measuring a signal from the bound detectable exosome-binding agent, thereby quantifying the bound exosomes. This European patent further expands Aethlon Medical's established patent position on diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the field of exosome biology.
About Aethlon Medical
Aethlon Medical develops immunotherapeutic technologies to combat infectious disease and cancer. To augment the body's natural immune defenses, the Aethlon Hemopurifier® reduces the presence of circulating viruses in infected individuals. The technology provides a first-line candidate defense against viruses that are not addressed with proven drug therapies, including natural occurring pandemic threats and agents of bioterrorism. The Hemopurifier® can also be deployed as a strategy to improve the benefit of approved antiviral drug regimens. At present, the Hemopurifier® is being advanced in the United States under an FDA approved clinical study. Aethlon Medical is also investigating the potential use of the Hemopurifier® to reduce the presence of tumor-derived exosomes, which contribute to immune-suppression and the spread of metastasis in cancer patients. Aethlon Medical is also the majority owner of Exosome Sciences, Inc. (ESI), which is focused on the discovery of exosomal biomarkers to diagnose and monitor cancer and neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). ESI's TauSome™ biomarker is being clinically evaluated as the basis for a blood-based test to identify CTE in living individuals. Additional information can be found online at www.AethlonMedical.com and www.ExosomeSciences.com. You can also connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.
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Released March 1, 2017