The Ebola, Dengue, Enterovirus, and Chikungunya Outbreaks

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Are pandemic viral pathogens establishing a global foothold?  At present, the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history continues to burn through Africa.  Japan is experiencing its first Dengue outbreak in 70 years, and in the U.S., twelve states have just reported clusters of Enterovirus D68 infection.  Additionally, since the first documented occurrence of Chikungunya virus in the Americas late last year, 31 states have now reported infections from this debilitating viral pathogen. Worldwide outbreaks of viral pathogens will continue to be fueled by urbanization, improvements in mass transportation, global warming, and the continued evolution of new viral strains and species.

In my inaugural Chairman’s blog post, I will outline the Aethlon Medical strategy to combat chronic and emerging viral threats.  In future blogs, I look forward to discussing our role in cancer immunotherapy as well as the diagnostic endeavors being advanced by our Exosome Sciences subsidiary.

Specific to viral threats, we recognized early on that there would be a continued need for a therapeutic strategy that could address antiviral drug resistance, which often occurs in chronic viral pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV).  We also recognized that the vast majority of acute viral pathogens (including bioterror and pandemic threats) were not addressed with corresponding drugs or vaccines. In response, we created the Aethlon Hemopurifier® to address these unmet medical needs.

The Hemopurifier® is a first-in-class therapeutic device that targets the rapid elimination of circulating viruses and tumor-secreted exosomes, which suppress the immune system and contribute to the spread of metastasis in cancer patients.  We are now preparing to launch the first FDA approved study of Hemopurifier® therapy in the United States. Previously, we conducted studies of Hemopurifier® therapy with success in HIV and HCV-infected individuals at the Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Sigma New Life Hospital, and the Medanta Medicity Institute, all located in India.

The goal of our FDA cleared study is to collect safety data that will allow us to advance the Hemopurifier® as a treatment against chronic viral indications and as a broad-spectrum countermeasure against emerging pandemic threats.

So, beyond our previous treatment experience overseas, you might ask what evidence do we have that our Hemopurifier® could address emerging pandemic threats.  Well, previously conducted in vitro studies have verified Hemopurifier® capture of ebola hemorrhagic virus, dengue hemorrhagic virus, lassa hemorrhagic virus, H5N1 avian influenza (bird flu), the reconstructed 1918 influenza virus (r1918), 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu), West Nile virus, and monkeypox, which serves as a model for human smallpox infection. These studies were conducted with leading government and non- government research organizations, including The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The National Institute of Virology (NIV), The Battelle Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) and The Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR).

Based on this collection of data, we are confident that the Aethlon Hemopurifier® is the most advanced broad-spectrum countermeasure against viral pathogens.  We hope you follow our clinical efforts to advance this therapeutic technology into the marketplace. Our mission is simply to save lives.

 


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