NYSE: MRK) announced May 13 th that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved VICTRELIS™ (boceprevir), for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Following on its heels, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRTX) announced May 23 rd that theFDA approved INCIVEK™ (telaprevir).
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD) reported President Rodney S. Kenley will discuss the role of the Aethlon Hemopurifier® in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in an upcoming presentation at the 20th International Vicenza Course of Hemodialysis and CKD (chronic kidney disease) on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Vicenza, Italy.
Trading Snapshot (As of close of trading June 2nd)
- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD) closed at $ 0.1044, up 0.0044 (4.40%)
- Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE: MRK) closed at $ 36.15, down 0.10 (0.28%)
- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRTX) closed at $ 54.50, up $1.48 (2.79%)
Aethlon Medical (OTCBB: AEMD) President Rodney S. Kenley to Present at the 20th International Vicenza Course on Hemodialysis and CKD
SAN DIEGO - June 2, 2011 (Investorideas.com newswire) - Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD) today announced that Company President Rodney S. Kenley will discuss the role of the Aethlon Hemopurifier® in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in an upcoming presentation at the 20th International Vicenza Course of Hemodialysis and CKD (chronic kidney disease) on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Vicenza, Italy. The Aethlon Hemopurifier® is a first-in-class therapeutic filtration device that selectively removes infectious viruses and immunosuppressive toxins from the entire circulatory system through the use of dialysis machines and other blood circulatory pumps already located in hospitals and clinics worldwide.
Mr. Kenley's presentation, "The Treatment of HCV with Affinity Plasmapheresis on Dialysis Machines," will focus on treating HCV in existing dialysis clinics with no change in infrastructure or capital investments. The Hemopurifier® can be used to treat HCV in dialysis patients, in whom the prevalence of HCV is over 100 times higher than in the general population, as well as to treat non-dialysis patients.
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRTX ) News: FDA Approves INCIVEK™ (telaprevir) for People with Hepatitis C
- 79% of people treated for the first time achieved a SVR (viral cure) with INCIVEK combination treatment-
- Vertex launches a comprehensive financial assistance and patient support program-
Full News: http://investors.vrtx.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=580154
FDA Approves Merck's VICTRELIS™ (boceprevir), First-in-Class Oral Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Protease Inhibitor
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., May 13, 2011 - Merck (NYSE: MRK ) (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved VICTRELIS™ (boceprevir), the company's innovative new medicine for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC). VICTRELIS is approved for the treatment of CHC genotype 1 infection, in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, in adult patients (18 years of age and older) with compensated liver disease, including cirrhosis, who are previously untreated or who have failed previous interferon and ribavirin therapy.
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At Aethlon Medical, we create revolutionary devices to address infectious disease and cancer. Our devices are designed to be novel platform solutions that fill therapeutic voids or aid in disease diagnosis and monitoring.
Our Hemopurifier® is the first medical device to selectively target the removal of infectious viruses and immunosuppressive proteins from the entire circulatory system. We recently discovered that our Hemopurifier® captures tumor-secreted exosomes that suppress the immune system of those afflicted with cancer. Prior to this discovery, a therapeutic strategy to directly inhibit or reverse the immunosuppressive destruction caused by exosomes did not exist in cancer care. By eliminating this mechanism, we believe our Hemopurifier® can fill an unmet clinical need and provide the benefit of an immune-based therapy without adding drug toxicity or interaction risks to established and emerging treatment strategies.
Human studies have documented the ability of our Hemopurifier® to safely reduce viral load in both Hepatitis-C virus (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected patients without the administration of antiviral drugs. However, our initial clinical and commercialization focus is to establish our Hemopurifier® as an adjunct therapy to enhance the benefit of both infectious disease and cancer treatment regimens. In this regard, we plan to commercialize our Hemopurifier® in India as we advance our clinical strategies in the United States and the European Union. In vitro studies conducted by government and non-government research institutes have also verified that our Hemopurifier® has broad-spectrum capabilities against bioterror and emerging pandemic threats. These studies have confirmed the capture of Dengue Hemorrhagic Virus, Ebola Hemorrhagic Virus, Lassa Hemorrhagic Virus, West Nile Virus, H5N1 Avian Influenza Virus, 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus, the reconstructed Spanish Flu of 1918 Virus, and Monkeypox Virus, which serves as a model for human Smallpox infection.
As a therapeutic device, the Hemopurifier® provides us with a pipeline into four significant market opportunities:
- Cancer: A treatment candidate to improve patient responsiveness to established cancer therapies by removing immunosuppressive exosomes from circulation.
- Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV): As an adjunct therapy to accelerate viral load reduction at the outset of standard of care drug regimens.
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): Provides a potential therapeutic option for HIV-infected individuals to manage disease progression once they become resistant to antiviral drug regimens.
- Bioterror and Pandemic Threats: Represents the most advanced broad-spectrum strategy to address untreatable bioterror and emerging pandemic threats.
In design, our Hemopurifier® is a selective filtration device containing affinity agents that tightly bind to high-mannose structures unique to the surface of exosomes produced by cancer and glycoproteins residing on the envelope of viruses. These agents are immobilized around approximately 2800 porous hollow fibers that run the interior length of our device. The resulting design provides us the novel ability to separate both exosome and viral targets away from blood cells so they can then be selectively and permanently removed from the circulatory system. In application, blood circulation is established into the Hemopurifier® via a catheter or other blood access device. Once blood flow has been established, treatment benefit is immediate as the entire circulatory system can pass through the Hemopurifier® in as little as 15 minutes.
Our wholly owned subsidiary, Exosome Sciences, Inc. (ESI) is focused on the development of exosome-targeted products and services that improve cancer diagnosis, provide post-treatment cancer surveillance, and aid in the discovery of biomarkers that allow doctors to optimize patient therapy. Additional information regarding Aethlon Medical and Exosome Sciences can be accessed online at www.aethlonmedical.com.
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