SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCQB: AEMD), today released the following note authored by its Chairman and CEO, Jim Joyce.
As a follow-up to my October 15th note, I am pleased to inform shareholders and other interested parties that we will host a grand opening event for our Exosome Sciences, Inc. (ESI) subsidiary on November 12th at 6:30pm eastern. Individuals that wish to attend the event should RSVP by email to Chris Wetzel (ESI Director of Operations) by the end of the business day on Friday November 8th. Chris's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be held at our new ESI lab located within the Princeton Research Center. The address is 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 103, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. Directions can be accessed online at: www.princetoncorporateplaza.com/contact.html.
We established Exosome Sciences as a stand-alone subsidiary to pursue exosome-based strategies to diagnose and monitor the progression of cancer, infectious disease and other life-threatening conditions. We believe exosomes are an optimal diagnostic target as diseased cells release them into bodily fluids such as urine and blood where they can be accessed. Our ESI subsidiary is developing non-invasive liquid biopsies based on the knowledge that these exosomes transport disease-origin markers underlying a wide-range of disease conditions. In regards to ESI's leadership, we have retained two of the best-known thought leaders in the exosome industry. Dr. Douglas Taylor as ESI's Chief Scientific Officer and Dr. Cicek Gercel-Taylor as ESI's Clinical Research Director. In closing, I look forward to introducing our ESI team on the 12th.
About Dr. Douglas Taylor
Dr. Taylor discovered and pioneered the field of exosome biology and their role in intercellular communication and immune regulation. He has been in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Louisville School of Medicine since 1992. Dr. Taylor published the initial article describing circulating tumor exosomes/microvesicles in 1979 (Anal. Biochem. 98:53-59, 1979). The research in his laboratory has primarily focused on the release and consequences of exosomes from gynecologic cancer and lung tumors. Over the past 30+ years, Dr Taylor has pioneered the isolation and characterization of circulating tumor-derived exosomes. His work has focused on characterization of circulating exosomes released by tumor cells for their role in immune regulation and induction of a pro-inflammatory tumor microenvironment. His work has demonstrated that the presence of specific circulating exosomal components have potential use as biomarkers for cancer patients.
About Dr. Gercel-Taylor
Dr. Cicek Gercel-Taylor has been a pioneer in the field of exosome biology and in defining their nucleic acid and protein cargoes. She previously has worked at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Louisville School of Medicine since 1992, and also is the Resident Research Coordinator. Her main research interest is in gynecological cancers, where she investigates the consequences of exosomes on genetic and epigenetic alterations induced in normal host target cells. She has explored the role of endogenous and exogenous hormones in modulating exosomal cargoes and the resulting effects on pathologic processes. A significant part of these investigations includes the identification and characterization of clinically relevant biomarkers, specifically proteomic and miRNA content of pathology-derived exosomes.
About Aethlon Medical, Inc.
Aethlon Medical creates innovative medical devices to address life-threatening diseases. The Aethlon ADAPT™ (Adaptive Dialysis-like Affinity Platform Technology) establishes the basis for a new class of therapeutics that target the rapid elimination of disease enabling particles from the circulatory system of treated patients. The lead Aethlon ADAPT™ product is the Hemopurifier®, a device that addresses a broad-spectrum of viral pathogens as well as tumor-secreted exosomes that suppress the immune system of cancer patients. Aethlon is also operating under two government contracts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) related the development of a medical device to reduce the incidence of sepsis. Exosome Sciences, Inc. is a majority owned Aethlon subsidiary that is advancing exosome-based strategies to diagnose and monitor cancer and infectious disease progression. Additional information can be found at www.AethlonMedical.com
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James A. Joyce
Chairman and CEO
Chief Financial Officer
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