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Problem being addressed
The Hemopurifier™ has been developed to address the treatment of drug and vaccine-resistant pathogens, including Ebola & HIV which causes AIDS.
Detailed description of the solution
The Hemopurifier™ is a dialysis-type medical device designed to mimic the natural immune response of clearing infectious viruses and toxins before the occurrence of cell and organ infection. Human in-vitro blood studies have documented a rapid capture of circulating HIV and gp120, a toxic surface protein known to deplete the immune T-cells required to fight off infection. If commercialized, the Hemopurifier™ would represent the first medical device enlisted as a treatment for HIV/AIDS.
- Design: Aethlon Medical, Inc.
- Manufacturer Location: San Diego, California, USA
When and where it was tested/implemented
Testing has been done in the United States since 2001. It is currently being tested in human clinical trials in India.
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Tullis, R.H., Duffin, R.P., Zech, M. & Ambrus, J.L. (2001). Affinity Hemodialysis for Antiviral Therapy. I. Removal of HIV-1 from Cell Culture Supernatants, Plasma and Blood. Therapeutic Apheresis, 6 (3), 213-220.
Tullis, R.H., Scammura, D.O. & Ambrus, J.L. (2002). Affinity Hemodialysis for Antiviral Therapy with Specific Application to HIV. J. Theor Med, 3(2002), 157-166.
Tullis, R.H., Duffin, R.P., Zech, M. & Ambrus, J.L. (2003). Affinity hemodialysis for antiviral therapy. II. Removal of HIV-1 viral proteins from cell culture supernatants and whole blood. Blood Purification, 21(1), 58-64.
Approval by regulatory bodies or standards boards
An investigational device exemption (IDE) to initiate clinical studies in the United States is pending with the Food and Drug Administration.