Aethlon Medical Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD), a developer of therapeutic filtration devices, has been awarded a $6.8 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a therapeutic device to reduce the incidence of sepsis, a fatal bloodstream infection that is often the cause of death in combat-injured soldiers.
The contract program will utilize the Aethlon ADAPT system as a core technology component underlying an extracorporeal blood purification device that selectively clears multiple sepsis-enabling particles from circulation to promote recovery and prevent sepsis. The resulting device, which is being advanced under DARPA's Dialysis Like Therapeutics (DLT) program, is expected to dramatically decrease the morbidity and mortality of sepsis.
Under the DLT program, Aethlon will also introduce a novel blood pump strategy to reduce or eliminate the systemic administration of anticoagulants normally required during extracorporeal device therapies. Worldwide, more than 18 million cases of sepsis are reported every year, with more than six million resulting in death.
The Aethlon award from DARPA is a fixed-price. five-year contract valued at $6,794,389 with year one revenues of approximately $2 million.
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