Aethlon Medical's Hemopurifier blood filtration system.
Aethlon Medical’s Hemopurifier blood filtration system.

Time Magazine on Thursday named a San Diego company’s blood-filtration system, which has been used to treat a patient with Ebola, as one of the 25 best inventions of 2014.

Aethlon Medical Inc.‘s Hemopurifier was included in the magazine’s annual round-up of the “best inventions making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun.”

The device is designed to rapidly eliminate viruses and dangerous proteins from the blood system of infected individuals. It has been used in the treatment of Ebola, HIV and Hepatitis C.

Doctors in Germany used the Hemopurifier to treat a Ugandan physician who was unconscious and suffering from multiple organ failure due to Ebola. The patient’s viral load prior to a 6.5-hour treatment was measured 400,000 virus copies per milliliter of blood and afterward was measured at 1,000 copies per millimeter. The patient recovered.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.