San Diego-based Aethlon Medical Inc., a company developing targeted therapeutic devices to address infectious diseases and cancer, announced that its majority-owned subsidiary Exosome Sciences Inc. has entered into a research collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University, which is in Philadelphia.

The goal of the collaboration is to advance a "liquid biopsy" that could improve the diagnoses and monitoring of head and neck cancer. In this regard, researchers will seek to determine whether exosome-based molecular signatures correlate with and predict patient responses to therapy.

Aethlon Medical’s (OTCQB:AEMD) lead product is the Aethlon Hemopurifier, a therapeutic device that selectively targets the rapid elimination of circulating viruses and tumor-secreted exosomes that promote cancer progression. Exosome Sciences is a subsidiary that is advancing exosome-based products to diagnose and monitor cancer, infectious disease and neurological disorders.