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Therapeutic medical device
AptaPheresis – development of a first-in-class therapeutic medical device for the treatment of an autoimmune neurodegenerative disorder
Autoimmune myelitis and optic neuritis is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by a dramatic and worsening clinical course. Most patients have the recurrent form of the disease, with the remission period in a range from a few weeks to a few months. Not infrequently, tetraplegia and complete vision loss develops in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, in some cases the disease ends in patient’s death due to respiratory muscle paralysis.
Despite the fact, that the disorder is classified as an orphan disease, it is estimated that over 300 000 people suffer from it worldwide. Currently, there is no effective and safe treatment available.
A new medical device, being developed within this project, will be used for therapeutic apheresis during which specific pathological autoreactive antibodies, responsible for the disease, will be selectively removed from the patient’s blood. All other blood components, including other immunoglobulins, will stay intact which will significantly eliminate adverse effects of such a therapy. The product has therefore a very high potential to become the best and only chance of the patients for a good recovery.