Chronic diseases afflict people of all ages, including children, affecting over 100 million patients in the U.S. alone. In addition, the world’s population is aging. An aging population brings with it increased burdens to healthcare systems from age-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases. With increasing age an individual’s immune system becomes less efficient at responding to challenges from infectious agents putting the aged at higher risk for infection, morbidity and mortality.
Current therapies, by and large, manage only the symptoms of chronic disease without addressing the underlying causes. MERIT technology has the potential to target disease causing molecules by safely mobilizing the patient’s own immune system to deliver long acting benefits.