PETACH TIKVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address cancer, liver and inflammatory diseases, today announced new pre-clinical findings demonstrating that Namodenoson, inhibits lipid production and fat accumulation in adipocytes (lipid producing cells).
These findings together with the excellent safety profile of Namodenoson support its potential utilization as an anti-obesity drug.
New pre-clinical studies of Namodenoson showed a significant decrease in lipid production and fat accumulation utilizing 3T3-L1 adipocytes, functioning as lipid producing cells and are also responsible for fat storage. Namodenoson was also shown to inhibit the proliferation of adipocytes, further hampering the expansion of fat producing cells. A patent application for the utilization of Namodenoson as an anti-obesity drug has been filed.
“These new preclinical data, in tandem with the safety profile of Namodenoson in humans demonstrated to date, serve as robust support for its potential development as an anti-obesity drug,” said Pnina Fishman, Ph.D., CEO of Can-Fite BioPharma. “This complements Namodenoson’s potential positive effects on steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis, as evidenced in preclinical studies in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NAFLD/NASH). These additional data regarding the inhibition of fat accumulation also serve as encouragement for our Phase II NAFLD/NASH study where we hope to reproduce these findings.”
The global obesity treatment market is lucrative due to the awareness of a link between chronic diseases and obesity and according to Market Research Future is expected to reach USD 12 billion by 2023.
Can Fite is currently enrolling patients for a Phase II study of Namodenoson in NAFLD/NASH patients with evidence of active inflammation. The primary study end point is serum ALT levels, and secondary end point is percentage of liver fat, as measured by PDFF (proton density fat fraction).
In addition, the Company expects to release data from its Phase II advanced liver cancer study of Namodenoson during Q1/19.
Namodenoson is a small orally bioavailable drug that binds with high affinity and selectivity to the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR). Namodenoson is being evaluated in Phase II trials for two indications, as a second line treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma, and as a treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). A3AR is highly expressed in diseased cells whereas low expression is found in normal cells. This differential effect accounts for the excellent safety profile of the drug.
About Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd.
Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE: CFBI) is an advanced clinical stage drug development Company with a platform technology that is designed to address multi-billion dollar markets in the treatment of cancer, inflammatory disease and sexual dysfunction. The Company's lead drug candidate, Piclidenoson, is currently in a Phase III trial for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug, Namodenoson, is in Phase II trials for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, and for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Namodenoson has been granted Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. and Europe and Fast Track Designation as a second line treatment for HCC by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Namodenoson has also shown proof of concept to potentially treat other cancers including colon, prostate, and melanoma. CF602, the Company's third drug candidate, has shown efficacy in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in preclinical studies and the Company is investigating additional compounds, targeting A3AR, for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. These drugs have an excellent safety profile with experience in over 1,000 patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit: www.can-fite.com.
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