Can-Fite Granted Patents for its Sexual Dysfunction Drug

The drug’s unique mechanism of action will allow potential treatment in diabetic patients

PETACH TIKVA, Israel--()--Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory, cancer and liver diseases, announced today it has been granted patents in Canada, South Korea, and Israel for its patent titled, "A3 adenosine receptor ligands for use in treatment of a sexual dysfunction" for its drug candidate CF602. Patents were also issued in the U.S., Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Japan over the past few years.

"CF602 has a unique mechanism of action that makes it suitable to potentially treat sexual dysfunction safely in patients with diabetes mellitus. This is a clear and unmet need in the market today, as the leading sexual dysfunction drugs can be contraindicated for diabetics. We are now actively looking for and evaluating potential strategic partners that may in-license and develop CF602 in this indication,” stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman. “Can-Fite remains highly focused on our advanced stage drugs, Namodenoson and Piclidenoson currently in Phase II and Phase III studies.”

Preclinical studies in rats with diabetes mellitus show that CF602 has a mechanism of action similar to sildenafil (Viagra®), with CF602 demonstrating effects on erection superior to that demonstrated by sildenafil in animal studies. In a diabetic rat model, CF602 demonstrated a 188% and 250% increase in penile intracavernous pressure (ICP) for rats treated with CF602 for 1 day and for 5 days, respectively, as compared to placebo. CF602 demonstrated statistically significant full recovery from erectile dysfunction after a single dose treatment in a diabetic rat model.

Grand View Research Inc. estimates the value of the erectile dysfunction therapeutic market will reach approximately $3.2 billion by 2022. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes mellitus in the U.S. It is estimated that 35-75% of men with diabetes mellitus suffer from erectile dysfunction.

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 Phase III trials for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug, Namodenoson, recently completed a Phase II trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, and is in a Phase II trial 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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Contacts

Can-Fite BioPharma
Motti Farbstein
info@canfite.com
+972-3-9241114

Contacts

Can-Fite BioPharma
Motti Farbstein
info@canfite.com
+972-3-9241114