PETACH TIKVA, Israel, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Can-Fite
BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: CANF) (TASE: CFBI), a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs
that address inflammatory and cancer diseases, announced today that its subsidiary, OphthaliX, Inc., has issued an update
on its clinical developments and strategic plans:
Glaucoma - OphthaliX is focused on the development of CF101 for the treatment of glaucoma, with a Phase II study ongoing
in Israel and Europe. OphthaliX intends to amend the ongoing
Phase II study protocol and continue to the second cohort, where patients will be treated with 2 mg CF101 or placebo. This
decision is based on positive data from the psoriasis Phase II/III study currently conducted with CF101 by Can-Fite. As a
result, there will not be an interim analysis and the full study data is expected to be announced in mid-2015. If successful,
the treatment of glaucoma with an oral drug has the potential to be a breakthrough treatment in resolving patient compliance
issues with current topical treatments. A third-party validation for the utilization of A3 adenosine receptor agonists for
lowering intraocular pressure and treating glaucoma has been recently published by Professor M. Francesca
Cordeiro, a Professor of Glaucoma & Retinal Neuro-degeneration at the University College of London
and Imperial College in London.
Dry Eye Syndrome - OphthaliX has decided to end the development of CF101 for the dry eye syndrome indication. This
decision is based on a lack of correlation between patients' response to CF101 and over-expression of the drug target, the
A3 adenosine receptor in this patient population.
In-Licensing New Technologies - As part of OphthaliX's corporate strategy to build a specialized ophthalmic company
that develops and in-licenses drugs for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases, OphthaliX is currently exploring opportunities
to obtain technologies that will complement and expand the existing pipeline.
CF101, an A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR) agonist, is a novel, first in class small molecule orally bioavailable drug which
binds with high affinity and selectivity to the A3AR, which is known to be over-expressed in inflammatory cells. The drug
acts as a neuro-protective agent and prevents apoptosis of retinal ganglion cells.
About Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd.
Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: CANF) (CFBI.TA) 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 and inflammatory diseases.
The Company's CF101 is in Phase II/III trials for the treatment of psoriasis and the Company is preparing for a Phase III
CF101 trial for rheumatoid arthritis. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug CF102 is in Phase II trials and has been granted Orphan
Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. CF102 has also shown proof of concept to potentially treat other
cancers including colon, prostate, and melanoma. These drugs have an excellent safety profile with experience in over 1,200
patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit: www.can-fite.com
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