PETACH TIKVA, Israel, April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: CANF) (TASE: CFBI), a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory diseases, cancer, and sexual dysfunction, today reported new findings for its drug candidate, CF602, showing statistically significant full recovery from erectile dysfunction after one single dose treatment in a pre-clinical diabetic model. Can-Fite plans to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for CF602 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and plans to initiate a Phase I trial following IND approval.
In a recent study, CF602 induced a dose-dependent, linear effect in a diabetic mellitus rat model after treatment with one single dose of CF602. One hour after dosing, sexual function was measured. Statistically significant full recovery from erectile dysfunction took place in rats treated with a 500 µ/kg dose.
There is a significant segment of the erectile dysfunction market that is not addressed by PDE5 inhibitors, the class of drugs that are widely used in the market today. Due to CF602's novel mechanism of action, it may provide benefits for patients who do not respond to PDE5 inhibitors, or cannot take PDE5 inhibitors due to contraindications.
"These latest findings for CF602 are very encouraging and they add to the growing body of data that forms the basis of our planned IND submission to the FDA," stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman.
About Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd.
Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: 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 CF101 drug candidate is scheduled to enter Phase III trials in 2016 for two indications, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug CF102 is in Phase II trials for patients with liver cancer and is slated to enter Phase II for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). CF102 has been granted Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. and Europe and Fast Track Designation as a second line treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma 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. CF602, the Company's third drug candidate, has shown efficacy in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in preclinical studies and is being prepared for an IND submission to the FDA and a Phase I trial. 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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