PETACH TIKVA, Israel, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs being developed to treat inflammatory diseases, cancer and sexual dysfunction, today announced it has submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) a protocol design for its Phase III trial and Registration Plan for the Company's lead compound CF101 in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis following a pre-submission meeting with the EMA. The global trial is expected to commence in either the second or third quarter of 2016.
The planned Phase III trial is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study that will investigate the efficacy and safety of CF101 administered orally twice daily for 16 weeks to patients with active rheumatoid arthritis treated with conventional disease modifying drugs. The study will have three arms, a 1 mg CF101 dose, a 2 mg CF101 dose and placebo, given orally twice daily in the form of tablets. The study is expected to enroll 360 patients and the primary endpoint is expected to be low disease activity. Inclusion criteria will include patients who have high expression of the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR), a biomarker that has been shown by the company to identify patients who will respond to CF101. A3AR and its correlation to patients' response to the drug will be analyzed upon study conclusion. Based on Can-Fite's Phase II clinical studies with CF101 in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis, the percentage of patients with high expression of A3AR is estimated to be approximately 70%.
"Submission of this Phase III protocol design to the EMA in the first quarter of 2016 was an important milestone and we look forward to commencing our trial, upon the European regulator's approval of our protocol. We plan to conduct the study in several European countries, Canada, U.S. and Israel. We were very pleased to be in a position to submit our Registration Plan for CF101, to the EMA, which we believe will give us greater visibility on our path to approval," stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, systematic, autoimmune inflammatory disease that manifests as joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. According to Visiongain, the global rheumatoid arthritis market is forecasted to reach $38.5 billion by 2017.
CF101 is a novel, first-in-class, A3 adenosine receptor agonist (A3AR) small molecule, orally bioavailable drug with a favorable therapeutic index demonstrated in Phase II clinical studies. CF101 is currently under development for the treatment of autoimmune inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (completed Phase II) and psoriasis (completed Phase II/III).
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 1,200 patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit: www.can-fite.com.
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