PETACH TIKVA, Israel, Oct. 22, 2015 /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 CF602 drug candidate showing a defined mechanism of action in erectile dysfunction similar to sildenafil (Viagra®) in a rat model of Diabetes Mellitus. Based on these latest findings, Can-Fite plans to file an Investigational New Drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for CF602 in the third quarter of 2016.
New mechanism of action studies revealed that CF602 restores the impaired vascular endothelial growth factor system in the penis of Diabetes Mellitus rats, thereby inducing an increase in nitric oxide resulting in significant improvement of penile erection compared to placebo. This mechanism of action is similar to that of sildenafil, with CF602 demonstrating effects on erection superior to that demonstrated by sildenafil in animal studies. Sildenafil, sold by Pfizer as Viagra®, generated global sales of $1.685 billion in 2014.
Among the most important factors to affect erectile function is nitric oxide which is released by endothelial cells that line the corpus cavernosum and control smooth muscle relaxation and vascular inflow. It has been well established that release of nitric oxide is diminished in diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million Americans have Diabetes Mellitus in the U.S. and 35-75% of men with Diabetes Mellitus suffer from erectile dysfunction.
"We are very encouraged by these latest findings for our CF602 drug candidate which further validate the studies that are forming the basis of our planned IND submission to the FDA. We have a robust intellectual property portfolio which includes an issued composition of matter patent and other pending patent applications protecting the use of CF602 for sexual dysfunction and are positioning CF602 as a potential alternative to sildenafil (Viagra®)," 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 is preparing for a Phase III CF101 trial for rheumatoid arthritis and is preparing its protocol for its next advanced psoriasis clinical trial. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug CF102 is in Phase II trials and 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. The Company's CF602 has shown efficacy in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Can-Fite has initiated a full pre-clinical program for CF602 in preparation for filing an IND with the U.S. FDA in this indication. 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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