PETACH TIKVA, Israel, Jan. 19, 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 the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for a patent titled, "A3 Adenosine Receptor Allosteric Modulators". This composition of matter patent protects the use of Can-Fite's proprietary A3 Adenosine Receptor (A3AR) modulator including the preparation of its pharmaceutical compositions and its use in patients across all therapeutic indications. Can-Fite is currently developing this invention for the treatment of sexual dysfunction with its next-generation drug, CF602.
Can-Fite plans to file an investigational new drug (IND) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a Phase I study of CF602 in the treatment of sexual dysfunction during the fourth quarter of 2016.
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.
"We believe there is a clear and unmet need for a new sexual dysfunction drug that safely and more effectively treats erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes," stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman.
GlobalData estimates the value of the erectile dysfunction therapeutic market to be approximately $2.6 billion by 2018 with few drugs on the market which include Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. 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.
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 Phase III 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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