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Report of Foreign Private Issuer Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the Month of October 2019
(Commission File Number)
CAN-FITE BIOPHARMA LTD.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
10 Bareket Street
Kiryat Matalon, P.O. Box 7537
Petach-Tikva 4951778, Israel
(Address of principal executive offices)
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The first paragraph and “Forward Looking Statements” of the press release attached to this Form 6-K are hereby incorporated by reference into the registrant’s Registration Statements on Form S-8 (File No. 333-227753) and Form F-3 (File Nos. 333-204795, 333-209037 and 333-220644), to be a part thereof from the date on which this report is submitted, to the extent not superseded by documents or reports subsequently filed or furnished.
On October 15, 2019, Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. issued a press release announcing that it has completed patient enrollment in its Phase II study of Namodenoson in the treatment of NAFLD/NASH. A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
|99.1||Press Release dated October 15, 2019|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Date: October 15, 2019||By:||/s/ Pnina Fishman|
|Chief Executive Officer|
Can-Fite Completes Patient Enrollment in Phase II NASH Study of Namodenoson™
Topline results expected Q1 2020
PETACH TIKVA, Israel, October 15, 2019 -- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE MKT: CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address cancer, liver and inflammatory diseases, announced today it has completed patient enrollment in its Phase II study of Namodenoson in the treatment of NAFLD/NASH.
The multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, dose-finding efficacy and safety study has enrolled 60 patients with NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) with or without NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis). Patients who suffer from NAFLD/NASH with evidence of active inflammation are treated twice daily with 12.5 mg or 25 mg of oral Namodenoson, or placebo for 12 weeks. The primary endpoint of the Phase II study is the anti-inflammatory effect of the drug, as determined by mean percent change from baseline in ALT blood levels and safety. Secondary endpoints include percentage change from baseline of liver fat, as measured by MRI-PDFF (proton density fat fraction).
Key opinion leaders advising on the trial included Dr. Scott Freidman, Dean for Therapeutic Discovery and Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York; Dr. Arun Sanyal, Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Molecular Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine; and Dr. Rifaat Safadi, Head of the Liver Unit, Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Division of Medicine at Hadassah Medical Center and Professor of Internal Medicine, Bowel, Liver Disease, and Metabolic Syndrome at Hebrew University in Israel.
“We look forward to completing the treatment regimen for our last patients in this Phase II study and to reporting our topline results in the first quarter of 2020. If the study achieves its primary endpoint, we expect to advance it towards a Phase III trial in NASH,” stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman.
Namodenoson has been out-licensed for the indication of NASH in South Korea and China. There is currently no U.S. FDA approved drug for the treatment of NASH, which is an addressable pharmaceutical market estimated to reach $35-40 billion by 2025.
Namodenoson is a small orally bioavailable drug that binds with high affinity and selectivity to the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR). Namodenoson is being evaluated as a second line treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma, with a recently completed Phase II trial and planned Phase III trial in this indication. The drug is currently in an ongoing Phase II trial as a treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). A3AR is highly expressed in diseased cells whereas low expression is found in normal cells. This differential effect accounts for the excellent safety profile of the drug.
About Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd.
Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: 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 lead drug candidate, Piclidenoson, is currently in Phase III trials for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug, Namodenoson, recently completed a Phase II trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, and is in a Phase II trial for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Namodenoson has been granted Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. and Europe and Fast Track Designation as a second line treatment for HCC by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Namodenoson 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 the Company is investigating additional compounds, targeting A3AR, for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. 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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