SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Report of Foreign Private Issuer Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the Month of April 2021
(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 of the press release attached to this Form 6-K is hereby incorporated by reference into the registrant’s Registration Statements on Form S-8 (File No. 333-227753) and Form F-3 (File Nos. 333-195124, 333-236064, and 333-249063), to be a part thereof from the date on which this report is submitted, to the extent not superseded by documents or reports subsequently filed or furnished.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 April 29, 2021, Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. issued a press release entitled “Can-Fite’s Phase III Psoriasis Study Achieves 75% Enrollment; Top Line Results Expected Q4 2021”. A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
|99.1||Press Release dated April 29, 2021|
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: April 29, 2021||By:||/s/ Pnina Fishman|
|Chief Executive Officer|
Can-Fite’s Phase III Psoriasis Study Achieves 75% Enrollment; Top Line Results Expected Q4 2021
Prompted by positive interim analysis data Can-Fite accelerates patient enrollment
Can-Fite PETACH TIKVA, Israel, April 29, 2021 -- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory, cancer and liver diseases, today announced that 75% of patients have been enrolled in its Phase III Comfort™ study designed to establish Piclidenoson’s superiority compared to placebo and non-inferiority compared to Apremilast (Otezla®) in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. The Company expects to complete enrollment in Q3 2021 and report topline results in Q4 2021.
Recently, the Company conducted an interim analysis with an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) which recommended based on the positive data and favorable safety profile to continue patient enrollment. The randomized, double blind study is being conducted in Europe, Israel, and Canada. The study’s primary endpoint is the proportion of patients who achieve a PASI score response of ≥75% (PASI 75) vs. placebo at week 16. Secondary endpoints include non-inferiority to Otezla® in weeks 16 and 32.
“Can-Fite’s lead drug candidate offers several potential key benefits over psoriasis treatments currently on the market. It provides easy administration for patients who tend to prefer oral medications over injectables and has demonstrated a favorable safety profile and positive clinical effect in trials,” stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman.
Piclidenoson has been out-licensed for the indication of psoriasis in Canada, South Korea, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Central Eastern European (CEE) countries, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and China. Can-Fite has received over $20 million in up-front and milestone payments from its distribution agreements to date. According to iHealthcareAnalyst, the psoriasis therapeutic market is estimated to reach $11.3 billion by 2025.
Piclidenoson 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. It is currently being evaluated in a multinational Phase III study as a treatment for moderate to severe psoriasis and a Phase II U.S. study for the treatment of moderate to severe COVID-19.
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, liver, inflammatory disease and COVID-19. The Company's lead drug candidate, Piclidenoson, is currently in a Phase III trial for psoriasis and a Phase II study in the treatment of moderate COVID-19. Can-Fite's liver drug, Namodenoson, is headed into a Phase III trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, and successfully achieved its primary endpoint 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. These drugs have an excellent safety profile with experience in over 1,500 patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit: www.can-fite.com.
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