Can-Fite Received Notice of Allowance from the European Patent Office for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction with CF602

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address oncological and inflammatory diseases, announced it received a Notice of Allowance from the European Patent Office for its patent application titled “An A3 Adenosine Receptor Ligands For Use in Treatment of a Sexual Dysfunction”.

Patent has already been issued in other major markets including the U.S.

PETACH TIKVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE:CANF), a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address oncological and inflammatory diseases, today announced it received a Notice of Allowance from the European Patent Office for its patent application titled “An A3 Adenosine Receptor Ligands For Use in Treatment of a Sexual Dysfunction”. This invention addresses the use of the CF602 drug candidate as an oral or topical drug for patients such as diabetics, who suffer from erectile dysfunction, and cannot use the current drugs on the market.

While oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors are the current standard of care for erectile dysfunction (ED), with brands including Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra, an estimated 30% to 35% of ED patients are non-responders, and these drugs can be contraindicated for people living with diabetes.

Can-Fite recently published an article in Andrologia, suggesting that CF602 could potentially offer an alternative to the current drugs on market. A full erectile recovery was achieved following a single dose of CF602 with restored muscle collagen ratio and endothelial cell function. Can-Fite’s CF602, an allosteric modulator of the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR), applied topically or orally in a diabetic rat model, resulted in increased arterial blood flow and significant dose-dependent improvements in intracavernosal pressure (ICM), smooth muscle/collagen ratio, vascular endothelial growth factor and endothelial nitric oxide synthase. treatment to PDE5 inhibitors, particularly to PDE5 non-responders and diabetics.

“This additional European patent for erectile dysfunction adds to our growing IP estate for this high-value indication of the CF602 drug candidate. We believe our strong and broad IP, together with the pre-clinical positive data position it as a promising candidate for further development for the treatment of sexual dysfunction,” stated Motti Farbstein, Can-Fite CEO.

The Erectile Dysfunction market is expected to reach approximately $6.6 billion by 2030, according to Market Research Future.

About Namodenoson

Namodenoson is a small orally bioavailable drug that binds with high affinity and selectivity to the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR). Namodenoson is currently being evaluated in a pivotal Phase III trial for advanced liver cancer, a Phase IIb trial for the treatment of steatotic liver disease (SLD), and the Company is planning a Phase IIa study in pancreatic cancer. A3AR is highly expressed in diseased cells whereas low expression is found in normal cells. This differential expression may be one of the important factors that accounts for the excellent safety profile of the drug.

About Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd.

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE: CANF) 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, and inflammatory disease. The Company’s lead drug candidate, Piclidenoson recently reported topline results in a Phase III trial for psoriasis and is expected to commence a pivotal Phase III. Can-Fite’s cancer and liver drug, Namodenoson, is being evaluated in a Phase IIb trial for the treatment metabolic dysfunction-associated steatohepatitis (MASH), a Phase III pivotal trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and the Company is planning a Phase IIa study in pancreatic cancer. 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 1,600 patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit:

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