The Anti-Obesity Effect of Can-Fite’s Namodenoson: Molecular Mechanism of Action in Pre-clinical and Human Studies
Robust support for Namodenoson’s potential development as an anti-obesity drug, a projected $100 billion market by 2030
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 reported new data on Namodenoson’s anti-obesity mechanism of action.
New data demonstrate that treatment of fat cells (3T3-L1 adipocytes) with Namodenoson leads to modulation of proteins that increase adiponectin level. Adiponectin is a regulator of fat production in the cells, resulting in the inhibition of fat levels. Furthermore, Namodenoson reduced body weight in an experimental animal model of obesity induced by a high fat diet. In a Phase IIa NASH study, in patients treated with Namodenoson, a 2.1% weight loss was observed after 3 months of treatment (Safadi at Al) and a significant decrease in serum adiponectin levels was found.
“These new preclinical data, together with the excellent safety profile of Namodenoson in humans demonstrated to date, serve as robust support for its potential development as an anti-obesity drug,” said Pnina Fishman, Ph.D., CSO & Executive Chairman of Can-Fite BioPharma.
The global obesity treatment market is lucrative due to the awareness of a link between chronic diseases and obesity. The World Health Organization reports that obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 and at least 2.8 million people are dying as a results of obesity each year. According to Goldman Sachs Research, the anti-obesity medications market is estimated reached $6 billion on an annualized basis in 2023 and is expected to grow to $100 billion by 2030.
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 of steatotic liver disease (SLD), 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: www.canfite.com.
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Released December 20, 2023