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Can-Fite to Present at 2017 AASLD Liver Meeting Conference in Washington, D.C.

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  • Data demonstrate Namodenoson’s liver protective properties and support its use in the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Namodenoson being evaluated in Phase II study as treatment for NAFLD/NASH, an indication for which no FDA approved drug is available
  • NASH estimated to be $35-40 billion addressable pharmaceutical market by 2025

PETACH TIKVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American:CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address cancer, liver and inflammatory diseases, today announced it will present two scientific posters at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) annual conference, The Liver Meeting® in Washington, D.C. on October 20-24, 2017.

  • Poster Title: Namodenoson (CF102) Prevents Liver Fibrosis in the CCL4 Model
    • Date & Time: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00am ET
    • Study Conducted by: Liver Unit, Hadassah University Hospital and Can-Fite BioPharma
    • Findings: In this study the anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrogenic effects of Namodenoson are demonstrated in a CCl4 mouse model manifested by a decrease in ALT, NKT cell activity in the liver and signaling proteins including α-SMA, PI3K and p-STAT-1. The data support the development of Namodenoson as an attractive drug candidate to combat NAFLD/NASH.
  • Poster Title: The Anti-Fibrogenic and Liver Protective Effects of Namodenoson (CF102) in a Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis model
    • Date & Time: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00am ET
    • Study Conducted by: Liver Unit, Hadassah University Hospital and Can-Fite BioPharma
    • Findings: Namodenoson’s anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrogenic effect was demonstrated in a STAM-NASH mouse model manifested in a marked reduction in NAS and fibrosis area. Namodenoson treatment induced a decrease in CK-18 levels suggesting hepato-protective effect and at the same time up-regulated adiponectin levels, reflecting anti-fibrogenic and anti-inflammatory effects.

During the conference, Can-Fite will also conduct a meeting of its NASH Clinical Advisory Board comprised of key opinion leaders in the treatment of liver disease and NASH including Dr. Scott Friedman, Dr. Arun Sanyal, and Dr. Rifaat Safadi.

“In addition to sharing our compelling findings about Namodenoson at The Liver Meeting in Washington, D.C., we look forward to meeting with our Clinical Advisory Board, as Namodenoson enters a Phase II study in the treatment of NAFLD/NASH,” stated Can-Fite CEO Dr. Pnina Fishman. “Through two experimental animal models of NAFLD/NASH, the data show that treatment with Namodenoson improved several parameters of liver function including steatohepatitis and steato-fibrosis. We are committed to advancing Namodenoson through its Phase II NAFLD/NASH study, as currently there is no FDA approved drug for this condition which impacts a growing number of people across the world.”

Namodenoson’s Phase II trial to determine the efficacy and safety of the drug in the treatment of NAFLD/ NASH will enroll approximately 60 patients with NAFLD, with or without NASH. Patients will be enrolled in three arms, including two different dosages of Namodenoson and a placebo, given via oral tablets twice daily. The study's primary endpoints will be percent change from baseline in liver triglyceride (fat) concentration measured by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMRS) and safety.


NAFLD is characterized by excess fat accumulation in the form of triglycerides (steatosis) in the liver. According to a study published in Hepatology, an estimated 17%-33% of the population in the U.S. has NAFLD, with a higher prevalence in people with type II diabetes. Incidence is increasing based on rising obesity rates. NAFLD includes a range of liver diseases, with NASH being the more advanced form, manifesting as hepatic injury and inflammation. According to the NIH, the incidence of NASH in the U.S. is believed to affect 2-5% of the population. The spectrum of NAFLDs resembles alcoholic liver disease; however, they occur in people who drink little or no alcohol. If untreated, NASH can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. By 2025, the addressable pharmaceutical market for NASH is estimated to reach $35-40 billion.

About Namodenoson (CF102)

Namodenoson is a small orally bioavailable drug that binds with high affinity and selectivity to the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR). Namodenoson is being evaluated in Phase II trials for two indications, as a second line treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma, and 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. Can-Fite has received Orphan Drug Designation for Namodenoson in Europe and the U.S., as well as Fast Track Status in the U.S. as a second line treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma.

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 scheduled to enter a Phase III trial for rheumatoid arthritis in 2017 and a Phase III trial for psoriasis in early 2018. The rheumatoid arthritis Phase III protocol has recently been agreed with the European Medicines Agency. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug CF102 is in Phase II trials for patients with liver cancer and is slated to enter Phase II for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). CF102 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. 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:

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