Exhibit 99.3


Can-Fite Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results & Progress in Two Pivotal Phase III Clinical Studies


PETACH TIKVA, Israel, August 31, 2023 -- Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE: CANF), a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address oncology, inflammatory and liver diseases, today announced financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2023.


Clinical Progress


Pivotal Phase III Advanced Liver Cancer Study—Can-Fite’s pivotal Phase III liver cancer study, Liveration, which continues enrollment is designed to assess Namodenoson in the treatment of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and underlying Child Pugh B7 (CPB7) who have not responded to one or two other lines of therapy. The primary endpoint is overall survival. An interim analysis will be conducted by an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) after 50% of the planned 450 patients are enrolled and treated.


Breakthrough Abstract Award–Can-Fite was recently granted a prestigious Breakthrough Abstract Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation for the development of a novel approach to treat advanced liver cancer with the A3 adenosine receptor agonist, Namodenoson.


Exploratory Phase II Pancreatic Cancer Study—Can-Fite is preparing an open-label Phase II exploratory trial to assess the safety and efficacy of Namodenoson in the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer who have received at least one previous systemic therapy. In pre-clinical studies, Namodenoson demonstrated a robust anti-growth effect against pancreatic carcinoma, reaching 90% growth inhibition. The mechanism of action entails de-regulation of the Wnt signal transduction pathway, a key modulator of pancreatic carcinoma cell growth.


ASCO Recognition—Can-Fite’s pancreatic cancer program received recognition from ASCO when its study titled “Effects of Namodenoson on Pancreatic Carcinoma: Preclinical Evidence” was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology supplement of the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting Proceedings.


Preparatory Work for Pivotal Phase III Psoriasis Study; Can Fite Received Green Light from FDA and EMA— Following positive responses from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its registration plan and pivotal Phase III study protocol for Piclidenoson in the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis, the Company is preparing for study initiation. The FDA requested two Phase III studies and also encouraged the Company to enroll adolescent patients due to Piclidenoson’s strong safety profile demonstrated over its development history and prior clinical studies. Can-Fite has submitted to the FDA a pediatric plan to allow the registration of Piclidenoson for the treatment of adolescents. Inclusion of adolescents for the psoriasis Indication is expected to broaden the market.


Development for Treatment of Lowe Syndrome, a Rare Genetic Disease—Researchers at the University of Naples Federico II and The Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Italy found Piclidenoson to be effective in pre-clinical studies for the treatment of Lowe Syndrome. Can-Fite and Fondazione Telethon signed an agreement outlining their collaboration for the development of Piclidenoson for the treatment Lowe Syndrome, a rare genetic disease with no treatment available, and an estimated $100 million treatment market in the U.S. alone.


“With two ongoing studies and two more about to commence in large treatment markets with unmet needs, we continue to advance our late-stage development pipeline to bring our potentially game-changing drugs to market,” stated Can-Fite CEO & CFO Motti Farbstein.




Dr. Pnina Fishman, Can-Fite’s CSO and Executive Chairman added, “We are particularly excited about our entry into the rare genetic disease field with the discovery of Piclidenoson’s efficacy in Lowe Syndrome in pre-clinical studies. Given Piclidenoson’s very favorable safety profile, we believe it will be a good candidate for directly entering advanced stage trials in children and adolescents living with Lowe Syndrome. Rare genetic diseases can have a more direct rapid path to regulatory approval with smaller trial sizes due to the pressing need in a small, unserved patient population.”


Financial Results


Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2023 were $0.39 million compared to revenues of $0.41 million during the six months ended June 30, 2022. Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2023 and June 30, 2022 comprised of recognition of a portion of advance payments received under distribution agreements with Gebro, CKD, Cipher and Ewopharma.


Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2023 were $3.41 million compared with $3.27 million for the same period in 2022. Research and development expenses for the first half of 2023 comprised primarily of expenses associated with the completion of the Phase 3 study of Piclidenoson for the treatment of psoriasis and two ongoing studies for Namodenoson, a Phase 3 study in the treatment of advanced liver cancer and a Phase 2b study for SLD. The increase is primarily due to an increase in expenses associated with Namodenoson.


General and administrative expenses were $1.47 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $1.57 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease is primarily due to the decrease in public and investor relations expenses and in directors and officer’s insurance policy premium. We expect that general and administrative expenses will remain at the same level through 2023.


Financial income, net for the six months ended June 30, 2023 was $0.27 million compared to financial expense, net of $0.18 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease in financial expense, net was mainly due to revaluation of our short-term investment and increase in interest income from deposits in 2023.


Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2023 was $4.22 million compared with a net loss of $4.62 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The decrease in net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2023 was primarily attributable to the increase in finance income, net.


As of June 30, 2023, Can-Fite had cash and cash equivalents and short term deposits of $9.60 million as compared to $7.98 million at December 31, 2022. The decrease in cash during the six months ended June 30, 2023 is due to the ongoing operations of the Company.


The Company’s consolidated financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2023 are presented in accordance with US GAAP Reporting Standards.






U.S dollars in thousands (except for share and per share data)


   June 30,   December 31, 
   2023   2022 
Cash and cash equivalents  $3,458   $2,978 
Short term deposits   6,147    5,001 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,293    1,170 
Short-term investment   11    8 
Total current assets   10,909    9,157 
Operating lease right of use assets   87    84 
Property, plant and equipment, net   36    42 
Total non-current assets   123    126 
Total assets  $11,032   $9,283 






U.S dollars in thousands (except for share and per share data)


   June 30,   December 31, 
   2023   2022 
Trade payables  $810   $896 
Current maturity of operating lease liability   44    48 
Deferred revenues   783    783 
Other accounts payable   596    775 
Total current liabilities   2,233    2,502 
Long-term operating lease liability   22    14 
Deferred revenues   1,903    2,295 
Total long-term liabilities   1,925    2,309 
Ordinary shares of no-par value - Authorized: 5,000,000,000 shares at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022; Issued and outstanding: 1,224,837,393 and 815,746,293 shares as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022   -    - 
Additional paid-in capital   160,814    154,192 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   1,127    1,127 
Accumulated deficit   (155,067)   (150,847)
Total equity   6,874    4,472 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  $11,032   $9,283 







 U.S dollars in thousands (except for share and per share data)



Six months ended

June 30,

   2023   2022 
Revenues  $392   $409 
Research and development expenses   (3,417)   (3,273)
General and administrative expenses   (1,471)   (1,576)
Operating loss   (4,496)   (4,440)
Total financial income (expense), net   276    (185)
Net loss   (4,220)   (4,625)
Basic and diluted net loss per share   (0.00)   (0.00)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share   1,202,110,110    815,746,293 


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.can-fite.com.





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Can-Fite BioPharma

Motti Farbstein