In pre-clinical studies, CBD enriched fractions induced anti-liver cancer effect at minute concentrations
Expansion of the agreement allows Can-Fite to develop 2 additional clinical indications
Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE:CFBI), a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory, cancer and liver diseases, today announced new pre-clinical findings in connection with its on-going collaboration with Univo Pharmaceuticals (TASE:UNVO), demonstrating CBD’s robust anti-neoplastic effect in pre-clinical studies against liver cancer. The studies were carried out on human liver cancer cells and utilized cannabinoid fractions enriched for CBD, in nano and pico molar concentrations. Marked inhibition of Hep-3b, liver cancer cell proliferation was noted and was mediated via the A3 adenosine receptor, the target of Can-Fite’s drug platform.
Can-Fite is greatly encouraged and sees clinical potential in treating patients with minute CBD dosages which are effective and at the same time may minimize potential adverse effects. Based on this approach, an expansion of the agreement with Univo Pharmaceuticals has been entered into to allow the testing of minute CBD concentrations/dosages in combination with Namodenoson on liver cancer and additional oncological indications. As part of the expansion, Can-Fite will fund the research and development activities for the two new indications, to be jointly performed, for an amount of US$200,000 per indication.
Dr. Michael Silverman, M.D., Can-Fite Medical Director, commented on the new findings, "Many of the liver cancer patients are already treated with cannabinoids for management of constitutional symptoms such as anorexia, nausea, and fatigue. These novel findings of anti-cancer cell effects found with minute dosages of CBD may open up new avenues of utilizing cannabinoids to treat cancer patients while minimizing adverse effects."
According to Adroit Market Research, the medical cannabis market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 29% to $56.7 billion by 2026.
About UNIVO Pharmaceuticals
UNIVO Pharmaceuticals is a vertically-integrated medical cannabis company covering all aspects of cultivation, manufacturing and distribution. Univo holds licenses for the entire supply chain: research and development, growing, breeding and nursery, production of medical cannabis products and distribution. UNIVO produces its own cannabis by partnership with Amit Farms, located in the South of Israel covering over 75,000 m² with 15,000 m² designated for cannabis growth. UNIVO IMC-GMP manufacturing facility produces a wide variety of medical cannabis products that meet the most stringent international standards.
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 currently in Phase III trials for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Can-Fite's liver cancer drug, Namodenoson, recently completed a Phase II trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, and is 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 1,000 patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit: www.can-fite.com.
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