Can-Fite Announces New Management Structure as Advanced Stage Pipeline Moves Toward Commercialization

  • Dr. Pnina Fishman appointed Executive Chairman of the Board
  • Motti Farbstein appointed Chief Executive Officer in addition to continuing as Chief Financial Officer

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. (NYSE American: CANF) (TASE: CANF), a biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory, cancer and liver diseases, today announced executive changes to support the Company’s continued success in advancing its pipeline toward commercialization through two pivotal Phase III trials in psoriasis and liver cancer.

Dr. Pnina Fishman, the Company’s Scientific Founder, was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board to guide the Company’s strategic direction. She will continue to serve as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) overseeing the Company’s scientific programs and clinical development pipeline. Motti Farbstein will lead the Company as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) while continuing to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), a position he has held since 2005. Dr. Ilan Cohn, the Company’s Co-Founder and former Chairman, remains on the Board and will continue to guide the Company’s intellectual property strategy and portfolio. Dr. Cohn is a patent attorney and a Co-Founder and Senior Partner of the IP firm Cohn, De Vries, Stadler & Co. These executive changes go into effect on June 30, 2023.

“Having developed Can-Fite’s platform technology and guided our pipeline into pivotal studies, I am pleased to turn the CEO role over to Motti who has the financial and clinical expertise to lead Can-Fite into the registration stage,” Dr. Fishman stated. “I will continue to guide our clinical programs as CSO while also taking part in setting the Company’s strategic direction as Executive Chairman of the Board. I have full confidence in Motti’s ability to execute on substantial opportunities for our late-stage clinical pipeline. I am also thankful to Ilan, my Co-Founder, for his dedication serving as Chairman for the past ten years and look forward to his continued support on the board, particularly with IP matters.”

“I’m honored and excited to lead Can-Fite as CEO. Having served the Company for 20 years, I’m dedicated to bringing our oral drugs to market to serve patients in need, especially in our most advanced indications in psoriasis and liver cancer,” stated Motti Farbstein. “Pnina, Ilan, and I will continue to work closely along with the rest of our team in a seamless transition. As we advance through two pivotal studies, we anticipate the potential for additional distribution transactions and other commercial opportunities.”

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. Can-Fite's liver drug, Namodenoson, is being evaluated in a Phase IIb trial for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and enrollment is expected to commence in a Phase III trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver 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 1,500 patients in clinical studies to date. For more information please visit:

Forward-Looking Statements

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