OphthaliX announces the appointment of Prof. Roger Kornberg as a Director    


Carson City, Nevada, February 6, 2012OpththaliX Inc. (OTCBB: OPLI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Roger D. Kornberg to the Company’s Board of Directors.


Roger Kornberg is Winzer Professor in Medicine in the Department of Structural Biology at Stanford University. He moved to his present position in 1978, where his research has focused on the mechanism and regulation of eukaryotic gene transcription. In 2006, Professor Kornberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition for his studies.


Prof. Kornberg was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993. He has received many awards, including the 2001 Welch prize, highest award in chemistry in the United States, the 2002 Leopold Mayer Prize and the highest award in biomedical sciences of the French Academy of Sciences.  


He is a recipient of honorary degrees from universities in Europe and Israel, including the Hebrew University, where he is a visiting professor.


Prof. Kornberg is also serving as a director of Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. (AMEX: PLX).


Prof. Pnina Fishman, interim CEO and Chairman of Ophthalix commented: "we are very pleased that Prof. Kornberg has agreed to join our Board. His outstanding scientific achievements and his experience serving on boards of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will be extremely valuable as we progress with our advanced clinical development programs".


About OphthaliX Inc.

OphthaliX Inc. is an advanced clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapeutic products for the treatment of ophthalmic disorders. OphthaliX's product candidate, CF101, is being developed to treat three ophthalmic indications: dry eye syndrome; glaucoma and uveitis.


About Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd is a public company, trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE: CFIB). Can-Fite was founded in 2000 by Prof Pnina Fishman, researcher in the Rabin Medical Center, and Dr. Ilan Cohen, patent attorney and senior partner at Reinhold Cohen Patent Attorneys, on the basis of Prof Fishman’s scientific findings, and is focused on the development of small molecule drugs, ligands to the A3 adenosine receptor. The latter mediates anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects and is suggested as a biological predictive marker. Can-Fite’s lead drug, CF101, is in advanced clinical development for the treatment of autoimmune, inflammatory and ophthalmic diseases.  Can-Fite's second drug, CF102, is being developed for the treatment of liver diseases. Can-Fite has a wealth of clinical experience which includes over 700 patients who have participated in clinical trials conducted by it.



Pnina Fishman, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Tel: +972-3-9241114

Email: pnina@ophthalix.com


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