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Poniard Pharmaceuticals to Present at the BIO CEO & Investor Conference

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 General News J E 4
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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 3 PoniardPharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused oninnovative oncology therapies, today announced that Jerry McMahon, Ph.D.,chairman and CEO, will present at the 11th Annual BIO CEO & InvestorConference 2009 on Tuesday, February 10, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at theWaldorf-Astoria in New York.

Dr. McMahon will provide a corporate overview, including a discussion ofthe clinical development program for picoplatin, the Company's lead productcandidate.

A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available for 10 businessdays on the "Events" page of the "News & Events" section of the Company'swebsite at http://www.poniard.com.

About Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company focused onthe development and commercialization of innovative oncology products toimpact the lives of people with cancer. Picoplatin, the Company's leadplatform product candidate, is a new generation platinum chemotherapy. Todate, clinical studies suggest that picoplatin has an improved safety profilerelative to existing platinum-based cancer therapies. Picoplatin is designedto overcome platinum resistance associated with chemotherapy in solid tumors,and is being studied in multiple cancer indications, combinations andformulations. Clinical trials of intravenous picoplatin include a Phase 3trial in small cell lung cancer and Phase 2 trials in metastatic colorectaland castration resistant prostate cancers (also known as hormone refractoryprostate cancer), as well as a clinical trial of oral picoplatin in solidtumors. For additional information please visit http://www.poniard.com.

(C) 2009 Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Poniard and Poniard Pharmaceuticals are trademarks of PoniardPharmaceuticals, Inc.

SOURCE Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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