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Poniard Pharmaceuticals Announces Upcoming Conference Participation
Date:5/1/2008

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today announced that Jerry McMahon, Ph.D., chairman and CEO, will participate in two upcoming conferences in May:

-- The Leerink Swann "Conquering Cancer with Novel Therapeutics"

Roundtable Conference on May 9 at 1:35 p.m. Eastern Time at the Grand

Hyatt New York

-- The CitiGroup Health Care Conference on May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern

Time at the New York Hilton

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

About Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative oncology products to impact the lives of people with cancer. Picoplatin, the Company's lead platform product candidate, is a new generation platinum therapy with an improved safety profile relative to existing platinum-based cancer therapies. Picoplatin is designed to overcome platinum resistance associated with chemotherapy in solid tumors, and is being studied in multiple cancer indications, combinations and formulations. Clinical trials of intravenous picoplatin include a Phase 3 trial in small cell lung cancer and Phase 2 trials in metastatic colorectal and hormone-refractory prostate cancers, as well as a Phase 1 clinical trial of oral picoplatin in solid tumors. Picoplatin has not been approved by any regulatory authority for use in humans. For additional information please visit http://www.poniard.com.


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