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Poniard Pharmaceuticals Appoints Four New Members to Clinical Advisory Board
Date:5/28/2008

- Internationally Recognized Oncologists Will Offer Strategic Guidance on

Picoplatin Clinical Development -

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today announced the appointment of four additional members to its Clinical Advisory Board to help guide the Company's expanding clinical development strategy for picoplatin. They include Howard A. Burris, III, M.D., of The Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville; E. David Crawford, M.D., of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center; Robert F. Ozols, M.D., Ph.D., of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia; and Everett E. Vokes, M.D., of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

These esteemed physicians will add to the already broad expertise of the Company's Clinical Advisory Board and bring an understanding of a wide variety of tumor types, including prostate, breast, ovarian, head and neck and lung cancers, to inform the development of picoplatin. Picoplatin, the Company's lead product candidate, is a new generation platinum chemotherapy agent with the potential to address multiple indications, combinations and formulations.

"These renowned physicians are experts in several different indications and will provide strategic input into our clinical development program for picoplatin, which is being developed as a platform product with broad applicability across multiple solid tumor types," said Robert De Jager, M.D., chief medical officer of Poniard.

The new Clinical Advisory Board members join existing members Paul J. Bunn, Jr., M.D., of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center; Alan
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