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Poniard Pharmaceuticals Appoints Gary A. Lyons to Board of Directors
Date:7/9/2009

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative oncology therapies, today announced the appointment of Gary A. Lyons, to the Company's board of directors. His appointment increases the number of directors on the Poniard board to ten.

"We are pleased Gary is on the board to help guide us as we move toward our goal of commercializing picoplatin in 2010," said Jerry McMahon, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Poniard. "Gary's extensive pharmaceutical business development and commercialization experience will provide an invaluable contribution as we continue the process of identifying and securing a worldwide partner for picoplatin, and executing our strategy of building a commercial stage oncology business."

"I look forward to working with the Poniard board and management team to successfully implement its partnering and commercialization strategy for picoplatin," said Mr. Lyons. "With the pivotal Phase 3 picoplatin data in small cell lung cancer approaching, Poniard is on the cusp of a transformative time in the company's history that I look forward to being a part of."

Gary A. Lyons has served as a consultant to Poniard on matters of corporate and business development activities since April 2009, and the Company expects to expand his consulting arrangement as it moves forward with its commercialization and partnering activities. Gary has served as a Director of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. since February 1993 and held various executive positions with Neurocrine, including President and Chief Executive Officer, from February 1993 through January 2008. Prior to joining Neurocrine, Mr. Lyons held a number of senior management positions at Genentech, including Vice President of Business Develo
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