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Poniard Pharmaceuticals to Present at the 2009 BIO International Convention
Date:5/12/2009

- Presentation to Include Partnering Strategy and Process for Picoplatin -

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative oncology therapies, today announced that Ronald Martell, president and chief operating officer, will present at the BIO International Convention on Tuesday, May 19, at 3:20 p.m. Eastern Time in Atlanta. Mr. Martell will provide an overview of the Company's lead product candidate, picoplatin, and outline the Company's partnering strategy and process for picoplatin.

"We believe that picoplatin's potential for technical, clinical and regulatory success in small cell lung cancer and the upcoming proof-of-concept data in the colorectal and prostate cancers programs make the compound an attractive partnering asset to pharmaceutical and biotech companies," said Mr. Martell. "We are seeking a global development and commercialization partnership for picoplatin with co-development and U.S. co-promotion rights. This global partner would share our vision that picoplatin represents a pipeline in a product and enable us to maximize the value of picoplatin worldwide."

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 chemotherapy. To date, clinical studies suggest that picoplatin has 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 castration-resistant (hormone refractory) prostate cancers. The Company also is conducting a clinical trial of oral picoplatin in solid tumors. For additional information please visit http://www.poniard.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's results of operations, liquidity and capital resources, financial prospects, business objectives and strategic goals, drug development plans and commercialization strategy, the timing and results of clinical trials and the potential safety and efficacy of the Company's products in development. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements based on a number of factors, including risks and uncertainties associated with the current distressed economic and financial market; the Company's research and development activities; the results of preclinical and clinical testing; the receipt and timing of FDA and other required regulatory approvals; the market's acceptance of the Company's proposed products; the Company's anticipated operating losses, need for future capital and ability to obtain future funding; competition from third parties; the Company's ability to preserve and protect intellectual property rights; the Company's dependence on third-party manufacturers and suppliers; the Company's lack of sales and marketing experience; the Company's ability to attract and retain key personnel; changes in technology, government regulation and general market conditions; and the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's current and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2009, which was filed with the SEC on May 11, 2009. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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