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Poniard Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Leerink Swann Oncology Roundtable Conference
Date:5/13/2009

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative oncology therapies, today announced that Jerry McMahon, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer, will provide a corporate overview at the Leerink Swann Oncology Roundtable Conference on Wednesday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time in New York.

Dr. McMahon's corporate presentation will include a discussion about the clinical development program for the Company's lead product candidate, picoplatin. In addition, Dr. McMahon will participate in an expert panel discussion on the same day at 8:10 a.m. Eastern Time entitled "New Developments in Solid Tumors, Focusing on GU and GI Cancers."

A live audio webcast of the corporate overview will be available for 10 business days on the "Events" page of the "News & Events" section of the Company's Web site 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 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.

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

Poniard and Poniard Pharmaceuticals are trademarks of Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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