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Telik Announces Patents on Compounds Related to TELINTRA

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Telik, Inc. (Nasdaq: TELK), announced today that the European Patent Office has issued notices of allowance for two applications covering new compounds related to one of Telik's lead clinical candidates, TELINTRA(R). Corresponding applications have already issued as patents in the United States; and other applications are pending in major countries worldwide.

TELINTRA is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a form of pre-leukemia, and for Chemotherapy Induced Neutropenia, a common side effect of chemotherapy. Telik expects these applications and patents to provide broad intellectual property protection to compounds related to TELINTRA, according to Derek Freyberg, Ph.D., Telik's VP, Intellectual Property. The patents will help to broaden and strengthen Telik's intellectual property estate and may support additional clinical development candidates.

About Telik

Telik, Inc. of Palo Alto, California, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel small molecule drugs to treat serious diseases. The company's most advanced investigational drug candidates in clinical development are TELINTRA, a modified glutathione analog for the treatment of cytopenias due to myelodysplastic syndrome or chemotherapy, and TELCYTA(R), a tumor-activated prodrug for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Telik's product candidates were discovered using its proprietary drug discovery technology, TRAP(R), which enables the rapid and efficient discovery of small molecule drug candidates.

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements, including statements regarding the impact and coverage of patents on Telik's intellectual property. These forward-looking statements are based upon Telik's current expectations. There are important factors that could cause Telik's results to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, if clinical trials of TELINTRA are delayed or unsuccessful, Telik's business would suffer, if Telik's competitors develop and market products that are more effective than its product candidates, or obtain marketing approval before Telik does, Telik's commercial opportunity will be reduced or eliminated, and if Telik does not obtain regulatory approval to market products in the U.S. and foreign countries, Telik will not be permitted to commercialize these product candidates. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by statements in this press release may be found in Telik's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. Telik does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

TELIK, the Telik logo, TELINTRA, TELCYTA, and TRAP are trademarks or registered trademarks of Telik, Inc.

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