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Kosan Announces Data Presentations at ASCO 2008 Annual Meeting
Date:5/14/2008

HAYWARD, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kosan Biosciences Incorporated (Nasdaq: KOSN) today announced that updated data will be presented on tanespimycin, the company's lead Hsp90 inhibitor, from a Phase 2 trial in combination with Herceptin(R) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), being held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, May 31 through June 3, 2008.

Abstract 1027, titled, "Phase 2 trial of the Hsp90 inhibitor tanespimycin (Tan) + trastuzumab (T) in patients (pts) with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC)," will be presented in a poster session in room E450a on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 from 8:00 am through 12:00 noon CT. The presenter is Shanu Modi, M.D., of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This abstract will be highlighted in a poster discussion session to be held from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon CT in room E450b.

In addition, data from a Phase 1 trial of Kosan's Hsp90 inhibitor, alvespimycin, will be presented in an oral session on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 8:00 am to 11 am CT. Abstract 2502, titled, "First use of an oral Hsp90 inhibitor in patients (Pts) with solid tumors: Alvespimycin (A) administered QOD or QD," will be presented at 8:00 to 8:15 am CT in room W375a by Keith Flaherty, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Kosan Biosciences is a biotechnology company advancing two new classes of anticancer agents through clinical development: Hsp90 (heat shock protein 90) inhibitors and epothilones. Hsp90 inhibitors have a novel mechanism of action targeting multiple pathways involved in cancer cell growth and survival. Tanespimycin (KOS-953) is being tested in combination with V
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