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PG500 Series Presented at the AACR Annual Meeting in San Diego
Date:4/13/2008

BRISBANE, Australia, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited (ASX: PGL) (Nasdaq: PGLA) announced today that it had presented new data on its patented PG500 series of compounds at the annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting being held in San Diego. The meeting brings together approximately 17,000 participants from around the world to discuss new and significant advances in the knowledge surrounding the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.

The data presented shows that this series of heparan sulfate mimetic compounds have very strong inhibition of angiogenesis and metastasis and strong anti-tumor activity in some aggressive tumor models. The data firmly supports the continued pre-clinical development of this new series of compounds as anti-cancer agents.

PG545 has been chosen as the lead candidate for additional studies required to support an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Anand Gautam, Vice President, Drug Discovery, stated, "PG545 was selected over and above other compounds based on a comprehensive target product profile incorporating aspects such as efficacy, pharmacokinetics, toxicology and ease of manufacture."

Depending upon the outcome of these further studies we expect to submit an IND application with the US-FDA late this calendar year, or early 2009.

About Progen: Progen Pharmaceuticals is a globally focused biotechnology company committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule pharmaceuticals primarily for the treatment of cancer. Progen has operations in Australia and the US.

About the PG500 series: Progen has an innovative small molec
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