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Poniard Completes Patient Enrollment Target in Phase 3 SPEAR Trial of Picoplatin in Small Cell Lung Cancer
Date:3/25/2009

ety profile relative to existing platinum-based cancer therapies. More than 1,100 patients have been treated with picoplatin. Results obtained to date suggest manageable hematologic adverse events with less severe kidney toxicity (nephrotoxicity) and nerve toxicity (neurotoxicity) than is commonly observed with other platinum chemotherapy drugs. Picoplatin has demonstrated anti-tumor activity in a variety of solid tumors. It is being studied in multiple cancer indications, treatment combinations and by two routes of administration.

In addition to the Phase 3 SPEAR trial in SCLC, picoplatin is also being evaluated in two ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials The first is evaluating the safety and efficacy of picoplatin in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and the second in patients with castration-resistant (or hormone-refractory) prostate cancer. Oral picoplatin is also being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical trial in solid tumors.

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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. For additional information please visit http://www.poniard.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's results of clinical trials, business objectives and strategic goals, drug development plans, the potential safety and efficacy of its products in development and commercialization strategy. 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 Company's research and development activities; the results of clinical testing; the receipt and timing of FDA and other required regulatory approvals; the market's acceptan
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