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Poniard Pharmaceuticals Announces $6.3 Million Financing
Date:3/15/2010

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative oncology therapies, today announced the sale of 4,229,000 of its common shares to Commerce Court Small Cap Value Fund, Ltd. for gross proceeds of approximately $6.3 million, or approximately $1.49 per share, under its existing committed equity financing facility with Commerce Court.  Poniard intends to use the approximately $6.1 million in net proceeds from this offering to fund the company's regulatory and partnering strategies focused on the continued development of picoplatin in small cell lung cancer and other indications. Based on its existing cash and investment securities, together with the net proceeds from this offering, Poniard believes it has adequate resources to fund operations at least through the end of 2010.

The securities described above were sold by Poniard Pharmaceuticals pursuant to a registration statement previously filed and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

About Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative oncology products. For additional information please visit http://www.poniard.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements describing the Company's anticipated use of proceeds from the financing, its clinical and regulatory goals and partnering strategy with respect to picoplatin and the adequacy of its current cash resources. Actual results and events may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements based on a number of factors, including risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business, including, but not limited to, the results and timing of the Company's on-going process with the FDA; the potential safety, efficacy and commercial viability of picoplatin; the risk that the Company's additional analyses of data from clinical trials of picoplatin may produce negative or inconclusive results, or may be inconsistent with previously announced results or previously conducted trials; the Company's anticipated operating losses, need for future capital and ability to obtain future funding; the Company's ability to retain key personnel and enter into strategic partnerships on favorable terms, or at all; competition from third parties; the Company's ability to preserve and protect its intellectual property rights; the Company's dependence on third-party manufacturers, suppliers and other contractors; changes in technology, government regulation and general market conditions; the receipt and timing of any FDA and other required regulatory approvals, if any; and the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's current and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2009. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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