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Poniard Pharmaceuticals Announces Progression-Free Survival Data From Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Picoplatin in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Date:5/28/2009

atic colorectal cancer," said Robert De Jager, M.D., chief medical officer of Poniard. "We are continuing to observe the study participants to obtain overall survival data, and expect those data later this year. The new PFS, tumor response and neurotoxicity data provide the rationale to consider additional trials to develop picoplatin as a preferred platinum for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer."

Analyst and Investor Briefing

Poniard will host an investor event in Orlando on Sunday, May 31, 2009. Presentations will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will feature presentations and discussion with expert oncologists, including Richard Goldberg, M.D., of the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, William Oh, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, and David S. Ettinger, M.D., of the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, in addition to members of Poniard's senior management team. The analyst meeting will also be simultaneously Webcast from Poniard's Web site at www.poniard.com and will remain available for 30 days following the live event.

About Colorectal Cancer

CRC is the third most common cancer in both American men and women, and the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. In 2008, an estimated 148,810 new cases of colon and rectal cancer were expected to be diagnosed in the U.S., with an estimated 49,960 deaths.(1) A FOLFOX-containing regimen is the current standard of care but is associated with a high incidence of neuropathy. Discontinuation of oxaliplatin from FOLFOX is recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Practice Guidelines in Oncology (v.2.2009) after three months of therapy or sooner if significant neurotoxicity (> Grade 3) occurs, with other drugs maintained until the time of tumor progression.

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