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Poniard Pharmaceuticals Announces Updated Results of Picoplatin Phase 2 Trial Demonstrating Survival Benefit in Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients
Date:9/4/2007

- Results Presented at 12th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Seoul -

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today announced that updated results of its Phase 2 clinical trial of picoplatin confirm and extend the previously announced interim data analysis, which demonstrated a survival benefit in patients with recurrent small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who have relapsed within six months of first-line therapy. The company also for the first time announced the median one-year survival rate of 17.6 percent in the Phase 2 population of mostly platinum-refractory and -resistant patients studied in this trial. Picoplatin, the Company's lead product candidate, is currently being evaluated in the pivotal Phase 3 SPEAR (Study of Picoplatin Efficacy After Relapse) trial in SCLC, which is being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The SPEAR trial is being conducted in platinum-refractory, -resistant, and -sensitive SCLC patients who have failed or relapsed from initial therapy within six months of initial treatment and is comparing picoplatin treatment with best supportive care to best supportive care alone. The median overall survival is approximately 17 to 22 weeks for patients with recurrent SCLC who are treated with existing second-line chemotherapies, according to the 2007 National Comprehensive Cancer Network practice guidelines.

"These updated Phase 2 data are consistent with earlier studies of picoplatin in this difficult-to-treat patient population and compare favorably with the median survival for the entire populatio
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