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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

ory to, or who have progressed within six months of completing, treatment with first-line platinum chemotherapy (cisplatin or carboplatin), is being conducted at clinical sites in Europe and India.

"Since the initiation of the SPEAR trial in the second quarter of 2007, we have made significant progress in opening approximately 100 clinical sites and in treating patients," said David A. Karlin, M.D., senior vice president, clinical development and regulatory affairs for Poniard. "We anticipate reaching our enrollment target in the first half of 2008, potentially supporting a New Drug Application filing in 2009."

About Picoplatin

Picoplatin is a new generation platinum chemotherapy agent. It was designed to overcome platinum resistance and to prolong the time to relapse after chemotherapy in the treatment of solid tumors, and to have an improved safety profile compared with existing platinum-based chemotherapeutics. Poniard received orphan drug designation from the FDA in November 2005 for picoplatin for the treatment of SCLC.

In addition to the ongoing SPEAR trial, Poniard is also evaluating intravenous picoplatin in an ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial as a first-line treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer and in an ongoing Phase 2 trial in combination with docetaxel (Taxotere(R)) and prednisone in patients with metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer.

About Small Cell Lung Cancer

SCLC is the most aggressive and deadly form of lung cancer and accounts for approximately 20 percent of all lung cancer cases. The current two-year survival rate for patients with extensive SCLC is less than 10 percent with current management options. The estimated incidence of lung cancer in the United States in 2006 was 174,500, according to the National Cancer Institute. The estimated incidence in Europe in 2006 was 386,300, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

SCLC is currently treated with platinum therapies, bu
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