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Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Reports Preliminary SNS-595 Activity in Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial at AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference
Date:10/23/2007

C International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in a poster titled "A Phase 2 trial of SNS-595 in women with platinum refractory epithelial ovarian cancer," Abstract No. A158.

On Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at the AACR-NCI-EORTC meeting, Sunesis will present additional non-clinical data in a poster titled "SNS-595 potentiates the in vivo activity of carboplatin, cisplatin and gemcitabine in solid tumor xenografts," Abstract No. B285. This poster presentation will take place in Poster Session B -- Other Small Molecule Therapeutics.

About SNS-595

SNS-595 is a replication-dependent DNA damaging agent that causes irreversible G2 arrest and rapid apoptosis. A secondary mechanism for SNS-595 is a unique inhibition of topoisomerase II that causes highly selective DNA damage.

Data reported today build upon positive results from non-clinical studies, and from Sunesis' dose-escalating Phase 1 clinical trial of SNS-595 in which an ovarian cancer patient with advanced disease achieved a PR. In addition to the Phase 2 clinical trial in ovarian cancer patients, SNS-595 is currently being evaluated in two Phase 1b acute leukemia clinical trials. In clinical trials conducted to date, SNS-595 has been generally well tolerated and has shown objective responses in both solid and hematological tumor types. In non-clinical evaluations, SNS-595 demonstrates broad and potent activity in xenograft, syngeneic and drug-resistant models.

About Ovarian Cancer

In the United States, ovarian cancer remains the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancies and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death overall in women behind lung, breast, colorectal and pancreatic cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2007 there will be an estimated 22,430 new cases and more than 15,000 deaths from ovarian cancer in the U.S. alone. The front-line treatment for ovarian cancer is typically a combination of a taxane and a platinum dru
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