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Sunesis Pharmaceuticals to Present Data at the 12th Congress of the,European Hematology Association

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 01, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the company will present data from ongoing clinical studies of SNS-595 and SNS-032 at the 12th Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA) being held June 7-10, 2007 in Vienna, Austria.

Presentations will include updated interim data from the company's Phase 1 clinical trial of SNS-595 in acute leukemias, as well as clinical data from an ongoing study of SNS-032 further detailing that compound's mechanism of action.

    -- Abstract #0489: "Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Correlation with

       Responses in a Phase 1 Study of Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Acute

       Leukemias Treated with SNS-595" will be presented on Saturday, June 9,

       2007 from 6:00-7:15 p.m. during the Acute Myeloid Leukemia -- Clinical

       II poster session.


    -- Abstract #0742: "SNS-032 Exhibits Dose-Dependent Mechanism-Based

       Inhibition of CDK7 and CDK9 in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from

       Patients with Advanced Cancers Treated in an Ongoing Phase 1 Trial"

       will be presented on Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 6:00-7:15 p.m. during

       the Novel Therapeutics and Targeted Therapies poster session.

About Sunesis' Oncology Programs

Sunesis has built a rich portfolio of product candidates in oncology focused on novel pathways and targets, including inhibition of the cell-cycle and survival signaling. Sunesis is currently conducting Phase 2 clinical trials in lung and ovarian cancer and a Phase 1 clinical trial in acute leukemias for its lead compound, SNS-595. SNS-032, a selective inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 7 and 9, is being evaluated in Phase 1 clinical trials in B-cell malignancies and in advanced solid tumors. The company's Aurora kinase inhibitor, SNS-314, is expected to begin Phase 1 clinical trials in the first hal f of 2007. In addition, Sunesis is developing novel small molecule inhibitors of Raf kinase and other oncology kinases in collaboration with Biogen Idec.

About Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

Sunesis is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel small molecule therapeutics for oncology and other serious diseases. Sunesis has built a broad product candidate portfolio through internal discovery and in-licensing of novel cancer therapeutics. Sunesis is advancing its product candidates through in-house research and development efforts and strategic collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. For additional information on Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, please visit http://www.sunesis.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Sunesis may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations contained in such forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations contained in such forward-looking statements. Sunesis does not assume any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. For further information on Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, please visit http://www.sunesis.com.

CONTACT: Investors, Eric Bjerkholt, SVP, Corporate Development & Financeof Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., +1-650-266-3717; or Karen L. Bergman,+1-650-575-1509, or Michelle Corral, +1-415-794-8662, both of BCC Partners,for Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Web site: http://www.sunesis.com/

Ticker Symbol: (NASDAQ-NMS:SNSS)

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