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Poniard Pharmaceuticals Announces Upcoming Conference Participation
Date:8/27/2008

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today announced that Jerry McMahon, Ph.D., chairman and CEO, will participate in three upcoming conferences in September during which he will provide a corporate overview, including a discussion of the clinical development program for picoplatin, the Company's lead product candidate.

-- The Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, September 3, at 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston

-- BioCentury's NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference on Thursday, September 4, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York

-- The 3rd Annual Citi Biotech Day on Monday, September 8, at 2:35 p.m. Eastern Time at the Citi Center in New York

Live audio webcasts of Poniard's presentations at the Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference and Citi Biotech Day will be available for 10 business days following each conference. Each webcast can be accessed on the "Events" page of the "News & Events" section of the Company's website at http://www.poniard.com.

About Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative oncology products to impact the lives of people with cancer. Picoplatin, the Company's lead platform product candidate, is a new generation platinum therapy with an improved safety profile relative to existing platinum-based cancer therapies. Picoplatin is designed to overcome platinum resistance associated with chemotherapy in solid tumors, and is being studied in multiple cancer indications, combinations and formulations. Clinical trials of intravenous picoplatin include a Phase 3 trial in small cell lung cancer and Phase 2 trials in metastatic colorectal and hormone-refractory prostate cancers, as well as a clinical trial of oral picoplatin in solid tumors. Picoplatin has not been approved by any regulatory authority for use in humans. For additional information please visit http://www.poniard.com.

(C) 2008 Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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