SOURCE: Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals

November 18, 2011 08:30 ET

Poniard Pharmaceuticals Announces Licensing Agreement for Focal Adhesion Kinase Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 18, 2011) - Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative oncology therapies, announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with an undisclosed party for rights to Poniard's focal adhesion kinase (FAK) technology, including a preclinical candidate that is a selective small molecule inhibitor of FAK.

Under terms of the agreement, Poniard granted the licensee worldwide rights for the development and commercialization of any FAK-related products, including the preclinical candidate, in exchange for an upfront cash payment of $250,000, milestone payments and other considerations, as well as royalty payments on net sales of any products covered by the license. The licensee is responsible for all costs related to further development and commercialization.

Also known as protein tyrosine kinase 2 (PTK2), FAK is associated with the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells. Inhibition of FAK activity is thought to decrease the mobility of certain cancer cells, reducing the potential for metastases. FAK is also thought to play a role in tumor formation and progression. Poniard's FAK technology was developed through a research funding agreement with The Scripps Research Institute.

"Poniard's FAK technology includes novel inhibitors against a pathway which plays a potentially critical role in the proliferation of cancer," said Ronald A. Martell, chief executive officer of Poniard. "Our discovery and early research efforts in this area began in 2005 under a funded research agreement with the Scripps Research Institute. We look forward to the advancement of this technology and the opportunity to realize potential value through out-licensing and through our proposed merger with ALLOZYNE, which is subject to shareholder approvals."

About Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative oncology products. Poniard's lead product candidate is picoplatin, a new generation platinum-based cancer therapy designed to treat solid tumors that are resistant to existing platinum-based therapies. Assuming receipt of shareholder approvals and satisfaction of other conditions to closing, the merger of Poniard and ALLOZYNE, Inc. will result in a Nasdaq-listed specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutics in the areas of autoimmune and inflammatory disease and cancer. The combined company is expected to seek a partnership for the continued development of picoplatin. For additional information please visit www.poniard.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Poniard undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Additional Information About The Merger And Where To Find It

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed transaction between Poniard and Allozyne. In connection with the transaction, Poniard has filed a definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation with the Securities and Exchange Commission. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS/CONSENT SOLICITATION DATED OCTOBER 10, 2011, AS SUPPLEMENTED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2011, BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE MERGER AND THE PARTIES THERETO. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement /prospectus/consent solicitation and other documents filed with the SEC by Poniard through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.com. In addition, investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation from Poniard by calling Poniard Investor Relations at (650) 583-3774, by requesting them in writing from Poniard, 750 Battery Street, Suite 330, San Francisco, CA 94111, or, or by visiting the Poniard website at www.poniard.com.

Poniard and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Poniard shareholders in favor of the proposed transaction. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of Poniard and their interests in the proposed transaction is available in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation dated October 10, 2011, as supplemented.

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