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Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Announces Presentations at ASH Annual Meeting


SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNSS) today announced one oral presentation and two poster presentations at the 57thAmerican Society of Hematology Annual Meeting to be held December 5-8 in Orlando, Florida.

The details for the oral presentation are as follows:

Date and Time: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Abstract Title: Phase I/II Study of Vosaroxin and Decitabine in Newly Diagnosed Older Patients (pts) with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and High Risk Myelodyplastic Syndrome (MDS)
Session Number: 616
Session Name: Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Novel Therapy, excluding Transplantation: New Epigenetic Approaches
Publication Number: 461
Location: Orange County Convention Center, W109

The full abstract can be viewed here.

The details for the poster presentations are as follows:

Date and Time: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Abstract Title: Baseline Predictors of Mortality in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treated with Vosaroxin Plus Cytarabine in the Phase 3 VALOR Study
Session Number: 616
Session Name: Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Novel Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster II
Publication Number: 2560
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Hall A

The full abstract can be viewed here.

Date and Time: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Abstract Title: A Phase I Study of Vosaroxin Plus Azacitidine for Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Session Number: 637
Session Name: Myelodysplastic Syndromes – Clinical Studies: Poster I
Publication Number: 1686
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Hall A

The full abstract can be viewed here.

About Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

Sunesis is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new oncology therapeutics for the potential treatment of solid and hematologic cancers. Sunesis has built a highly experienced cancer drug development organization committed to advancing its lead product candidate, vosaroxin, in multiple indications to improve the lives of people with cancer.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to Sunesis' estimated timelines for regulatory interactions and regulatory progress, including the anticipated submission of the MAA for vosaroxin with the EMA and plans to gain marketing approval of vosaroxin in the U.S., Sunesis' overall strategy, the design, conduct and results of clinical trials, including the expected progress in its kinase inhibitor pipeline, estimated new cases of AML, its prevalence across major global markets, prognosis for patients with AML, the need for and the role of vosaroxin as a potential new treatment option, and Sunesis' clinical development of vosaroxin, including the analysis of the results from the VALOR clinical trial. Words such as "anticipates," "estimates," "expect," "intends," "plan," "potential," "will" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Sunesis' current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Sunesis' actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, the risk that Sunesis may not be able to submit timely the MAA to the EMA, the risk that Sunesis' clinical studies for vosaroxin may not lead to regulatory approval in the U.S. or Europe, that Sunesis' development activities for vosaroxin could be otherwise halted or significantly delayed for various reasons, the risk that Sunesis' clinical studies for vosaroxin or other product candidates may not demonstrate safety or efficacy or lead to regulatory approval, the risk that data to date and trends may not be predictive of future data or results, risks related to the conduct of Sunesis' clinical trials, risks related to Sunesis' need for substantial additional funding to complete the development and commercialization of vosaroxin, and risks related to Sunesis' ability to raise the capital that it believes to be accessible and is required to fully finance the development and commercialization of vosaroxin. These and other risk factors are discussed under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in Sunesis' Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Sunesis expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Sunesis' expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

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