SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNSS) today announced that updated data from the ongoing Phase 1b/2 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-sponsored trial of vosaroxin in combination with decitabine in older patients with previously untreated acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2014 (AACR) in San Diego, California. The poster, titled "Phase I/II study of vosaroxin and decitabine in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and high risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)," will be presented at the San Diego Convention Center, Hall A-E, Poster Section 38, during the Phase II/III Clinical Trials Poster Session on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Poster #7). The abstract (#CT307), which includes preliminary results, can be found on the AACR website. Conference Call Information Sunesis will host a conference call on Tuesday, April 8th at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Study investigator, Farhad Ravandi, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Department of Leukemia, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will join the Sunesis senior management team in a discussion of the poster presented at AACR that same day. The call can be accessed by dialing (866) 700-6067 (U.S. and Canada) or (617) 213-8834 (international), and entering passcode 34122691. To access the live audio webcast, or the subsequent archived recording, visit the "Investors and Media - Calendar of Events" section of the Sunesis website at www.sunesis.com . The webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the company's website for two weeks. About Vosaroxin Vosaroxin is a first-in-class anti-cancer quinolone derivative (AQD), a class of compounds that has not been used previously for the treatment of cancer. Vosaroxin both intercalates DNA and inhibits topoisomerase II, resulting in replication-dependent, site-selective DNA damage, G2 arrest and apoptosis. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Commission have granted orphan drug designation to vosaroxin for the treatment of AML. Additionally, vosaroxin has been granted fast track designation by the FDA for the potential treatment of relapsed or refractory AML in combination with cytarabine.