ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIOP) announced today that on December 6th it presented positive data from a Phase II study of darinaparsin (ZinaparTM) for the treatment of advanced lymphomas at the 50th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, CA.

The ongoing Phase II study demonstrates that darinaparsin is clinically active in heavily pretreated, relapsed/refractory patients with lymphoma. Of 15 evaluable patients, 4 patients (27%) had objective responses (Complete Response + Partial Response) and 3 patients (20%) had stable disease. Of 4 evaluable patients with refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma, 1 achieved a complete response and 2 had stable disease. One patient with marginal zone lymphoma and 1 with marginal zone lymphoma transformed to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma achieved partial responses. Of the 4 patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin's disease 1 achieved partial response and 1 had stable disease. The medium number of prior regimens of chemotherapy was 3; in addition 6 patients received prior radiation and 7 patients had previously undergone bone marrow transplantation. Darinaparsin was very well tolerated with possibly related adverse events including nausea/vomiting, fatigue/weakness and dizziness. The absence of bone marrow suppression in these heavily pretreated patients, together with activity suggest that this new drug will be easily combinable in treatment.

"These data indicate darinaparsin is active in lymphoma," stated Michael Craig M.D., Professor and Director of Blood and Marrow Transplantation of West Virginia University and a lead investigator of the study. "The drug is remarkably well tolerated and easily combinable for therapy. We look forward to further developing it in lymphoma."

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About ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc.

ZIOPHARM Oncology is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of a diverse portfolio of cancer drugs. The Company is currently focused on three clinical programs.

Palifosfamide (ZymafosTM or ZIO-201) is a novel molecule that is the functional active metabolite of ifosfamide, a standard of care for treating sarcoma, testicular and other cancers. Palifosfamide delivers only the cancer fighting component of ifosfamide. It is expected to overcome the resistance of ifosfamide and cyclophosphamide in certain cancers. It does not have the toxic metabolites of ifosfamide that cause the debilitating side effects of "fuzzy brain" (encephalopathy) and severe bladder inflammation. Intravenous (IV) palifosfamide is currently in a Phase II randomized trial to treat soft tissue sarcoma. An oral form of palifosfamide has been developed preclinically and is expected to enter clinical study in 2009.

Indibulin (ZybulinTM or ZIO-301) is a novel, oral tubulin binding agent that targets both mitosis and cancer cell migration. Indibulin is expected to have several potential benefits, including oral dosing, application in multi-drug resistant tumors, no neuropathy and minimal overall toxicity. Indibulin has shown early activity in Phase I study as a single agent in many types of solid tumors. Indibulin is also currently in the Phase I portion of Phase I/II trials in combination with Tarceva® and Xeloda®. Preclinical study continues with both dose density and metronomic administration.

Darinaparsin (ZinaparTM or ZIO-101) is a novel organic arsenic being developed for the treatment of various hematologic and solid cancers. Preclinical and Phase I and II results to date demonstrate that darinaparsin is much less toxic than other forms of arsenic. Intravenous darinaparsin continues to be studied in a Phase II hematology trial with favorable treatment activity in certain lymphomas and in Phase I study with oral administration. Darinaparsin has been well tolerated in all trials to date.

ZIOPHARM's operations are located in Boston, MA with an executive office in New York. Further information about ZIOPHARM may be found at http://www.ziopharm.com.

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