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Aptose Presents Highlights from Clinical Update

Finalized Dose Escalation/Dose Exploration Trial in 77 R/R AML Patients
Favorable safety with monotherapy responses across four dose levels with no DLT in mutationally diverse and difficult to treat R/R AML Populations
TP53MUT CR/CRh = 20% ? RASMUT CR/CRh = 22%

Completed Successful Type B EOP1 Meeting with US FDA
Monotherapy RP2D selected as 80mg daily and single arm accelerated path remains open

Initiated APTIVATE Expansion Trial with R/R AML
Tuspetinib monotherapy and Tuspetinib + Venetoclax (TUS/VEN) doublet show brisk enrollment
TUS/VEN doublet well tolerated, all patients remain on study, preliminary CR activity reported among
first patients treated

SAN DIEGO and TORONTO, June 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aptose Biosciences Inc. ("Aptose" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: APTO, TSX: APS), a clinical-stage precision oncology company developing highly differentiated oral kinase inhibitors to treat hematologic malignancies, today released highlights from a clinical update event held today, June 10, 2023, in conjunction with EHA 2023 International Congress of the European Hematology Association in Frankfurt, Germany. The event included an up-to-date review of clinical data for Aptose's two investigational products under development for hematologic malignancies: tuspetinib, an oral, myeloid kinase inhibitor in the Phase 1/2 APTIVATE trial in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML); and luxeptinib, an oral, dual lymphoid and myeloid kinase inhibitor in Phase 1 a/b stage development for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory hematologic malignancies. The webcast of the presentation is available on Aptose's website here.

Aptose provided updated clinical findings with tuspetinib, a potent suppressor of FLT3, SYK, JAK 1/2, mutant forms of cKIT, and the RSK1/2 kinases operative in AML:

Aptose also reviewed clinical findings with the new G3 formulation of luxeptinib (Lux):

"We are delighted to have finalized our dose escalation and dose exploration Phase 1/2 trial with tuspetinib (TUS), to have demonstrated single agent responses across four dose levels that had no DLTs and across a range of R/R AML populations with a diversity of adverse mutations," said William G. Rice, Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "As part of our EOP1 meeting with the FDA, we designated 80mg daily as our monotherapy recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D), and now we focus all attention on our APTIVATE expansion trial to place monotherapy TUS in more patients with highly adverse mutations and to evaluate TUS in combination with venetoclax (VEN) as a doublet in R/R AML patients. Notably, to date, the doublet appears to be well tolerated, with all patients remaining on study, including a preliminary CR in a R/R AML patient who previously failed venetoclax. We look forward to accelerating testing of the doublet, adding MDS patients to our APTIVATE trial, and with the aim of moving into triplet therapy (TUS/VEN/HMA) in 1L AML patients."

About Aptose

Aptose Biosciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines addressing unmet medical needs in oncology, with an initial focus on hematology. The Company's small molecule cancer therapeutics pipeline includes products designed to provide single agent efficacy and to enhance the efficacy of other anti-cancer therapies and regimens without overlapping toxicities. The Company has two clinical-stage oral kinase inhibitors under development for hematologic malignancies: tuspetinib (HM43239), an oral, myeloid kinase inhibitor being studied as monotherapy and in combination therapy in the APTIVATE international Phase 1/2 expansion trial in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML); and luxeptinib (CG-806), an oral, dual lymphoid and myeloid kinase inhibitor in Phase 1 a/b stage development for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory hematologic malignancies. For more information, please visit www.aptose.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Canadian and U.S. securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements relating to the therapeutic potential of tuspetinib, its clinical development and safety profile, as well as statements relating to the Company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements including words such as "continue", "expect", "intend", "will", "should", "would", "may", and other similar expressions. Such statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements described in this press release. Such factors could include, among others: our ability to obtain the capital required for research and operations and to continue as a going concern; the inherent risks in early stage drug development including demonstrating efficacy; development time/cost and the regulatory approval process; the progress of our clinical trials; our ability to find and enter into agreements with potential partners; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; changing market conditions; inability of new manufacturers to produce acceptable batches of GMP in sufficient quantities; unexpected manufacturing defects; and other risks detailed from time-to-time in our ongoing quarterly filings, annual information forms, annual reports and annual filings with Canadian securities regulators and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions set out in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our filings with Canadian securities regulators and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission underlying those forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and we do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. We cannot assure you that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

For further information, please contact:

Aptose Biosciences Inc.
Susan Pietropaolo
Investor Relations
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Dan Ferry, Managing Director

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