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Dennis Winger Joins Nektar Therapeutics' Board of Directors
Date:12/14/2009

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) announced today that Dennis Winger has been appointed to serve on its board of directors. Winger is a highly-respected biopharmaceutical industry leader with over 35 years of experience in corporate management, financial and business strategy.

"Dennis brings to Nektar extensive industry perspective at an important time in the company's evolution," said Howard W. Robin, President and CEO of Nektar and member of the Board of Directors. "As we continue to advance our pipeline, the experience and guidance of leaders like Dennis will be important to Nektar's continued success."

Mr. Winger, 62, is currently a director of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cephalon Inc. and Accuray Inc. He retired in 2008 from Applera Corporation, a life sciences company, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, Mr. Winger was senior vice president of finance, administration and chief financial officer at Chiron Corporation. Before that, Mr. Winger held various financial executive leadership roles with divisions of The Cooper Companies. Mr. Winger has played a significant role in major merger and acquisition, financing and divestiture transactions and in managing process and systems growth within accounting, finance and treasury functions. He holds an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and he earned his undergraduate degree from Siena College.

"Nektar's broadly-applicable polymer conjugate technology is among the most exciting drug development platforms in the biopharmaceutical industry," Winger said. "I look forward to working with Howard and his executive team as they advance the company's strategic business objectives and build the clinical pipeline."

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