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NPS Pharmaceuticals Announces Senior Management Changes
Date:2/26/2008

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPSP) announced today that Dr. Tony Coles will be stepping down from his positions as president, chief executive officer and a director effective March 17, 2008 to become president, chief executive officer and a director of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ONXX). He will be succeeded by NPS executive vice president and chief operating officer Dr. Francois Nader, who will become president and chief executive officer of NPS.

NPS chairman Peter Tombros stated: "On behalf of the NPS board, I wish Tony much success in his new position and congratulate Francois on his promotion. Francois has been instrumental in developing our new business plan and we are confident that he will lead NPS successfully in the years ahead. He is uniquely well-qualified to guide NPS because of his demonstrated expertise in clinical research and corporate strategy, his many years of pharmaceutical industry experience and his superb management skills. I am confident that he will be a very effective chief executive as the company focuses on executing an ambitious clinical program.

"I also thank Tony for his outstanding service during a challenging period in the company's history. Under his leadership, we shifted our business plan to focus on developing our late-stage products in new specialty indications, raised a significant amount of cash to fund these pipeline investments and consolidated our long-term debt to strengthen the company's balance sheet. We appreciate his lasting contributions to NPS and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Dr. Nader stated: "I appreciate the board's confidence in me to lead NPS and look forward to building upon the vision an
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