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Nastech Pharmaceutical Company Implements Additional Workforce Reduction as Part of Previously Announced Corporate Restructuring
Date:2/12/2008

BOTHELL, Wash., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nastech Pharmaceutical Company Inc. (Nasdaq: NSTK) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a plan to further reduce operating expenses and align the company's workforce with its strategic, business and clinical development requirements.

"The workforce reduction of approximately 50 employees will enable us to drive our key clinical development and RNAi programs forward in a more efficient manner for the benefit of our shareholders," stated Steven C. Quay, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Nastech. "The savings by this action are estimated to be not less than $11 million during the 2008 fiscal year."

About Nastech

Nastech is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutic products based on its proprietary molecular biology-based drug delivery technologies and, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, MDRNA, Inc., based on its proprietary ribonucleic acid interference technology. Nastech and its collaboration partners are developing products for multiple therapeutic areas including osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, autism, respiratory diseases and inflammatory conditions. Additional information about Nastech is available at http://www.nastech.com.

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