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Nektar Therapeutics to Present at the BMO Capital Markets 9th Annual Focus on Healthcare Conference in New York City
Date:7/31/2009

SAN CARLOS, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) is scheduled to present at the upcoming BMO Capital Markets 9th Annual Focus on Healthcare Conference at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 1:45 p.m. Eastern time.

The presentation will be accessible via a Webcast through a link posted on the Investor Relations, Events Calendar section of the Nektar website: http://www.nektar.com. This Webcast will be available for replay until August 31, 2009.

About Nektar

Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics based on its PEGylation and advanced polymer conjugation technology platforms. Nektar's technology and drug development expertise have enabled nine approved products for partners, which include leading biopharmaceutical companies. Nektar is also developing a robust pipeline of its own potentially high-value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs by leveraging and expanding its technology platforms to improve and enable molecules.

The company recently announced positive Phase 2 results for Oral NKTR-118, its proprietary novel peripheral opioid antagonist that combines Nektar's advanced small molecule polymer conjugate technology platform with naloxol, a derivative of the opioid-antagonist drug, naloxone. Nektar's technology has been shown to increase oral bioavailability and inhibit penetration across the blood-brain barrier, an important potential advance for small molecule therapies. The product is being developed to treat opioid-induced constipation (OIC).

NKTR-102, PEGylated irinotecan, is currently in Phase 2 clinical studies in ovarian, breast and colorectal cancer. NKTR-105, PEGylated docetaxel, is currently in a Phase 1 study in patients with refractory solid tumors.

Nektar technology is used in nine approved partnered products in the U.S. or Europe today, including UCB's Cimzia(R), Roche's PEGASYS(R) for hepatitis C and Amgen's Neulasta(R) for neutropenia.

Nektar is headquartered in San Carlos, California, with additional R&D operations in Huntsville, Alabama and Hyderabad, India.

    Contacts:
    Jennifer Ruddock
    Nektar Therapeutics
    650-631-4954

    Susan Noonan
    The SAN Group
    212-966-3650


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