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Nile Therapeutics Appoints Gregory W. Schafer to Board of Directors
Date:1/28/2008

BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nile Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NILT.OB), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for cardiovascular disease, today announced the appointment of Gregory W. Schafer to its board of directors and as chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Schafer is a seasoned biotechnology industry leader with 15 years of experience in biotechnology finance and operations.

"We are delighted to add Greg to our Board of Directors," said Peter Strumph, Chief Executive Officer of Nile. "Greg has very relevant experience from both small and large biotechnology companies. As the CFO for several publicly traded biotechnology companies, Greg has accrued experience developing and executing successful strategic plans, has first hand knowledge of capital markets and has been instrumental in building processes which are commensurate with current compliance considerations."

Mr. Schafer, 43, serves as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to Onyx, from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Schafer served as a consultant to several private and public biotechnology companies. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Schafer held various executive positions at Cerus Corporation, a public biotechnology company, including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Cerus, Mr. Schafer worked as a management consultant for Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Schafer holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

"Nile is well positioned for future growth and achievement with its innovative cardiovascular product portfolio," said Mr. Schafer. "I look forward to contributing to the company's success."

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Nile Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative products for the treatment of cardiovascular disease
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