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Nile Therapeutics Appoints Darlene Horton, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

SAN MATEO, Calif., June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nile Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: NLTX), a biopharmaceutical company that develops novel therapeutics for heart failure patients, today announced that it appointed Darlene Horton, M.D. as its Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Horton was previously Chief Medical Officer of Itero Biopharmaceuticals, a venture-backed company that developed and out-licensed a biosimilar protein therapeutic. Previous to Itero, Dr. Horton served as Senior Vice President, Clinical Research at Scios, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) company. During her 12 year tenure at Scios, she was the clinical lead for Natrecor®, a commercial product indicated for the treatment of acute heart failure. Dr. Horton led the program from late-stage development through approval and commercialization. She presented the program to the FDA's Cardiovascular and Renal Advisory Committee prior to successful approval. Following the acquisition of Scios by J&J, Dr. Horton also served as the Head of the Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area Center of Excellence for all of J&J pharmaceutical companies.

"We are excited for Dr. Horton to join the Nile team," said Joshua Kazam, Chief Executive Officer of Nile. "We believe Dr. Horton's proven track record in the development of cardiovascular therapies will be invaluable to Nile as we push forward the cenderitide post-acute heart failure program."

About Nile Therapeutics

Nile Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative products for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and other areas of unmet medical needs. Nile is focusing its efforts on developing its lead compound, cenderitide, a novel rationally designed chimeric peptide in clinical studies for the treatment of heart failure. More information on Nile can be found at

Safe Harbor Paragraph for Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release regarding Nile's plans and ability to develop cenderitide in the post-acute setting, the anticipated benefits of cenderitide for patients in the post-acute setting, and Nile's plans to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial in the post-acute setting, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements also include statements regarding the timing, progress and anticipated results of the clinical development, regulatory processes, clinical trial timelines, expected patient enrollment, anticipated benefits of cenderitide, Nile's strategy, future operations, outlook, milestones, the timing and success of Nile's product development, future financial position, future financial results, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. Nile may not actually achieve these plans, intentions or expectations and Nile cautions investors not to place undue reliance on Nile's forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements Nile makes. Various important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements that Nile makes include Nile's immediate need to raise additional capital to fund its general corporate activities and its need to raise substantial additional capital to fund its planned Phase 2 study of cenderitide and to otherwise fund its product development programs to completion, Nile's reliance on third-party researchers to develop its product candidates, and its lack of experience in developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products. Additional risks are described in greater detail in the reports Nile files with Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described under the caption "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2012. Nile is providing this information as of the date of this press release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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