Nile Therapeutics Reports 2011 Second Quarter Financial Results

August 15, 2011

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Nile Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: NLTX), a company focused on the development of novel therapeutics for cardiovascular disease, today announced its second quarter financial results for 2011.

Financial Results

For the three months ended June 30, 2011, Nile reported a net loss of approximately $0.9 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $1.5 million, or $0.05 per share, during the second quarter of 2010. Weighted-average shares outstanding for the second quarter of 2011 were 35.1 million.

Net cash used in operating activities in the second quarter of 2011 was approximately $1.2 million. As of June 30, 2011, Nile had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $3.3 million compared to approximately $3.4 million as of December 31, 2010.

Update on cenderitide

Nile is developing cenderitide as an outpatient therapy to be delivered to acutely decompensated heart failure (ADHF) patients continuously for up to 90 days after discharge from the hospital. The program was recently granted Fast Track status by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As of August 15, 2011, all subjects in the low-dose cohort in Part B of the study have been enrolled. In Part B of the trial, patients receive a 24-hour continuous infusion of either cenderitide or placebo, delivered through Medtronic’s subcutaneous pump technology. Nile expects that enrollment of the Phase I trial will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011.

“We congratulate our investigators and our research partners for their outstanding efforts,” said Hsiao Lieu, MD, Vice President of Clinical Research at Nile. “Based on our interim analysis of the low-dose cohort, we are pleased with the pharmacokinetics, bioavailability and safety of the continuous subcutaneous infusion of cenderitide using the Medtronic pump.”

About Heart Failure

Heart failure is the fastest-growing clinical cardiac disease in the U.S. according to the American Heart Association, affecting over 5 million Americans. Over 1 million patients in the U.S. each year are hospitalized with ADHF, an acute exacerbation of heart failure. This hospitalization rate is almost double the rate seen 15 years ago, and is the most frequent cause of hospital admission in the U.S. for patients older than 65 years, generating annual inpatient costs of more than $33 billion.

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 initially focusing its efforts on developing its lead compound, CD-NP, a novel rationally designed chimeric peptide in clinical studies for the treatment of heart failure, and CU-NP, a novel rationally designed natriuretic peptide. More information on Nile can be found at http://www.nilethera.com.

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 the timing, progress and anticipated results of the clinical development, regulatory processes, clinical trial timelines, expected patient enrollment, anticipated benefits of CD-NP, 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 need to raise additional capital to 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, 2010 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 14, 2011. 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.

                     Summary Income Statement Data
                                 Three Months Ended
                                      June 30,

                                   2011              2010
                                   ----              ----
      Grant income                   $-                $-
      Collaboration income      346,000                 -
                                -------               ---

      Total income              346,000                 -
                                -------               ---

    Operating expenses:
      Research and
       development              702,930         1,055,759
      General and
       administrative           523,305           445,448
                                -------           -------

      Total operating
       expenses               1,226,235         1,501,207
                              ---------         ---------

      Loss from operations     (880,235)       (1,501,207)

    Other income
      Interest income             1,046             6,726
      Interest expense                -                 -
      Other income
       (expense)                 (1,341)              (40)
                                 ------               ---

      Total other income
       (expense)                   (295)            6,686
                                   ----             -----

    Net loss                  $(880,530)      $(1,494,521)
                              =========       ===========

    Basic and diluted
     loss per share              $(0.03)           $(0.05)
                                 ======            ======

     common shares
     outstanding             35,091,653        32,285,824
                             ==========        ==========

                                Period from
                               August 1, 2005
                             through June 30,
      Grant income                    $482,235
      Collaboration income             346,000

      Total income                     828,235

    Operating expenses:
      Research and
       development                  27,184,202
      General and
       administrative               15,308,014

      Total operating
       expenses                     42,492,216

      Loss from operations         (41,663,981)

    Other income
      Interest income                  790,991
      Interest expense              (1,273,734)
      Other income
       (expense)                       140,208

      Total other income
       (expense)                      (342,535)

    Net loss                      $(42,006,516)

    Basic and diluted
     loss per share

     common shares

           Summary Balance Sheet Data
                 (in thousands)
                           June 30,    December 31,
                             2011           2010
    Cash and cash
     equivalents              $3,260         $3,378
    Total assets              $3,704         $3,666
     equity                   $3,268         $2,597

SOURCE Nile Therapeutics, Inc.

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