Nektar Therapeutics Names Stephen K. Doberstein, Ph.D. Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nektar Therapeutics today announced the appointment of Stephen K. Doberstein, Ph.D., to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Doberstein will report to Nektar's President and Chief Executive Officer, Howard W. Robin.

"We are delighted to have Steve join the Nektar executive team as we execute on our research strategy to develop innovative therapeutics with our proven polymer conjugate technology platform," said Howard W. Robin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nektar Therapeutics. "Steve is a highly talented executive with an impressive track record. His experience and leadership will be instrumental as we continue to build our pipeline of proprietary drug candidates."

Dr. Doberstein received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley. Earlier in his career, Dr. Doberstein held a variety of engineering roles at DuPont after receiving his B.S.Ch.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

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 in the U.S. or Europe for leading biopharmaceutical company partners, including UCB's Cimzia(R) for Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, 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. Further information about the company and its drug development programs and capabilities may be found online at

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