updated 12/16/2010 9:46:08 AM ET 2010-12-16T14:46:08

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DARA BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:DARA) announced today that Richard A. Franco, Chief Executive Officer and President, is scheduled to present at the Sidoti & Company 2011 Semiannual Micro-Cap Conference being held in New York City on January 10, 2011. DARA's presentation is scheduled for 8:40 a.m. EST at the Grand Hyatt New York, located at 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal.

The event is available to on-site attendees only. Conference participants may arrange one-on-one meetings with Richard Franco in advance. For additional information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with DARA at this event, please contact Kevin McGrath at kevin@cameronassoc.com /212-245-4577 or Justin Ruiss at jruis@sidoti.com /212-453-7008.

About DARA BioSciences, Inc.

DARA BioSciences, Inc. is a Raleigh, North Carolina based biopharmaceutical development company that acquires promising therapeutic candidates and develops them through proof of concept in humans for subsequent sale or out-licensing to larger pharmaceutical companies. Presently, DARA has two drug candidates with cleared IND (Investigational New Drug) Applications from the United States FDA. The Company has a pipeline of diverse drug candidates at various stages of development, with 82 granted patents and 56 pending applications (US and foreign). The first drug candidate KRN5500 has successfully completed a Phase 2 clinical trial treating neuropathic pain in patients with cancer. KRN5500 met its primary endpoint and was statistically significantly (p=0.03) better than placebo. A second Phase 2 clinical trial is planned during the first half of 2011. The second drug candidate DB959 is a highly selective, non-thiazolidinedione (TZD), first-in-class dual PPAR (peroxisome proliferator activated receptor) delta/gamma agonist in development for type 2 diabetes. A Phase 1a clinical study for DB959 was successfully completed in 2010 with a multiple ascending dose trial planned for the first half of 2011. In addition, DARA owns CPT-1 inhibitors intended for topical application for patients with psoriasis, a library of DDPIV inhibitors and a diverse library of approximately 1800 PPAR agonists of various molecular modalities. PPAR receptors are found throughout the human body and recent publications report that PPAR agonists may be useful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, liver disease, and a variety of autoimmune diseases. Because its diverse PPAR library has the potential to address the unmet medical needs of these diseases, the Company plans to explore several of these indications.

For more information please contact the Company at 919-872-5578 or visit our web site at http://www.darabio.com .

CONTACT:  Cameron Associates, Inc.
          Kevin McGrath
          212.245.4577
          Kevin@cameronassoc.com

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