RALEIGH, North Carolina, February 4 /PRNewswire/ --

DARA BioSciences, Inc. today announced that the Company will present at the ROTH 20th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Dana Point, CA on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 3:30pm Pacific.

Interested parties can access a live web cast of the presentation at www.darabiosciences.com. A replay of the presentation will be available at the same location.

About DARA BioSciences, Inc.

DARA BioSciences(TM), Inc. ("DARA") is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based development-stage pharmaceutical company that acquires promising therapeutic molecules and medical technologies directly or through investment in established companies. DARA focuses its therapeutic development efforts on small molecules from late preclinical development through phase 2 clinical trials. DARA is developing a portfolio of therapeutic candidates for neuropathic pain, metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes, and dermatological disorders.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

On October 9, 2007, DARA entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Point Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: POTP) ("Point"). Pursuant to the merger agreement, DARA will merge with DP Acquisition Corp., a newly-formed subsidiary of Point, with DARA surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Point. After giving effect to the merger, DARA stockholders will hold 96.4% of the combined company's outstanding shares of common stock on a fully-diluted basis, and Point will change its name to DARA BioSciences, Inc. and be based in Raleigh, North Carolina. For information regarding the proposed merger, please refer to the registration statement on Form S-4, which contains a joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials, filed by Point with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 17, 2007. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF POINT AND DARA ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THE OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT DARA, POINT AND THE MERGER. The joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials and any other documents filed by Point with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Point by directing a request to: Point Therapeutics, Inc., 70 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, Attention: Investor Relations.

For more information regarding DARA, please call +1-919-872-5578 or visit our web site at www.darabiosciences.com.

Please Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events. These statements are just predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual events or results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the risk that the merger with Point Therapeutics, Inc. described above will not be consummated, risks of testing of drugs for proof of principle, risks of regulatory review and clinical trials, competition, market acceptance for approved products, if any, and intellectual property risks.

Web site: http://www.darabiosciences.com

Lynn H. Morris, Sr. Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Operations of DARA BioSciences, Inc., +1-919-872-5578