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Tengion Appoints Richard E. Kuntz, MD to its Board of Directors
Date:10/19/2010

EAST NORRITON, Pa., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tengion Inc. (Nasdaq: TNGN), a leader in regenerative medicine, today announced that it has appointed Richard E. Kuntz, MD, M.Sc., Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific, Clinical and Regulatory Officer of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), to its Board of Directors.

In his role at Medtronic, Dr. Kuntz oversees the company's global regulatory affairs, health policy and reimbursement, clinical research activities, ventures and new therapies, strategy and innovation, corporate development, and acquisitions, integrations and divestitures functions.  Prior to joining Medtronic in 2005, he was the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute, a university-based contract research organization which coordinates National Institutes of Health and industry clinical trials with the United States Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Kuntz has directed over 100 multicenter clinical trials and has authored more than 200 original publications.  He offers a diversified healthcare background and maintains a deep interest in traditional and alternative clinical trial design as well as biostatistics.

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Kuntz to Tengion's Board of Directors," said Steven Nichtberger, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Tengion. "Dr. Kuntz offers demonstrated expertise in a broad spectrum of disease areas, including clinical development of both pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  Rick's diverse healthcare background and demonstrated leadership in the management of clinical research activities will be invaluable as Tengion continues to develop its Neo-Urinary Conduit and Neo-Kidney Augment product candidates for patients with bladder cancer and chronic kidney disease, respectively. &
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