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Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, Joins Board of Directors of Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI)
Date:9/25/2011

SEATTLE, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) (NASDAQ and MTA: CTIC) today announced the appointment of Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., F.A.C.P., to its Board of Directors as a Class I director.  Dr. Tuckson's appointment increases CTI's Board of Directors to nine members, seven of whom are independent directors.

Dr. Tuckson is the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, the Minnesota-based Fortune 25 diversified health care company that employs more than 87,000 people worldwide and serves more than 75 million Americans.  Dr. Tuckson oversees the clinically-related programs of the company's six operating businesses and the work of more than 10,000 clinically-related personnel. As a member of the executive management team of UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson has a variety of other leadership responsibilities, including those with the United Health Foundation, a not-for-profit, private foundation supported by UnitedHealth Group.

James A. Bianco, M.D., CEO of CTI said, "Reed's experience and understanding of the healthcare system, and its current and future challenges and opportunities to serve patients in parallel with addressing our nation's health care initiatives will be an important asset to CTI's board. His unwavering consumer health advocacy and commitment to patient welfare are well aligned with CTI's patient-centric mission. We look forward to his advice and guidance as CTI moves through the development and commercialization process for our product pipeline."

Prior to his position at UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association. He has also served as President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.

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