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PROTEON APPOINTS KARYN MASHIMA VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE MARKETING

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing to strengthen its overall sales and marketing programs, Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON) today announced the appointment of Karyn Mashima as vice president of corporate marketing.
 Mashima, a networking industry executive with nearly two decades of professional experience, joins Proteon from Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.), Redwood City, Calif., where as vice president of marketing she held major corporate responsibilities.
 Reporting directly to Patrick Courtin, president and chief executive officer, Mashima will be responsible for worldwide corporate and marketing communications, strategic marketing, and will co-chair the company's product creation committee.
 In making the announcement, Courtin said, "This appointment further demonstrates Proteon's commitment to enhance its sales and marketing function. Karyn Mashima has a proven track record in building and managing organizations and programs with a focus on results. Her skills will complement our existing programs and help build new, major initiatives across our worldwide markets."
 While at N.E.T., Mashima helped the company grow from a U.S. private transmission backbone supplier to a successful worldwide public/private enterprise network supplier with revenues of more than $180 million. She also participated in the development of product line plans for Internetworking, network management and access products.
 Earlier in her career, she held increasingly responsible positions in market planning, industry analysis and communications, and as group product manager for information networks at Hewlett-Packard. Mashima began her career in operations, quality and product management with Xerox Corporation. She holds a BS and MBA from the University of New Mexico. A native of the area, she will be relocating to New England and residing in the Boston area.
 "I'm looking forward to an exciting opportunity with one of the top players in the networking and internetworking industries," said Mashima. "For more than two decades the Proteon name has stood for technical innovation and quality. I will be focusing my efforts on a wide variety of programs that further identify key market opportunities, champion customer requirements and articulate Proteon's unique value."
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 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis of Proteon, Inc., 508-898-2800; David Copithorne or David Kitchen of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606/
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