updated 11/1/2010 3:16:14 PM ET 2010-11-01T19:16:14

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Richard A. Kaplan, Chief Executive Officer of Torvec, Inc. (OTCBB:TOVC) announced today that E. Philip Saunders has agreed to become a member of the Company's board of directors, effective November 3, 2010.

In making the announcement, Mr. Kaplan stated:

"We are truly honored that Mr. Saunders has joined our board. He is widely known for his savvy, business acumen, and strategic thinking. I am sure his advice and counsel will be instrumental to our future success."

Mr. Saunders commented: "This technology comes at a time when striving for energy independence is very important. These technologies can save millions of gallons of fossil fuel annually."

Known for both his business acumen and his philanthropic efforts, Saunders' ventures are far-reaching and diverse. He was instrumental in reshaping the truck stop industry, taking it from poorly stocked, overgrown gas stations to modern travel plazas with stores, restaurants, and lodging facilities. Saunders began in 1958 with his father's gas station, and built it into the Truckstops of America chain. Saunders later founded Travel Ports of America, Inc. which merged with Ryder's TravelCenters of America in 1999. Today, TravelCenters is the nation's largest chain of truck stops.

Saunders ventured into liquid-fuels distribution and convenience stores. In 1979, he purchased W.W. Griffith Oil Corp. and began the Sugar Creek Corp. chain of retail gas and convenience stores. In 1998, Saunders sold Griffith Oil Inc to Rochester Gas and Electric Corp.'s Energetix subsidiary. Two years later he sold the 105-store Sugar Creek chain to Tops Markets Inc.

Mr. Saunders has successfully diversified his interests to auto and truck rental, recreation and tourism, packaged foods, property management, and banking. His previous business history includes owner of Econocar International, owner of Richardson Foods, chief executive officer of American Rock Salt, and Sr. Vice President of Ryder Systems. Currently, Mr. Saunders is the owner of Swain Ski Center in Swain, NY and Bristol Harbour Resort in Canandaigua, NY. He is also owner of Essex Property Management, which maintains over 100 commercial properties. Saunders has a major interest in Western New York Energy, Youngblood and Genesee Regional Bank where he serves as Board Chairman. 

In 1997, Saunders and a Rochester attorney bought Lyndon Guaranty Bank of New York from ITT Corp., renaming it Genesee Regional Bank.

Mr. Saunders currently serves on the board of directors for Paul Smiths College, American Rock Salt, Western New York Energy, Lewis Tree and the Rochester Institute of Technology. His past services have incorporated membership on the board of directors of several organizations, including Rochester General Hospital, Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Security-Norstar Ryder Systems, and the Boy Scouts of America-Steuben Area Council. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the community, including the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from the Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Business (now known as the E. Philip Saunders College of Business), a Doctorate of Commercial Science from Paul Smiths College, the Teddi Award from Camp Good Days and Special Times and the Livingston County Citizen of the Year. He was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

This news release contains forward looking statements regarding Torvec's future economic performance and prospects that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ from those described in such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include those described from time to time in Torvec's SEC reports, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

About Torvec, Inc.

Torvec, Inc. is a publicly traded company that develops advanced automotive and related energy saving technologies that increase transportation safety, mobility, fuel efficiency and reduce pollutants. Torvec's chief technologies and intellectual property include its IsoTorque® differential, hydraulic pump and motor, infinitely variable transmission and Full Terrain Vehicle (FTV®). For additional information, please visit www.torvec.com .

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