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13.05.2009 – 14:25

DNP Green Technology; Bioamber

DNP Green Technology Announces Scientific Partnership With NRC Biotechnology Research Institute

Princeton, New Jersey (ots/PRNewswire)

DNP Green
Technology, one of the two shareholders of Bioamber, is pleased  to
announce a scientific agreement with the National Research Council of
Canada Biotechnology Research Institute (NRC-BRI). This partnership
aims to  develop a second-generation technology for the production of
bio-based  succinic acid, which is used in various industrial
applications.
Succinic acid is a building block for the production of numerous
valuable chemicals. It is used in products such as deicers, food and
pharmaceutical chemicals, solvents and polymers (polyesters,
polyurethanes  and polyamides). Bioamber's technology provides a
route to bio-based succinic  acid which represents a safe,
economical, and environmentally friendly  alternative to
petrochemicals.
"This research partnership with NRC-BRI will broaden our
knowledge of  microbial systems to manufacture bio-based succinic
acid and derivatives,"  stated Dr. Roger Laurent Bernier, Vice-
President R&D of DNP Green  Technology. "We aim to improve even the
best available technology by using  new bioprocessing approaches and
concepts and benefit from NRC's expertise  and world class
facilities."
Bioamber, a joint venture of DNP Green Technology and
Agro-Industrie  Recherches et Développements (ARD), had already
developed a first-generation  technology for producing bio-based
succinic acid. Bioamber's technology also  offers an important
environmental advantage: it consumes CO2, as opposed to  equivalent
petrochemical processes that emit greenhouse gases. Bioamber  expects
to begin licensing the first-generation technology in the coming
year.
"NRC-BRI is looking forward to working with DNP Green Technology
and  Bioamber," said Dr. Michel Desrochers, Director General of
NRC-BRI. "By  developing an even better technology to produce
bio-based succinic acid, we  will be helping to deliver an
environmentally friendly alternative to  petrochemicals."
This new initiative between DNP Green Technology and NRC-BRI
builds on a  close working relationship that includes an ongoing
carbohydrate screening  program. This screening program allows
researchers to assess sugar streams  from different potential
sources, such as corn, sugarcane, wheat, ligno- cellulose and
glycerol to determine their economic impact as feedstocks in
Bioamber's succinic acid production process. This screening program
is  instrumental in assessing feedstocks from around the world.
About DNP Green Technology
DNP Green Technology acquires and develops innovative
technologies for  manufacturing molecules of interest to the chemical
industry, using renewable  biomass. Thanks to its numerous scientific
and business partnerships, DNP  Green Technology has built an
impressive portfolio of patents and expertise  in the production and
purification of succinic acid and some of its  derivatives, as well
as their applications in various industrial sectors. DNP  Green
Technology has offices in Princeton, N.J., New York City, and
Montreal.
For more information, please visit http://www.dnpgreen.com.
About Bioamber
Bioamber, a joint venture established between DNP Green
Technology and  ARD, is dedicated to the production of bio-based
succinic acid and  derivatives.
For more information, please visit http://www.bio-amber.com
About ARD
ARD (Agro-Industrie Recherches et Développements) is the R&D
centre of  the Champagne-Ardenne agricultural cooperatives that grow
cereals, sugar and  alfalfa. Representative of the global-scale
competitiveness cluster IAR  (Industries and Agro-Resources), ARD
adds value to and finds new outlets for  agricultural crops and
develops innovative and competitive products that use  the renewable
carbon in plants after processing in a bio-refinery. Along with  its
affiliate SOLIANCE, which specializes in the production and
commercialization of active ingredients for the cosmetics industry,
ARD has  25 years of experience in the fractionation of plants, green
chemistry, and  white biotechnology. ARD and its affiliates have
approximately 130 employees.
For more information, please visit http://www.a-r-d.fr
For further information: Dr. Roger Laurent Bernier,
Vice-President R&D,  DNP Green Technology, +1-514-844-1280,
laurent.bernier@dnpgreen.com

Contact:

For further information: Dr. Roger Laurent Bernier, Vice-President
R&D, DNP Green Technology, +1-514-844-1280,
laurent.bernier@dnpgreen.com