Verenium Announces Regulatory Approval for Purifine® PLC in China

-- Company to market and sell enzymatic degumming technology to China's growing edible oil market --

Oct 20, 2010, 08:00 ET from Verenium Corporation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: VRNM), a pioneer in the development and commercialization of high-performance enzyme solutions, today announced that Purifine® PLC, the Company's novel enzyme specifically developed for the edible oil industry, has received all necessary Chinese government authorizations for sale as a processing aid in the edible oil industry.  With this regulatory approval, Verenium now has the ability to sell Purifine® PLC in all the major oilseed processing areas of the world, which include Argentina, Brazil, the United States and China.

"We are very pleased that Purifine® PLC has met China's strict regulatory requirements for sale in that country's large and rapidly growing edible oils market," said Janet Roemer, Verenium's President and Chief Operating Officer.  "Purifine® PLC continues to gain traction with current and potential customers, and now with this important approval, we can look to further expand the market reach of our innovative oilseed degumming process within the estimated $100 billion global edible oil market."

China's consumption of edible oils is growing at a high rate due to a large population and an ongoing shift to better quality food products. As a result, existing crushing capacity is being more fully utilized and additional plants are being built. Through regulation, China's government is driving the industry to adopt best efficiency practices to enhance oil yields.  Verenium's Purifine® PLC enzymatic degumming process is well suited to help China meet this growing demand in an efficient and environmentally safe manner.

About Purifine® PLC

Verenium's Purifine® PLC is a novel phospholipase C enzyme that is the key component of an improved degumming process for the refining of soybean oil and other high phosphorus vegetable oils. Purifine® PLC's enzymatic degumming process can significantly increase yields in edible oil production and can result in additional cost savings in refining the Purifine-degummed oil.  Use of this enzymatic degumming product may also enhance yields of biodiesel from crude oil.

About Verenium

Verenium Corporation is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of high-performance enzymes for use in industrial processes.  Verenium currently sells enzymes developed using its R&D capabilities to industrial customers globally for use in markets including grain and oilseed processing, biofuels, animal health and nutrition and other specialty industrial processes. Verenium has built a world-class R&D organization renowned for its capabilities in the rapid screening, identification, evolution and bioengineering of novel enzymes that act as catalysts for biochemical reactions. The company harnesses the power of nature and uses its unique, patented technology to create products that transform industries by maximizing efficiency while improving environmental performance. For more information on Verenium, visit http://www.verenium.com.

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Sarah Carmody

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Manager, Corporate Communications

617-674-5335

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