DNP Green Technology announces scientific partnership with NRC Biotechnology Research Institute

May 13, 2009

    PRINCETON, NJ, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - 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
    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
    "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
    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.

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    About Bioamber

    Bioamber, a joint venture established between DNP Green Technology and
ARD, is dedicated to the production of bio-based succinic acid and

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    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.

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For further information:

For further information: Dr. Roger Laurent Bernier, Vice-President R&D,
DNP Green Technology, (514) 844-1280,

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