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September 15, 2010 16:55 ET

US Bioproducts Company Joins Saskatoon Research Hub

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2010) - The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and US bioproducts company Metabolix Inc. today announced that Metabolix is setting up operations at NRC's Industrial Partnership Facility in Saskatoon.

The announcement was made at the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference in Saskatoon today. Saskatoon is the geographic centre for numerous oilseed activities, offering extensive research facilities and supporting infrastructure.

"Metabolix is enthused to have established operations at the NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC-PBI) to further develop expression of bioplastics in Camelina oilseeds," said Richard Eno, President and CEO of Metabolix. "We have received outstanding support and advice from the provincial and local governments during our relocation process. We look forward to the growth of our operations at NRC-PBI and, more broadly, across Canada," Mr. Eno said.

The Industrial Partnership Facility at NRC-PBI is a research incubator that opened in 2002, and is now home to 12 companies that work with NRC's research staff and utilize the R&D infrastructure on site.

"The attraction of a major player like Metabolix to the Saskatoon cluster re-affirms the region's leadership in the field of ag-biotech and bioproducts, and is exciting for all of us here," said Dr. Roman Szumski, NRC Vice President, Life Sciences.."The success of this cluster is a credit to all the organizations and companies that have helped make Saskatoon a world leader in agriculture and plant biotechnology."

Metabolix Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and has headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The company develops bio-based plastics, fuels and chemicals. The company is investigating plant-derived plastics and bioproducts and has set up operations in Saskatoon to take advantage of the region's vast research and development expertise and infrastructure.

About the National Research Council's Plant Biotechnology Institute

The National Research Council's Plant Biotechnology Institute is dedicated to improving Canadian crops to benefit the Canadian economy. It performs and promotes research and innovation that improves plant biotechnology methods and adds value and quality to Canadian crops to keep our agricultural sector strong and competitive.

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About Metabolix Inc.

Metabolix Inc. is an innovation-driven bioscience company that is based in the US and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (MBLX). Metabolix is focused on providing sustainable solutions for the world's needs for plastics, chemicals and energy. The company is taking a systems approach, from gene to end product, integrating sophisticated biotechnology with advanced industrial practice. Metabolix is now developing and commercializing Mirel™, a family of high performance bioplastics which are biobased, and biodegradable alternatives to many petroleum-based plastics. Metabolix is also developing a proprietary platform technology for co-producing plastics, chemicals and energy, from crops such as switchgrass, oilseeds and sugarcane.

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About NRC's Technology Cluster Initiatives

The "Plant for Health and Wellness" Technology Cluster Initiative (TCI) in Saskatoon is one of two TCIs in Saskatchewan and one of 11 TCIs across Canada. These hubs of research activity help to increase Canada's capacity in key technology fields through jointly developed innovation strategies, and are well aligned with provincial science and technology strategies.

TCIs create a brain gain for Canada by attracting international highly qualified people. NRC offers cluster players state-of-the-art, federally funded labs and equipment, incubation space, and critical business development mentoring. Cluster initiatives support the development of dynamic technology-based Canadian firms that generate jobs and contribute to Canada's global competitiveness.

The Government of Canada renewed its investment in NRC's Cluster Initiatives in Budget 2010, providing $135 million over two years.

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