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Codexis Names Vonnie Estes to New Technology Strategic Planning VP Role
Date:3/10/2010

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Codexis, Inc. today announced that Vonnie Estes has joined the company as Vice President, Strategic Planning, Technology.  In this new position, Ms. Estes will be responsible for moving Codexis' technical developments to commercial applications.  She will report to David Anton, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research and Development.

Ms. Estes brings Codexis two decades of experience leading product and commercial development programs for global chemical companies, most recently focusing on biofuels. She joins Codexis from DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, where she was Vice President, Commercial Development. Previously, she was New Venture Manager, Cellulosic Biofuels for DuPont Advanced Biofuels, where she helped create the commercialization strategy for the DuPont cellulosic ethanol technology.  She also held business development management positions at various companies including Monsanto and Syngenta.  Ms. Estes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis.

"Vonnie Estes is a talented and experienced professional with a proven track record in successful development and commercialization of new technology," Dr. Anton said.  "She combines experience from major global corporations and entrepreneurial startups, and will play an important role in commercialization of our technical portfolio and strategy.  We are delighted to welcome her to Codexis."

Codexis, Inc. is a leading provider of optimized biocatalysts that make existing industrial processes faster, cleaner and more efficient than current methods and have the potential to make new industrial processes possible at commercial scale.  Codexis has commercialized its biocatalysts in the pharmaceutical industry and is developing biocatalysts for use in producing advanced biofuels under a multi-year research and development collaboration. The company is also using its technology platform to pursue biocatalyst-enabled solutions in other bioindustrial markets, including carbon management, water treatment and chemicals. 

Contact: Lyn Christenson, lyn.christenson@codexis.com, 650-421-8144 or Saskia Sidenfaden, ssidenfaden@mww.com, 212-827-3771.

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