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Microbia PE Bolsters Senior Management Team; Positions Company for Commercializing Proprietary Bioproducts
Date:12/17/2008

--Gaye Bok appointed Senior Director, Commercial Development;Sam Zeller appointed Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs--

LEXINGTON, Mass., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Microbia Precision Engineering, Inc. (Microbia) announced today that it has expanded its senior management team and bioproduct commercialization capabilities with the appointments of Gaye Bok as Senior Director of Commercial Development and Sam Zeller as Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Microbia's initial focus is on developing specialty chemicals based on a proprietary biomanufacturing platform. The company's pipeline includes two carotenoid products for use in human and animal nutrition markets that are traditionally manufactured from petrochemical-derived raw materials. Currently at the commercialization stage, Microbia believes its natural fermentation-based processes for these products offer significant cost advantages over traditional chemical synthesis methods, with the additional advantage of being based on renewable raw materials.

"The recruitment of Gaye Bok and Sam Zeller to fill these important new senior management positions is a key step as Microbia moves rapidly toward market introduction of its first products," said Richard Bailey, Ph.D., CEO of Microbia. "Gaye will play a pivotal role in building the Microbia product portfolio, formulating commercialization strategy, and bringing Microbia's products to market in a way that maximizes the commercial potential of our innovative metabolic engineering platform. Sam will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and overseeing approval of our novel bioproducts in U.S. and international markets."

Gaye Bok brings to Microbia an accomplished management record, with more than 13 years of experience leading business development, strategic planning, and new product development, and particular expertise in global specialty chemicals and bio-energy. Ms. B
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