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SemBioSys awarded key patent for the production of oleosome emulsions by the European Patent Office
Date:3/13/2008

TSX symbol: SBS

CALGARY, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - SemBioSys Genetics Inc. (TSX: SBS), a biotechnology company developing a portfolio of therapeutic proteins for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, today announced that it has been granted European patent EP0986309(B1) entitled "Uses of Oil Bodies". The patent has been issued to SemBioSys, which has exclusively licensed commercial rights associated with the patent to Botaneco Specialty Ingredients Inc. (Botaneco), its wholly owned subsidiary. The claims of European Patent EP0986309(B1) are broadly directed to the production of emulsions comprising oleosomes extracted from any living cell, including plants such as safflower, and the use of these emulsions in a wide range of commercial applications including food ingredient, personal care and over-the-counter as well as pharmaceutical applications.

"This patent demonstrates our commitment to diligently protect our proprietary oleosome technology. It provides broad coverage for the production of personal care, topical OTC and pharmaceutical, food and other products based on emulsions comprised of oleosomes in the European market," said Andrew Baum, President and CEO of SemBioSys. "The issuance of this patent further validates our leadership in the use of oilbodies in personal care and other topical applications. We plan to launch Hydresia(TM), Botaneco's first oleosome based ingredient, in Europe this spring after a successful launch in the U.S. and Canada last year."

Counterparts to the European patent EP0986309(B1) have issued in many jurisdictions worldwide including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, India and Mexico.

In September of 2007, Botaneco commissioned its new 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art commercial manufacturing facility for the production of its all natural oleosome base emulsion for the personal care and cosmetic markets. Botaneco recently announced that its
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