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Verenium Announces Favorable Outcome of Capital Ventures International Lawsuit

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: VRNM), a pioneer in the development and commercialization of high-performance industrial enzyme solutions, today announced that the lawsuit filed by Capital Ventures International (CVI) against Verenium has been dismissed.  Verenium's motion for summary judgment to dismiss CVI's complaint was granted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  CVI's complaint related to a dispute over the terms of Verenium's 8% Senior Convertible Notes (the "Notes"), including the applicable conversion rate under the Notes, is more fully described in Verenium's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009 and subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

"We are very pleased with this outcome, which confirms we acted in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders in defending our position in this case," said Carlos A. Riva, Chief Executive Officer of Verenium. "We continue to look forward to a successful and productive 2011."  

About VereniumVerenium Corporation is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of high-performance enzymes for use in industrial processes.  Verenium currently sells enzymes developed using its R&D capabilities to industrial customers globally for use in markets including grain and oilseed processing, biofuels, animal health and nutrition and other specialty industrial processes. Verenium has built a world-class R&D organization renowned for its capabilities in the rapid screening, identification, evolution and bioengineering of novel enzymes that act as catalysts for biochemical reactions. The company harnesses the power of nature and uses unique, patented technology to create products that transform industries by maximizing efficiency while improving environmental performance. For more information on Verenium, visit

Forward-Looking StatementsStatements in this press release that are not strictly historical are "forward-looking" and involve a high degree of risk and uncertainty.  These include, but are not limited to, statements related to Verenium's lines of business, operations, capabilities, commercialization activities, corporate partnerships, target markets and future financial performance, results and objectives, all of which are prospective.  Such statements are only predictions, and actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or contribute to the differences include, but are not limited to, risks associated with Verenium's strategic focus, risks associated with Verenium's technologies, risks associated with Verenium's ability to obtain additional capital to support its planned operations and financial obligations, risks associated with Verenium's dependence on patents and proprietary rights, risks associated with Verenium's protection and enforcement of its patents and proprietary rights, the commercial prospects of the industries in which Verenium operates and sells products, Verenium's dependence on manufacturing and/or license agreements, and its ability to achieve milestones under existing and future collaboration agreements, the ability of Verenium and its partners to commercialize its technologies and products (including by obtaining any required regulatory approvals) using Verenium's technologies and timing for launching any commercial products and projects, the ability of Verenium and its collaborators to market and sell any products that it or they commercialize, the development or availability of competitive products or technologies, the future ability of Verenium to enter into and/or maintain collaboration and joint venture agreements and licenses, and risks and other uncertainties more fully described in Verenium's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Verenium's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and any updates contained in its subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Verenium expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.Contacts:Kelly Lindenboom

Vice President, Corporate Communications


Sarah Carmody

Manager, Corporate Communications


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