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Synthetech Earns National Recognition for Performance Improvement Program
Date:1/7/2009

ALBANY, Ore., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synthetech, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NZYM) has earned two 2008 Silver Performance Improvement Awards for their outstanding accomplishments in the areas of Environmental, Health, Safety, & Security (EHS&S) Planning and Operations, and Stakeholder Communications. The Silver Awards are presented by the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) and sponsored by ChemStewards, SOCMA's EHS&S improvement initiative. These prestigious awards recognize Synthetech for major progress in implementing the ChemStewards Core Principles.

Nearly 200 production facilities are eligible for ChemStewards awards. A total of 9 companies received Silver awards including Synthetech.

Upon presenting these awards to the deserving companies, Joe Acker, SOCMA President said, "Silver award facilities have shown dedicated efforts towards the ChemStewards Core Principles of Stakeholder Communications, Product Stewardship, EHS&S Planning and Operations, Employee Training and Engagement, and Resource Management and Waste Minimization, and have surpassed their peers in this regard. All of this year's applicants presented an impressive and diverse list of activities intended to improve EHS&S performance."

Specifically, Synthetech is being recognized for its successful efforts to use resources as efficiently as possible, provide a safe working environment for its employees, and engaging its customers, contractors/vendors, employees, and community through its EHS&S communication.

"Our company's culture, procedures, and training establish a firm commitment to injury-prevention and environmental protection," said Synthetech President and CEO, Dr. Greg Hahn. "All the credit for our excellence in environmental, safety, health, and security belongs to our employees, and their complete dedication to continually improving Synthetech's EHS&S standard."

SOCMA, the leading international trade association representing the custom and specialty chemical industry, recognized Synthetech at its Annual Dinner during a special awards ceremony on December 8th in New York City.

SOCMA is the leading trade association serving the specialty-batch and custom chemical industry since 1921. SOCMA's nearly 300 members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. SOCMA members manufacture thousands of products annually. From pharmaceuticals to cosmetics, soaps to plastics, and all kinds of industrial and construction products, SOCMA members produce the building blocks for materials that save lives, ensure our food supply is safe and abundant, and enable the manufacture of literally thousands of other products. For more information please visit http://www.socma.com.

ChemStewards(R) is SOCMA's flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards was created from industry's commitment to reducing the environmental footprint left by member's facilities. Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of synthetic and organic chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance through the program's Core Principles. To learn more visit http://www.chemstewards.com.

Synthetech, Inc. is a fine chemicals company specializing in organic synthesis, biocatalysis and chiral technologies. Synthetech develops and manufactures amino acid derivatives, specialty amino acids, peptide fragments, proprietary custom chiral intermediates and specialty resins, primarily for the pharmaceutical industry. Synthetech's products support the development and manufacture of therapeutic peptides and peptidomimetic small molecule drugs at every stage of a customer's clinical development pipeline, and are used in drugs for the treatment of AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases. Synthetech also manufactures products for use in cosmeceuticals.

MORE INFORMATION: Web site: http://www.synthetech.com E-mail: investor@synthetech.com

Contact: Deron Neukomm of Synthetech, Inc., +1-541-967-6575


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