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CALGENE FRESH APPOINTS VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 CALGENE FRESH APPOINTS VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
 DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Calgene Fresh Inc. today announced that it has appointed Dr. William Hiatt to the position of vice president, Research and Development. Calgene Fresh is a newly formed subsidiary of Calgene Inc. (NASDAQ: CGNE), that will grow, pack, distribute and sell premium quality fresh produce to the retail and food service markets. Hiatt will be responsible for research, field development and regulatory affairs for Calgene Fresh.
 Hiatt was the first principal scientist to join Calgene in 1981 after receiving his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington. Over the past 10 years Hiatt has had primary responsibility for managing Calgene's post-harvest physiology research and tomato product development programs. Hiatt led the Calgene research team that developed the FLAVR SAVR(TM) tomato, the first and only genetically engineered food to undergo FDA review. The FLAVR SAVR tomato is also the first product to be developed using "antisense technology," which utilizes reverse sequences of a specific gene to repress or "turn down" the expression of that gene.
 Hiatt is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Antisense Research and Development and was recently selected a finalist for the Sacramento Regional Pride Award in the category of Science and Technology. Hiatt was both a National Science Post-Doctoral Fellow and a National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine prior to joining Calgene.
 "Dr. Hiatt exemplifies the intellectual drive and leadership that has made Calgene an acknowledged world leader in the field of plant biotechnology," said Thomas Churchwell, CEO of Calgene Fresh. "In addition to his remarkably productive research record, Bill has demonstrated a superb ability to communicate an understanding of this important science and the benefits it will bring to clients, farmers, government officials and, most importantly, consumers," he added.
 Calgene Inc. is an agribusiness biotechnology company that is developing improved plant varieties and plant products for the seed, food and specialty chemical industries. The company has three other operating subsidiaries: Ameri-Can Pedigreed Seed Co., Calgene Chemical and Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Co.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Wagster of Calgene Inc., 916-753-6313/
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