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ECOGEN RECEIVES EPA REGISTRATION FOR CORN BORER BIOINSECTICIDE; NEW FORMULATION OF CONDOR APPROVED FOR SALE IN THE UNITED STATES

 LANGHORNE, Pa., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- At the company's annual meeting today, Ecogen Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: EECN) announced it has received a new product registration from the Environmental Protection Agency for Condor(R) G bioinsecticide, a granular formulation of Condor(R), its successful Bacillus thuringiensis(Bt)-based product currently marketed for the control of caterpillar pests. Condor G, which will be launched this year, will be used primarily on corn in the United States.
 Condor G is the first product to be developed by Ecogen for Ecogen Technologies I Inc. (ETech), an independent company formed by Ecogen to accelerate product commercialization. ETech has granted Ecogen exclusive rights to market this product. In field trials, Condor G was found to be markedly more effective in reducing plant damage than other biopesticides for the control of the European corn borer, an $80 million market. The new granular formulation allows Condor G to settle in corn leaves where the pest's larva feeds.
 "The European corn borer is one of the most troublesome pests growers combat each year," said John L. McIntyre, vice president for business development and international distribution for Ecogen. "Condor G will provide significant assistance to farmers battling this pest and allow Ecogen to penetrate this important market."
 Ecogen Inc. is an agricultural biotechnology company specializing in biological pest control. Ecogen has developed and is marketing a number of novel and proprietary biopesticides, including Cutlass(R) bioinsecticide for vegetables, and tree, nut and vine crops, Condor(R) bioinsecticide for row crops, Foil(R) BFC potato bioinsecticide, nematode-based Otinem(R) bioinsecticide and pheromone-based Bee- Scent(TM), Tra-Kill(TM) and NoMate(R) products. The company is also developing additional biopesticides for corn and other vegetable and fruit crops, for home/garden and ornamental use as well as biofungicide products for the control of powdery mildew and post harvest rot diseases.
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 /NOTE: Cutlass, Condor, Foil, Otinem, Bee-Scent, Tra-Kill and NoMate are trademarks of Ecogen Inc./
 /CONTACT: John L. McIntyre, vice president, business development and international distribution, Ecogen Inc., 215-757-1590; Investors: Donald C. Weinberger of Strategic Growth International, 212-826-9622, for Ecogen; Media: Anthony J. Russo, Ph.D., of Noonan/Russo Communications, Inc., 212-979-9180, for Ecogen/
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