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ECOGEN APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND COO

 ECOGEN APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND COO
 LANGHORNE, Pa., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecogen Inc. (NASDAQ: EECN)


today announced the appointment of James P. Reilly Jr. president and chief operating officer.
 Reilly will bring a wealth of experience to the company.
 Reilly worked at Rhone-Poulenc Inc. as vice president/general manager for fine organic chemicals, a $250 million business. He began working at Rhone-Poulenc in 1976. While at the company, he had a number of executive assignments including pharmaceuticals, basic chemicals and films. Reilly also served as the director general of Societe Francaise D'Organo Synthese in Paris. In addition, Reilly spent seven years in the firm's agricultural chemical division in a variety of positions, including general manager of animal feed business and assistant general manager for agricultural chemicals. He has extensive experience in acquisitions which led to the doubling of revenues in the fine chemical business.
 "Jim's experience in the agricultural and international markets as well as his track record in the development of operating companies is the balance Ecogen needs to lead us in the '90s," said John E. Davies, chairman and chief executive officer. "The expansion of our technology base in the past six months through the acquisition of Ecogen Israel and a nematode biopesticide business in Australia as well as the recent agreement to acquire the pheromone technology of Scentry, Inc. has necessitated finding someone with the expertise of Jim Reilly."
 Before joining Rhone-Poulenc, Reilly was a management associate at Touche Ross & Co. in New York, where he earned a CPA certificate and worked with a variety of clients. Reilly is a graduate of Boston College.
 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 vegetables, cotton, soybeans and forestry, Foil(R) potato bioinsecticide, OTINEM(TM) bioinsecticide and Collego(R) rice bioherbicide. The company is also developing products for corn, home/garden and ornamental use as well as biofungicides including products for the control of powdery mildew and post harvest rot diseases.
 (Cutlass, Condor, Foil and Collego are registered trademarks of Ecogen Inc.)
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 /CONTACT: Peter B. Stevens, CFO, 215-757-1590, Doug Jones, Strategic Growth International, 212-826-9622, both of Ecogen; or Anthony J. Russo of Noonan/Russo Communications, 212-979-9180, for Ecogen/
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