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ECOGEN RECEIVES PATENTS FOR TWO OF ITS PRODUCTS

 ECOGEN RECEIVES PATENTS FOR TWO OF ITS PRODUCTS
 LANGHORNE, Penn., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecogen Inc. (NASDAQ: EECN)


announced today the issuance of U.S. patent No. 5,080,897 covering two of its novel Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) products: Ecogen's Condor(R) forestry/soybean bioinsecticide and Cutlass(R) vegetable bioinsecticide.
 The patent covers genetically enhanced Bt strains containing multiple toxin genes that produce toxin proteins active against caterpillar insects. Insecticidal compositions containing these Bt strains are also covered by the patent.
 The products are based on genetically enhanced Bt strains, which produce a natural protein with no known toxicity to humans, animals or plants. Insects ingest the Bt protein as they feed on agricultural crops treated with the Bt product. The protein arrests the pests' feeding, and they subsequently die, reducing damage to the crop.
 "The issuance of this patent completes the coverage for all of our current Bt-based bioinsecticide products," said John E. Davies, chairman and chief executive officer of Ecogen. "Ecogen also has patents pending for our Bt products in most commercially important countries around the world," said Davies.
 Ecogen Inc. is an agricultural biotechnology company specializing in biological post control. Ecogen has developed and is marketing a number of novel and proprietary biopesticides, including Cutlass(R) vegetable bioinsecticide, Foil(R) potato bioinsecticide, Condor(R) forestry and soybean bioinsecticide and Collego(R) rice bioherbicide. The company is also developing products for cotton, corn and home/garden use.
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 /CONTACT: Peter B. Stevens, vice president & CFO of Ecogen, 215-757-1590; or (investors), Doug Jones of Strategic Growth International, 212-826-9622, or Anthony J. Russo or Karin Eskenazi of Noonan/Russo Communications, 212-979-9180, for Ecogen/
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