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 LANGHORNE, Pa., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecogen Inc. (NASDAQ: EECN) today announced it has signed a three-year research and development agreement with Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany to develop processes for the mass production of nematodes. The company also signed a long-term exclusive distribution agreement with W. Neudorff GmbH KG to distribute Ecogen's nematode

products in Germany.
 The agreement with Neudorff also includes non-exclusive rights to distribute Ecogen's nematode products in Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Finland.
 "These strategic alliances place Ecogen squarely in the European insecticidal nematode market," said John L. McIntyre, vice president for business development and international distribution for Ecogen. "Christian Albrechts University's leading edge nematode technology and Neudorff's strong distribution arm will support Ecogen's growth as the leader in the international biopesticide market."
 Ecogen's nematode products are currently marketed in the United States, Australia and several European countries. These products include Otinem(R) E for the control of insects primarily in horticulture markets and Otinem(R) S for the control of certain fly pests in greenhouses and mushroom houses as well as Otinem(R) SS for the control of mole crickets in turf and pastures.
 Under the terms of the distribution agreement, Neudorff will distribute Ecogen's current nematode products as well as those generated from the Christian Albrechts University project and other projects supported by Ecogen. These new products are being developed by Ecogen for Ecogen Technologies I Inc. (ETech), an independent company formed by Ecogen to accelerate product commercialization. Christian Albrechts University's research for Ecogen will build on technology already developed by the University for Neudorff.
 "With Ecogen as a partner, we are developing a new, liquid nematode fermentation process. This will allow for insecticidal nematodes to be produced more efficiently for Ecogen's marketing partners and distributors," said Dr. Ralph Ehlers of the Institute of Phytopathology at Christian Albrechts University.
 "We look forward to working with Ecogen in expanding the market for insecticidal nematodes and biorational agricultural products throughout Europe," said Hellmut Kulenkampff of Neudorff.
 Nematodes, microscopic roundworms that attack larvae in the soil, where 90 percent of all insects live some portion of their life, are an important part of Ecogen's Integrated Pest Management systems. Ecogen has been involved in nematode research since March of 1992 when it acquired the bioinsecticide business of Bioenterprises Pty Ltd. of Australia, now renamed Ecogen Australia.
 The Christian Albrechts University, located in Kiel, serves over 20,000 students from around the world. The University's environmental research is comprised of working groups, a national project center, research facility and technology center in Busum, located on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein.
 W. Neudorff GmbH KG was founded in 1854 and within the past 25 years has developed new approaches and methods as well as products for natural and organic gardening. The product line includes Primus(R) soil test kits, Azet(R) organic fertilizers with soil organisms, AZ(R)- Azotobacter-lime shredders and agents for composting; natural insecticides Spruzit(R), Promanal(R) and Neudosan(R) fungicides, Neudo- Vital(R) and BioBlatt(R) as well as Ophyra biological stable fly control. The company is researching the use of beneficial insects and have undergone a major R&D project utilizing nematodes.
 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, Condor(R) G for corn and tobacco, 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.
 Cutlass, Condor, Foil, Otinem, Bee-Scent, Tra-Kill and NoMate are trademarks of Ecogen Inc.
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 /CONTACT: John L. McIntyre, vice president-business development and international distribution of Ecogen Inc., 215-757-1590 or (investors) Donald C. Weinberger, 212-826-9622, of Strategic Growth International, 212-826-9622 or (media) Anthony J. Russo, Ph.D., 212-979-9180, of Noonan/Russo Communications, Inc./

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