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Genencor Applauds U.S. President's Mandate to Increase Use of Ethanol.

~State of the Union address raises bar for use of renewable fuels including those made from cellulosic sources~

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Genencor today announced it fully supports President George Bush's call to increase usage of ethanol to over 35 billion gallons by 2017 and efforts that support the continuing development of technology to create alternative fuels using renewable resources like wood chips, grasses and agriculture waste. Genencor, a global producer of enzymes for the ethanol industry, has been instrumental in developing new technologies to convert biomass to ethanol, which if successfully commercialized, could lead to reduced dependence on foreign oil, greater homeland security and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 2000, Genencor has worked with a number of partners including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create or advance technologies that could make possible the creation of biorefineries from renewable resources such as corn stover, wood chips and other agricultural materials. One of the technical hurdles in converting cellulose biomass (the non-food parts of grain and other plant material) to ethanol is enzyme cost and efficiency. Recently, Genencor announced it expects to supply enzymes to a new biomass-to-ethanol demonstration facility that Mascoma Corporation plans to build in Rochester, N.Y. in the next year. As part of the supply agreement, Genencor plans to also work with Mascoma to continually improve its advanced enzyme products that are key for the conversion of forestry resources like paper pulp, wood chips and new, dedicated energy crops, like switchgrass. Genencor is also involved in a research consortium sponsored by ADEME, the French National Research Agency, to develop an economic conversion system to add ethanol production to paper pulp mills.

"Energy security and independence of the United States is an achievable and realistic goal using the technology innovations made possible by biotechnology," said Jack Huttner, vice president, business development for biomass of Genencor. "Genencor has made great strides over the years to develop advanced enzymes for biomass conversion and we believe the dawn of cellulosic ethanol is close at hand."

About Genencor

Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, is a leading industrial biotechnology company that develops innovative enzymes and bioproducts to improve the performance and reduce the environmental impact of the cleaning, textiles, fuels and chemicals industries.

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