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Codexis Awarded Biofuels Enzyme Patent

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Patent is cornerstone for company’s cellulosic biofuels program.

Company announced it has been awarded a key patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering an important component of the company’s proprietary enzymatic technology that can be used for production of cellulosic biofuels.

Codexis specifically received U.S. Patent No. 8,143,050, “Recombinant Beta-Glucosidase Variants for Production of Soluble Sugars from Cellulosic Biomass”.

“This patent covers an enzyme group essential in the conversion of cellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars, which can subsequently be used for the production of a wide range of cellulosic biofuels,” said Peter Strumph, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “This adds to the strong Codexis intellectual property portfolio already in place and further strengthens the competitive position in the biofuels market for both Codexis and Shell, our advanced biofuels development partner.”

This is the latest patent to be added to the company’s portfolio of intellectual property which also includes patents covering the company’s CodeXyme™ Cellulase Enzymes and CodeEvolver™ directed evolution technology platform, among others.

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