CLARISOY(TM) First Commercial Sales

CLARISOY(TM) First Commercial Sales

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Burcon
NutraScience Corporation (TSX:BU) (Nasdaq:BUR) ("Burcon" or the "Corporation")
is pleased to announce that it has been notified by Archer Daniels Midland
Company ("ADM") of the first commercial sale of CLARISOY™ soy protein produced
by ADM.

Burcon's CLARISOY™, which is under license to ADM, is the world's only
vegetable-based protein capable of offering both clarity and complete
nutrition in low pH beverage systems. Extremely heat stable, CLARISOY™ 100
requires no homogenization or stabilizers in low pH beverages. 

"Today's announcement of the first commercial sale of CLARISOY soy protein is
an historic milestone for Burcon and we are thrilled by the speed with which
ADM has brought this exciting protein to market," said Johann F. Tergesen,
President and Chief Operating Officer, adding, "Since licensing Burcon's
CLARISOY technology in March 2011, ADM has launched CLARISOY 100 at the 2011
IFT Expo; brought a first commercial production facility online in early 2012;
launched CLARISOY 150, the first extension to the CLARISOY product line at the
2012 IFT Expo and has now made its first commercial sale.We look forward to
more commercial advancements for CLARISOY^™ soy protein."

The CLARISOY™ Advantage

CLARISOY™ soy proteins are the world's only line of transparent soy proteins.
ADM's CLARISOY™ line includes a range of products for both low and neutral pH
applications allowing food and beverage companies to easily include up to 10
grams of CLARISOY™ per serving.

CLARISOY™ 100 is a premier vegetable-based protein that offers both clarity
and complete protein nutrition for beverages with a pH of less than 4.

CLARISOY ™ 150 is a revolutionary soy protein for neutral pH beverages and low
pH beverages with cloud systems.The clean flavor and smooth mouth-feel makes
CLARISOY™ a formulator's ideal protein ingredient.

In March 2011 Burcon entered into a License and Production Agreement with ADM
(the "License Agreement") for the worldwide production, distribution and sale
of Burcon's CLARISOY™soy protein.The License Agreement gives ADM exclusive
rights across all geographic regions and all potential product applications to
produce, market and sell CLARISOY soy protein.ADM will make royalty payments
to Burcon on the sales of CLARISOY under the license agreement. 

Burcon expects to release its third quarter financial results for the
three-month period ending December 31, 2012, on or about February 14, 2013
following the close of markets. Management will host a conference call
coinciding with the release of those results and will review the financial
results and also provide additional comments and discussion on CLARISOY sales
at that time.

About Burcon NutraScience

Burcon is a leader in nutrition, health and wellness in the field of
functional, renewable plant proteins. Since 1999, Burcon has developed a
portfolio of composition, application, and process patents originating from
our core protein extraction and purification technology.We have developed
CLARISOY™ soy protein, which offers clarity and complete protein nutrition for
low pH beverage systems; Peazazz™ a uniquely soluble and clean-tasting pea
protein and Puratein®, Supertein™ and Nutratein™ canola protein isolates with
unique functional and nutritional attributes.Our team of highly specialized
scientists and engineers work from our private research facility to develop
and optimize environmentally sound technologies. To date, our patent portfolio
consists of 215 issued patents in various countries, including 35 issued U.S.
patents, and in excess of 395 additional pending patent applications, 78 of
which are U.S. patent applications.

CLARISOY™ is under license from Archer Daniels Midland Company.

CLARISOY™ is a trademark of Archer Daniels Midland Company.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

"Johann F. Tergesen"

Johann F. Tergesen

President and Chief Operating Officer

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results to differ materially from Burcon's plans and expectations include the
actual results of marketing activities, adverse general economic, market or
business conditions, regulatory changes and other risks and factors detailed
herein and from time to time in the filings made by Burcon with securities
regulators and stock exchanges, including in the section entitled "Risk
Factors" in Burcon's annual information form dated June 25, 2012.Any
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Although Burcon believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking
statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of
future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such.

CONTACT: Michael Kirwan, Director, Corporate Development
         Burcon NutraScience Corporation
         (604) 733-0896 / (888) 408-7960 toll-free
         mkirwan@burcon.ca www.burcon.ca
 
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