Amyris Selects Laserson as Squalane Distributor in Europe
Laserson Brings In-Depth Experience in Squalane Distribution to European
PARIS and EMERYVILLE, Calif., April 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amyris,
Inc.(Nasdaq:AMRS), a leading renewable products company, announced today the
selection of Laserson, S.A., a leading supplier of ingredients for the health
and beauty industries, as the new exclusive distributor of Amyris Squalane in
the European market. The joint announcement was made in Paris at In-Cosmetics,
the leading trade show for the personal care ingredients industry.
"Since our first sale of Amyris Squalane two years ago, we have grown to
become a leading global supplier of high-purity squalane to the cosmetics and
personal care market. We are now helping to grow the global market for
renewable squalane working in partnership with Laserson and leading European
formulators," said John Melo, President & CEO of Amyris.
"Laserson is a historical supplier of squalane, a best-in-class emollient
that, until recently, had been sourced only from shark liver or olive oil.
Amyris's breakthrough proprietary technology converts plant-sugars into
squalane of uncompromising quality and consistent performance, allowing us
meet consumer demand for both quality and sustainability," said Jerome
Theobald, Managing Director of Laserson.
Amyris and Laserson representatives will be available at In-Cosmetics at Stand
Squalane is an emollient that prevents skin moisture loss while restoring the
suppleness and flexibility to the skin. Its exceptional moisturizing
properties and perfect affinity with the skin have long made squalane a
favorite among cosmetics and personal care formulators. Historically, squalane
has been sourced from shark liver or from olive oil, raising concerns about
its sustainability and availability.
Amyris has developed a unique biotechnology process that enables the reliable
and sustainable production of 100% plant-derived pure squalane. This high
performance, renewable emollient is derived from simple sugars, like those
found in sugarcane, and can be produced at a scale capable of meeting the
Amyris Squalane is highly moisturizing and fast absorbing while providing a
silky, smooth and luxurious touch. Ideal for elegant face products and
emulsions, as well as body lotions and moisturizers, Amyris Squalane can leave
the skin feeling soft and smooth without a greasy, heavy after-feel. Amyris's
manufacturing process provides consistent product quality, yielding a
colorless and odorless squalane.
Amyris Squalane is distributed in North America by CenterChem and in Japan by
Amyris is an integrated renewable products company focused on providing
sustainable alternatives to a broad range of petroleum-sourced products.
Amyris uses its industrial synthetic biology platform to convert plant sugars
into a variety of hydrocarbon molecules—flexible building blocks that can be
used in a wide range of products. Amyris's initial portfolio of commercial
products is based on Biofene, Amyris's brand of renewable farnesene, a
long-chain hydrocarbon. Amyris is commercializing these products both as No
Compromise® renewable ingredients in cosmetics, flavors and fragrances,
polymers, lubricants and consumer products, and also as No Compromise
renewable diesel and jet fuel. Amyris Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of Amyris,
oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris's production in Brazil.
More information about Amyris is available at www.amyris.com.
Laserson is a leading supplier of fine ingredients and services for the health
and beauty industries. Expert in distribution and marketing of product lines
requiring a high technological support, Laserson's keywords are long-term
vision and partnership, transparency and confidence. More information about
Laserson is available at www.laserson.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements, and any statements other
than statements of historical facts could be deemed to be forward-looking
statements. These forward-looking statements include, among other things,
statements regarding future events (such as growing the market for squalane,
the ability of Amyris Squalane to meet consumer demand, large-scale production
of Amyris Squalane, and expected characteristics of consumer products made
with Amyris Squalane) that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements
are based on management's current expectations and actual results and future
events may differ materially due to risks and uncertainties, including those
associated with any delays or failures in development, production or
commercialization of products, liquidity and ability to fund capital
expenditures, Amyris's reliance on third parties to achieve its goals, and
other risks detailed in the "Risk Factors" section of Amyris's quarterly
report on Form 10-K filed on March 28, 2013. Amyris disclaims any obligation
to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as
a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Amyris, Biofene and No Compromise are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Amyris, Inc. This press release also contains trademarks of other businesses
that are the property of their respective owners.
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