Burcon's Peazazz Pea Protein Semi-Works Plant Commissioned and Operational

Burcon's Peazazz Pea Protein Semi-Works Plant Commissioned and Operational

Plant Enables Burcon to Produce Tonnage Amounts of Peazazz as Needed by Key
Potential Customers and Partners for Food & Beverage Product Development

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Burcon
NutraScience Corporation (TSX:BU) (Nasdaq:BUR), a leader in developing
functionally and nutritionally valuable plant-based proteins, has completed on
schedule the startup and now the commissioning of its semi-works plant in
Winnipeg for its revolutionary Peazazz® pea protein.

The newly commissioned plant utilizes commercial-scale equipment which will be
capable of producing the tonnage amounts required by certain significant food
and beverage makers looking to conduct full-scale, real-world market
evaluations of Peazazz in their consumer products. The plant also supports the
company's ongoing discussions with companies who are potential partners with
Burcon for the production and marketing of Peazazz.

"The commissioning of our Peazazz semi-works plant marks a significant
advancement in the commercialization of this amazing pea protein," said Johann
F. Tergesen, Burcon's president and COO. "We had already established the
unique functionalandnutritionalattributes of Peazazz with our
pilot-scaleplant to produce small samples, and now we can demonstrate how
Peazazz can be economically produced using commercial-scale equipment."

While the new semi-works plant utilizes commercial-scale equipment, it will
only be used to produce the amounts of Peazazz needed for targeted market
development activities with certain prospective customers.By functioning as a
model for potential manufacturing partners to emulate, the plant can also
ultimately shorten their time-to-market.

The timing of this commissioning and startup coincides with the company's
official launch of Peazazz at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists Annual
Meeting and Food Expo held a few weeks ago in Chicago. Peazazz was well
received by food and beverage makers in attendance, as well as potential
alliance partners.

About Peazazz

Derived from field peas, Peazazz's uniquely clean flavor characteristics,
exceptional solubility and nutritional value make it ideal for use in a
variety of food, beverage and nutritional products. Ideal applications for
Peazazz include sports nutrition beverages, citrus-based drinks,
fruit-flavored beverages,fruit juice blends, fortified waters, dairy
alternative products and powdered beverage mixes. Peazazz can also fortify
snacks, cereals and diet products, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian and
vegan food products.

Compared to other plant-based proteins, pea proteins are also hypoallergenic
and more environmentally sustainable. Pea plants have a unique ability to draw
in nitrogen from the atmosphere and store it in their roots. This allows
producers to use less fertilizer when replenishing the soil, making pea a
desired and truly sustainable crop.

About Burcon NutraScience Corporation

Burcon NutraScience is a leader in developing functionally and nutritionally
valuable plant-based proteins. The company has developed a portfolio of
composition, application, and process patents originating from a core protein
extraction and purification technology. Burcon's CLARISOY™ soy protein offers
clarity and high-quality protein nutrition for low pH beverage systems;
Peazazz® is a uniquely soluble and clean-tasting pea protein; and Puratein®,
Supertein™ and Nutratein® are canola protein isolates with unique functional
and nutritional attributes. For more information about the company, visit
www.burcon.ca.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"Johann F. Tergesen"
Johann F. Tergesen
President and Chief Operating Officer

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CLARISOY is a trademark of Archer Daniels Midland Company.

CONTACT: Media & Industry Contact:
         Michael Kirwan
         Director, Corporate Development
         Burcon NutraScience Corporation
         Tel (604) 733-0896, Toll-free (888) 408-7960
         mkirwan@burcon.ca
         www.burcon.ca
        
         Investor Relations Contact:
         John MacLennan
         Managing Director
         Liolios Group Inc.
         Tel (416) 644-8688
         bur@liolios.com
 
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