Harris & Harris Group Notes Unilever's Purchase of Algae-Produced Oil From Solazyme

Harris & Harris Group Notes Unilever's Purchase of Algae-Produced Oil From
Solazyme

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harris & Harris Group, Inc.
(Nasdaq:TINY), an early-stage, active investor in transformative companies,
notes an article in The New York Times discussing the purchase by Unilever,
the consumer products giant, of large amounts of oil from Solazyme, Inc., a
start-up company that bioengineers algae to produce oils, proteins and complex
sugars.

Unilever said it would use the oil for its personal care products, which
include Dove and Brylcreem. The agreement, under which Unilever plans to buy
roughly three million gallons of the algae-produced oil over 12 to 18 months
starting early next year, is part of its aim to double the size of its
business while reducing its overall environmental footprint. For Solazyme,
the agreement represents an important step as it ramps up to commercial-scale
production. Originally conceived as a fuel business, Solazyme has focused on
making oils for products with higher profit margins like personal care, food
and petrochemicals. The Unilever oil, developed in a five-year partnership
with Solazyme, will be made at a plant it built in Brazil with Bunge, a
leading agribusiness and food company. When fully operational, the plant
could produce roughly 30 million gallons of oil a year. The article in The New
York Times can be accessed at
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/business/energy-environment/unilever-to-buy-oil-derived-from-algae-from-solazyme.html?_r=0.

Harris & Harris Group is an investor in publicly traded Solazyme, Inc., and
was its first institutional investor in 2004.

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