BRI Recognized as a Top 25 Company to Watch

RTP, N.C. (September 22, 2011) — BioResource International, Inc., a North Carolina agricultural biotechnology company, has been honored as a North Carolina Company to Watch at an award ceremony held in Durham, N.C. on September 21. The event is hosted by CED (www.cednc.org) in partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation (www.edwardlowe.org). Each year 25 “second-stage” companies are recognized for their innovative products, strong sales growth and new job creation.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all the members of the BRI team,” says Giles Shih, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of BRI. “I am proud of what we have achieved over the last few years in the U.S. and abroad, and I truly believe that the best is yet to come for our growing company.”

Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., with a production facility in Apex, N. C., BRI is the developer and producer of the patented enzyme products Versazyme® and Valkerase®. With product distribution in more than 80 countries, BRI continues to expand on its enzyme-based feed additives, as well as research additional science-based solutions that improve economic and environmental sustainability for the agricultural industry.

About BioResource International, Inc.: BRI is an RTP-based biotechnology company focused on harnessing the natural power of enzymes. Through the discovery and development of innovative animal feed enzymes, BRI hopes to create a future for animal agriculture that is both economically and environmentally sustainable from farm to fork. Founded by father and son team Jason and Giles Shih, BRI has developed two products, Versazyme® and Valkerase®, that are distributed to more than 80 countries worldwide. BRI continues to research science-based solutions to aid growing agricultural and industrial markets around the world.

About Companies to Watch: Companies to Watch is a unique awards program that recognizes and celebrates the contribution, innovation and energy of diverse second-stage companies in a state or region. These companies work behind-the-scenes generating the bulk of new, sustainable jobs and are a powerful economic force underpinning the high quality of life most Americans enjoy. Created and managed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Companies to Watch is one of the foundation’s initiatives to celebrate the achievements of second-stage companies.

About CED: CED is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation, with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses. Visit www.cednc.org for more information.

About the Edward Lowe Foundation: Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). The foundation focuses on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. The foundation also encourages economic gardening, an entrepreneur-centered strategy providing balance to the traditional approach of business recruitment. Headquartered in Cassopolis, Michigan, the foundation was established by Edward and Darlene Lowe to “champion the entrepreneurial spirit.” Visit www.edwardlowe.org for more information.

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