BioAmber Inc. and Basic Solutions announce next generation bio-based runway de-icers

December 18, 2008
Princeton, New Jersey, December 18th, 2008 - DNP Green Technology and ARD are pleased to announce that their BioAmber Inc. joint venture has entered into an exclusive agreement with Basic Solutions for the development and commercialization of a new generation of bio-based runway de-icers. These innovative de-icers will deliver important performance improvements over existing products, while offering environmentally friendly solutions for airports.

The new runway de-icers are designed to: meet SAE G12 AMS certification standards, melt ice and snow down to bare surfaces, reduce aircraft carbon brake corrosion and wiring oxidation, respect ecological standards and be biodegradable, and be cost competitive with the current generation of de-icers.

Basic Solutions is an emerging player in the market for runway de-icers and a leader in the formulation and commercialization of natural, ecologically friendly products that offer improved performance. By partnering with BioAmber Inc., Basic Solutions will offer airports deicing solutions that are made from renewable feedstocks and contribute to lowering greenhouse emissions. BioAmber Inc.’s proprietary technology under license from the US DOE uses fermentation to produce succinic acid through a process that consumes CO2.

BioAmber Inc. will dedicate to Basic Solutions a portion of the capacity of its bio-based succinic acid plant currently under construction. By securing this production capacity, Basic Solution expects to address the market shortage that exists for the current generation of deicing products. Basic Solutions plans to begin testing the new de-icer solutions in airports in the 2009-2010 winter season and begin contract selling in the 2010-2011 winter season.

“This new generation of runway de-icers will be a significant innovation for the global de-icing industry and position Basic Solutions as a leader in this large market”, said Kelvin Williamson, Director, Basic Solutions North America Corp. Dilum Dunuwila, Vice President of BioAmber Inc. added: “Our partnership demonstrates that innovative products can be developed that provide superior performance, are cost effective and beneficial to the environment”.

For more information on BioAmber Inc. please contact:
Dr. Roger Laurent Bernier
DNP Green Technology
(514) 844-1280

For more information on Basic Solutions please contact:
Kelvin Williamson
Basic Solutions North America Corp.
(905) 562-0770

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