Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRS) announced it has signed a multi-year supply agreement for several hundred tons of Amyris renewable squalane with Nikko Chemicals Co., Ltd. for distribution in the Japanese market.

“Now that we have commissioned our first three Biofene ® production sites, we are thrilled to expand our sales volumes of renewably-sourced squalane and provide additional customers with a reliable supply of this best-in-class emollient,” said John Melo, CEO of Amyris.

“This is a first-of-its-kind opportunity to deliver a reliable supply of sustainably-derived squalane, and we are excited to play a major role in making this possible,” said Shigeru Sekine, president of Nikko Chemicals. “We have been in the squalane business for over half a century and are pleased to be working with Amyris to expand the use of this high-value emollient in the Japanese market.”

Amyris and Nikko Chemicals are exploring additional Biofene-based cosmetic commercialization opportunities as part of Nikko’s GCS+E (Green, Clean, Sustainable + Economy) strategy, which puts environmental concerns at the heart of all business activities.

Squalane is a high-end moisturizing ingredient used in a wide range of cosmetics today, currently sourced from shark liver oil or refined olive oil. Amyris squalane, which is produced from Biofene, Amyris's renewable farnesene, is renewably sourced from sugarcane of high purity and has excellent stability. Amyris squalane, which is now ECOCERT certified, has been successfully tested and integrated in end products by its partners and customers.

About Amyris

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 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. Amyris also has fuel distribution capabilities in the United States through its subsidiary, Amyris Fuels, LLC. More information about Amyris is available at

About Nikko Chemicals

Nikko Chemicals is at the center of the Nikkol Group, a specialty chemical company located in Japan with more than 65 years of history and experience in the chemicals industry. The Nikkol Group is one of the world’s leaders in the personal care raw material business, providing a variety of unique and high quality raw materials, formulations, tailor-made final products, and rigorous safety and efficacy evaluations. Nikkol Group focuses on creating GCS+E (Green, Clean, Sustainable + Economy) products and technologies to assist customers in developing valuable products. More information about Nikko Chemicals is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

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 statements regarding the expansion of Amyris squalane sales volumes and the parties’ expectations regarding additional Biofene-based cosmetic commercialization opportunities) 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, our reliance on third parties to achieve our goals, and other risks detailed in the “Risk Factors” section of Amyris’s annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 14, 2011 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2011 and August 11, 2011. Amyris disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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