Metabolix Raises $2 Million in Amendment to Licensing Deal with Tepha

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBLX) announced today that it has entered into an amendment to its license agreement with Tepha, Inc., a Lexington, Massachusetts based medical device company that licenses Metabolix PHA biopolymer technology for use in certain medical applications. The amendment calls for a $2.0 million lump sum payment to Metabolix. In exchange, Metabolix agreed to forgo future royalties under its existing license agreement with Tepha and to provide two additional Metabolix production strains and related intellectual property to Tepha for use in the production of Tepha’s medical devices.

As previously announced, Metabolix is evaluating strategic alternatives for its specialty biopolymers business and Yield10 crop science program and is engaged in ongoing efforts to secure additional funding for its strategic review process and operations.

About Metabolix

Metabolix, Inc. is an innovation-driven specialty materials company focused on delivering high- performance biopolymer solutions to customers in the plastics industry. Metabolix’s Mirel® biopolymers, which are derived from renewable resources, are a family of biobased performance additives and specialty resins based on PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates). Metabolix’s proprietary biotechnology platform enables the creation of specialty biopolymers for use in a broad range of applications such as construction and packaging materials, as well as industrial, consumer and personal care products.

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