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Burcon Granted Second U.S. CLARISOY Patent

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX:BU) (Nasdaq:BUR), a leader in functional, renewable plant proteins, has been awarded U.S. patent No. 8,404,299 for a patent covering a process for the production of CLARISOY™ soy protein that is soluble in an acidic medium, and produces transparent, heat stable solutions suitable for protein fortification of sports drinks and other beverages.

This marks the second U.S. CLARISOY patent awarded to Burcon in the last two months. The previously announced notice of allowance has also now officially been granted as U.S. Patent No. 8,389,040.

"We are encouraged to have a second U.S. patent grant so soon after obtaining our first," said Johann F. Tergesen, Burcon's president and COO. "Our patent strategy is being rewarded with positive results, strengthening our already broad intellectual property portfolio. CLARISOY soy protein is the world's only plant-based protein capable of offering both clarity and high-quality protein nutrition in low pH beverages, like sports drinks and juices. CLARISOY's unique functional and nutritional attributes are what drive its strong commercial value."

Burcon's patent portfolio now consists of 224 issued patents in various countries, including 38 in the U.S., as well as more than 400 active patent applications, including 81 additional U.S. patent applications.

About CLARISOY Soy Protein

CLARISOY soy protein is the world's only vegetable-based protein capable of offering both clarity and high-quality protein nutrition in low pH beverage systems.

CLARISOY is currently under license to ADM, which offers a range of products for both low and neutral pH applications, allowing food and beverage companies to easily include up to 10 grams of CLARISOY per 500mL serving.

CLARISOY 100 is a premier vegetable-based protein that offers both clarity and high-quality protein nutrition for beverages with a pH of less than 4. Extremely heat stable, CLARISOY 100 requires no homogenization or stabilizers in low pH beverages.

CLARISOY 150 is a revolutionary soy protein for neutral pH beverages and low pH beverages with cloud systems. The clean flavor and smooth mouth-feel makes CLARISOY 150 a formulator's ideal protein ingredient.

For more information about CLARISOY, visit www.clarisoy.com

About Burcon NutraScience Corporation

Burcon NutraScience is a leader in nutrition, health and wellness in the field of functional plant proteins. The company has developed a portfolio of composition, application, and process patents originating from a core protein extraction and purification technology. Burcon has developed: CLARISOY™ soy protein - now licensed to Archer Daniels Midland Company - which offers clarity and high-quality protein nutrition for low pH beverage systems and exceptionally clean flavor at any pH; Peazazz™ a uniquely soluble and clean-tasting pea protein; and Puratein®, Supertein™ and Nutratein™ are canola protein isolates with unique functional and nutritional attributes. For more information about the company, visit www.burcon.ca

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CONTACT: Media & Industry Contact: Michael Kirwan Director, Corporate Development Burcon NutraScience Corporation (604) 733-0896 (888) 408-7960 toll-free mkirwan@burcon.ca www.burcon.ca Investor Relations Contact: John MacLennan Managing Director Tel (416) 644.8688 john@liolios.comSource:Burcon NutraScience Corporation