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Materia and QAPCO Sign MoU to Study the Development of the Next Generation of Materials

PASADENA, CA & DOHA, Qatar––(Marketwired – May 27, 2014) – As Qatar continues to grow its energy and industrial sectors, and attempts to further optimize its hydrocarbon resources utilization, research and innovation are set to propel the future success of these sectors. Research will support the development of new products using Qatar’s existing feedstock and natural resources and opens the door to new uses for energy products and derivatives such as petrochemicals.

To further this goal, Materia, Inc. (Materia) and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) have forged a partnership, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to further reinforce their collaborative R&D efforts, and to study the development of the next generation of materials produced from Qatar’s existing feedstocks. Materia’s expertise and breakthrough catalyst technology combined with QAPCO resources will provide for the development of new products. Materia specializes in efficient feedstock utilization and the extraction of specific petrochemical and chemical compounds thanks to its unique and innovative technology. Together, they will explore the possibilities to further optimize the use of Qatar’s natural resources, by studying how to extract new products from QAPCO’s current feedstock, with the aim to maximize the value related to QAPCO’s existing processes.

Sustainability oriented research is part of QAPCO’s commitment to improve both the impact of its processes, by focusing on the optimum use of feedstock, and of its products, by generating new applications. Through collaboration with local and international partnerships, QAPCO’s R&D team is digging deep into the potential applications for its petrochemical products now and into the future.

Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, Vice Chairman and CEO of QAPCO stated: “Joint industry-academia R&D, such as our collaboration with Materia and Texas A&M at Qatar, is very promising and paves the way to infinite possibilities while supporting the growth of Qatar’s knowledge-based economy. Collaborating with some of the world’s leading experts on research projects focusing on olefins, polymers and petrochemicals has the potential to add further value to our feedstock, which could be strongly beneficial for QAPCO and ultimately for the hydrocarbon resources of the State.”

Dr. Michael A. Giardello, Materia’s President, CEO & CTO stated: “This envisioned collaboration should enable QAPCO to extract greater value from some of its by-product streams, therefore unlocking greater value from Qatar’s natural resources thanks to Materia’s unique and advanced technologies.”

QAPCO uses focused partnerships with Qatar’s most prominent universities such as Texas A&M University at Qatar, as the launching point for its research activities. Most recently, QAPCO supported the establishment of an endowed chair position at Texas A&M at Qatar for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering with Nobel Prize winning chemist Professor Robert H. Grubbs, Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, as adjunct professor and inaugural chair. “It is exciting to be part of a collaboration involving Materia, QAPCO, and Texas A&M at Qatar to develop the next generation of materials and products from Qatar-based feedstocks. This program will allow fundamental discoveries to be rapidly converted into new commercial products,” stated Professor Grubbs.

About Materia

Materia was founded in 1998 to commercialize the Grubbs Catalyst™ technology, which enables chemical compounds to be synthesized with greater efficiency, under less stringent reaction conditions, and with reduced byproducts and hazardous waste. Metathesis has been accepted as an emerging chemical technology platform and has been broadly adopted by the pharmaceutical, chemical, and polymer industries. As stated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when awarding the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, “metathesis is an example of how important basic science has been applied for the benefit of man, society, and the environment.” For more information, visit: www.materia-inc.com

 About QAPCO

QAPCO was established in 1974 and is a joint venture between Industries Qatar (80%) and Total Petrochemicals (20%). QAPCO is one of the largest producers of low density polyethylene (LDPE) in the region. LDPE is considered as the most widely used type of plastic, providing innovative and practical applications such as food packaging, cables, agricultural films or toys and playing a key role in the development of green building solutions. LDPE enriches the daily lives of millions of people around the planet. QAPCO is involved in a number of joint ventures that include QATOFIN, QVC, and QPPC, thereby producing various petrochemical products, making QAPCO a regional petrochemical powerhouse. For more information, visit: http://www.qapco.com.qa

For further information please contact:

Tom Buel
Director of Communications
Materia, Inc.
(626) 584-8400

Materia Receives DOE Grant for Carbon Fiber Reduction in Hydrogen Storage Tanks

PASADENA, CA––(Marketwire – May 22, 2014) – Materia, Inc. announced today its award of a $2 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to apply its Proxima™ resin technology toward hydrogen storage tank manufacture. Materia will use the grant funds to leverage its resin’s unique properties and reduce the amount of carbon fiber required in pressure vessels. Proxima resins are enabled by the Grubbs Catalyst™ technology, which was developed by Nobel Laureate Professor Robert H. Grubbs of the California Institute of Technology.

“Reducing the amount of carbon fiber required in hydrogen tanks will substantially lower manufacturing costs and hasten market adoption of fuel cell-based cars, buses, and trucks,” stated Dr. Michael A. Giardello, Materia’s President, CEO and CTO.

“Proxima-based composites exhibit fracture toughness and fatigue performance superior to that of current state-of-the-art thermosets,” added Dr. Brian Edgecombe, Materia’s Director of Materials R&D. “We look forward to beginning this exciting project and expect hydrogen tanks to become one of the many industrial applications that benefit from our resin’s differentiated properties.”

For more information, see the United States Department of Energy’s press release here: http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-awards-7-million-advance-hydrogen-storage-systems.

About Materia
Materia was founded in 1998 to commercialize the Grubbs Catalyst™ technology, which enables chemical compounds to be synthesized with greater efficiency, under less stringent reaction conditions, and with reduced byproducts and hazardous waste. Metathesis has been accepted as an emerging chemical technology platform and has been broadly adopted by the pharmaceutical, chemical, and polymer industries. As stated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when awarding the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, “metathesis is an example of how important basic science has been applied for the benefit of man, society, and the environment.” For more information, visit: www.materia-inc.com.

For further information please contact:

Tom Buel
Director of Communications
Materia, Inc.
(626) 584-8400

Materia and Sigma Aldrich Extend Catalyst Distribution Agreement

PASADENA, CA––(Marketwire) – August 16, 2012. Materia announced today a ten year extension of its exclusive catalyst distribution agreement with Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Nasdaq:SIAL), that allows Aldrich Chemical Co. LLC to continue its worldwide rights to distribute the Materia Grubbs Catalyst™ technology to the research and development community.

“Sigma-Aldrich is the clear global leader in research chemical distribution,” stated John Kibler, Materia Vice President of Business Development – Grubbs Catalyst Technology. “Their strong channels provide innovators in the chemical, polymer, and pharmaceutical industries with straightforward catalyst access, which in turn enables a robust pipeline of win-win opportunities.”

Aldrich Chemical Co. LLC currently sells fifteen Materia metathesis catalysts (www.sigma-aldrich.com/metathesiscatalysts), which are based upon core patents exclusively licensed from the California Institute of Technology, as well as complementary technology from Materia, Boston College, the University of Calgary, and the University of New Orleans. The companies will launch a new metathesis catalyst providing cis-selectivity later this year.

About Materia
Materia was founded in 1998 to commercialize olefin metathesis catalyst technology. This market-enabling, Nobel Prize-winning, green chemical technology enables chemical compounds to be synthesized with greater efficiency, under less stringent reaction conditions, and with reduced byproducts and hazardous waste. Metathesis has been accepted as an emerging “green technology” platform and has been broadly adopted by the pharmaceutical, chemical, and polymer industries. As stated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when awarding the 2005 Nobel Prize, “metathesis is an example of how important basic science has been applied for the benefit of man, society, and the environment.” For more information, visit: www.materia-inc.com.

For further information please contact:

Tom Buel
Director of Communications
Materia, Inc.
(626) 584-8400

Materia Announces NIH Phase II Funding

PASADENA, CA––(Marketwire – May 1, 2012) – Materia announced today the receipt of a Phase II Fast Track Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the continued development of functional polymers for use in organic synthesis.

The new Phase II program, which furthers the Phase I joint effort between Materia and Professor Paul Hanson of the University of Kansas, will focus on polymer process development and scale-up as well as beta testing by key industrial collaborators.

“Materia appreciates NIH’s vision and continued support,” stated Dr. Michael Giardello, Materia’s Chief Executive Officer. “These materials provide higher functional group content, reduced swelling, and enhanced solvent compatibility versus state-of-the-art polystyrene-bound reagents, and their commercialization may ultimately expedite the timeframe at which new therapeutic agents become available to consumers.”

“We are excited and honored at our continued collaboration with Materia, Inc. which will enable further development of this new and challenging science,” added Professor Hanson. “Materia’s expertise in polymerization, scale up and commercialization will drive efforts moving forward.”

About Materia
Materia was founded in 1998 to commercialize olefin metathesis catalyst technology. This market-enabling, Nobel Prize-winning, green chemical technology enables chemical compounds to be synthesized with greater efficiency, under less stringent reaction conditions, and with reduced byproducts and hazardous waste. Metathesis has been accepted as an emerging “green technology” platform and has been broadly adopted by the pharmaceutical, chemical, and polymer industries. As stated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when awarding the 2005 Nobel Prize, “metathesis is an example of how important basic science has been applied for the benefit of man, society, and the environment.” For more information, visit www.materia-inc.com.

About the University of Kansas Chemical Methodologies and Library Development Center (KU-CMLD)
The NIH Center in Chemical Methodologies and Library Development (CMLD, Jeffrey Aubé, PI, Medicinal Chemistry) is a multidisciplinary initiative established in 2003 to enable the development of new chemical methodologies to enhance projects directed at library synthesis. Current focus includes the broad areas of microwave-assisted flow synthesis, methods for complex scaffold synthesis, organometallic parallel synthesis and the preparation of libraries based on natural products.

This content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences or the National Institutes of Health.

For further information please contact:

Tom Buel
Director of Communications
Materia, Inc.
(626) 584-8400

Patents for Improved Metathesis Catalysts Issued to Materia/Caltech

PASADENA, CA––(Marketwire – November 8, 2011) – Materia, Inc. announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent No: US 8,008,224 and No: US 8,039,566 entitled “Organometallic ruthenium complexes and related methods for the preparation of tetra-substituted and other hindered olefins” and “Olefin Metathesis Initiators Bearing Thiazol-2-ylidene ligands,” respectively. The patents cover a new series of ruthenium organometallic complexes which have outstanding reactivity profiles and are the results of collaborative research between Materia and the California Institute of Technology.

The novel ruthenium complexes demonstrate excellent catalytic activity for the metathesis of hindered olefins, a challenging category of olefins to access with previously reported catalysts. The new catalysts enable metathesis approaches for the synthesis of an expanded class of compounds in the pharmaceutical and specialty chemical industries.

Research quantities of Materia’s metathesis catalysts are available from Sigma-Aldrich Corporation or in larger quantities directly from Materia. Technical information on ruthenium metathesis catalysts and their use can be found on Materia’s All Things Metathesis blog at http://allthingsmetathesis.com.

“We are excited to advance and expand the applicability of olefin metathesis in organic synthesis,” said Dr. Michael Giardello, Materia’s Chief Executive Officer. “These patents validate Materia’s position as the world innovator in metathesis technologies through the continued cooperation of Caltech and Materia.”

“It is important for new discoveries to be available for everyone to use and it is exciting that Materia is making these new catalysts available so that the community can exploit the new metathesis capabilities to solve challenging synthetic problems,” stated Nobel Laureate Professor Robert H. Grubbs, of the California Institute of Technology.

These newly issued patents add to the collection of over 350 patents in Materia’s portfolio which protects the intellectual property around the processes and catalysts that enable successful metathesis reactions and create innovative solutions for the global chemical industry.

About Materia
Materia was founded in 1998 to commercialize olefin metathesis catalyst technology. This market-enabling, Nobel Prize-winning, green chemical technology enables chemical compounds to be synthesized with greater efficiency, under less stringent reaction conditions, and with reduced byproducts and hazardous waste. Metathesis has been accepted as an emerging “green technology” platform and has been broadly adopted by the pharmaceutical, chemical, and polymer industries. As stated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when awarding the 2005 Nobel Prize, “metathesis is an example of how important basic science has been applied for the benefit of man, society, and the environment.” For more information, visit www.materia-inc.com.