Naturally Advanced Technologies enters Phase II Research Agreement with National Research Council of Canada



    VANCOUVER, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. ("NAT" or
the "Company") (OTCBB: NADVF), today announced that its wholly owned
subsidiary CRAILAR(R) Fiber Technologies Inc. has entered into a Phase II
Joint Collaboration Agreement ("Phase II Agreement") with the National
Research Council ("NRC") of Canada for ongoing development of the Company's
proprietary CRAILAR(R) technology for environmentally sustainable processing
and production of bast fibers.
    "This is an important achievement for Naturally Advanced Technologies,
its partners and investors," said Ken Barker, CEO. "The signing of a second
collaboration agreement with the NRC, ensures our continued strong research
partnership to pursue many of the opportunities we have already identified for
CRAILAR(R) and develop additional environmentally responsible technologies."
NAT's proprietary CRAILAR(R) technology offers an environmentally and
economically beneficial clean technology solution to the processing and
production of bast fibers such as hemp and flax, resulting in increased
performance characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical
and composite material applications.
    The Phase II Agreement is an extension of the Company's initial Joint
Collaboration Agreement with the NRC Institute for Biological Sciences entered
into in May of 2004, to develop CRAILAR(R), a patentable enzyme technology for
the processing of hemp fibers. The Company secured exclusive worldwide license
to all technology developed under the initial agreement including a patent
application for the extraction of hemp fibers filed by the NRC in May 2007.
The NRC extended the initial agreement to assist in further development and
commercialization of the Company's proprietary technology ensuring the
continuity of the original research team and aligning CRAILAR(R) with the NRC
National Program in Bioproducts announced in March 2007.
    Under the terms of the Phase II Agreement, the Company will continue its
collaboration with the NRC to develop novel enzymes for the processing of hemp
fibers for the textile sector over a 3 year period that commenced in May 2007
and will conclude in May 2010. During this period, the Company will continue
to invest in research, development, marketing and business development of its
proprietary CRAILAR(R) technology. The total cost of the project is estimated
at over (CAD) $3.5 million and all intellectual property developed under the
agreement is available to the Company under exclusive worldwide license from
the NRC.

    ABOUT Naturally Advanced Technologies, Inc.

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. ("NAT" or the "Company") is
committed to unlocking the potential of renewable and environmentally
sustainable biomass resources from hemp and other bast fibers. NAT, through
its wholly owned subsidiary CRAILAR(R) Fiber Technologies Inc., is developing
proprietary technology for production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and
their resulting byproducts, in collaboration with Canada's National Research
Council and the Alberta Research Council. CRAILAR(R) technology offers
cost-effective and environmentally sustainable processing and production of
bast fibers such as hemp and flax, resulting in increased performance
characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite
material applications. The Company is also a provider of sustainable,
environmentally friendly fibers and fabrics through its wholly owned apparel
subsidiary HTnaturals Apparel Corp. Founded in 1998 in response to the growing
demand for environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing, NAT
adheres to a "triple bottom line" philosophy, respecting the human rights of
employees, the environmental impact of the Company's operations and fiscal
responsibility to its shareholders. www.naturallyadvanced.com

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Exchange Act of
1934 and the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995 and is subject to safe harbor created by these sections. Actual results
may differ materially due to a number of risks, including, but not limited to,
technological and operational challenges, needs for additional capital,
changes in consumer preferences, risks associated with: market acceptance and
technological changes; dependence on manufacturing and material supplies
providers; international operations; and competition.





For further information:

For further information: Kenneth C. Barker, Chief Executive Officer,
Naturally Advanced Technologies, Inc., Ph. (604) 683-8582,
ir@naturallyadvanced.com

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