Burcon appoints new Director of Corporate Development

    VANCOUVER, May 1 /CNW/ - Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX-V: BU)
announces today the appointment of Ms. Marina Mez as Director, Corporate
    Ms. Mez brings 12 years of work experience in marketing, sales, research
and analysis with investment banks JP Morgan and UBS in London and Frankfurt.
As Associate Director & Deputy Head of the No. 1 ranked European Corporate
Access Team at UBS, Ms. Mez was responsible for corporate relationships with
European blue chip companies, providing market intelligence and developing a
comprehensive framework for UBS' branded roadshow service. Most recently, she
worked with Mackenzie Financial Services in Vancouver.
    Ms. Mez holds a Bachelor in Logistics and Organization from the
University of Ludwigshafen (Germany). In addition to her international
business experience, she is fluent in English, German, Swiss German and
French. Her energy and enthusiasm will be an asset to the Burcon team.
    Burcon also announces today the departure of Mr. Mark Komonoski. Mr.
Komonoski has performed certain investor relations and communications services
for Burcon pursuant to an Investor Relations Service Agreement (the
"Agreement") dated as of December 8, 2008. Under the terms of the Agreement,
either party may terminate the Agreement upon 30 days' written notice to the
other party.

    About Burcon NutraScience

    Burcon is a leader in nutrition, health and wellness in the field of
functional, renewable plant proteins. Since 1999, Burcon has developed a
portfolio of composition, application, and process patents originating from
our core protein extraction and purification technology. We are developing the
world's first commercial canola proteins, Puratein(R) and Supertein(TM) with
unique functional and nutritional attributes, and Clarisoy(TM), a
revolutionary soy protein isolate which is 100% soluble and completely
transparent in acidic solutions. Our team of highly specialized scientists and
engineers work from our own research facility to develop and optimize
environmentally sound technologies. To-date, our patent portfolio consists of
84 issued patents worldwide, including 8 issued U.S. patents, and well in
excess of 200 additional pending patent applications, 54 of which are U.S.
patent applications.

    "Johann F. Tergesen"
    Johann F. Tergesen
    President and Chief Operating Officer

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responsibility for the adequacy of the content of the information contained
herein. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among
other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our
products ,statements about future market conditions, supply and demand
conditions, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this
press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding the
prospect for future success depend upon our ability to develop and sell
products, which we do not produce today and cannot be sold without further
research and development. When used in this press release, the words "goal",
"intend", "believes" and "potential" and similar expressions, generally
identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current
expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. In
light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the development of a
source of protein from canola meal, you should understand that we cannot
assure you that the forward looking statements contained in this press release
will be realized.

For further information:

For further information: Jade Cheng, Chief Financial Officer, Burcon
NutraScience Corporation, (604) 733-0896, (888) 408-7960 toll-free,
jcheng@burcon.ca, www.burcon.ca; AXINO AG, Sven Olsson, Investor Relations
Europe, Silberburgstrasse 112, D-70176 Stuttgart, Germany, Tel. +49-711-25 35
92-30, Fax +49-711-25 35 92-33, olsson@axino.de www.burcon.net

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