Dr. Martin Schweizer to present on Burcon's canola & soy proteins

    VANCOUVER, May 21 /CNW/ - Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX-V: BU)
announces today that Dr. Martin Schweizer, Manager Technical Development, will
present at Bridge2Food's "Food Proteins Course 2009" taking place in Anaheim,
California, USA on June 9 - 11, 2009. International speakers from a large
number of globally recognized food and nutrition companies will address trends
and developments in protein ingredients.
    Dr. Schweizer's presentation on Burcon's revolutionary acid soluble
proteins follows the announcement in October 2008 that Burcon's canola
proteins, Puratein(R) and Supertein(TM) were GRAS affirmed in the United
States and our subsequent announcement in November 2008 of Burcon's new
CLARISOY(TM) soy protein isolate.
    CLARISOY(TM) is 100% soluble and completely transparent in acidic
solutions, enabling applications in ready to drink beverages ranging down to
pH 2.5 and lower. CLARISOY(TM) lacks the traditional 'beany' taste of soy,
giving beverages a cleaner flavour. The solubility and transparency of
CLARISOY(TM) allows for its use in a wide variety of beverages where
traditional soy isolates are not appropriate. It is also heat stable,
permitting hot-fill applications. Burcon's CLARISOY(TM) shows great promise
for use in a variety of healthy and great tasting beverage and food
    Powdered CLARISOY(TM) is easily dispersed and dissolved, 100% soluble and
completely transparent in solutions. This will enable CLARISOY(TM) to be
formulated as a protein source in a variety of powdered beverage mixes or be
easily added by the consumer by simply stirring it into their favourite
    Puratein(R) is a canola protein isolate with functional properties that
include emulsification, gel formation, thickening, formation of heat-stable
foams, and water- and ingredient binding. Applications for Puratein(R) include
dressings, meat substitutes, baked goods and protein bars, among many others.
    Supertein(TM) is a canola protein isolate with functional properties
including excellent solubility, the ability to form transparent solutions and
foaming. Applications for Supertein(TM) include beverages, confectionery,
aerated desserts, and protein bars, among many others.
    Nutritionally, Burcon's canola proteins are equally exciting with unique
amino acid profiles. Supertein(TM) is uniquely rich in sulfur amino acids and
particularly rich in cysteine. The typical cysteine content of Burcon's
Supertein(TM) is nearly double that of whey protein, which is recognized for
its high cysteine content.

    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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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, Konigstrasse 26, 70173 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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