Naturally Advanced Technologies in Trials to Commercialize CRAILAR Technology

    PORTLAND, OR, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT,
OTCBB: NADVF, TSXV: NAT), a pioneer in commercializing the use of bast fibers
including industrial hemp for use in casual apparel, performance yarns,
industrial filters and absorbent pulp and paper products, is conducting bulk
commercialization trials with a leading U.S. apparel brand, and one of North
America's largest pulp and paper producers. The results of these tests are
expected to determine the next steps to bring its CRAILAR(R) Organic Fiber and
Advanced Materials technology to market and are expected to be announced by
the end of November.
    "These trials are a significant milestone in our long-term strategy to
commercialize the patented CRAILAR Technology Platform, which we developed in
partnership with the National Research Council of Canada and the Alberta
Research Council. We are very excited to reach the final stages of the trials
and look forward to discussing the results and our preliminary plans to apply
this technology on a large commercial scale," said Ken Barker, CEO of
Naturally Advanced Technologies.
    CRAILAR technology capitalizes on the superior natural properties of
industrial hemp, such as greater tensile strength, thermo regulation
properties, anti-microbial, and abrasion resistance. In addition, industrial
hemp does not need pesticides and herbicides, thrives in cool climates, is
drought tolerant, benefits soil and helps to eliminate greenhouse gases.
    NAT transforms hemp into organic fibers that are an effective alternative
to organic cotton for use in comfort apparel and into advanced materials for
use in performance apparel, advanced composites, bio polymers, industrial
filters and absorbent pulp and paper products. NAT's cost-effective,
environmentally advantageous solutions are designed to meet the rapidly
growing demand for organic fibers and advanced materials as consumers and
corporations reduce their environmental footprint and the cost of
petroleum-based synthetics continues to rise.

    About Naturally Advanced Technologies, Inc.

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. is committed to unlocking the
potential of renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from
hemp and other bast fibers. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary,
Crailar Fiber Technologies Inc., is developing proprietary technologies for
production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and their resulting by-products, 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 natural, 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 apparel division HTnaturals. Founded in 1998 in response to the
growing demand for environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing,
the Company 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. See

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statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks
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including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to: any market
interruptions that may delay the trading of the Company's shares,
technological and operational challenges, needs for additional capital,
changes in consumer preferences, market acceptance and technological changes,
dependence on manufacturing and material supplies providers, international
operations, competition, regulatory restrictions and the loss of key
employees. In addition, the Company's business and operations are subject to
the risks set forth in the Company's most recent Form 10-KSB, Form 10-QSB and
other SEC filings which are available through EDGAR at These are
among the primary risks we foresee at the present time. The Company assumes no
obligation to update the forward-looking statements.

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For further information: Investor Contact: Kirsten Chapman, Cathy
Mattison, Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, (415) 433-3777,; Media Contact: Summer Facchini, Black Lab
Communications, (503) 830-5983,

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