LS9 Co-founder Named Innovator of the Year in Technology Review's Prestigious TR35 List of Top Young Innovators


LS9 Co-founder Named Innovator of the Year in Technology Review's Prestigious TR35 List of Top Young Innovators

August 15, 2007

David Berry to be Honored at Technology Review's Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT

SAN CARLOS, CA - August 15, 2007 - LS9, Inc., the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), today announced that David Berry, a Principal at Flagship Ventures, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as Innovator of the Year in its 2007 TR35 list of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 for his contribution to the founding of LS9 in collaboration with George Church, Chris Somerville, and others from Flagship Ventures and Khosla Ventures. Selected from more than 300 nominees by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, the TR35 is an elite group of accomplished young innovators who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business, technology and the arts from which the Innovator of the Year is chosen.

LS9's Renewable Petroleum(TM) products and technologies directly address and overcome major hurdles associated with the rapid and widespread commercialization of renewable transportation fuels. Applying innovations in synthetic biotechnology, LS9 has created novel microbes that produce a portfolio of renewable fuel and chemical products. Derived from biomass, these renewable fuels stand to fundamentally change the biofuels landscape and facilitate significant petroleum displacement.

"David continues to be an innovative force for LS9 and we congratulate him on this prestigious award," said Stephen del Cardayre, Vice President of Research and Development. "The sphere of creative minds that surrounds LS9 has been key to our rapid technical success, and David is a model in focusing innovation to practical ends."

"The TR35 Innovator of the Year award honors one of the world's top young innovators for accomplishments that are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world," said Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review magazine. "We celebrate Dr. Berry's success and look forward to his continued contribution to technology and life sciences."

Dr. Berry and the other TR35 winners for 2007 will be featured in the September issue of Technology Review magazine and honored at the Emerging Technologies Conference to be held at MIT September 25-27, 2007.

Additional information about past and present TR35 winners and judges is available at For more information about Technology Review's 2007 Emerging Technologies Conference, please visit:

About LS9

LS9, Inc., the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), is a privately-held biotechnology company and the pioneer in the commercial development of hydrocarbon biofuels. LS9 is pursuing industrial applications of synthetic biology to produce proprietary hydrocarbon biofuels that are compatible with existing fuel distribution and consumer infrastructure. LS9's patent-pending DesignerBiofuels(TM) products are custom engineered in the lab to address immediate market needs for clean energy alternatives to petroleum. The company was founded in 2005 by leading scientists along with specialized venture capital firms Flagship Ventures and Khosla Ventures. LS9 is headquartered in San Carlos, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

About Technology Review, Inc.

Technology Review, Inc., an independent media company owned by MIT, is the authority on the future of technology, identifying emerging technologies and analyzing their impact for leaders. Technology Review's media properties include Technology Review magazine, the oldest technology magazine in the world (founded in 1899); the daily news website; and events such as the annual Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.