updated 10/4/2010 2:45:13 AM ET 2010-10-04T06:45:13

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veteran business journalist Joya Dass joins John Melo, CEO of Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) to discuss the company's industry, strategy, financials and positioning.

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John Melo, Chief Executive Officer

John Melo has more than 20 years of combined experience as a business leader in the global fuels industry. Before joining Amyris, Mr. Melo was president of U.S. fuels operations for British Petroleum, where he successfully led programs to increase marketing volumes, reduce costs, and significantly improve financial returns. During his eight years with BP, Mr. Melo also served as chief information officer of the refining and marketing segment; senior advisor for e-business strategy to Lord Browne, BP group chief executive; and director of global brand development. In this last role, he helped develop the "Helios" re-branding effort. Before joining BP, Mr. Melo was with Ernst & Young and a member of the management teams for several startup companies, including Computer Aided Services and Alldata Corporation.

About Amyris, Inc.

Amyris is building an integrated renewable products company applying industrial synthetic biology to genetically modify microorganisms to serve as living factories. Amyris designs these microorganisms to produce defined molecules for use as renewable chemicals and transportation fuels. Amyris Brasil S.A., a subsidiary of Amyris, oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris's production in Brazil, including SMA Industria Química S.A., its joint venture with Usina Sao Martinho. In addition, Amyris is building fuels distribution capabilities in the United States through its subsidiary, Amyris Fuels LLC.

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