updated 5/31/2011 10:17:20 AM ET 2011-05-31T14:17:20

NEW YORK, May 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:TINY) notes news coverage of a number of events that occurred in its portfolio companies during the week of May 23, 2011, including:

On May 27, 2011, Solazyme, Inc. (Nasdaq:SZYM) completed an initial public offering (IPO) by selling 10,975,000 shares of common stock at $18 per share. Shares of Solazyme closed the day at $20.71, a 15 percent increase from the price per share of the IPO. Following the IPO, Harris & Harris Group owns 2,304,149 shares of common stock of Solazyme. Solazyme is a renewable oil and bioproducts company and a leader in industrial biotechnology. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme's technology allows microbes to produce oil and biomaterials in standard fermentation facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These oils and biomaterials are tailored not only for biofuel production, but also as replacements for fossil petroleum, plant oils and animal fats in a diverse range of products running from clean fuels and chemicals to cosmetics and foods. News coverage of this IPO included:

On May 25, 2011, D-Wave Systems, Inc. announced Lockheed Martin Corporation has entered into an agreement to purchase a quantum computing system from the company. D-Wave develops computing systems that leverage the physics of quantum mechanics in order to address problems that are difficult for traditional methods to solve in a cost-effective length of time. Examples of such problems include software verification and validation, financial risk analysis, affinity mapping and sentiment analysis, object recognition in images, medical imaging classification, compressed sensing and bioinformatics. D-Wave develops an architecture that is optimized for working with such problems. This announcement follows publication by D-Wave of a peer-reviewed paper in the prestigious British scientific journal, Nature, which provides substantial evidence that D-Wave's processor is enabled by quantum mechanics. News coverage of the announcement of the sale of a computer to Lockheed Martin included:

Harris & Harris Group is an investor in publically traded Solazyme, Inc. and privately held D-Wave Systems, Inc.

Harris & Harris Group is a publicly traded venture capital company that invests in nanotechnology and microsystems. Detailed information about Harris & Harris Group and its holdings can be found on its website at www.HHVC.com .

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