Burcon Announces New Director

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| Source: Burcon NutraScience Corporation

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX:BU) (Nasdaq:BUR) ("Burcon") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bradford Allen to its board of directors.

Mr. Allen has over 30 years of experience in the investment, banking and securities industries. His career in private banking and investment banking includes working at major investment banks in both the institutional and private sectors in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Mr. Allen has raised private and institutional capital for companies in both the US and Hong Kong, as well as advising on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Allen graduated with a business degree from Villanova University in 1978.

Dr. Allan Yap, Chairman of Burcon's board of directors said, "I am pleased to have Brad join our board of directors. He has extensive business experience and a wealth of knowledge in the field of finance and investment."

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 have developed CLARISOY™ soy protein, the only vegetable-based protein that offers clarity and complete protein nutrition for low pH beverage systems; PEAZAZZ™ a uniquely soluble and clean-tasting pea protein and Puratein®, Supertein™ and Nutratein™ canola protein isolates with unique functional and nutritional attributes.  Our team of highly specialized scientists and engineers work from our private research facility to develop and optimize environmentally sound technologies. To-date, our patent portfolio consists of 193 issued patents in various countries, including 34 issued U.S. patents, and in excess of 375 additional pending patent applications, 74 of which are U.S. patent applications. 

CLARISOY™ is under license from Archer Daniels Midland Company.

CLARISOY™ is a trademark of Archer Daniels Midland Company. 

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

"Johann F. Tergesen"

Johann F. Tergesen

President and Chief Operating Officer

The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy of the content of the information contained 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 more information, please contact:
Michael Kirwan, Director, Corporate Development
Burcon NutraScience Corporation
(604) 733-0896 / (888) 408-7960 toll-free
 www.burcon.ca