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Dr. Dan Voytas, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer of Calyxt, Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Calyxt, Inc. (CLXT), a healthy food ingredient company, announced today that its co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Dan Voytas, Ph.D., has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his many contributions to the field of plant genomics, one of which is being an inventor of the TALEN® gene-editing technology.

Dan Voytas graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1984 and received his Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School in 1990. He completed his postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and in 1992, joined the faculty at Iowa State University. Shortly before the inception of Calyxt, Dan Voytas assumed his role as a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota (UMN), and now holds the position of Director of the UMN’s Center for Precision Plant Genomics. Among his other achievements, he is also an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 2009, Dr. Dan Voytas, in collaboration with Dr. Adam Bogdanove and members of their labs, developed an advanced plant breeding technology called TALEN®. Using TALEN®, it is possible to precisely target existing genes within a crop’s genome to more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively develop traits of value for consumers, including those that help improve nutrition and sustainability.

About Calyxt

Calyxt is committed to making the food you love a healthier choice. The care we take extends beyond nutritional value. We partner with farmers and food companies to deliver traceable plant-based products developed to be healthier and more sustainable than their conventional counterparts. We use cutting edge plant breeding techniques to develop products that help improve diets by reducing bad fats, allergens and toxins. Today oil from our high oleic soybean plants has lower saturated fats than commodity soybean oil. We are also developing high fiber wheat designed to provide an excellent source of daily fiber when incorporated into wheat-based foods. We continuously pursue innovation to deliver good food that is good for you.

Calyxt is located in Roseville, MN, and is listed on the Nasdaq market (CLXT). For further information please visit our website at www.calyxt.com.

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