* Gets approval from the Chinese government
* Enzyme to be used as a processing aid for edible oil
* Shares rise as much as 21 percent
Oct 20 Verenium Corp VRNM.O said the Chinese
government authorized the sale of Purifine -- an enzyme it
developed as a processing aid for the edible oil industry-- in
that country, sending its shares up 21 percent.
The company said it can now sell Purifine PLC in all major
oilseed processing areas of the world, including Argentina,
Brazil, the United States and China.
Demand for the cooking oil in China is likely to pick up in
coming months ahead of the traditional holidays early next
"With this important approval, we can look to further
expand the market reach of our oilseed degumming process within
the estimated $100 billion global edible oil market," the
Verenium operates in two segments - biofuels and specialty
enzymes. The company's specialty enzymes business segment
develops customized enzymes for use within various markets.
Shares of the company, which have risen over 70 percent
from a July year-low, were up 48 cents at $3.73 Wednesday
morning on ten-times their average volume.
The stock, which had earlier risen 21 percent to an
intra-day high of $3.93, was among the top percentage gainers
(Reporting by Adveith Nair in Bangalore; Editing by Prem