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Seasoned Government Relations Strategist, Drew Littman, Joins Solazyme Team

Littman brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to renewable oil production company

South San Francisco – September 19, 2011Solazyme, Inc.(NASDAQ: SZYM), a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that Drew Littman will lead the company's Washington, DC office.   Littman is a seasoned Washington veteran, who has served in top posts in the US Senate, in addition to advising a number of prominent corporations. Bringing a unique skill set of policy expertise and leadership, Littman will join the Solazyme team and serve as the company’s Vice President for Government Relations. 

Drew Littman brings more than 20 years of government experience to his position. Most recently, Littman served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, acting as the senator’s primary advisor on all legislative, policy and press initiatives. Littman also served as a top aide to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California. In addition, he was also a  principal at Podesta Associates where he worked with clients such as MPAA, Genentech and GE Capital.

"Drew’s experience in government relations and his depth of experience on the legislative side on the Hill makes him an ideal fit for our company as we rapidly commercialize our technology,” said CEO and co-founder Jonathan Wolfson. “Drew’s diverse background in government strategy from the political and corporate perspective makes him an instrumental addition to the Solazyme team.”

“Solazyme’s ability to commercially produce renewable tailored oils at scale represents an incredible opportunity. Their technology is truly disruptive and will not only play a role in energy security by greatly reducing our dependence on natural oils, but will also impact sustainability and job growth,” said Littman. “I am honored to join the management team of Solazyme and excited to contribute to such a rapidly advancing company.”

This month Solazyme was named a 2011 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the second fastest growing company in America.  


About Solazyme, Inc.

Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: SZYM) is a renewable oil and bioproducts company that transforms a range of low-cost plant-based sugars into high-value oils. Headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s renewable products can replace or enhance oils derived from the world’s three existing sources – petroleum, plants and animal fats.  Initially, Solazyme is focused on commercializing its products into three target markets: (1) fuels and chemicals, (2) nutrition and (3) skin and personal care.