Ryogen Licenses Human Aminopeptidase P Gene Patent to Invitrogen

Suffern, NY, January 10, 2007 - Ryogen LLC, headquartered in Suffern, NY, announced today that the company has entered into a nonexclusive license agreement with Invitrogen Corporation (NASDAQ: IVGN), headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, whereby Invitrogen has licensed from Ryogen the patent directed to the clinically important Aminopeptidase P gene.

The US Patent No. 6,399,349 titled "Human Aminopeptidase P Gene," which is the subject of the License Agreement, covers the XPNPEP2 gene sequenced by Dr. James Ryan, Chief Scientist of Ryogen LLC. XPNPEP2 codes for the membrane-bound aminopeptidase P (AmP). This protein is a significant marker for hypertension, angioedema, rejection of kidney transplants, certain tumors and other diseases. The patent covers the cDNA and gDNA sequences encoding AmP, a method of producing recombinant AmP, diagnostics for detecting AmP abnormalities, and prevention and treatment of medical conditions, associated with the mutation of the AmP gene.

"We are happy to extend a license under the AmP Patent to Invitrogen," said Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen's Executive Vice President. "We look forward to working with Invitrogen on making this discovery available to the research community," she concluded.

About Ryogen LLC

Ryogen LLC, headquartered in Suffern, NY, is a genomic start-up and a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, an idea incubator also located in Suffern, NY. In addition to U.S. Patents Nos. 6,399,349 and 7,273,718, Ryogen owns an important IP portfolio pertaining to the human genome.  Those inventions are directed to genes of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2, Snare YKT6, glucokinase, adipocyte enhancer binding protein, POLD2 polymerase, SMS3, Phemx (TSSC6), TSSC4, HASH2, ribosomal protein L26, MDM2, carboxypeptidase D, carboxypeptidase M, RhoC, retinol binding protein, resistin, syntaxin and the CD81 antigen.

For further information on Ryogen contact Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen LLC, Montebello Park, 75 Montebello Road, Suffern, NY 10901; telephone: (845) 368-4000 x111; or e-mail: [email protected].

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC is an idea incubator with a focus on patent commercialization. For further information on IP Holdings contact IP Holdings LLC, Montebello Park, 75 Montebello Road, Suffern, NY 10901; telephone: (845) 368-4000; e-mail: [email protected] or visit www.ip-holdings.com.