N. C. Secretary of Commerce Crisco to Speak at CEM Dec. 18

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Matthews, N.C. – CEM Corporation, a leading global company specializing in scientific solutions for critical laboratory applications, will host J. Keith Crisco, the North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, at the company’s world headquarters in Stallings on December 18, 2009 at 10:00 am.

Crisco will speak to local officials, community and business leaders about the state and local economies and the proposed development of the Legacy Business Park in Union County. His visit to the county is being coordinated by the Union County Partnership for Progress, Union County’s economic development agency, which is also coordinating plans for Legacy Business Park.

Crisco will also recognize CEM Corporation for winning the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in the Greener Reaction Conditions category for its Sprint™ Rapid Protein Analyzer. The media are welcome and may ask questions.

“We are looking forward to Mr. Crisco’s visit, which will in part highlight some of the scientific innovation that exists right here in North Carolina,” said Michael J. Collins, president and CEO of CEM Corporation. “It is essential that government, community, and business leaders work together to create a climate that will attract more high-tech companies to the state, and it is our hope that this visit by Mr. Crisco will help promote a dialogue conducive to that goal.”

“We also appreciate the recognition of the Sprint System as an environmentally-friendly technology that can help eliminate millions of pounds of chemical waste worldwide, including hundreds of thousands of pounds currently produced in North Carolina by the performance of conventional protein tests,” said Collins.

A demonstration of the Sprint System and a tour of CEM’s facility will follow Mr. Crisco’s presentation.

About the Sprint

The Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer is a revolutionary technology that will replace Kjeldahl as the primary method for protein determination. Developed in 1883, Kjeldahl is a method for determining total nitrogen content that utilizes large volumes of hazardous chemicals heated to high temperatures for hours at a time, with the protein content calculated from the nitrogen results. Sprint eliminates the need for all of that by utilizing CEM’s proprietary iTAG™ Technology to directly “tag” the protein with a non-toxic, environmentally-benign solution, yielding more accurate results in minutes. The adaptation of the Sprint System for protein determination in foods will eliminate the estimated 2.5 million kilograms of hazardous waste used in Kjeldahl tests every year in the United States. The Sprint System uses a method approved by AOAC International and the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC).

About the Award

The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award is presented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency annually in five categories. The award recognizes outstanding technological and chemical design innovations that incorporate green chemistry principles and can be effectively utilized in industry for pollution prevention. CEM is the first instrumentation company to win the award. Previous winners include Pfizer, DuPont, Merck, Battelle, Argonne National Laboratory, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, and BASF among others.

CEM Corporation is a private company based in Matthews, North Carolina and the leading provider of microwave laboratory instrumentation worldwide. The Company designs and manufactures laboratory systems for bioscience, chemical synthesis, analytical, and compositional testing applications, and in many instances, has helped reduce or eliminate the amount of chemicals utilized in these applications. CEM’s products are used in the pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, environmental, and food processing industries, as well as in academic research. The Company has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France, as well as a global network of distributors.

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