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VG Energy's Lipid Enhancement Technology Independently Confirmed in First Phase
of Testing for Potential Commercial Production of Biofuels

VG Energy's Lipid Enhancement Technology Independently Confirmed in First Phase of Testing for Potential Commercial Production of Biofuels   SAN MARINO, Calif., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VG Energy, Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Viral Genetics, Inc. (Pinksheets: VRAL), has received independent confirmation from BioProcess Algae, LLC of early laboratory studies that verify an increase in yields of algae oils following treatment with VG Energy's Metabolic Disruption Technology (MDT) additives. These test studies hold promise for the use of VG's proprietary technology in the large-scale commercial production of biofuels as well as high-value oils used in cosmetics, food and nutraceuticals, among other products.

"We are pleased but not surprised by these early results," said Viral Genetics CEO Haig Keledjian. "Seeing these positive results has been the confirmation that was needed to go forward with the next phase of this particular study."

The results represent the completion of the first two steps of a viability study that VG Energy retained BioProcess Algae to conduct, originally announced on March 25, 2011. BioProcess Algae initially performed a Feasibility Assessment Study to establish baseline performance of VG's technology, with algal strains provided by VG and additional strains from BioProcess Algae. Recognizing an increase in Mean Nile Red Fluorescence, with the strongest effects seen after 48 hours, the study verifies bench-level results of VG's lipid enhancement technology. The next step will be a Dosage Response Study followed by testing at industrial-scale studies.

The Dosage Response Study, expected to be completed within a month, will determine the optimal dosage for the highest lipid outcome in the plant strains selected, according to Dr. M. Karen Newell Rogers, VG Energy's head of scientific research. "It is important that we are thorough in our studies, dosage and selection in order to continuously move the bar to get the highest yields possible," noted Dr. Newell Rogers.

"Although we've seen these results now internally multiple times, it was important to have them validated independently prior to scale up," said Monica Ord, senior vice president of Viral Genetics. "We are moving forward as quickly as possible with the highest level of rigorous scientific data." The next update on this project will be upon completion of the Industrial Scale Demonstration.

About BioProcess Algae, LLC

BioProcess Algae, LLC (BPA) was formed in 2008 to commercialize algae production systems for next-generation biofuels and animal feeds. BPA is a joint venture among Clarcor, BioProcessH2O LLC, Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc., and NTR plc. More information can be found at http://www.bioprocessalgae.com.

About Viral Genetics, Inc.

San Marino, California-based Viral Genetics discovers drug therapies from two platform technologies based on over 60 patents: Metabolic Disruption (MDT) and Targeted Peptides (TPT). Founded in 1994, the biotech company is researching treatments for HIV/AIDS, Lyme Disease, Strep, Staph and drug resistant cancer. A majority-owned subsidiary, VG Energy (http://www.vgenergy.net), is dedicated to exploring biofuel and agricultural applications for the MDT platform. For more information, visit http://www.viralgenetics.com.

About VG Energy

VG Energy Inc. is an alternative energy and agricultural biotech company that is a majority-owned subsidiary of Viral Genetics Inc. Using its Metabolic Disruption Technology (MDT), Viral Genetics' cancer research led to discoveries with major consequences in a wide variety of other industries, including production of biofuel and vegetable oils. VG Energy holds the exclusive worldwide license to the MDT patent rights for use in the increase of production of various plant-derived oils from algae and seeds. These pivotal discoveries promise to potentially allow the biofuel industry to overcome its major obstacle in the area of production efficiency: namely, an increase in production yields leading to feasible economic returns on investment, allowing renewable biodiesel to be competitive with fossil fuels. For more information, please visit http://www.vgenergy.net.

Tue June 14 2011 05:05:58 PM by Tomcatino 1344 views
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