Elin D. Miller Elected to Vestaron Board

August 19, 2009

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Vestaron Corporation (formerly Venomix, Inc.) is pleased to announce that Elin D. Miller has been elected a director of the company. Miller was formerly Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, a presidential appointment. She also served as president and CEO of Arysta LifeScience, North America and Australasia.

“We are extremely pleased to have Elin on our board of directors,” said John L. McIntyre, Ph.D., president and CEO of Vestaron. “With her experience as both a government regulator and a corporate executive, Elin can provide valuable guidance as we continue our work to develop insecticides based on the peptides spiders use to kill insects.”

Miller has extensive corporate experience in the field of agricultural chemicals. She has held sales, marketing and senior management positions with Shell Chemical, Dow AgroSciences and Arysta LifeScience. She also has served in government positions with the California EPA, the California Department of Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA she was responsible for all aspects of enforcement and implementation of federal environmental law in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She also served as the executive director of the Western Agricultural Chemicals Association, incoming chairman of the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) and a member of the Sponsors Board and Chair of RISE (Responsibility for a Sound Environment).

Miller also has received numerous awards and honors, including the Lea Hitchner Award, the highest honor in the crop protection industry, the California Regulatory Excellence award and was named one of the 50 most powerful women in public relations by PR Week magazine. She is a graduate in Agronomy/Plant Protection from the University of Arizona, where she served as student body vice president and was awarded the Freeman Medal for outstanding woman graduate. She was also a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship

Miller and her husband Bill actively farm hazelnuts in Umpqua, Ore.

Vestaron is developing a new generation of insecticides using peptides from spiders. The company’s technology is based on ground-breaking research conducted at the University of Connecticut. Over 50 unique, insecticidal spider peptides have been identified. This patented technology is exclusively licensed to Vestaron. Products under development have a unique mode of action, are highly effective against insects and related pests and are harmless to non-target species, including humans. Target markets include agriculture, animal health and specialty non-crop uses such as household insects. Vestaron products will be ideally suited for the environmentally conscious twenty-first century. www.Vestaron.com

SOURCE Vestaron Corporation

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