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Naturally Advanced Technologies Named to the 2011 TSX Venture 50

February 17, 2011

PORTLAND, OR, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ – Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT)
(OTCBB: NADVF) (TSXV: NAT) announced that TSX Venture Exchange has
named the Company to its 2011 TSX Venture 50, a list assembled based on
quantitative measurement of top performing publicly traded companies in
Canada.

NAT has developed the all-natural CRAiLAR(R) process that successfully
removes the binding agents from flax that contribute to its stiff
texture, and produces a fiber that has both the tensile strength and
performance benefits of flax and the comfort qualities of cotton.

“We are honoured to have earned a position among the TSX Venture 50,”
said Guy Prevost, CFO of NAT. “The Company has evolved from a
revolutionary sustainable concept born in Canada’sNational Research
Council
to a proven technology capable of supplying large global
brands. We anticipate a number of developments this year that will
further validate our selection among this group of companies.”

In November 2010, NAT announced a short-term supply agreement with
Hanesbrands for final product scale up prior to completing
commercialization. In January, it announced a separate agreement with
Hanesbrands and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural
Research Service (USDA-ARS) for a cooperative project designed to
evaluate the viability of various flax strains for use in the Company’s
CRAiLAR(R) technology. The latter project has positive economic
implications for U.S. farmers and profitable crop rotation.

The 2011 TSX Venture 50 is comprised of ten companies from each of five
sectors; Clean Technology, Mining, Oil & Gas, Diversified Industries,
and Technology & Life Sciences. The companies were chosen based on the
following criteria, with equal weighting assigned to each: share price
appreciation, trading volume, market capitalization growth and analyst
coverage.

About Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. is committed to unlocking the
potential of renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass
resources from hemp and other bast fibers. The Company, through its
wholly owned subsidiary, CRAiLAR(R) Fiber Technologies Inc., is
developing proprietary technologies for production of bast fibers,
cellulose pulp, and their resulting by-products, in collaboration with
Canada’sNational Research Council and the Alberta Innovates -
Technology Futures (formerly the Alberta Research Council). CRAiLAR(R)
technology offers cost-effective and environmentally sustainable
processing and production of natural, bast fibers such as hemp and
flax, resulting in increased performance characteristics for use in
textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material
applications. The Company was founded in 1998 as a provider of
environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing and adheres to
a “triple bottom line” philosophy, respecting the human rights of
employees, the environmental impact of the Company’s operations and
fiscal responsibility to its shareholders. See www.naturallyadvanced.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services
Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture
Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this
release.

SOURCE Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.


Source: newswire



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