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Dow Introduces New Olefin Block Copolymer Using
Symyx-Discovered Catalyst Family

Tuesday July 11, 8:00 am ET

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2006--Symyx Technologies, Inc. announced today that The Dow Chemical Company recently introduced a major new materials innovation, INFUSE(TM) Olefin Block Copolymers, a new olefin-based elastomer with superior property performance compared with competitive materials. These polymers are currently being developed using a novel three-part catalyst system that includes a catalyst discovered during a collaboration between Symyx and Dow. Symyx expects to receive royalties from the sale of INFUSE products.

INFUSE is the second Dow product to use a catalyst discovered under a research collaboration between Dow and Symyx. The first was Dow's VERSIFY(TM) Plastomers and Elastomers, a new family of specialty propylene-ethylene copolymers, which was commercialized in September, 2004.

According to Dow, INFUSE features a unique block architecture that allows unprecedented control of the polymer chain which results in resins with high flexibility at varying temperatures, faster set-up time, greater elastic recovery, strong compression set performance and improved abrasion resistance. Applications may include elastic films, flexible molded goods, adhesives and foams in a diverse range of industries.

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of science and technology to improve living daily. The Company offers a broad range of innovative products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $46 billion and employs 42,000 people worldwide. References to "Dow" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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About Symyx

Symyx Technologies, Inc. is dedicated to helping customers transform their R&D productivity. Symyx develops and applies high-throughput research technologies and research software for customers in the chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, electronics and other industries. Symyx performs research for customers using proprietary technologies to discover new and innovative materials, sells automated high-throughput instrumentation and licenses software for use in customers' own laboratories, and licenses discovered materials, sensors and intellectual property. Symyx has the largest portfolio of patents in the field of high-throughput materials discovery, with over 300 issued patents and over 380 patent applications on file worldwide.

Source: Symyx Technologies, Inc.

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