22nd Century Group to Open Laboratories to Lower Costs of Research and Speed Development of Important New Products

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Company to Present at LD Micro Investor Conference on December 2nd

CLARENCE, N.Y.--22nd Century Group, Inc. (XXII) , a plant biotechnology company that is a leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced today that it will open specialized laboratories in Western New York dedicated to new scientific research at substantially lower costs than sponsored research projects at third-party universities. Paul J. Rushton, Ph.D., the Company’s recently appointed Cambridge and Max Planck Institute-educated Vice President of Plant Biotechnology, will lead this new scientific initiative. The new laboratories will accelerate the development of new nicotine-free tobacco varieties as well as the invention of important tobacco products.

Dr. Rushton explained, “This is a very exciting time for our Company. Our new laboratories will provide 22nd Century with the in-house capabilities to rapidly expand our genomics-based research and to accelerate commercialization of our technologies.”

“The new 22nd Century laboratories will enable us to continue to grow our patent portfolio – but at substantially reduced costs,” explained Henry Sicignano III, President and CEO of 22nd Century Group. “What’s more, using our own labs will enable us to own, outright, the patents that we develop rather than having to license them from sponsored third-party researchers.”

In other news, 22nd Century announced today that the Company will present at the LD Micro Invitational Conference at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. PST.

The LD Micro investor conference focuses on revealing to qualified investors promising, undervalued companies in the micro-cap space. Mr. Sicignano will provide attendees with a formal update, business overview, and highlights of recent 22nd Century Group activity. In addition, Mr. Sicignano will be available for one-on-one meetings at the conference.

To arrange a one-on-one meeting with 22nd Century, please contact Andrew Haag at xxii@irthcommunications.com or call 866-976-4784.

About 22nd Century Group, Inc.

22nd Century Group is a plant biotechnology company focused on technology which allows it to increase or decrease the level of nicotine in tobacco plants and the level of cannabinoids in cannabis plants through genetic engineering and plant breeding. The Company’s primary mission is to reduce the harm caused by smoking. 22nd Century currently owns or exclusively controls more than 200 issued patents and more than 50 pending patent applications around the world. The Company’s strong IP position led to a licensing agreement with British American Tobacco (“BAT”), the world’s second largest tobacco company. Visit www.xxiicentury.com for more information.

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IRTH Communications
Andrew Haag, 866-976-4784
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Tom Redington, 203-222-7399


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