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National Algae Association Names Riggs Eckelberry to Advisory Board

OriginOil CEO to join top professionals who will help scale up and develop the algae industry.

Los Angeles, CA January 5, 2011 – OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, today announced that the National Algae Association (NAA) has named Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginOil, to its Advisory Board.

He joins a team of industry professionals that will help the NAA address the scaling up of algae production facilities and develop the algae biofuels and co-products industry.

“In order to maintain integrity in this rapidly developing industry, it is extremely beneficial to have the diverse talents and deep experience of this board to assist us in bringing the most relevant, accurate and unbiased information to the industry,” said NAA Executive Director Barry Cohen. “Riggs’ leadership of OriginOil will provide valuable insight as we move towards commercialization.”

In accepting this appointment, Eckelberry said, “We have participated in NAA conferences since the inception of the Association. NAA’s focus is on fast-tracking commercialization of algae and it provides its ‘algaepreneurs’ a platform to announce new developments. The friendly, collaborative atmosphere has helped OriginOil to grow and provide leadership to this emerging industry. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with NAA at this level.”

In related news, Brian Goodall, OriginOil’s CTO, will address the NAA’s Algae Commercialization, Research and Business Networking Forum to be held at the Lone Star College Biotech Institute in The Woodlands, Texas on January 13-14. He will update the membership on OriginOil technology developments. For more information, please see:

About the National Algae Association

NAA’s mission is to fast track commercialization of algae as an alternative fuel to reduce US dependency on foreign oil and to create jobs in the US by putting algae researchers, algae growers, farmers and producers, and equipment manufacturers together. For more information, please visit

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