OriginOil Adds Third Independent Director, Strengthening Its Board and Corporate Governance

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Anthony Fidaleo brings executive experience in public companies and oil & gas industry

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), developer of a breakthrough technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, recently announced the appointment of Anthony Fidaleo to its board. Fidaleo will serve as OriginOil’s third independent director. In the past three months the Company has added two independent directors and chartered Audit and Compensation Committees in preparation for the commercialization of its breakthrough platform technology and the extension of its market applications.

Mr. Fidaleo is a finance executive with over 25 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer with public and private companies. He was most recently CFO and Executive Vice President of EOS Petro, an early stage oil and gas exploration company.

“Building our board and corporate governance is increasingly important as the company matures and focuses on its target markets,” stated Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil’s CEO. “Anthony has worked with a wide array of companies of all sizes and particularly with high-growth technology companies. We are honored to have him on board and look forward to tapping his expertise on many levels including his oil and gas industry experience and relationships.”

“OriginOil is now on a potentially accelerated path with its commercial agreements and partnerships, and eventually distribution and licensing. OriginOil plans to continue to develop its financial management and accounting infrastructure to support this acceleration. I look forward to contributing my experience in these areas,” added Anthony Fidaleo.

Mr. Fidaleo has run his own accounting and consulting practice since 1992, primarily as an acting Chief Financial Officer or Senior Consultant for publicly traded companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s. From November 2005 to February 2009 Mr. Fidaleo was the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors and Operating Committee for iMedia International, Inc., an early stage publicly traded interactive content solutions company. Mr. Fidaleo is a California CPA (inactive) and was in public accounting from 1982 through 1992, primarily with BDO Seidman, LLP where he attained the level of audit senior manager. Mr. Fidaleo holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from California State University at Long Beach.

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About OriginOil, Inc. (www.originoil.com)

OriginOil® helps algae growers extract oil from algae for use as a feedstock for the commercial production of transportation fuels, chemicals and foods. In a single step, our breakthrough technology efficiently dewaters and breaks down algae for its useful products, overcoming one of the greatest challenges in making algae a viable replacement for petroleum. As a pioneer and the emerging leader in the global algae oil services field, OriginOil supports its core algae extraction technology with an array of process innovations for some of the world’s most successful algae growers and refiners, just as pioneers like Schlumberger and Halliburton have done in the oilfield services industry. To learn more about OriginOil®, please visit our website at www.originoil.com.

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OriginOil adds third independent Director, strengthening its board and corporate governance; Anthony Fidaleo brings executive experience in public companies and oil & gas industry

Key Words: algae commercialization, algae oil, algae to oil, ooil, originoil, renewable crude oil, Riggs Eckelberry, Anthony Fidaleo, Executive Vice President of EOS Petro, Fidaleo CPA, iMedia International, BDO Seidman, LLP

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