Robert Walsh Appointed President of LS9, Inc., the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM)

Oil industry veteran to direct commercial development of

DesignerBiofuels(TM) Products

Jul 30, 2007, 01:00 ET from LS9, Inc.

    SAN CARLOS, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- LS9, Inc., the Renewable
 Petroleum Company(TM), has named Robert Walsh its new President, effective
 immediately. Walsh will lead the rapid commercialization of LS9
 DesignerBiofuels(TM) products, including a pilot facility leading to
 commercial production.
     Walsh, a renowned transportation fuels executive, brings more than 28
 years of global petroleum industry experience including 26 years at Royal
 Dutch Shell. From 2001 to 2005, he was General Manager Supply for Shell
 Europe Oil Products where he was responsible for $30 billion in annual
 revenue. Walsh replaces Doug Cameron of Khosla Ventures who has been acting
 CEO of the company during the past year. Dr. Cameron will remain actively
 involved with LS9 as a Board member as well as a member of its Scientific
 Advisory Board.
     "We have been extremely pleased with the rapid technical progress LS9
 has made in demonstrating the feasibility of producing hydrocarbon fuels
 through biotechnology," said Noubar Afeyan, Co-founder and Chairman of LS9
 and Managing Partner of Flagship Ventures. "With the addition of Bob to the
 team, we can now move quickly towards commercializing these proprietary
     LS9 DesignerBiofuels(TM) products are a family of fuels produced by
 microbes that have been specially engineered via recently developed methods
 of industrial synthetic biology. Starting from raw materials that are
 natural sources of sugar such as sugar cane and cellulosic biomass, these
 renewable fuels stand to fundamentally change the biofuels landscape and
 set the stage for widespread product adoption and petroleum displacement.
 LS9 hydrocarbon biofuels have higher energetic content than ethanol or
 butanol and have fuel properties that are essentially indistinguishable
 from those of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. One of the company's products
 is a Designer Biodiesel that overcomes the key challenges associated with
 existing vegetable oil-based biodiesel including quality consistency,
 scalability of feedstocks, product economics, and cold-flow properties.
     "After years of leadership roles in the traditional petroleum industry
 and responsibility over all aspects of the hydrocarbon supply chain, I can
 see clearly how LS9's products will fit into existing infrastructure and
 deliver significant value to partners and consumers compared with other
 biofuel alternatives," said Walsh. "LS9 has the opportunity to
 fundamentally change the transportation fuel equation, which makes me
 incredibly excited to join this talented team."
     About LS9
     LS9, Inc., the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), is a privately-held
 biotechnology company and the pioneer in the commercial development of
 hydrocarbon biofuels. LS9 is pursuing industrial applications of synthetic
 biology to produce proprietary hydrocarbon biofuels that are compatible
 with existing fuel distribution and consumer infrastructure. LS9's
 patent-pending DesignerBiofuels(TM) products are custom engineered in the
 lab to address immediate market needs for clean energy alternatives to
 petroleum. The company was founded in 2005 by leading scientists along with
 specialized venture capital firms Flagship Ventures and Khosla Ventures.
 LS9 is headquartered in San Carlos, California, in the heart of Silicon