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Steven Shigematsu Recognized as Lead Inventor for OriginOil

News Release, Jun 2008

OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, today announced Senior research Engineer Steven Shigematsu's instrumental role in the company's recent technical innovations and patent applications.

Mr. Shigematsu spearheaded the development of the company's algae growth, scalability and extraction systems, leading up to recent patent filings for the Helix BioReactor(TM) and the Transportable Modular Photo Bioreactor. These inventions will create a more effective system to industrialize algae production on a large scale. Mr. Shigematsu has over 30 years of electronics and bio-engineering experience. As Chief Systems Engineer at Matterhorn California Inc., Shigematsu helped to pioneer and perfect a stream bank stabilization system still in use today in hundreds of locations throughout Northern California. This innovation became the de facto standard for waterways agencies seeking replacements for aging concrete flood channels.

OriginOil Recognizes Steven Shigematsu as Lead Inventor


  In the beginning, there were algae,
but there was no oil Then, from algae came oil.
Now, the algae are still there, but oil is fast depleting
In future, there will be no oil, but there will still be algae  
So, doesn't it make sense to explore if we can again get oil from algae?
This is what we try to do at - explore the potential of getting oil from algae