LS9, Inc. Appoints Bill Haywood Chief Executive Officer


LS9, Inc. Appoints Bill Haywood Chief Executive Officer

October 8, 2008

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- LS9, Inc., the
Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), today announces it has appointed Bill
Haywood as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Haywood brings over 30 years of
experience in the fuels manufacturing business and a proven track record of
planning, engineering, execution and start-up of major projects within the
energy sector.

"The coming year will be pivotal to LS9 as the company delivers
significant achievements in the development of second-generation biofuels,"
said Noubar Afeyan, Managing Partner of Flagship Ventures and Chairman of
the LS9 Board of Directors. "Bill brings with him the ideal combination of
project development, organizational optimization and investment management
expertise the company needs as it transitions from development to
production. His extensive relationships in the transportation fuels sector
and his deep understanding of strategic partnerships are an ideal
complement to the talented scientific team at LS9. The Board is extremely
pleased to have Bill at the helm of the company."

Prior to joining LS9, Mr. Haywood served as Senior Vice President of
Refining for Tesoro Petroleum, where he was responsible for seven
refineries and over $20 billion in revenue. Under his leadership, Tesoro
became a leading independent refiner by integrating refinery acquisitions,
driving operational excellence and building over $1 billion in capital
projects. During this period, shareholder value increased by more than 86%.

"I can't think of a more exciting opportunity than joining LS9 as we
prepare to move this important technology to commercial production and
become the first advanced biofuels company to reach the market," said Mr.
Haywood. "I look forward to merging knowledge of the traditional
transportation fuels business with synthetic biology to help bring LS9's
renewable fuels and chemicals into the pipeline and to the consumer."

About LS9

LS9, Inc., the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), is a privately-held
industrial biotechnology company pursuing the commercial development of
renewable fuels and chemicals. LS9 is applying synthetic biology to produce
proprietary biofuels that are compatible with existing fuel distribution
and consumer infrastructure and high value industrial chemicals. LS9 is the
pioneer in the commercial development of fermentation derived hydrocarbon
biofuels and its patent-pending Renewable Petroleum(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 and venture
capital firms Flagship Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture
Partners have provided funding to date. LS9 is headquartered in South San
Francisco, California.