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Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. Establishes Warfighter Division
Date:3/24/2009

Hires Army Veteran to Lead It

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: OXBO) today announced it has hired Army Reserve officer Kirk Harrington, a Special Operations Force field-grade officer, diplomat, and government advisor as head of its newly-established warfighter division.

Harrington is an 18-year army veteran who in 2006 was appointed by the United States Department of State as a senior adviser to the Government of Iraq. As the sole diplomat to the Iraqi Ministries of Transportation and Construction and Housing, he oversaw every facet of Iraqi reconstruction efforts to include new implementation of roads and bridges, ports, airfields and railroads. His background includes lecturing on Middle Eastern affairs at the US Military Academy, West Point and he is a founding member of Emerging Foreign Market Collaboration, LLC., a New York-based government consulting firm.

The new warfighter division is a result of the Purple Heart Injury Laboratory (PHIL) initiative between the company and Virginia Commonwealth University announced last month to establish a federal defense appropriation-funded joint venture focusing on developing new treatments for military battlefield injuries. PHIL will be jointly managed and operated research laboratories focusing on healing battlefield injuries with new therapies and concepts.

"Kirk's role will be to connect the company with military research efforts and help us with sources of government funding for the military-related applications of Oxycyte(R) such as blast-related TBI, decompression sickness, and wound treatment. It's my expectation that Kirk's efforts will be more than self-supporting and that this division will become an important revenue generator for the company," said Chris J. Stern, company chairman and CEO. "He has outstanding contacts in the Depar
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