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OXIS International Names Former Wal-Mart Executive Ken Eaton to Board of Directors

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OXIS International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: OXIS; Euronext Paris: OXI) today announced that it has named former Wal-Mart executive Ken Eaton to its Board of Directors.  The Company's Board now has four members, including three independent Directors.

"I am very pleased to bring an executive of Ken's caliber to the OXIS International Board of Directors," said Anthony J. Cataldo, Chairman of OXIS International.  "Ken provides expertise in merchandising with major retailers and in worldwide marketing.  His knowledge and industry relationships will prove invaluable in developing and executing our long term growth strategy."

Mr. Eaton has more than 25 years of operational and merchandising experience, including 20 years in management with Wal-Mart.  At Wal-Mart he served in several senior level positions, including Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager, and Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager.  Mr. Eaton was also involved in the formation of the Wal-Mart Supercenter store model, and led the formation of the company's global procurement division.

He is currently the co-founder and Executive Director of Silverlink Holdings, which operates a consumer products company with distribution in North America and Asia.

About OXIS International, Inc.

OXIS International, Inc. is a long-established but recently revitalized biotechnology Company developing multiple proprietary, natural substance-based products focused on oxidative stress and inflammation, which are associated with the negative effects of free radicals and reactive oxygen species.  The Company's consumer product portfolio includes dietary supplements and is expected ultimately to include functional foods and beverages, skin care and other personal care products, and animal health products.  Specifically, OXIS is emphasizing the unique properties of L-Ergothioneine, a highly potent, patent-protected and versatile antioxidant.  The Company has completed a strategic financing agreement with its primary product development and manufacturing partner, Gemini Pharmaceuticals, launched its first product, ErgoFlex for joint pain relief and overall joint health, and announced a joint venture with engage:BDR, a global leader in online sales and marketing.  For more information, please visit

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