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Friday, February 24, 2012

Biodefense Stocks to Watch in 2012; PositiveID (OTCBB:PSID) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) Opportunities with BioWatch

New York, NY - February 24, 2012 - ( Newswire), a leader in research for independent investors presents an investor snapshot of Homeland Security and Biodefense stocks , PositiveIDCorporation (OTCBB: PSID) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), two potentially qualified biodetector systems suppliers for BioWatch Gen-3.

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Procurement Operations anticipates soliciting final Phase II RFP for the first or second quarter of FY 2012.The Gen-3 detection system will be a fully autonomous network of biodetectors that will continuously monitor the air for biothreat agents.

In a recent interview with Mr. William J. Caragol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PositiveIDCorporation (OTCBB: PSID) noted, "Our MicroFluidic Systems ("MFS") subsidiary, is a leader in biothreat detection technologies and molecular diagnostic systems, and developed its M-BAND technology under contract from DHS over the past eight years. We believe our M-BAND, a Microfluidics-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector, is one of only two technologies that is compatible with DHS' procurement for Gen-3 of Biowatch, which has a total value of more than $3 billion over approximately five years, as described by the DHS in their draft RFP. This opportunity, relative to the provision of biodetectors and the renewables, represents a very significant opportunity for PositiveID. "

PositiveID Corporation (OTCBB: PSID) announced it will present its M-BAND (Microfluidics-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector) system at the 10th Annual American Society for Microbiology ("ASM") Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, to be held February 26-29, 2012, in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. PositiveID will jointly exhibit M-BAND with The Boeing Company and Hamilton Sundstrand.

Northrop Grumman's (NYSE: NOC) biodefense division will be a key player in Biowatch as it moves forward, with previous contracts announced back in 2010. Northrop delivered critical assay technology to DHS as part of the company's BioWatch Gen-3 contract .The assay represents the key technological component of Northrop Grumman's BioWatch Gen-3 system.

According to the company's press release, Northrop Grumman's Advanced Concepts & Technologies Division is providing its Next-Gen Automated Detection Systems (NG-ADS) for independent laboratory and field testing at military and national laboratories.

"Automating the bio-detection process in these next generation instruments will provide much earlier warning of a bio-terrorism attack," said Dave Tilles, vice president of homeland defense programs at Northrop Grumman. "It will operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, in select cities across the nation. Earlier warning will allow the nation's public health and safety officials to reduce exposure, distribute medication sooner and proactively manage the response to a bio-threat."

As the RFP for Biowatch moves forward in 2012, investors can follow the money flow from DHS as qualified biodetector systems are contracted and deployed.

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