Orchid Cellmark Awarded Multi-Year Contract for DNA Paternity Testing for State of Michigan

PRINCETON, N.J., March 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orchid Cellmark Inc. (Nasdaq:ORCH), a leading international provider of identity DNA testing services, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to conduct all publicly funded DNA paternity testing for the State of Michigan.

The multi-year contract begins April 1, 2010 and is extendable for four years beyond its expiration in March 2015. Under the terms of the contract, Orchid Cellmark will be the sole provider of DNA paternity testing services for child support enforcement and children's protective services throughout the entire state.

Thomas Bologna, president and chief executive officer of Orchid Cellmark, commented, "We are quite pleased with the decision of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget to award this contract to us after a rigorous and competitive bidding process. We look forward to providing critical support to the Michigan Department of Human Services, Office of Child Support and the Children's Protective Services. According to the award letter from the State of Michigan, this contract has a revenue value of approximately $5.2 million over the initial five-year term."

About Orchid Cellmark

Orchid Cellmark (Nasdaq:ORCH) is a leading international provider of DNA testing services primarily for forensic and family relationship applications. Orchid Cellmark is one of the largest providers of forensic DNA testing services and its DNA results are used by the criminal justice system to assist with the identification of perpetrators, the exclusion of suspects and the exoneration of wrongfully convicted individuals. The company provides DNA family relationship testing to numerous child services organizations and individuals seeking to verify parentage. Orchid Cellmark also serves immigration and security authorities for DNA testing of individuals. In the agriculture field, the company provides DNA testing services for selective trait breeding. Orchid Cellmark's strong market positions in these areas reflect the company's accredited laboratories in the U.S. and U.K., its innovative genetic analysis technologies and expertise, and the company's reputation for exceptional quality, reliability and customer service for nearly two decades. More information on Orchid Cellmark can be found at www.orchidcellmark.com.

All statements in this press release that are not historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding: expectations regarding Orchid Cellmark's business operations and outlook; and the expectation that the contract with the State of Michigan has a value of approximately $5.2 million over the initial five-year term. Such statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including, but not limited to, the risk that the amount of revenue resulting from the contract with the State of Michigan will not be significant, uncertainties relating to technologies, product development, manufacturing, market acceptance, cost and pricing of Orchid Cellmark's products and services, dependence on government funding and collaborations, regulatory approvals, competition, intellectual property of others, patent protection, litigation, the timing of release of federal and state funds, the timing and amount of contracts put up for bid, and Orchid Cellmark's ability to successfully offer its services directly to U.K. police forces. These risks and other additional factors affecting these forward-looking statements and Orchid Cellmark's business are discussed under the headings "Risks Related to Our Business" and "Risks Associated with Our Common Stock" in Orchid Cellmark's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, as amended, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in other filings made by Orchid Cellmark with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Orchid Cellmark expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Orchid Cellmark's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statements are based, except as may be required by law.

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CONTACT:  Orchid Cellmark Inc.
          Investors:
          Thomas Bologna, CEO 
          (609) 750-2324
          ir@orchid.com

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