Orchid Cellmark Announces DNA Contracts With Five New U.K. Police Forces

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orchid Cellmark Inc. (Nasdaq:ORCH), a leading international provider of identity DNA testing services, today announced that it has now started work for five U.K. police forces in the East Midlands region, under contracts awarded following the latest National Forensic Procurement regional tender. The total estimated annual value of the combined contracts is approximately (U.S.) $1.2 million (at the current exchange rate).

Each three-year contract, extendable for an additional seven years, is to conduct DNA analysis of crime scene samples for submission to the National DNA Database. Cellmark was awarded 100% of the work tendered as the 'DNA Crime Scenes package' for all five forces that participated in this regional tender. Derbyshire Constabulary, Leicestershire Constabulary, Lincolnshire Police, Northamptonshire Police and Nottinghamshire Police are all new customers for the company and their DNA samples will now be processed at Cellmark's Abingdon laboratory facility.

Thomas Bologna, Orchid Cellmark's president and chief executive officer said, "This award marks an expansion of the company's footprint across the U.K., connecting us with police forces we have not previously worked with. We are delighted with our success in this latest tender which is part of the ongoing UK police national procurement exercise."

Over the last two decades Orchid Cellmark has established its position as one of the leading providers of forensic services in the U.K.  Based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and Chorley, Lancashire, the company provides a comprehensive forensic service, ranging from the testing of mouth swab samples for submission to the UK National DNA Database, to the collection and analysis of a range of evidence types for the investigation of the most serious crimes. The company also conducts its market leading paternity and immigration testing services from its Abingdon facility.

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 Orchid Cellmark's expectation that the total estimated annual value of the combined contracts under the East Midlands award is (US) $1.2 million. 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 East Midlands award may be less than estimated, uncertainties relating to trends in government spending, outsourcing trends, 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, 2009, 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.
          Thomas Bologna, CEO
          (609) 750-2324

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