updated 3/3/2011 7:15:57 AM ET 2011-03-03T12:15:57

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IRIS International, Inc. (Nasdaq:IRIS), a leading manufacturer of automated in-vitro diagnostics systems and consumables, and a provider of high value personalized diagnostics testing services through its CLIA certified molecular diagnostics laboratory, today announced that it has been granted an extension of its Federal Supply Schedule by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Acquisition Center for the purchase and supply of IRIS's complete line of automated and semi-automated urinalysis instruments, consumables and service. The extension carries the contract, which commenced October 1, 2004, through its new expiration of September 30, 2014.

"IRIS has developed a strong presence within the VA where, since 2004, we have placed our automated and semi-automated urinalysis instruments in some 120 facilities among the approximately 190 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics across the nation," stated Cesar Garcia, Chairman, President and CEO of IRIS International. "We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the VA and supplying our urinalysis systems to more of its facilities," he added.

"We are pleased to renew our supply agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs National Acquisition Center," said Thomas Warekois, President of the Iris Diagnostics Division. "IRIS has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the VA, where a high percentage of the nation's Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Department of Defense Hospitals, and other clinics and entities within the VA System, utilize our technology for their automated and semi-automated urinalysis needs. We look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship," he added.

About IRIS International, Inc.

IRIS International, Inc. is a leading global in vitro diagnostics company focused on products that analyze particles and living cell forms and structures, or morphology of a variety of body fluids. The Company's products leverage its strengths in flow imaging technology, particle recognition and automation to bring efficiency to hospital and commercial laboratories. The initial applications for its technology have been in the urinalysis market and the Company is the leading worldwide provider of automated urine microscopy and chemistry systems, with an installed base of more than 3,000 systems in more than 50 countries. The Company is expanding its core imaging and morphology expertise into related markets and is developing applications in hematology and urinary tract infections. In addition, the Company recently acquired a high complexity CLIA-certified molecular pathology laboratory offering differentiated, high value molecular diagnostic services in the rapidly growing field of personalized medicine. The laboratory provides a direct commercial channel for the Company's NADiA® ultra-sensitive nucleic acid detection immunoassay platform, with applications in oncology and infectious disease. For more information, please visit www.proiris.com .

SAFE HARBOR PROVISION

This press release contains forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's views on future financial performance, market growth, capital requirements, regulatory developments, new product introductions and acquisitions, and are generally identified by phrases such as "thinks," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," and similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement. These statements are based upon, among other things, assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management, including management's own knowledge and assessment of the Company's industry, R&D initiatives, competition and capital requirements. Other factors and uncertainties that could affect the Company's forward-looking statements include, among other things, the following: identification of feasible new product initiatives, management of R&D efforts and the resulting successful development of new products and product platforms; obtaining regulatory approvals for new and enhanced products; acceptance by customers of the Company's products; integration of acquired businesses; substantial expansion of international sales; reliance on key suppliers; the potential need for changes in long-term strategy in response to future developments; future advances in diagnostic testing methods and procedures; potential changes in government regulations and healthcare policies, both of which could adversely affect the economics of the diagnostic testing procedures automated by the Company's products; rapid technological change in the microelectronics and software industries; and competitive factors, including pricing pressures and the introduction by others of new products with similar or better functionality than our products. These and other risks are more fully described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which should be read in conjunction herewith for a further discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.   The financial results presented in this press release are subject to change pending the filing of the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2010. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Cesar Garcia
         Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
         IRIS International, Inc.
         818-527-7000
         -or-
         Ron Stabiner, The Wall Street Group, Inc.
         212-888-4848

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