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BIO-key Appoints Scott Mahnken to Vice President of Marketing

WALL, N.J., Feb. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTCBB:BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification solutions, today announced that Scott Mahnken has joined the Company's leadership team as Vice President, Marketing.
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

WALL, N.J., Feb. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTCBB:BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification solutions, today announced that Scott Mahnken has joined the Company's leadership team as Vice President, Marketing.

Mr. Mahnken brings over 20 years of experience and success through strategic marketing and building dynamic relationships with channel partners. Reporting directly to Mike DePasquale, CEO, Mahnken's primary responsibilities include developing and managing a wide range of strategic marketing and communications initiatives to promote corporate and product brand awareness.

"Scott is a welcome addition to our team, who brings with him significant marketing expertise as well as key vendor relationships," said Mike De Pasquale, BIO-key's CEO. "His creative experience developing branded marketing campaigns coupled with his demonstrated ability to drive sales through innovative, proactive marketing programs will play a measurable role in enabling BIO-key to advance its strategic growth objectives."

"Providing consumers, corporate enterprise and Government customers with a secure and convenient environment has become a paramount requirement in the 21st century. The opportunity to share proven channel marketing strategies with BIO-key's marquis partners is extremely exciting," said Scott Mahnken.

Immediately prior to joining BIO-key, Mahnken served as President of Edge Marketing, a leading marketing consulting firm in the dental and medical devices industries. Mahnken also served as Director of Marketing at Milestone Scientific Inc., manufacturers of computer controlled anesthetic delivery medical devices, and Director of Sales and Marketing / Partnership Relations at ArcMesa Educators, an organization dedicated to providing accredited continuing education to medical and dental providers. Mahnken is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelors of Art degree in Marketing. Mahnken resides in New Jersey with his spouse Dr. Joy Mahnken and their daughters Courtney and Lindsey.

About BIO-key

BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions to commercial and government enterprises, integrators, and custom application developers. BIO-key's award winning, high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise applications. Our solutions are used in local embedded OEM products as well as some of the world's largest identification deployments to improve security, guarantee identity, and help reduce identity theft.  BIO-key's technology is offered directly or by market leading partners around the world. ()

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CONTACT: Jay Morakis JMR Worldwide (for BIO-key) 212-786-6037