Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm Glass Lewis Recommends Aetrium Incorporated Shareholders Reject the Eberwein Group's

Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm Glass Lewis Recommends Aetrium
Incorporated Shareholders Reject the Eberwein Group's Attempt to Seize Control
of the Company

Declares Current Board Best Alternative for Aetrium Shareholders and Questions
        Qualifications and Experience of the Eberwein Group's Nominees

 Glass Lewis Recommends Shareholders "Do Not Vote" the Eberwein Group's Green
                                  Proxy Card

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aetrium Incorporated
(Nasdaq:ATRM) today announced that Glass Lewis & Co. ("Glass Lewis"), one of
the nation's leading proxy advisory firms, recommends Aetrium shareholders
reject the attempt of a dissident group of shareholders headed by Jeffrey
Eberwein to seize control of the company by voting against removal of the
current Aetrium Board of Directors on the white proxy card. Glass Lewis
further advises that shareholders also withhold on all of the Eberwein group's
nominees.

In its November 16, 2012 report, Glass Lewis praised the current Aetrium Board
for its willingness to "invite new members and new ideas" to the Board room,
and criticized the dissident Eberwein group for "overreaching" in their
attempt to take control of Aetrium.Glass Lewis highlighted the potential risk
to Aetrium shareholders should the Eberwein group nominees be elected,
acknowledging:

"… we agree with the board that the Dissidents' lack of a stated strategic
plan and inexperience in the industry would risk creating uncertainty at
Aetrium that could lead to instability."*

Glass Lewis also recognized the Eberwein group's lack of any new ideas and
relevant experience and concluded:

"…we are not convinced that the Dissidents have nominated well-qualified
individuals with relevant experience who possess a clearly stated plan that
could potentially result in a superior outcome for shareholders. Instead, upon
reviewing the circumstances and considering the arguments put forth by both
sides, we believe the current board remains the best alternative for
shareholders."*

The Glass Lewis report also credited the Aetrium Board for the company's
actions to position itself for success when the semiconductor equipment
industry improves:

"…we take note of the board's plan to expand its customer base and product
applications, in particular for test handler products, so that it is
positioned to participate fully in improving industry conditions. Further, we
believe the board has taken actions to contain costs by reducing executive
compensation and reducing staff three times since September 2011. It's also
encouraging that the Company recently added the largest semiconductor
manufacturer in the world to its reliability test customer base and a top 10
and a near top 10 analog manufacturer as well as six other semiconductor
manufacturers and contract test suppliers to its test handler customer base."*

In response to the Glass Lewis report, Aetrium issued the following statement:

"We are extremely pleased that Glass Lewis has recommended against removal of
our qualified and experienced directors.Glass Lewis recognizes that turning
over control of Aetrium to the dissidents is not in our shareholders' best
interests.We believe our plan has positioned Aetrium to outperform once our
industry recovers and we are committed to acting in our shareholders' best
interests. We urge our shareholders to reject the Eberwein group's proposals."

The Aetrium Board strongly recommends all shareholders carefully protect the
value of their investment by voting the white proxy card against the bylaw
amendment proposal, against removal of your Board and withhold on each of the
Eberwein group's nominees.Aetrium strongly encourages shareholders to not
vote any green proxy card sent to you by the Eberwein group.

Shareholders who have questions about how to vote their shares, or need
additional assistance, should contact Morrow & Co., LLC, which is assisting
Aetrium in connection with the Special Meeting, at 800-662-5200.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION/SOLICITATION PARTICIPANTS LEGEND

The company and certain of its directors and executive officers are soliciting
proxies in connection with the special meeting. The company today filed its
definitive proxy statement (the "Proxy Statement") with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The Proxy Statement contains information
regarding the direct and indirect interests of these solicitors in the
company. WE URGE INVESTORS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY SUPPLEMENTS
AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE COMPANY MAY FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY
BECOME AVAILABLE. THESE MATERIALS CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE
COMPANY AND THE SPECIAL MEETING. We expect to mail the Proxy Statement to
investors today. The Proxy Statement is available free of charge at the SEC's
website at www.sec.gov and at www.proxyvote.com.

*Permission to use quotations was neither sought nor obtained

CONTACT: Doug Hemer
         Aetrium Incorporated
         (651) 773-4274

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