Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm ISS Joins Glass Lewis in Recommending Against the Eberwein Group's Efforts to Gain

Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm ISS Joins Glass Lewis in Recommending
Against the Eberwein Group's Efforts to Gain Control of Aetrium Incorporated

Aetrium Calls on Eberwein Group to Settle the Proxy Contest for the Benefit of
All Shareholders

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aetrium Incorporated
(Nasdaq:ATRM) today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS")
recommends Aetrium shareholders reject the attempt of a group of shareholder
activists spearheaded by Jeffrey Eberwein to take control of the company. Both
ISS and Glass Lewis, the nation's two leading independent proxy advisory
firms, recommend that shareholders reject the Eberwein group's attempt to
replace the current Board of Directors of Aetrium. While the company is
disappointed that ISS recommended replacing two current directors with two
dissident nominees, it is not surprised. Aetrium has made several offers to
settle this unnecessary proxy contest that would result in a greater number of
dissident directors on the Board than even ISS recommends and would have
avoided extensive costs to shareholders.

Although ISS recommended electing the Eberwein group to a minority position on
the Board, they also noted the potential risk to Aetrium shareholders should
the Eberwein group take control of the Board:

"...the dissidents have not provided shareholders with a thorough, detailed
plan to offset the higher risk of unintended consequences that accompanies a
change in control."*

Aetrium continues to believe that the current difficult industry conditions
require appropriate, timely and decisive actions for the company to take
advantage of opportunities that present themselves in order to improve upon
the company's position as these conditions persist and align the company to
take best advantage of improving conditions as they arise. This is not the
time to turn control of the company over to a dissident shareholder group that
lacks both experience and a credible plan for going forward.

In response to the ISS report, CEO Joseph Levesque said:

  "We are pleased that both ISS and Glass Lewis have recognized that voting to
  allow the Eberwein group's nominees to control the Aetrium Board is not in
  the best interests of our shareholders. As we have noted, we believe
  including representatives of the Eberwein group on our Board offers the
  opportunity for new perspectives and ideas and enhancement of shareholder
  value that they may bring. To give us room to find a mutually acceptable
  solution for giving the Eberwein group a voice on our Board, we ask that you
  reject the Eberwein group's proposals. Their proposals to control the
  Aetrium Board have been rejected by the two most respected shareholder
  advisory groups. We believe that rejecting the Eberwein proposals is the
  best way to assure a solution to this issue that takes advantage of the
  critical experience and knowledge of your Board as well as the potential of
  new perspectives."

The company strongly disagrees with the ISS recommendation to support the
dissidents' bylaw amendment proposal and urges our shareholders to vote
against this proposal. The bylaw amendment proposal is designed to facilitate
the dissidents' attempt to take control of Aetrium. The company questions ISS'
logic of recommending against a change of control of the Board and then
supporting a proposal designed to make it easier for the dissidents to
accomplish that very objective.

The Aetrium Board strongly recommends that all shareholders 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 filed its
definitive proxy statement (the "Proxy Statement") with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on November 16, 2012. 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 mailed the Proxy
Statement to investors on November 16, 2012. 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 quotation was neither sought nor obtained

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

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