Aetrium and Concerned Shareholders Reach Accord

Aetrium and Concerned Shareholders Reach Accord

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aetrium Incorporated (the
"Company" or "Aetrium") (Nasdaq:ATRM) and Concerned Aetrium Shareholders
("CAS") jointly announce that the Company, the incumbent directors of the
Company, and CAS have reached a settlement agreement allowing five members of
CAS to immediately join Aetrium's Board, resulting in an eleven member Board,
and setting the date of the regular annual shareholder meeting for May 15,
2013 with voting to be conducted following the Company's historical practices.

"This settlement will allow the Company to focus on its operations and will
let the shareholders choose the ongoing directors at the May annual
shareholder meeting," Joseph Levesque, Chief Executive Officer of the Company,

Jeffrey Eberwein, spokesman for CAS, stated, "We are pleased to have reached
an accommodation with the incumbent directors that provides our immediate
participation on the Aetrium Board and will allow the shareholders to elect
directors at the 2013 Annual Meeting without further complications."

Pursuant to the settlement, five CAS nominees have been added to the Company's
Board of Directors, the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Company has been set for
May 15, 2013, and the incumbent directors and CAS will confer to determine
whether an agreement can be reached on a slate of directors to be submitted by
the Company. If agreement cannot be reached, both the Company and CAS will be
free to propose competing five member slates for a vote at the annual meeting.

The Company and CAS have each dismissed their competing claims filed in the
pending litigation commenced by CAS. The Company is paying CAS $85,000 as part
of settlement of the litigation.

Aetrium, based in North St. Paul, Minnesota, is a leading supplier of
proprietary technologies and equipment that are used by the worldwide
semiconductor industry to test ICs. The company's products are used by
customers to advance reliability, improve quality, increase product yield or
improve manufacturing processes. Aetrium's common stock is publicly traded on
the Nasdaq market under the symbol ATRM. More information about Aetrium is
available on the internet at

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CONTACT: Paul Askegaard
         Aetrium Incorporated
         (651) 704-1812

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