20.01.04

20.1.2004: Meldung: Spire Receives NASA Award for Cerebral Oxygen Monitor

Spire Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a $69,000 Phase I Small Business Innovative Research project contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ("NASA") to demonstrate feasibility of an optical system for monitoring astronaut cerebral blood oxygen level to determine their state of awareness during space travel. Roger Little, Chairman and CEO of Spire Corporation, said, "this contract will enable Spire"s Biophotonics Lifesciences group to use its core optoelectronics technology to develop these "smart helmets" which use low power, near infrared semiconductor laser diodes. Success can lead to "smart helmets" that could prevent automotive and other accidents caused by drowsiness from reduced oxygen in the brain."

Spire Corporation provides products and services based upon a common technology platform to the solar and biomedical industries worldwide.

Certain matters described in this news release may be forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of dependence on market growth, competition and dependence on government agencies and other third parties for funding contract research and services, as well as other factors described in the Company"s Form 10-KSB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Spire Corporation
Kurt Linden, 781-275-6000
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