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THERMEDICS ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL USE OF EGIS IN OVERSEAS PEACE TALKS

    THERMEDICS ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL USE OF EGIS IN OVERSEAS PEACE TALKS
    WOBURN, Mass., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermedics Inc. (AMEX: TMD) announced today that several of the company's EGIS(R) explosives detectors were used to provide protection against the danger of bombing incidents during the Middle East peace talks held earlier this month in Madrid.  An EGIS system was also used to screen for explosives at preliminary meetings in Jerusalem between U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, a Russian delegation, and Israeli officials.
    The portable EGIS system was used in Madrid to screen vehicles, packages, food deliveries, people, and even news cameras for the presence of explosives.  Unlike conventional X-ray systems or metal detectors, EGIS is capable of detecting trace amounts of dangerous explosives, including the plastics.  EGIS employs a unique, vapor- detection technology to detect the presence of various explosives and, if explosives are found, to identify what type of explosive is present.
    "These Middle East peace talks represented very high-risk situations," said Dr. David Fine, vice president of Thermedics Inc. "The Spanish and Israeli governments incorporated our EGIS system into their security plans in order to take advantage of a sophisticated instrument that is already being used throughout Europe to provide a highly reliable means of detecting explosives."
    Manufactured by ThermedeTec Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Thermedics, EGIS is currently in use at more than a dozen international airports overseas.  The system is also being used by the U.S. Department of State at various embassies and military installations.
    Thermedics develops, manufactures, and markets biomaterials, biomedical products, analytical instruments, and explosives- and drug-detection devices, and provides analytical laboratory services. Thermedics is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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    /CONTACT:  John N. Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
    (TMD TMO) CO:  Thermo Electron ST:  Massachusetts IN: SU: KM -- NE006 -- 3360 11/12/91 10:09 EST
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