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CombiMatrix Completes Prototype Electrochemical Detection System Under U.S. Department of Defense Grants.

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Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:ACRI) announced today that its majority owned subsidiary, CombiMatrix, has completed a prototype electrochemical detection system and is set to deliver the system to the U.S. Department of Defense.

CombiMatrix developed its sensor technology through grants from the U.S. Department of Defense. The focus of the grants was aimed at developing an ultrasensitive hand-held biochip system for detecting the deployment of chemical and biological warfare agents.

"Delivery of these fully functional prototype units for U.S. Department of Defense testing and evaluation is an important milestone in the commercialization of our system for the detection of chemical and biological warfare agents," said Dr. Donald Montgomery, Chief Technology Officer of CombiMatrix. "We understand the urgent need for this capability in homeland defense applications and our goal is to pursue this application of our technology through additional collaborations."

CombiMatrix will be demonstrating its electrochemical sensor technology at the Homeland Security and Force Protection Science and Technology Conference to be held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on August 7th and 8th, 2002. Fort Leonard Wood is the home of the Army's schools for chemical and biological research.

About CombiMatrix

CombiMatrix is developing a platform technology that has a wide range of applications, from DNA synthesis/diagnostics to immunochemical detection. The platform allows the company to rapidly produce customizable active biochips, which are semiconductor-based tools for use in identifying and determining the roles of genes, gene mutations and proteins. The company is designing its products principally to be responsive to the needs of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and academic researchers in analyzing raw genomic and proteomic data in the discovery and development of pharmaceutical products. CombiMatrix's Web site is located at www.combimatrix.com.

About Acacia Research Corporation

Acacia Research develops, licenses and provides products for the life science and media technology sectors. Acacia licenses its V-chip technology to television manufacturers and owns pioneering technology for digital streaming and video-on-demand. Acacia's CombiMatrix subsidiary is developing a bio-chip technology for the life science market. Acacia Research's Web site is located at www.acaciaresearch.com.

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