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Dr. Erik Deutsch joins Block Engineering as VP of MEMS Engineering

Marlborough, Massachusetts – May 5, 2008

Block Engineering, LLC, a developer of miniaturized FTIR spectrometers based on unique microelectromechanical (MEMS) technologies, announced today the addition of Dr. Erik Deutsch as Vice President of MEMS Engineering. Dr. Deutsch, a recognized expert in MEMS technology, will lead the MEMS product development and productization efforts and will serve as a member of the executive team. Dr. Deutsch joins Block Engineering from Polychromix, Inc., a leading MEMS start-up company he co-founded in 2000.

Dr. Petros Kotidis, CEO of Block Engineering, commented, "We are developing a series of breakthrough, MEMS-based products, and Erik's technical leadership, deep understanding of MEMS, and experience in bringing MEMS products to market will drive our advancement during this period of innovation and growth. As a technologist, MEMS expert, and entrepreneur, Erik is an extremely valuable addition to our executive team."

Dr. Deutsch adds, "Block is pushing the boundaries of today's commodity-like MEMS devices to develop miniature devices with full instrument-like capabilities and laboratory-grade functionality. I am very excited to join the Block team and look forward to innovating further and taking its technology to market."

At Polychromix, where Dr. Deutsch was Co-founder and Director of MEMS Technology, he developed a unique and revolutionary MEMS technology based on a programmable, micro-diffraction element. Under his technical leadership, Polychromix introduced several commercial products since its inception in 2000 whose technical superiority and breakthrough functionality have allowed the company to successfully enter several diverse markets. Dr. Deutsch holds PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT with special focus in MEMS, and a BS in Physics from Vassar College.

About Block Engineering:

Founded in 1956, Block Engineering is a leading developer of high performance FT-IR spectrometers for chemical detection and analysis to military, government, commercial, and industrial customers. Its Mobile Chemical Agent Detector (MCAD) system, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation, and, PORTHOS™, a portable FT-IR spectrometer system, remotely detect chemical threats as far as 3 miles and protect against chemical warfare agents and weapons of mass destruction. Block's systems are currently used to protect critical infrastructure in the Washington Capital region. Following this success, Block has applied its extensive knowledge of spectroscopy and chemical detection towards revolutionary MEMS-based, miniaturized, laser and FT-IR spectrometers, such as the ChemPen™, a low cost, FTIR chemical detector the size of a fountain pen.

Block Engineering is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, visit

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