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Innovative Boot-Drying Technology From Biovation Undergoes Successful Test by U.S. Marine Corps

BOOTHBAY, Maine, March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After months of testing, the Biovation DryRight tactical boot-drying product has received positive feedback from the U.S. Marine Corps. The testing resulted from a Broad Agency Announcement Contract received by Biovation in June 2013. These strong results will lead to the finalization of product design and the commercialization of the DryRight product in 2015, concurrently with the completion of a final field trial by the USMC. The development of this innovative product would not have been achieved without the support of Marine Corps System Command in Quantico, Virginia.

Biovation is a technology design and manufacturing company that produces advanced, non-woven fiber products with integrated anti-microbial properties for packaging, healthcare, custom advanced material OEM products, and other specialty scalable applications. The DryRight product was funded, developed, and tested in close collaboration with the United States Marine Corps to help them perform at their best.

This easy-to-use solution is rolled and inserted into a wet boot. The anti-microbial materials dry the boot and ensure the foot health of the wearer. Poor foot care is a significant contributor to lost combat readiness. DryRight is lightweight, portable, and prevents unnecessary foot injury while never needing to be wrung out or washed, making it a necessary tool for today's warfighter and peacekeeper. A single unit can be re-used between 10-15 times with "recharging" (air drying) and is manufactured with greater than 50% bio-content.

DryRight provides the warfighter with a solution that sustains an optimum microenvironment around the foot that is critical to top performance and long-term comfort. When in use, it provides maximum boot dryness in all foot contact areas (toe, heel, top and bottom of foot) regardless of climate and weather conditions within 6-8 hours. DryRight use results in the reduction of foot blisters and damp socks. Biovation has applied its extensive expertise in advanced polymers, non-wovens, super absorbents and multi-component biochemical formulations to create a unique product.

Biovation CEO Kerem Durdag said, "The foot health of Marines during training and deployment is a primary medical concern for the force. We have developed DryRight to provide an efficient and effective tool for Marines both in combat and training. Biovation is proud to partner with Department of the Navy on this important project to protect Marines in the field."

Biovation plans to establish a dedicated manufacturing line by April 2015, allowing for June 2015 deliveries. Biovation is committed to the State of Maine's high-tech innovation manufacturing economy by implementing a world-class production line and creating new high-skilled jobs to support the launch of DryRight.

About ANANIA & Associates Investment Company LLC (AAI)

AAI is a Maine based private equity fund that invests in small well-managed businesses. Founded in 2008, AAI has a strong record of sustained growth, going back to its first investment in 1996 under fund manager Anania & Associates. AAI has seven portfolio companies: Biovation II LLC, Grow-Tech LLC, Lighthouse Imaging LLC, MEGA Industries LLC, mWAVE Industries LLC, Synergistic Software Solutions LLC & TrakTec LLC. For more information, please contact Scott Knoll, Vice President of Business Development at 207-712-1500, or visit www.Anania.biz.

About Biovation II, LLC

Biovation is a technology design and manufacturing company that manufactures advanced non-woven fiber products with integrated antimicrobial properties for packaging, healthcare, custom advanced material OEM products, and other specialty scalable applications. Biovation has extensive experience with green and sustainable biopolymers such as polylactic acid, which comes from cornstarch. For more information, call +1.207.633.0616 or visit www.biovation.com.

CONTACT: Kerem Durdag: kdurdag@biovation.com; 207.633.0616 x 12

Source: Biovation