Austin, TX - November 12, 2020


Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, which ended September 30, 2020.


In October, we completed two strategic capital raises for a total of $24.2 million, strengthening our balance sheet for our future growth. The financings allow for continued operating expenses and working capital as we increase sales of our TRACER 1000™ explosives trace detector (ETD) to DHL (Deutsche Post AG) and other customers in the security market, launch the AgLAB-1000-D2™ into the hemp and cannabis industry, and develop, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic, the BreathTest-1000™ to screen for volatile organic compound (VOC) metabolites found in a person’s breath that could indicate they may have an infection, including Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) or the resulting disease, pneumonia.

In September, we announced the completion of non-detection testing with the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an important milestone that positions us well for detection testing, which is the final phase of TSA’s Air Cargo Screening Technology Qualification Test (ACSQT). Once detection testing is completed successfully, we understand that the TRACER 1000™ will be listed on the Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL) as an “approved” device and thereby approved for cargo sales in the United States. We also announced that we surpassed $1 million in purchase orders of our TRACER 1000 with an additional $1 million in future service and support commitments as we look to continue to gain market share in the domestic and international ETD markets.

“We are excited to have passed the $1 million milestone for our TRACER 1000 in October. We believe we offer the most advanced ETD on the market and we are excited to be nearing completion of detection testing with the TSA,” stated Thomas B. Pickens III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Astrotech Corporation. “We are also thrilled to have entered into a partnership between BreathTech and Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s leading breath analysis institutions. Dr. Dweik and his colleagues at Cleveland Clinic have successfully led many clinical trials applying mass spectrometry to identify unique metabolites using breath samples. We believe that our technology has the potential to play an important role in providing a quick, non-invasive, easy-to-use screening device that can be utilized in numerous locations including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and airports as we look to get all of our lives back to normal again.”

First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Highlights

Management continues efforts to optimize our resources while reducing cost and adding financial flexibility.

• Commercial sales of the TRACER 1000 continued, leading to revenue of $140 thousand for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Additional purchase orders have already been received.

• SG&A expenses decreased $276 thousand, or 23.0%, and R&D expenses decreased $246 thousand, or 28.8%.

• Monthly cash outlay for this fiscal year has been reduced to approximately $493 thousand, a 19.1% reduction from our cash outlay through the first three months of fiscal year 2020.

• The Company terminated its corporate office lease in Austin, Texas, resulting in net cash savings of approximately $870 thousand over the next three years.


 About Astrotech


Astrotech (NASDAQ: ASTC) is a science and technology development and commercialization company that launches, manages, and builds scalable companies based on innovative technology in order to maximize shareholder value.  1st Detect develops, manufactures, and sells trace detectors for use in the security and detection market.  AgLAB is developing chemical analyzers for use in the agriculture market.  BreathTech is developing a breath analysis tool to provide early detection of lung diseases. Astrotech is headquartered in Austin, Texas.  For information, please visit


About AgLAB-1000™ and BreathTest-1000™


This press release contains information about our new products under development, AgLAB-1000 and BreathTest-1000.  Product development involves a high degree of risk and uncertainty, and there can be no assurance that our new products will be successfully developed, achieve their intended benefits, receive full market authorization, or be commercially successful.  In addition, FDA approval will be required to market BreathTest-1000 in the United States.  Obtaining FDA approval is a complex and lengthy process, and there can be no assurance that FDA approval for BreathTest-1000 will be granted on a timely basis or at all.


Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from the forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the U.S. and worldwide economy, the timing, scope and effect of further U.S. and international governmental, regulatory, fiscal, monetary and public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company’s use of proceeds from the common stock offerings, whether we can successfully complete the development of our new products and proprietary technologies, whether we can obtain the FDA and other regulatory approvals required to market our products under development in the United States or abroad, and whether the market will accept our products and services, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings including the annual report on Form 10-K.  Any forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors.  In addition, any forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views only as of the date of its publication and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date.  The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Company Contact: Eric Stober, Chief Financial Officer, Astrotech Corporation, (512) 485-9530


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