WASHINGTON, June 27, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has deployed its Global Trials Manager(tm) software system that manages the clinical trials process for the pharmaceutical industry. Northrop Grumman integrated the technological, business and human requirements of the clinical trials industry into a comprehensive solution designed to automate and extend core business processes.

Global Trials Manager manages the clinical trial process at length through Web-based and automated workflow features. Through real-time information sharing among project teams, the system enables quicker decision-making, effective use of resources, reduced time-to-market and enhanced patient safeguards.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector installed the system at ICON Clinical Research, a full-service contract research organization headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. ICON tested the product to validate that it will meet the needs of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical-device and contract-research industries by streamlining information capture, maintaining data relevancy and providing automatic notification.

"The successful delivery of Global Trials Manager to ICON marks a milestone for Northrop Grumman in providing the software to the pharmaceutical market where it will have a significant role in the clinical trials process," said Pat Barrett, life-sciences practice area leader for Northrop Grumman Information Technology.

"Now that we have completed the validation of the Global Trials Manager system, we are excited to begin the rollout to full operations," said Peter Gray, chief executive officer for ICON. "We anticipate great efficiencies both internally and for our customers in the execution of clinical trials and services."

The Global Trials Manager product offers an integrated planning and monitoring environment that simulates all aspects of a clinical trial. The system's functionality supports research study start-up activities, site initiation, patient enrollment and monitoring, data collection throughout the trial, and analysis of project metrics and results. Additional capabilities include real-time reporting and tracking, automated alerts and notifications of tasks, and the ability to search for, identify and respond to key data points. These features allow organizations to more easily and securely make adjustments and changes for a successful trial.

Global Trials Manager is a product of Integic Corporation. Northrop Grumman acquired Integic in March 2005.

Northrop Grumman is a trusted integrator of advanced health solutions, including health and benefits management systems and information security. The company's services span the public health, healthcare delivery and life-sciences domains, and include cutting-edge information exchange for electronic health records, Web-enabled workflow processing and large-scale information management. Northrop Grumman has also developed a range of military health solutions applicable and adaptable for today's emerging national priorities.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, health IT solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation, and geospatial intelligence solutions.

ICON is a full-service contract research organization with an unparalleled track record managing Phase I-IV clinical research studies for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and device industries. With more than 37 offices in 23 countries and over 2,600 employees worldwide, ICON has the infrastructure necessary to support the many global mega trials it is currently conducting, but remains flexible enough to provide an individual, highly personalized service for locally managed projects. To learn more about ICON, visit www.iconclinical.com .

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