ATLANTA, June 13, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will highlight its experience enabling drug development for federal and commercial programs at the 43rd Drug Information Association (DIA) Annual Meeting.

The conference and exposition will be held June 17-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Northrop Grumman will exhibit at booth 427.

At its booth, Northrop Grumman will showcase its experience in electronic health record systems, the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA), clinical trials management, complete IT systems interoperability and connectivity, and the pharmacological science of detecting, assessing and preventing long- and short-term side effects of medicine.

The company will demonstrate the largest globally deployed, patient-centric electronic health record system, AHLTA. AHLTA is the U.S. Department of Defense's interoperable healthcare information system serving more than nine million beneficiaries. The AHLTA demonstration exhibits the granularity of captured computable data, ease of use of a structured vocabulary, and the ability to rapidly tailor the type of data captured during a patient encounter to account for multiple diagnoses and provide accurate, automatic coding of the encounter. AHLTA data can be a critical source for the safe and effective profiling of post-marketed drugs.

Pharmaceutical, contract research and biotechnology companies can streamline the clinical trials process with Northrop Grumman's Case Report Form (CRF) WorkManager software application. The company will demonstrate CRF WorkManager, which automates the clinical trials process from data capture through electronic submissions. Through resource management, data capture and imaging technology, database integration, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submission support tools, CRF WorkManager confronts the challenges of using paper-based trials.

The company will also share its experience with the FDA Structured Product Labeling program. As the prime contractor for this industry-wide initiative, Northrop Grumman has developed and deployed the process and technology to enable the receipt, processing and communication of submitted drug labels.

Northrop Grumman has developed a health information exchange that provides better clinical information to physicians during patient encounters, empowers consumers with access to and control over medical records, and enhances public health agencies' ability to protect and improve the health of the American public. The company will illustrate how existing electronic health records and regional health information exchange initiatives can significantly increase the targeting of new molecules, development of new compounds, and secure and efficient evaluations of pre- and post-marketed drugs.

Northrop Grumman will also feature the Global Disease Surveillance Platform(tm) (GDSP), which fuses multiple data sources to monitor, detect and provide situational awareness of public health threats. GDSP allows private and public health organizations to communicate and disseminate critical information for a coordinated and timely response. GDSP can enable specific disease targeting and monitoring in order to evaluate post-marketed drugs and identify areas for new development or investment.

Northrop Grumman is a trusted integrator of advanced health solutions, addressing life sciences, clinical information systems, public health, and health and benefits systems management. The company's major health programs include innovative electronic health information exchanges, global disease surveillance and response tools and support for medical research. Northrop Grumman has developed and supports the largest electronic health record in use, now implemented at military health facilities worldwide.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Christy Whitman
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (571) 213-5302