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Release Date:06/20/2017

Innolux NEXT Biometrics collaboration •Mass production of world's 1st thermal flexible fingerprint sensor in Q3

NEXT has achieved its communicated goal of being able to mass produce production ready
volumes of flexible fingerprint sensors. The production line is operational and the production
partner, Innolux in Taiwan, has produced the first volumes. This is in line with the previously
communicated target of reaching this milestone within end of H1-2017.

NEXT and Innolux have worked extensively through 2016 and 2017 to achieve this target. The tools
funded by NEXT for the production process have been successfully installed and operate according
to specifications.  Innolux has qualified the materials and NEXT is collaborating with customers on
smart card projects.

At a presentation for shareholders at Innolux, Taiwan, Executive Vice President and head of
technology development center, Mr Chin-Lung Ting today stated that thermal sensing technology
from NEXT is now successfully applied on flexible panel with satisfactory quality.  Innolux was
impressed by the active thermal fingerprint sensing technology of NEXT Biometrics with its large
screen area, high accuracy and compatibility with both hard glass and flexible panel. It is the best
solution to the information security concern of the smart card market.

Mr. Ting further indicated that G3.5 fab at Jhunan will be extended for the mass production of
flexible panels. NEXT's flexible panels will become the cash cow of Innolux, said Mr. Ting. Innolux
and NEXT Biometrics co-invest in technology and capacity development to enhance the
penetration of fingerprint sensor to credit card, electronic payment, mobile phone, and notebook
computer to safeguard the global information security.

NEXT CEO Ritu Favre comments: "We are not aware of any other fingerprint supplier able to mass
produce flexible sensors. This is not a trivial achievment. We have converted a truly innovative idea
from the protoype level to the volume mass production level, and this in a field where others have
yet to succeed. The smart card market representendless opportunities and with a mass production
line in place, we look forward to extend our discussions and negotiations with potential clients".

ABOUT NEXT Biometrics:  Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics 
(www.NextBiometrics.com) offers high quality area fingerprint sensors at a fraction of the prices of
comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including smartcards, smartphones,
tablets, PC's, access control, time registration systems, wearables, payment terminals, flash drives,
USB tokens, key fobs and many more are targeted.

NEXT Biometric Group ASA is a publicly listed company headquartered in Oslo, Norway and with
sales, support and development subsidiaries in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Prague and Shanghai.

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