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Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. is a development stage company principally engaged in designing, engineering and manufacturing bend sensor technology and devises that use its patented Bend Sensor® technology, (a flexible potentiometer technology). For the past three years we have been making improvements to our technology and proving the versatility and durability of the Bend Sensor® by manufacturing Bend Sensor® devices and related products and introducing these to a variety of industries. We currently own nine technology patents and through our research and development efforts are in the process of filing for more that include fully integrated products using our Bend Sensor® technology being sold and supplied to our limited customer base. We have also jointly developed additional commercially viable products, including a universal sensor that will be used in the automotive, medical and industrial industries. We are working towards expansion of our customer base as our patented technology continues to gain recognition in various markets and industries. Over the next six to nine months we will concentrate most of our marketing efforts and limited financial resources on current projects that we believe can be brought to market in the shortest period of time. We anticipate having as many as 10 to 15 different products featuring our patented Bend Sensor® technology on the market over the next 6 to 9 months including products in the automotive, residential home care and industrial control industries.

Over the past nine months we have been enhancing our relationships with various automotive Tier 1 suppliers as they have continued testing and proving our patented horn and seat switch reliability. We have also developed new types of products for our Bend Sensor® technologies and have received small repeat production orders from our existing customers. We have made improvements on our initial prototype for a Home Monitoring Presence Detection System using our Bend Sensor® technologies and have received development and design orders from various industries including the military. In addition, we continue working with significant market makers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers in the U.S. and Europe on numerous other applications for our sensors and devises. Once we receive our UL certification we will be able to complete at least two production contracts that should provide a continued source of revenue over the next several years.

We have developed and are in the final stages of testing a specialty sensor for an undisclosed disposable medical device for a company. The estimated volumes quoted for this device are between 500,000 to 1 million sensors annually. The application will use a sensor that is an adaptation of a sensor that we already have commercially available; therefore the additional cost associated with the development of this application has been marginal. We have received and completed the initial purchase order from a company outside the United States to complete the initial engineering and prototype build of a disposable directional positioning sensor for colonoscopies. It is estimated that the annual demand for colonoscopy ranges from 2.21 to 7.96 million procedures in the United States and as the population continues to age more procedures will be required. One of the difficulties with the procedure is providing an inexpensive means of locating the exact position of the colonoscopes. With the use of our unique Bend Sensor® array and monitoring equipment the initial testing has shown that with the our technology it is possible to locate the positioning of the colonoscopes.

HTK Engineering, LLC continues to market their safety mechanism specifically designed for garbage trucks and other large commercial vehicles. Most commercial vehicles have an "air breaking system" which can lose pressure and disengage the breaks while the vehicle is still running. Our Bend Sensor® technology is the key component of the HTK system which provides a backup braking system preventing the vehicle from inadvertently rolling into people, buildings or other vehicles. Part of HTK's marketing effort has been to involve insurance companies who

have paid claims related to the initial break failure. Because the HTK system is easily installed and adaptable to most vehicles insurance companies have indicated they would provide a reduction in premiums should their customers install the HTK system. There are over 179,000 garbage and recycling trucks in use in the United States. HTK is also pursuing opportunities for the system throughout Europe and Asia.

We have had multiple inquires, including a South African Company, regarding our seat sensor system to monitor and track passengers as part of the Country's study on urban mobility and the use of public transportation. The initial testing included sensors that were configured to monitor taxi usage in a specific location. Using the Bend Sensor® seat system the South African Company was able to complete their demand and feasibility study with 100% accurate information. Based upon this information Flexpoint is currently exploring the possibility of developing a full "plug and play" version of this system for easy installation in similar public transportation applications. With the increase in the cost of gas and the uncertainty of fossil fuels there is a large and unmet need for taxi and other public transportation efficiency systems world-wide.

We have an ongoing relationship with Monnit Corporation, a cutting edge supplier of wireless sensing devises, we have jointly developed a versatile "plug and play" Wireless Flex Sensor that can measure mechanical movement, air flow, water flow, or even vibration. The device transmits this data wirelessly between Monnit's local sensor network gateways and the iMonnit online data monitoring system, which records sensor information and sends notifications via text or email if user-defined conditions are met or exceeded. Through our relationship Monnit and the jointly developed Wire Flex Sensor, we have introduced two new products featuring Bend Sensor® technology. One is a seat sensor for occupancy detection and monitoring, Wireless Seat Occupancy Sensor and the other is designed to measure airflow in HVAC systems, Wireless Airflow Sensor. Both products transmit data wirelessly to Monnit's online sensor monitoring and alerting system, which can be easily accessed from any PC or smartphone, and both target large industries with multiple practical applications. In an age of smart phones and web based information Monnit's technology will help expedite development of projects and enable us to pursue applications that traditional wiring would have been costly and time consuming. Monnit is an established firm with a host of major clients, including Walgreen's, 3M, HP and Accenture among many others.

We have continued our efforts to complete a production contract with one of the world's largest industrial firms over a security mat that uses Bend Sensor® to track and differentiate traffic flow in and out of buildings or venues. Early testing on the mat sensor has shown that it can differentiate between foot traffic and other things like wheels on a dolly. Weight measurements can also be fine-tuned to provide another layer of data for identification and security purposes. Flexpoint is being represented in these discussions by an industry insider with extensive experience. The mat can be used in everything from retail stores to government buildings because the algorithms used to interpret data from the Bend Sensor® technology can be configured for a variety of unique applications. The technology can provide fine-tuned data to instantaneously track and monitor building or venue traffic. There are some 12,000 government properties in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of venues and other heavy traffic facilities that could use this technology.

In management's opinion the desire of U.S. manufacturers to have lighter weight more fuel efficient cars have proven to be to our advantage. Our Bend Sensor® is lighter in weight, has fewer moving parts than conventional sensing devices that are currently being used by automobile manufacturers and is more versatile. Due to its unique design the Bend Sensor® is also more cost effective. Product and design changes in the automotive industry are slow, averaging two to three years before actually being incorporated into a commercially viable automotive platform. Because of our recent work with several Tier 1 suppliers, we have shown the Bend Sensor® as the next generation of sensing devises to the industry. Due to the advanced technology of the Bend Sensor® and its versatility of applications we believe we anticipate being a part of the changes needed in the automotive, energy and technological industries.

Over the past two years our patented "horn pad" sensor has gone through key testing validations with Navistar International Corporation, an auto industry veteran We have been informed that the "horn pad" is slated for implementation once the next generation of the truck electronic architecture is completed. This certification and testing process is similar to the process required by other manufacturers, and allows the Company to move forward with its marketing of the "horn pad" as a fully integrated automotive component to other manufacturers of heavy trucks including, but not limited to, Kenworth, Volvo and Peterbilt.

In addition to the testing of the our "horn pad" we standardized and broadened our electronic board interfaces that will significantly streamline the integration of our sensor arrays into existing computer monitoring systems and other electronic components. The standardization will help the Company to strengthen is competitive position within the automotive and other industries while building a broader customer base.

We continue to manufacture products for Intertek Industrial Corp. Their ProTek System is an automotive seat monitoring device integrated into emergency response vehicles. This monitoring device places the Company's Bend Sensors® in each rear passenger seat with a monitor viewable to the vehicle's driver. The foolproof system informs the driver if the emergency medical technicians are seated and properly secured prior to departure and while the vehicle is in motion. The system is installed in the seats of the rear compartments of the emergency vehicle and provides the driver with constant feedback as to the "seated and secured" status of passengers and personnel in the rear of the vehicle. The system is currently installed in ambulances and is being tested for use in other types of emergency vehicles. Through its relationship with Intertek the Company has validated its technology as a useful reliable safety devise and is currently working with other companies on similar systems for buses, cabs and heavy equipment operators to ensure the safety of their passengers and drivers. A national surge in ambulance accidents has called for increased safety standards for emergency vehicles. Due to the rise in injuries and fatalities that result from these accidents, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has taken on the task of rewriting the ambulance standard. As a result there is currently national legislation proposed that could take effect as early as 2013. The proposed legislation could require all emergency vehicles be equipped with a safety system similar to Intertek's Pro Tek System, which will give Intertek a significant competitive advantage being first to market with an already proven system that will meet the legislative requirements.

Using our Bend Sensor® technology the Company has developed a patented medical bed. Because of the Bend Sensor's® predictability the accompanying electronics of the bed are able to determine the position of the person in the bed and how they are moved. The bed has the ability to roll a patient left or right to relieve pressure areas that can cause bed sores or other life threatening complications for patients that are bed ridden as well as facilitate dressing changes. Needed adjustments can be programmed into the bed to relieve pressure areas to meet the required standards for patient care and comfort. The entire integrated system will also record the movements providing a chronological record of patient care. Our Bend Sensor® technology has many other medical applications that the Company is pursuing.

The Company anticipates marketing a similar bed as part of an in-home specialty mattress. The specialty (non-innerspring) segment of the bedding market has been growing rapidly over the past six to seven years. With the increasing demand of specialty mattresses almost every commercial mattress company has a specialty bed they promote. The Company has had some discussions with mattress companies who have expressed interest in the concept. In June 2010 the Company initiated legal action against R&D Products, LLC, the joint developer of the medical bed, and at this time management is unsure of the effect that this action may have on our relationship with R&D Products and its Licensee of the medical bed application of the Bend Sensor® technology (See Note 7 of the financial statements).

Although so far the volumes for our applications and devises have been relatively small we continue to receive follow up orders for the universal sensor that we jointly developed last year. We expect to receive additional orders from other customers for this sensor as it becomes more recognizable in the market. Currently our customers for this type of sensor include companies in the following industries; automobiles, trucking, busing, emergency vehicles, taxi cabs, public transportation, military and other governmental entities. As anticipated, the Company is beginning to see the potential for more significant volumes and revenues from the sale of this sensing devise over the next year and beyond.

Finalizing additional long-term revenue generating production contracts with other customers remains our greatest challenge because our on-going business is dependent on the types of revenues and cash flows generated by such contracts. Cash flow and cash requirement risks are closely tied to and are dependent upon our ability to attract significant long-term production contracts. In the short term we must continue to obtain funding to operate and expand our operations so that we can deliver our unique Bend Sensor® and Bend Sensor® related technologies and products to the market. Management believes that even though we have made positive strides forward with our business plan, it is likely that significant progress may not occur for the next three to six months, primarily due to the time it takes for negotiating such contracts. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee that we will realize significant revenues or that we will become profitable over the next six to nine months.

In 2010 we entered into a Technology Development Agreement with Design HMi, LLC, which has extensive experience, contact and knowledge involving product design and development in the automotive industry. This relationship has opened additional automotive opportunities for the implementation of the Bend Sensor® technology for the automotive industry that should be realized over the next three to six months.

On October 7, 2011 we entered into a joint venture and marketing agreement with Victor S.r.l of Italy ("Victor"). The agreement includes provisions to jointly develop custom sensors to be used in Victor's RimSense Technology. Victor is a 30-year-old diversified company located in Verona, Italy. Victor has grown from the hand-crafting steering wheel company in to one that offers a wide range of products for the automotive, truck and marine industries.

On November 1, 2011 we announced our recently executed Marketing and Agency Agreement with Mobicon Electronic Supplies Company to market Flexpoint's sensors and specialty products in China and Asia. Mobicon was established in 1983 and initially engaged in the retail and wholesale business of electronic and computer components. Mobicon's business has a global reach in the distribution of electronic components, equipment, automation, computer and computer accessories and has over 5000 customers located in 72 countries.

Management believes the validation by Navistar of our "horn pad" and the standardization of our electronics strengthens our relationship with Victor and Mobicon Marketing and positions the Company to be able to leverage these relationships to open additional markets for our products and technology, build a solid customer base and drive revenue generation for the future. As we have developed fully integrated devises that have applications across various marketing channels we have hired a sales and marketing person who is responsible to expand our existing customer base.


Our revenue is primarily from design, contract, testing and limited production services and is not to a level to support our operations. Over the past twenty-four months we have relied on the proceeds of various convertible notes and lines of credit to fund our operations. These notes and lines of credit are generally secured escrowed restricted shares of our common stock and most have been paid in full through the release of the escrowed shares. Management anticipates that we may not realize significant revenue within the next six to nine months.

On November 2, 2010 the Company secured a $500,000 line of credit from Maestro Investments. LLC. Under the terms and conditions of the line of credit the Company can draw against the line as needed to fund operations. The line has a fixed interest rate of 12% per annum and the principle amount of all draws and outstanding interest is due and payable on or before December 31, 2012. Over the twelve months ending December 31, 2011 the Company drew down the entire line of credit to fund its operations. On April 10, 2012 the Board of Directors authorized the issuance of 2,500,000 restricted common shares to retire the full amount due from the line of credit including accrued interest. The debt was converted at a rate of $0.20 per share and the fair market value of the shares was $0.09 per share on the date of conversion. This resulted in a gain on conversion of debt of $323,248 that was recognized during the three months ended June 30, 2012.

During the first and second quarter of 2012 we issued additional promissory notes in the amount of $312,565. The notes have an annual interest rate of 10% and a conversion feature for the Company's restricted common stock ranging from $0.08 to $0.15 per share. The notes had varying maturity dates and were due and payable, including any outstanding interest, between June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2012

During the three months ending September 30, 2012, the Company secured two lines of credit for $300,000 each, to fund the Company's operations. The lines of credit have an annual interest rate of 10% and a conversion feature ranging from $0.08 to $0.10 and are secured by 6,375,000 restricted shares of the Company's common stock held in escrow. One line of credit will mature on December 31, 2012 and the other on June 30, 2013.

One line was fully drawn down to condense and consolidate the promissory notes issued from January through June 2012. As of September 30, 2012 the Company had drawn $125,000 of the second line of credit to fund operations.

As of September 30, 2012 we have $825,141 in current liabilities, including $477,525 in notes payable related to the lines of credit and notes issued to existing shareholders. Of the $262,567 in total accounts payable over $237,000 are related to legal and accounting fees associated with the litigation described in Note 7 of the financial statements. Management believes they have a strong case against R&D et al, and that most, if not all, of the legal and accounting will be eliminated once the litigation is resolved. In the short-term we will continue to fund our operations through various stockholder notes or lines of credit.

Management believes that our current cash burn rate is approximately $50,000 per month and the proceeds from the convertible notes, lines of credit and our engineering and design fees will not totally fund our anticipated growth in operations. We will therefore need to raise additional financing. We believe that this additional financing will provide the needed capital to extend operations to the development and production of our growing product offerings and growing manufacturing opportunities. However, we may not be able to obtain financing, or the sources of financing, if any, may not continue to be available, and if available, they may be on terms unfavorable to us.

As we enter into new technology agreements in the future, we must ensure that those agreements will provide adequate funding for any pre-production research and development and manufacturing costs. As we are successful in establishing agreements with adequate initial funding, management believes that our operations for the long term will be funded by revenues, licensing fees and royalties related to such agreements. However, other than the joint marketing agreements, that we believe will provide future revenues, we have not formalized any agreements during the past year and there can be no assurance that the agreements we currently have will come to fruition in the near future or that a desired technological application can be brought to market on a commercially viable basis.


Our principal commitments at September 30, 2012 consist of our operating lease of $7,950 per month, and total liabilities of $825,174 which includes $477,525 of convertible notes payable. Under the terms of our operating lease the average monthly payments are $8,450, including common area maintenance through December 31, 2014. The total future minimum payments under this lease as of September 30, 2012 are $232,650.

On August 8, 2011 the Company issued a promissory note for $40,000 to an existing shareholder. The note has an annual interest rate of 10% and is secured by the Company's equipment. The principle amount of the note, and all accrued interest is due and payable on or before July 31, 2012 and has a conversion feature for restricted common shares at $0.20 per share. Management is negotiating to extend or convert that matured on in July of this year.


On April 15, 2012 the Company issued a promissory note for $202,397. Consolidating and canceling the $50,000 notes issued in January, February and March 2012, and received an additional $50,000 in proceeds from the new note to help fund operations. The note has an annual interest rate of 10% and is secured by the Company's equipment. The principle amount of the note, and all accrued interest is due and payable on or before December 31, 2012 and has a conversion feature for restricted common shares at $0.10 per share.

On May 16, 2012 the Company issued a promissory note for $50,000. The note has an annual interest rate of 10% and is secured by the Company's equipment. The principle amount of the note, and all accrued interest is due and payable on or before December 31, 2012 and has a conversion feature for restricted common shares at $0.10 per share.

On June 18, 2012 the Company issued a promissory note for $50,000. The note has an annual interest rate of 10% and is secured by the Company's equipment. The principle amount of the note, and all accrued interest is due and payable on or before December 31, 2012 and has a conversion feature for restricted common shares at $0.10 per share.

Our total current liabilities include accounts payable of $262,567 related to normal operating expenses, including health insurance, utilities, production supplies, travel expense, and expenses for professional fees.

Accrued liabilities at September 30, 2012, were $85,082 and were related to payroll, payroll tax liabilities, accrued professional expenses, accrued insurance expense, accrued interest expense on notes and accrued paid time off.


Other than our current operating lease identified in Note 6 to the financial statements, above, we have not entered into any off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources and would be considered material to investors.


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Estimates of particular significance in our financial statements include goodwill and the annual tests for impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets and valuing stock option compensation.

The Company's goodwill represents the excess of its reorganization value over the fair value of the net assets upon emergence from bankruptcy. Goodwill is not amortized, therefore we test our goodwill for impairment annually or when a triggering event occur using a fair value approach. A fair value based test is applied at the overall Company level. The test compares the fair value of the Company to the carrying value of its nets assets. The test requires various judgments and estimates. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, the Company recorded an impairment charge of $250,757 to reduce the carrying value of the goodwill to its estimated fair value. As part of the impairment testing, the Company considered factors such as the global market volatility, variables in the economy, and the overall uncertainty in the markets which has resulted in a decline in the market price of the Company's stock price and market capitalization for a sustained period, as indicators for potential goodwill impairment. The analysis for the impairment test for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared the carrying value of the Company's net assets to the estimated fair value of the overall Company, and the projected net cash flows of the Company over the next three years, based upon our analysis no additional impairment was recognized during the three months ended September 30, 2012.

We test long-lived assets for impairment quarterly or when a triggering event occurs. Impairment is indicated if undiscounted cash flows are less than the carrying value of the assets. The amount of impairment is measured using a discounted-cash-flows model considering future revenues, operating costs and risk-adjusted discount rate and other factors. The analysis compares the present value of projected net cash flows for the remaining current year and next two years against the carrying value of the long-lived assets. If the carrying values of the long lives assets exceed the present value of the discounted projected revenues an impairment expense would be recognized in the period and the carrying value of the assets would be adjusted accordingly. Under similar analysis no impairment charge was taken during the three month period ended September 30, 2012. Impairment tests will be conducted on a quarterly basis and, should they indicate a carrying value in excess of fair value, additional charges may be required.

Financial accounting standards require that recognition of the cost of employee services received in exchange for stock options and awards of equity instruments be based on the grant-date fair value of such options and awards and is recognized as an expense in operations over the period they vest. The fair value of the options we have granted is estimated at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes American option-pricing model. Option pricing models require the input of highly sensitive assumptions, including expected stock volatility. . . .

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