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Biolife Solutions Inc (BLFS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Raymond Cohen

60 2013 Independent Chairman of the Board

Michael Rice

56 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Roderick de Greef

58 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, IR Contact Officer

Aby Mathew

47 2012 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Karen Foster

59 2016 Vice President - Operations

James Mathers

60 2016 Vice President - Global Sales

Todd Berard

50 2015 Vice President - Marketing

Thomas Girschweiler

61 2017 Director

Andrew Hinson

55 2007 Independent Director

Joseph Schick

57 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Raymond Cohen

Mr. Raymond W. Cohen is an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Cohen is an accredited public company director with extensive operating and corporate governance experience holding positions on the boards of publicly listed life science companies. Mr. Cohen currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ:AXNX), a manufacturer of neuromodulation devices. Since July 2013, Mr. Cohen has served as a non-executive director, chairman of the compensation committee and member of the audit and nominating committees of Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI), an oncology drug developer. From mid-2010 to late 2012, Mr. Cohen served as Chief Executive Officer of Vessix Vascular, Inc. until Vessix was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation. Previously, from 1997 to 2006, Mr. Cohen served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASDAQ listed Cardiac Science, Inc., which in 2004 was ranked as the 4th fastest growing technology company in North America on Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 500 listing. In 2008, Mr. Cohen was named by AeA as the Private Company Life Science CEO of the Year. Mr. Cohen was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by the Orange County Business Journal and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the medical company category in 2004. Mr. Cohen holds a B.S. in Business Management from Binghamton University. The board has determined that Mr. Cohen should serve as a director because of his extensive experience with public companies.

Michael Rice

Mr. Michael Rice is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Rice has more than 30 years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience in the medical and high tech industries. He was most recently the senior business development manager for medical and wireless products at AMI Semiconductor, from October 2004 to August 2006. From October 2000 to August 2006, Mr. Rice also served as the director of marketing and business development at Cardiac Science, Inc., a manufacturer of automated external defibrillators. Prior to that, from May 1998 to October 2000, he was the Vice President, Sales and Marketing for TEGRIS Corporation, a privately held network services provider. Mr. Rice also spent 12 years, from May 1986 to May 1998 at Physio Control Corporation in several sales and marketing management roles prior to its acquisition by Medtronic Inc. The Board has determined that Mr. Rice should serve as a director because it values management’s insight..

Roderick de Greef

Mr. Roderick de Greef is the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary of the Company. He was appointed interim Chief Financial Officer and interim Secretary in March 2016. Previously, Mr. de Greef served as a director of the Company from June 2000 through November 2013, and provided the Company with strategic and financial consulting services from July 2007 through August 2011. Mr. de Greef has served Pareteum Corporation., a mobile communications company, as a director, chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee from September 2015 to September 2017, and also from January 2008 to October 2011. From November 2013 to October 2014, Mr. de Greef served as the president and sole director of Cambridge Cardiac Technologies, Inc. a privately held successor to Cambridge Heart, Inc. From November 2008 to October 2013, Mr. de Greef was the chairman of the board of Cambridge Heart, Inc., a manufacturer of non-invasive diagnostic cardiology products. From November 2003 to May 2013, Mr. de Greef served as a director, member of the Audit Committee and chairman of the Compensation Committee of Endologix, Inc. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. de Greef served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NASDAQ listed Cardiac Science, Inc., which in 2004 was ranked as the 4th fastest growing technology company in North America on Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 500 listing. Mr. de Greef received his MBA degree from the University of Oregon, and a B.A in Economics and International Relations from San Francisco State University. Mr. de Greef has extensive experience in corporate finance and the business world in general as well as serving as an officer and director of public companies.

Aby Mathew

Dr. Aby J. Mathew, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Dr. Mathew is a co-developer of BioLife’s biopreservation media solutions and co-inventor on issued and pending patents related to methods, devices, and formulations for the preservation of cells, tissues, and organs. He holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Binghamton University and a B.S. in Microbiology from Cornell University. Dr. Mathew has been researching low temperature biopreservation since 1994, and his studies contributed to the development of BioLife’s current commercial HypoThermosol® and CryoStor® product platforms and intellectual property foundation. Dr. Mathew is currently active in, or previously a member of, AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), BEST (the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion collaborative), the International Society for Cell Therapy (ISCT), the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), Society for Cryobiology, International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), American Society for Cell Biology, and the Society for In Vitro Biology. Dr. Mathew is a member of, the Board of Directors, and Advisory Panel, of the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, the Scientific Advisory Board of HemaCare Corporation, the founding Board of Directors of the Cord Blood Association, the NIST-AMTech National Cell Manufacturing Consortium, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Clinical Advisory Panel, the Business Advisory Board of RoosterBio Inc., and the Scientific Advisory Board of SAVSU Technologies. Dr. Mathew has obtained UCLA Corporate Governance Program Certification.

Karen Foster

Ms. Karen A. Foster is the Vice President - Operations of the Company. Effective April 13, 2016. Ms. Foster was Vice President of Laboratory Operations and Site Leader at ViaCord, LLC, a family cord blood bank, and subsidiary of PerkinElmer Inc. Over a 25-year career, Ms. Foster has managed manufacturing and quality operations in several capacities for companies including ViaCord, Pfizer, Inc. (formerly Pharmacia Corporation) and Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, Inc. (formerly Phamacia Biotech, Inc.). She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (specialization in Operations Management), an M.S. in Zoology from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (specialization in Microbiology) and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University.

James Mathers

Mr. James Mathers is the Vice President - Global Sales of the Company. Mr. Mathers has more than 30 years of successful sales leadership and entrepreneurial experience in high growth medical and applied technology organizations. Mr. Mathers’ expertise lies in the building of scalable sales organizations in support of rapid market adoption of disruptive technologies. From October 2009 to December 2016, Mr. Mathers was Principal/Founder of the Mathers Group, a business consulting services firm for operational consultancy for physician owned specialty cancer centers and brokerage services for the acquisition and/or sale of radiation oncology capital equipment. From April 2013 to July 2014, Mr. Mathers was the Area Sales Director for MAKO Surgery/Stryker Orthopedics where he was responsible for the sales of RIO orthopedic robotics capital equipment for knee and hip replacement. From December 2011 to April 2013, Mr. Mathers was Director, Business development for AMAMARK Healthcare responsible for sales revenue for outsourced clinical engineering functions. Previously, Mr. Mathers served in various global sales, marketing and business development leadership positions at Mako Surgical/Stryker Orthopedics, BrainLAB, Cardiac Science, Johnson& Johnson and Baxter Healthcare. Mr. Mathers has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Pre-medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Todd Berard

Mr. Todd Berard is the Vice President Marketing of the Company. He is responsible for corporate branding, product branding, marketing and launch strategy, and product management. He is also a key team member in the management and growth of all product launches; including biologistex. Before his appointment as Vice President of Marketing, Mr. Berard had served as Senior Director of Marketing since July 2014. Previous to BioLife, Mr. Berard served as Director of Marketing at Verathon Medical; a division of Roper Inc., from September 2010 until July 2014, overseeing the global marketing, product development, and product launch strategies for a portfolio of six medical device brands. He also managed all strategic partnerships for product development, and helped guide the organization. Verathon had global sales in 2014 of roughly $180M; and Mr. Berard oversaw a creative and product management team of 12. Responsibilities included all global marketing initiatives and campaigns, strategy, product portfolio management, and strategic planning. He has over twenty years of experience in life sciences, health care, and technology; working for both global leaders and small technology startups, including the University of Washington School of Medicine, DuPont, and Medtronic. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Vermont and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

Thomas Girschweiler

Mr. Thomas Girschweiler is the Director of the Company. Mr. Girschweiler has been engaged in corporate financing activities on his own behalf since 1996. From 1981 to 1996, he was an investment banker with Union Bank of Switzerland. Mr. Girschweiler is a graduate of the Swiss Banking School. The Board has determined that Mr. Girschweiler should serve as a director because of his experience in corporate financing activities and his status as a significant shareholder.

Andrew Hinson

Mr. Andrew G. Hinson is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Hinson currently serves as a consultant to the biotechnology industry specializing in matters of clinical and regulatory affairs. Mr. Hinson served as Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for LoneStar Heart, Inc. from 2004 to 2016. Mr. Hinson previously served as the Senior Director of research and clinical development at AnGes MG, Inc. (TSE: 4563) a biotechnology firm engaged in the development and commercialization of novel gene and cell therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Prior to that Mr. Hinson had a long career with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceutical (NYSE:PG) holding multiple technical and management positions in research, clinical development and medical affairs. Mr. Hinson has diverse experience in the cell and gene therapy markets and extensive experience with regulatory affairs and clinical development of new therapies for cardiac, neurologic, and gastrointestinal diseases. The Board has determined that Mr. Hinson should serve as a director because of his experience and knowledge of companies in the biotechnology space..

Joseph Schick

Mr. Joseph Schick is an Independent Director of the Company. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle in December 2017. From May 2013 through December 2017 he was Chief Financial Officer of Branded Entertainment Network (“BEN”, formerly known as Corbis), a global media company owned by Bill Gates. He served on the Board of BEN during 2018. From March 2009 through July 2013, Mr. Schick was Chief Financial Officer at Talyst, a pharmacy automation hardware and software company. Mr. Schick served as Chief Financial Officer at Vertafore from October 2006 through January 2009, an enterprise software company for the insurance industry. Mr. Schick was also in various roles at travel company Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE), including Senior Vice President of Finance. Mr. Schick has significant experience with SEC reporting, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Schick started his career with Arthur Andersen and is a CPA who received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He is also on various non-profit boards and completed the Director Certification program at UCLA.

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