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BioLife Solutions Inc (BLFS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Raymond Cohen

58 2013 Independent Chairman of the Board

Michael Rice

53 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Director

Roderick de Greef

56 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Secretary

Aby Mathew

44 2012 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Karen Foster

2016 Vice President - Operations

James Mathers

2016 Vice President of Sales

Todd Berard

47 2015 Vice President - Marketing

Thomas Girschweiler

58 2015 Independent Director

Andrew Hinson

53 2007 Independent Director

Joseph Schick

54 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Raymond Cohen

Mr. Raymond W. Cohen is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Cohen is an accredited public company director and has extensive international medical device experience holding several Chairman and Chief Executive Officer positions on the boards of both publicly listed and private life sciences companies in the United States and Europe. Mr. Cohen currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Irvine, CA based Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc., a privately held venture backed developer of neuromodulation devices. Since July 2013, Mr. Cohen also currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of Lombard Medical (NASDAQ:EVAR) a manufacturer and marketer of endovascular stent graphs. Mr. Cohen also currently serves as a non-executive director, chairman of the compensation committee and member of the audit committee of Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI), a developer and marketer of oncology and hematology drugs. Cohen also currently serves as a director and chairman of the audit committee at JenaValve Technology, Inc., a private venture backed developer, manufacturer and marketer of transcatheter aortic valve systems; and non-executive Chairman of Syncroness, Inc., a contract engineering firm. Mr. Cohen holds a B.S. in Business Management from Binghamton University.

Michael Rice

Mr. Michael Rice is President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Director of the Company. He was chairman of the board from August 2007 to November 2013. 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 October 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 Chief Financial Officer, Secretary of the Company. Mr. de Greef has over 25 years of extensive experience in corporate finance and the business world in general, as well as having served as a chief financial officer and director of a number of public and private companies. Mr. de Greef has served Elephant Talk Communications Corp., a mobile communications company, as a director, chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee since September 2015, and was previously a director of Elephant Talk from January 2008 to October 2011. Since June 2013, Mr. de Greef has served as a director and as acting Chief Financial Officer of RealAnalogics, Inc., a privately held real estate data company. From March 2015 to February 2016, Mr. de Greef was a partner of MedTech Advisors, Inc., a strategic and financial consulting firm. Since November 2013 Mr. de Greef has served as the president and sole director of Cambridge Cardiac Technologies, Inc. a privately held successor to Cambridge Heart, Inc. 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., a developer of minimally invasive, AAA stents. 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. Mr. de Greef received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

Aby Mathew

Dr. Aby J. Mathew, Ph.D., is Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of the Company. From January 2007 through February 2011, Dr. Mathew served as Senior Scientist, Director of Strategic Relations, and Senior Director of Strategic Relations. From June 2003 through January 2007, Dr. Mathew served as Director of Manufacturing. From September 2000 through June 2003, Dr. Mathew served as Clinical Accounts Manager and Director of Hypothermic Preservation for Cryomedical Sciences/BioLife Solutions. Dr. Mathew has been actively engaged in research on low temperature biopreservation of mammalian cells, tissues and organs since 1994, and his studies contributed to the development of our current commercial HypoThermosol and CryoStor product platforms and intellectual property foundation.

Karen Foster

Ms. Karen Foster has appointed as Vice President - Operations of the company. Effective April 13, 2016. She was previously 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 and over a 13-year span, helped build ViaCord into the second largest private cord blood bank in the US. She has 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. Ms. Foster also holds several quality credentials including Six Sigma Green Belt, American Society of Quality, Certified Quality Manager/Operations Excellence, Six Sigma Black Belt Training, Lean Certification in Progress, and AABB Assessor.

James Mathers

Mr. Jim Mathers is Vice President of Sales of the Company. Mathers previously excelled in sales, sales management, business development, and operations management positions with companies such as Stryker (Mako Surgical), Brainlab AG, Aramark, Accuray, and Cardiac Science.

Todd Berard

Mr. Todd Berard is the Vice President of 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 Independent Director of BioLife Solutions Inc. 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.

Andrew Hinson

Mr. Andrew G. Hinson is Independent Director of the Company. He is currently the Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for LoneStar Heart, Inc., a global developer of medical devices, small molecule, and cellular-based therapies for cardiovascular disease. Mr. Hinson joined CardioPolymers, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of LoneStar Heart, in November 2004. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Hinson 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.

Joseph Schick

Mr. Joseph Schick is Independent Director of BioLife Solutions Inc. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Corbis, a global digital media company, since May 2013. Prior to his position at Corbis, 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.

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