SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
April 4, 2016
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported)
BIOLIFE SOLUTIONS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in
|(State or Other Jurisdiction
|(Commission File No.)
3303 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election
of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On April 4, 2016, BioLife Solutions Inc. (the “Company”)
announced that Karen Foster will join the Company as Vice President, Operations, effective April 13, 2016. In such capacity, Ms.
Foster will be the Company’s principal operations officer.
From 2003 to early 2016, Ms. Foster, 56,
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
The Company and Ms. Foster have entered into an employment agreement
(the “Employment Agreement”) effective April 13, 2016. The Employment Agreement is not for a definite time period,
but rather, will continue until terminated in accordance with its terms.
The Employment Agreement provides for Ms. Foster to serve as
the Vice President, Operations receiving a salary of $285,000 per year. If Ms. Foster’s employment is terminated without
“Cause” (other than by reason of death or disability) or if she resigns for “Good Reason,” she will be
entitled to a lump sum payment equal to three months’ salary; provided that if Ms. Foster’s employment is terminated
without “Cause” upon or within 90 days following a “Change in Control,” Ms. Foster is entitled to a lump
sum payment equal to 12 months’ salary and a prorated portion of the current year’s target bonus amount.
The Employment Agreement contains a covenant of Ms. Foster not
to compete with the Company or solicit the Company’s employees, customers or suppliers for a period of one year after the
date of termination.
The foregoing summary is qualified in its entirety by reference
to the text of the Employment Agreement, a copy of which will be attached as an exhibit to the Company's Quarterly Report on Form
10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.
Ms. Foster is expected to receive, effective April 13, 2016,
100,000 nonqualified stock options under the Company’s amended and restated 2013 performance incentive plan, with an exercise
price equal to the closing price on April 13, 2016. The options will be for a period of ten years and vest 25% on the
first anniversary of the date of grant and thereafter, in 36 equal monthly installments.
There are no family relationships between Ms. Foster and any
of the Company’s executive officers or directors. There are no arrangements or understandings pursuant to which she is being
appointed as an executive officer. Since January 2014 there has been no related party transaction, nor is there any currently proposed
related party transaction, regarding Ms. Foster that would require disclosure pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Pursuant to the requirements
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned
hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: April 4, 2016
||/s/ Roderick de Greef
||Roderick de Greef
Interim Chief Financial