BioLife Solutions, Inc. (BLFS.OB) Appoints Rick Stewart to Board of Directors
BOTHELL, Wash., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BioLife Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: BLFS), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media for cells and tissues, and contract media manufacturer, today announced that Rick Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Kirkland, Washington-based Cardiac Dimensions, has joined its board of directors and has been appointed to its Audit Commitee. Stewart replaces Howard Breslow, who submitted his resignation from the board.
Mr. Stewart has served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Cardiac Dimensions since 2001. From 1998 to 2001 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Tegris Corporation, a leading IT infrastructure and enterprise applications provider for vertical markets. Prior to that Mr. Stewart had a long career within Eli Lilly in its Medical Device and Diagnostics Unit, holding multiple executive positions in general and technical management, sales, marketing and business development. Mr. Stewart was a member of the senior team that led a buyout of the Physio-Control subsidiary from Eli-Lilly in 1994 which shortly thereafter was taken public. He received an MBA from the University of Washington.
Mike Rice, BioLife Solutions Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am very pleased that Rick has agreed to join our board at this very important time for BioLife. We are generating record revenues and on a significant growth path, and Rick's extensive life sciences and operations background will make his counsel and participation invaluable as we seek to generate more shareholder value. I know I speak for our entire board in looking forward to the contributions Rick will make as we continue to execute our growth plan."
Rice continued, "Our board would also like to recognize the outstanding contributions Howard has made to support the Company's growth, as a board member and also as corporate counsel for BioLife."
About Cardiac Dimensions
Cardiac Dimensions is a leader in the development of innovative, minimally invasive treatment modalities to address heart failure and related cardiovascular conditions. The company's initial technology platform, the CARILLON Mitral Contour System has been designed to address functional mitral regurgitation, utilizing a novel percutaneous approach. Cardiac Dimensions is based in Kirkland, Washington. For more information, visit the company's web site: http://www.cardiacdimensions.com.
About BioLife Solutions
BioLife Solutions develops, manufactures and markets patented hypothermic storage and cryopreservation solutions for cells and tissues. The Company's proprietary HypoThermosol® and CryoStor® platform of solutions are marketed to academic and commercial organizations in the biobanking, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine markets. BioLife's products are serum-free and protein-free, fully defined, and are formulated to reduce preservation-induced cell damage and death. BioLife's enabling technology provides academic and clinical researchers significant improvements in post-thaw cell, tissue, and organ viability and function. For more information please visit www.biolifesolutions.com, and follow BioLife on Twitter.