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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) January 27, 2021






(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Ohio   0-14902   31-0888197

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


3471 River Hills Drive Cincinnati, Ohio   45244
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (513) 271-3700

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report.)



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, no par value   VIVO   NASDAQ Global Select Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17CFR §240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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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.

2021 Omnibus Award Plan

At the January 27, 2021 Annual Meeting (the “Meeting”) of the shareholders of Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (the “Company”), shareholders approved the 2021 Omnibus Award Plan (the “2021 Plan”). The Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) unanimously approved the 2021 Plan subject to shareholder approval.

The objectives of the 2021 Plan are to provide long-term incentives to those persons with significant responsibility for the success and growth of the Company, to align the interests of such persons with those of the Company’s shareholders, to assist the Company in recruiting, retaining and motivating employees, directors and consultants on a competitive basis and to link compensation to performance. Under the 2021 Plan, employees of the Company will be eligible to receive awards. The 2021 Plan provides for a variety of equity award vehicles to maintain flexibility. The 2021 Plan will permit the grant of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted share awards, and restricted share units.

The foregoing summary of the 2021 Plan does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the 2021 Plan attached as Appendix A to the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 16, 2020 (as amended and supplemented, the “Proxy Statement”).

Board Committees

Effective January 27, 2021, the Board re-constituted its committees as follows:

Audit: David C. Phillips (Ex Officio); Felicia Williams (Chair); James M. Anderson; Anthony P. Bihl III

Compensation: David C. Phillips (Ex Officio); James M. Anderson (Chair); Anthony P. Bihl III; John C. McIlwraith

Nominating and Corporate Governance: David C. Phillips (Ex Officio); Catherine A. Sazdanoff (Chair); Dwight E. Ellingwood; John M. Rice, Jr.


Item 5.07

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

At the Meeting, shareholders voted on the matters set forth below.

(a) Shareholders elected the nine nominees identified in Item 1 of the Proxy Statement based upon the following votes:



   For      Withheld      Broker Non-Votes  

James M. Anderson

     33,357,487      1,002,835      3,680,581

Anthony P. Bihl III

     34,159,419      200,903      3,680,581

Dwight E. Ellingwood

     33,723,284      637,038      3,680,581

Jack Kenny

     34,137,431      222,891      3,680,581

John C. McIlwraith

     33,871,717      488,605      3,680,581

David C. Phillips

     33,269,332      1,090,990      3,680,581

John M. Rice, Jr.

     34,085,335      274,987      3,680,581

Catherine A. Sazdanoff

     33,880,066      480,256      3,680,581

Felicia Williams

     33,935,596      424,726      3,680,581

(b) Shareholders approved the 2021 Plan based upon the following votes:








Broker Non-Votes

32,159,266   2,039,601   161,455   3,680,581

(c) Shareholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’ named executive officers, based upon the following votes:








Broker Non-Votes

29,541,090   4,651,506   167,726   3,680,581


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: January 29, 2021     By:  

/s/ Bryan T. Baldasare


Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)