SCHEDULE 14A INORMATION Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No. ____) Filed by the Registrant [ X ] Filed by a Party other than the Registrant [ ] Check the appropriate box: [ ] Preliminary Proxy Statement [ ] Confidential for Use of the Commission Only (as permitted by Rule 14a-6(e)(2)) [X] Definitive Proxy Statement [ ] Definitive Additional Materials [ ] Soliciting Material Pursuant to ss.240.14a-11(c) or ss.240.14a-12 Techne Corporation (Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter) (Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant) Payment of Filing Fee (Check the appropriate box): [X] No fee required [ ] Fee computed on table below per Exchange Act Rules 14a-6(i)(1) and 0-11 1) Title of each class of securities to which transaction applies: 2) Aggregate number of securities to which transaction applies: 3) Per unit price or other underlying value of transaction computed pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 0-11 (Set forth the amount on which the filing fee is calculated and state how it was determined): 4) Proposed maximum aggregate value of transaction: 5) Total fee paid: [ ] Fee paid previously with preliminary materials. [ ] Check box if any part of the fee is offset as provided by Exchange Act Rule 0-11(a)(2) and identify the filing for which the offsetting fee was paid previously. Identify the previous filing by registration statement number, or the Form or Schedule and the date of its filing: 1) Amount Previously Paid: 2) Form, Schedule or Registration Statement No.: 3) Filing Party: 4) Date Filed: TECHNE CORPORATION NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS to be held October 18, 2001 The annual meeting of shareholders of Techne Corporation (the "Company") will be held at the offices of the Company, 614 McKinley Place N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday, October 18, 2001, at 3:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time), for the following purposes: 1. To set the number of members of the Board of Directors at eight (8). 2. To elect directors of the Company for the ensuing year. 3. To take action upon any other business that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof. Only shareholders of record shown on the books of the Company at the close of business on September 11, 2001 will be entitled to vote at the meeting or any adjournment thereof. Each shareholder is entitled to one vote per share on all matters to be voted on at the meeting. You are cordially invited to attend the meeting. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please sign, date and return your Proxy in the return envelope provided as soon as possible. Your cooperation in promptly signing and returning the Proxy will help avoid further solicitation expense to the Company. This Notice, the Proxy Statement and the enclosed Proxy are sent to you by order of the Board of Directors. THOMAS E. OLAND, President Dated: September 18, 2001 Minneapolis, Minnesota TECHNE CORPORATION __________ PROXY STATEMENT for Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held October 18, 2001 __________ INTRODUCTION Your Proxy is solicited by the Board of Directors of Techne Corporation (the "Company") for use at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on October 18, 2001 and at any adjournment thereof, for the purposes set forth in the attached Notice of Annual Meeting. The cost of soliciting Proxies, including preparing, assembling and mailing the Proxies and soliciting material, will be borne by the Company. Directors, officers and regular employees of the Company may, without compensation other than their regular compensation, solicit Proxies personally or by telephone. Proxies not revoked will be voted in accordance with the choice specified by shareholders by means of the ballot provided on the Proxy for that purpose. Proxies which are signed but which lack any such specification will, subject to the following, be voted in favor of the proposals set forth in the Notice of Meeting and in favor of the number and slate of directors proposed by the Board of Directors and listed herein. If a shareholder abstains from voting as to any matter, then the shares held by such shareholder shall be deemed present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and for purposes of calculating the vote with respect to such matter, but shall not be deemed to have been voted in favor of such matter. Abstentions, therefore, as to any proposal will have the same effect as votes against such proposal. If a broker returns a "non-vote" proxy, indicating a lack of voting instruction by the beneficial holder of the shares and a lack of discretionary authority on the part of the broker to vote on a particular matter, then the shares covered by such non-vote shall be deemed present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum but shall not be deemed to be represented at the meeting for purposes of calculating the vote required for approval of such matter. The mailing address of the Company's principal executive office is 614 McKinley Place N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413. The Company expects that this Proxy Statement and the related Proxy and Notice of Annual Meeting will first be mailed to shareholders on or about September 18, 2001. OUTSTANDING SHARES AND VOTING RIGHTS The Board of Directors of the Company has fixed September 11, 2001 as the record date for determining shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Persons who were not shareholders on such date will not be allowed to vote at the Annual Meeting. At the close of business on September 11, 2001, 41,443,688 shares of the Company's Common Stock were issued and outstanding. Such Common Stock is the only outstanding class of stock of the Company. Each share of Common Stock is entitled to one vote on each matter to be voted upon at the meeting. Holders of the Common Stock are not entitled to cumulative voting rights in the election of directors. PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS The following table provides information concerning the only persons known to the Company to be the beneficial owners of more than five percent (5%) of the Company's outstanding Common Stock as of September 11, 2001: Amount and Name and Address Nature of Shares Percent of Beneficial Owner Beneficially Owned(1) of Class(2) -------------------------------------- --------------------- ---------- Kopp Investment Advisors, Inc. 3,760,597 (3) 9.1% Kopp Holding Company and LeRoy C. Kopp 7701 France Avenue So. Edina, MN 55435 Pilgrim, Baxter & Associates, Ltd. 3,222,000 (4) 7.8% 825 Duportial Road Wayne, PA 19087 Thomas E. Oland 1,741,498 (5)(6) 4.2% 614 McKinley Place N.E. Minneapolis, MN 55413 ______________ (1) Unless otherwise indicated, the person listed as the beneficial owner of the shares has sole voting and sole investment power over the shares. (2) Shares not outstanding but deemed beneficially owned by virtue of the right of a person to acquire them as of September 11, 2001, or within sixty days of such date are treated as outstanding only when determining the percent owned by such individual and when determining the percent owned by the group. (3) Sole voting power: 1,108,400 shares; sole investment power: 790,000; shared investment power: 2,970,597. (4) Sole voting power: 3,204,600 shares; sole investment power: 3,222,000. (5) Does not include 820,025 shares held by the Company's Stock Bonus Plan for accounts of employees other than Mr. Oland, which are included in the group total in the Management Shareholding table. The Company's Board of Directors, acting by a majority vote, currently directs the Trustee as to the voting of such shares. Including such 820,025 shares, Mr. Oland, a Director of the Company, beneficially owns 2,561,523 shares or 6.2% of total shares outstanding plus shares subject to options exercisable by him. (6) Includes 976,920 shares owned directly, 90,098 held by the Company's Stock Bonus Plan for Mr. Oland's account, 68,556 shares held by Thomas Oland and Associates, 205,924 shares held by the Thomas Oland and Associates Profit Sharing Plan and Trust and 400,000 shares subject to stock options which are exercisable. MANAGEMENT SHAREHOLDINGS The following table sets forth the number of shares of the Company's Common Stock beneficially owned as of September 11, 2001, by each executive officer of the Company named in the Summary Compensation Table, by each director and by all directors and executive officers (including the named individuals) as a group. Shares beneficially owned by Mr. Oland constitute 4.2% of total shares outstanding plus shares subject to options exercisable by him. Each other individual beneficially owns less than one percent of total shares outstanding plus shares subject to options exercisable by him or her. As a group, officers and directors beneficially own 9.4% of total shares outstanding plus shares subject to options exercisable by them. Name of Director Number of Shares or Executive Officer Group Beneficially Owned(1) -------------------------- -------------------- Thomas E. Oland 1,741,498 (2)(3) Roger C. Lucas, Ph.D. 71,456 (4)(5)(6) Howard V. O'Connell 242,200 (4)(6)(7) G. Arthur Herbert 284,200 (4)(6)(8) Lowell E. Sears 210,400 (4)(6)(9) James A. Weatherbee Ph.D. 168,436 (10) Monica Tsang, Ph.D. 179,862 (11) Christopher S. Henney, D.Sc, Ph.D. 20,000 (4)(6)(12) Randolph C. Steer, M.D., Ph.D. 70,000 (4)(6)(13) Marcel Veronneau 54,899 (14) Timothy M. Heaney 62,524 (15) Officers and directors as a group (11 persons) 3,882,434 (16) (1) Unless otherwise indicated, the person listed as the beneficial owner has sole voting and sole investment power over outstanding shares. Shares beneficially owned includes shares subject to options which are currently outstanding and exercisable and options which are currently outstanding an will become exercisable within 60 days of September 11, 2001. (2) See Note (5) to the preceding table. (3) See Note (6) to preceding table. (4) Does not include 910,123 shares held by the Company's Stock Bonus Plan, which are included in the total of officers and directors as a group. The Company's Board of Directors, acting by majority vote, currently directs the Trustee as to the voting of such shares. (5) Includes 10,000 shares owned by Dr. Lucas' wife and 30,000 shares subject to stock options. Dr. Lucas disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares owned by his wife. (6) Does not include an option to purchase 5,000 shares which will be granted on and will become exercisable as of the date of the Annual Meeting pursuant to the 1998 Nonqualified Stock Option Plan. (7) Includes 27,700 shares owned by Mr. O'Connell's wife and 70,000 shares subject to options. Mr. O'Connell disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares owned by his wife. (8) Includes 154,200 shares held by trusts and partnership of which Mr. Herbert is a trustee or partner and 130,000 shares subject to options. (9) Includes 400 shares held by a trust of which Mr. Sears is a trustee and 210,000 shares subject to options. (10) Includes 100,912 shares subject to stock options. Does not include shares beneficially owned by Dr. Tsang, Dr. Weatherbee's wife. (11) Includes 109,520 shares subject to stock options. Does not include shares beneficially owned by Dr. Weatherbee, Dr. Tsang's husband. (12) Includes 20,000 shares subject to options. (13) Includes 70,000 shares subject to options. (14) Includes 23,006 shares subject to options. (15) Includes 420 shares owned by Mr. Heaney's wife, 1,400 shares owned by a family trust of which Mr. Heaney is a co-trustee, and 57,516 shares subject to options. Mr. Heaney disclaims beneficial ownership of shares owned by his wife and the trust. Does not include 909,935 shares held by the Company's Stock Bonus Plan for accounts of employees other than Mr. Heaney. (16) Includes 910,123 shares held by the Company's Stock Bonus Plan as to which the Company's Board of Directors directs the voting and 1,220,954 shares which may be purchased pursuant to options. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS (Proposals #1 and #2) General Information The Bylaws of the Company provide that the number of directors shall be determined by the shareholders at each annual meeting. The Board of Directors recommends that the number of directors to be set at eight. Under applicable Minnesota law, approval of the proposal to set the number of directors at eight, as well as the election of each nominee, requires the affirmative vote of the holders of the greater of (1) a majority of the voting power of the shares represented in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting with authority to vote on such matter or (2) a majority of the voting power of the minimum number of shares that would constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting. In the election of directors, each Proxy will be voted for each of the nominees listed below unless the Proxy withholds a vote for one or more of the nominees. Each person elected as a director shall serve for a term of one year or until his successor is duly elected and qualified. All of the nominees are members of the present Board of Directors. If any of the nominees should be unable to serve as a director by reason of death, incapacity or other unexpected occurrence, the Proxies solicited by the Board of Directors shall be voted by the proxy representatives for such substitute nominee as is selected by the Board, or, in the absence of such selection, for such fewer number of directors as results from such death, incapacity or other unexpected occurrence. The following table provides certain information with respect to the nominees for director. Current Position(s) with Principle Occupation(s) Director Name Age Company During Past Five Years Since ----------------- --- --------------------- ----------------------- -------- Thomas E. Oland 60 Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Board, 1985 President, Treasurer President and Treasurer and Director of the Company since December 1985 and President of Research and Diagnostic Systems, Inc. since July 1982 Roger C. Lucas, 58 Vice Chairman Vice Chairman and 1985 Ph.D. and Director Senior Scientific Advisor to the Company's Board since July 1995. Chairman of Visual Circuits, a digital video company since August 1997, and director of ChemoCentryx, Inc., a partially-owned subsidiary of the Company. Chief Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company from December 1985 to March 1995. Director of Printware, Inc. Howard V. 71 Director Private investor since 1985 O'Connell 1990. Chairman, President and Treasurer of John G. Kinnard and Company, Incorporated, a securities broker- dealer, from 1969 to 1990. G. Arthur 75 Director Principle of CEO 1989 Herbert Advisors, a management and financial consulting firm, since January 1989; from January 1969 to December 1988, President and Vice President Manager of Electro-Science Management Corp., a manager of venture capital partnerships. Randolph C. 51 Director Consultant to the 1990 Steer, M.D., pharmaceutical and Ph.D. biotechnology industries since 1989; Chairman (July 1999-August 2000) of Vicus.com, Inc. Director of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Lowell E. Sears 50 Director Private investor since 1994 April 1994. For more than five years prior thereto, Chief Financial Officer of Amgen Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Director of Neose Technologies, Inc. Christopher S. 60 Director Chief Execuitve Officer 1996 Henney, D.Sc., of Dendreon Corp., a Ph.D. biotechnology company, since April 1995. Executive Vice President of ICOS Corporation, a biotechnology company, from April 1990 to April 1995. Director of Dendreon Corp., Sonus Pharmaceuticals and Bionomics Inc. Timothy M. 55 Vice President Vice President, 1999 Heaney and Director Secretary and General Counsel of the Company since October 1999. From June 1972 to September 1999, an attorney with the firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and legal counsel to the Company since its inception. Committee and Board Meetings The Company's Board of Directors has two standing Committees, the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. The Audit Committee (whose members are Messrs. Herbert, O'Connell, Sears and Dr. Steer) is responsible for reviewing the Company's internal audit procedures, the quarterly and annual financial statements of the Company and, with the Company's independent accountants, the results of the annual audit. The Audit Committee also establishes and oversees the implementation of the Company's cash investment policy. The Audit Committee met six times during fiscal 2001. The Compensation Committee (whose members are Drs. Henney and Steer and Messrs. Herbert and O'Connell) recommends compensation for officers of the Company. The Compensation Committee met three times during fiscal 2001. In addition to formal meetings, the Audit and Compensation Committees had numerous telephone conferences regarding Committee business. The Board does not have a separate Nominating Committee, but functions as a whole in considering nominations. During fiscal 2001, the Board held five meetings. Each director attended 75% or more of the total number of meetings of the Board and of Committees of which he was a member. Directors' Fees Directors who are not employees of the Company are compensated at the rate of $25,000 per year for service on the Board and Committees of the Board. In addition, under the Company's 1998 Nonqualified Stock Option Plan, outside directors automatically receive an option to purchase shares of the Company's Common Stock on election and upon each re-election. In connection with the 2001 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the number of shares subject to the option granted to outside directors re-elected to the Board will be 5,000 per director. Audit Committee Report The Audit Committee is composed of four independent directors and operates under a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors (set forth in Appendix A). The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors with fulfilling its oversight responsibility regarding the quality and integrity of the accounting, auditing and financial reporting practices of the Company. In discharging its oversight responsibilities regarding the audit process, the Audit Committee: (1) reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements with management; (2) discussed with the independent auditors the material required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61; and (3) reviewed the written disclosures and the letter from the independent auditors required by the Independence Standards Board's Standard No.1, and discussed with the independent auditors any relationships that may impact their objectivity and independence. Based upon the review and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited financial statements be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. G. Arthur Herbert Howard V. O'Connell Lowell E. Sears Randolph C. Steer, M.D., Ph.D. Members of the Audit Committee EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION Compensation Committee Report on Executive Compensation Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation. The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company is composed of directors Christopher S. Henney, D.Sc., Ph.D., G. Arthur Herbert, Howard V. O'Connell and Randolph C. Steer, M.D., Ph.D. None of the members of the Committee is or ever has been an employee or officer of the Company and none is affiliated with any entity other than the Company with which an executive officer of the Company is affiliated. Overview and Philosophy. The Company's executive compensation program is comprised of base salaries, annual performance bonuses comprised of a cash and option component, long-term incentive compensation in the form of stock options, and various benefits, including the Company's profit sharing and savings plan and stock bonus plan in which all qualified employees of the Company participate. In addition, the Compensation Committee from time to time may award special cash bonuses or stock options related to non- recurring, extraordinary performance. The Compensation Committee has followed a policy of paying annual base salaries which are on the moderate side of being competitive in its industry and of awarding bonuses based on achievement of specific revenue, profit and non-monetary goals. If the goals are achieved, the officer receives an option to purchase a number of shares with a fair market value on date of grant equal to 20% of the officer's base salary and receives, at the election of the officer, either a cash bonus equal to 20% of the officer's base salary or an additional option to purchase a number of shares with a fair market value on date of grant equal to 170% of the cash bonus alternative. Bonuses are awarded on a prorated basis if between 85% and 100% of the specific revenue and profit goals are achieved. The goals are established annually as recommended by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and approved by the Compensation Committee. The Company has formal employment agreements with its full-time executive officers, other than its President, effective through June 30, 2004, except Mr. Heaney's, whose agreement expires September 30, 2002. See "Employment Contracts and Change in Control Arrangements" below. The agreements provide for base salaries subject to annual review, bonuses as described above, benefits as provided to all employees and severance compensation dependent upon years of employment with or service to the Company in the event that the officer's employment is terminated without cause or in connection with a sale or merger of the Company. Compensation in 2001. During fiscal 2001, the Company maintained its principal compensation policies and made adjustments in base salaries to reflect competitive industry and individual performance factors. The Committee, at the beginning of fiscal 2001, established performance criteria for officers based 70% on growth in consolidated revenues and earnings and, working through the Company's Chief Executive Officer, 30% on individual goals which, if met, would permit each officer to earn a cash bonus and additional stock options. The Company achieved record revenues and earnings. On the basis of performance against the criteria established, the Committee at the close of fiscal 2001 awarded to Dr. Tsang, and Messrs. Veronneau and Heaney the bonuses indicated in the table below under "Summary Compensation Table" and, subsequent to fiscal year end, the options indicated in footnote (2) to the table below under "Options/SAR Grants During 2001 Fiscal Year". In further recognition of the officers' achievements, the Committee established base salaries for fiscal 2002 as disclosed below under "Employment Contracts and Change in Control Arrangements." General. The Company provided medical and insurance benefits to its executive officers, which are the same as those generally available to all Company employees. The Company has a profit sharing and savings plan in which all qualified employees, including executive officers, participate. In fiscal 2001, 2000 and 1999, the Company has contributed to the plan an amount equal to approximately 9%, 10% and 10% of gross wages, respectively. One half of the assets of the plan have been invested in Common Stock of the Company. The amount of perquisites allowed to executive officers, as determined in accordance with rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, did not exceed 10% of salary in fiscal 2001. Chief Executive Officer Compensation. Thomas E. Oland served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer in fiscal 2001. His compensation was determined in accordance with the policies described above as applicable to all executive officers. His base salary was increased from $210,000 in fiscal 2000 to $220,000 in fiscal 2001 in light of the Company's increase in revenues and earnings. For fiscal 2001 performance he earned but waived a cash bonus. In February of 1996 the Compensation Committee, in connection with the Board's long-term strategic planning for the Company, adopted a substantial long-term incentive for Mr. Oland in the form of options to purchase an aggregate of 400,000 shares of the Common Stock of the Company at $4.53 per share, the fair market value on the date of grant. The options are contingent on continued employment by the Company and have fully vested. The options will expire in February of 2006. Summary. Aggregate executive compensation increased moderately in fiscal 2001 and the Company awarded stock options to officers because the Company achieved record revenues and earnings and individual officers achieved performance goals. The Compensation Committee intends to continue its policy of paying relatively moderate base salaries, basing bonuses on specific revenue, profit and performance goals and granting options to provide long-term incentive. Christopher S. Henney, D.Sc., Ph.D. G. Arthur Herbert Howard V. O'Connell Randolph C. Steer, M.D., Ph.D. Members of the Compensation Committee Employment Contracts and Change in Control Arrangements The Company has formal employment agreements with each of its full-time executive officers with the exception of its President and Chief Executive Officer, with whom the Company has an oral understanding. The agreements, which in the cases of Dr. Tsang and Mr. Veronneau expire June 30, 2004 and in the case of Mr. Heaney expires September 30, 2002, provide for base salaries subject to annual review, bonuses as described in the Compensation Committee Report contained in this Proxy Statement, benefits as provided to all employees and severance compensation based upon years of employment by or service to the Company in the event that the officer's employment is terminated without cause or in connection with a sale or merger of the Company. Base salaries for fiscal 2002 for the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table are as follows: T. Oland - $225,000; M. Tsang - $210,000; M. Veronneau - $130,000 and T. Heaney - $195,000. Each of such officers is also subject to a confidentiality and non-competition agreement, which prohibits competition with the Company for a period of two years following termination of employment with the Company. Summary Compensation Table The following table sets forth certain information regarding compensation paid during each of the Company's last three fiscal years to the Company's President (who serves as Chief Executive Officer) and to the Company's other executive officers whose salary and bonus for fiscal 2001 exceeded $100,000. Not included in the table is Dr. James Weatherbee, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, who was on medical leave and did not receive any compensation from the Company in fiscal 2001. Long Term Compensation ---------------------- Annual Compensation Awards Payouts ----------------------------- ------ ------- Securities Restricted Underlying LTIP All Other Name and Fiscal Stock Options Payouts Compen- Principal Position Year Salary($) Bonus($) Other(1) Awards($) /SARs (#) ($) sation($)(2) --------------------- ------ --------- -------- -------- ---------- ---------- ------- ------------ Thomas E. Oland, 2001 220,000 0 None None 0 None 18,459 Chairman of the Board 2000 210,000 0 None None 0 None 20,141 and President 1999 199,500 0 None None 0 None 19,258 Monica Tsang, Ph.D., 2001 200,000 39,820 None None 554 None 18,459 Vice President - 2000 180,000 36,000 None None 2,600 None 20,141 Research 1999 164,000 33,000 None None 3,148 None 19,258 Marcel Veronneau, 2001 122,000 24,290 None None 338 None 15,612 Vice President - 2000 110,000 22,000 None None 1,498 None 15,732 Hematology Operations 1999 101,000 19,000 None None 1,994 None 14,410 Timothy M. Heaney, 2001 185,000 36,830 None None 538 None 10,045 Vice President - 2000 117,123 35,000 None None 100,000 None None Secretary and General Counsel ________________ (1) "None" indicates zero or an amount equal to less than 10% of the total amount of annual salary and bonus reported for the named executive officer. (2) For each individual the amount reflects Company contributions to Profit Sharing and Savings Plan (as to one-half) and Stock Bonus Plan (as to one-half), the latter in the form of shares of the Company's Common Stock. Options/SAR Grants During 2001 Fiscal Year The following table provides information related to options granted to the name executive officers during fiscal 2001. The Company has not granted any stock appreciation rights. Potential Realizable Value at Assumed Annual Rates of Stock Price Appreciation for Individual Grants Option Term ------------------------------------------- ---------------- Number of Percent of Securities Total Underlying Options/SARs Options/SARs Granted to Exercise or Granted Employees in Base Price Expiration Name (#) Fiscal Year ($/Sh) Date 5% ($) 10% ($) ---------------- ------------ ------------ ----------- ---------- ------- ------- Thomas E. Oland 0 -- -- -- -- -- Monica Tsang, Ph.D. 554(1)(2) 0.10% $65.00 6/30/07 $14,660 $34,163 Marcel Veronneau 338(1)(2) 0.06% $65.00 6/30/07 $ 8,944 $20,843 Timothy M. Heaney 538(2)(3) 0.10% $65.00 6/30/07 $14,236 $33,177 ------------------ (1) Such option is an incentive stock option and became exercisable July 1, 2000. (2) Subsequent to fiscal 2001 year end, options for the indicated number of shares at an exercise price of $32.50 per share expiring June 30, 2008 were granted: M. Tsang - 1,226; M. Veronneau - 748; T. Heaney - 1,134. (3) Such option is a nonqualified stock option and became exercisable July 1, 2000. Option/SAR Exercises During 2001 Fiscal Year and Fiscal Year End Options/SAR Values The following table provides information related to the only option exercised by a name executive officer during the 2001 fiscal year and the number and value of options held by each named executive officer at fiscal year end. Number of Securities Value of Underlying Unexercised Unexercised In-the-Money Options/SARs Options/SARs at Shares Value at FY-End (#) FY-End ($)(2) Acquired on Realized Exercisable/ Exercisable/ Name Exercise (#) ($)(1) Unexercisable Unexercisable ------------------- ------------ -------- ------------- --------------- Thomas E. Oland 2,688 $68,368 400,000/0 $11,187,480/0 Monica Tsang, Ph.D. 0 $ 0 113,294/0 $3,234,703/0 Marcel Veronneau 0 $ 0 22,258/0 $594,616/0 Timothy M. Heaney 0 $ 0 45,270/41,668 $743,670/$692,731 ______________________ (1) Based on the difference between the closing price of the Company's Common Stock as reported by Nasdaq on the date of exercise and the option exercise price. (2) Based on the difference between the $32.50 per share closing price of the Company's Common Stock as reported by Nasdaq on June 30, 2001 and the options exercise price. Stock Performance Chart The following chart compares the cumulative total shareholder return on the Company's Common Stock with the S&P Midcap 400 Index and the S&P Midcap Biotechnology Index. The comparison assumes $100 was invested on June 30, 1996 in the Company's Common Stock and in each of the foregoing indices and assumes reinvestment of dividends. TOTAL SHAREHOLDER RETURN INDEXED RETURNS Company/Index June 1997 June 1998 June 1999 June 2000 June 2001 -------------------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- TECHNE CORP 103.42 130.34 173.50 888.89 444.44 S&P MIDCAP 400 INDEX 123.33 156.82 183.74 214.94 234.01 BIOTECHNOLOGY-MID 101.38 105.52 202.94 430.55 458.56 INDEPENDENT AUDITORS Deloitte & Touche LLP acted as the Company's independent auditors for the 2001 fiscal year and has been selected by the Board of Directors to continue for the current fiscal year. A representative of Deloitte & Touche LLP is expected to be present at the shareholders' meeting, will have the opportunity to make any desired comments, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions. Audit Fees The estimated aggregate fees billed and to be billed by Deloitte & Touche LLP for professional services rendered in connection with the audit of the Company's annual financial statements for fiscal 2001 and review of the Company's Forms 10-Q for fiscal 2001 are $60,500. Financial Information Systems Design and Implementation Fees Deloitte & Touche LLP did not provide to the Company any services related to financial information systems design and implementation during fiscal 2001. All Other Fees The aggregate fees billed and to be billed by Deloitte & Touche LLP for all other nonaudit services rendered to the Company during fiscal 2001, including fees for tax related services, employee benefit plan audits and business consulting services unrelated to financial information systems design and implementation are $71,300. The Company's Audit Committee has determined that provision of such non-audit services is compatible with maintaining Deloitte & Touche LLP's independence and has determined there is no conflict of interest. COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 16(a) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires the Company's executive officers and directors, and persons who own more than 10 percent of the Company's Common Stock, to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of Common Stock and other equity securities of the Company. Officers, directors, and greater than 10 percent shareholders ("Insiders") are required by SEC regulations to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. To the Company's knowledge, based on a review of the copies of such reports furnished to the Company, during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to Insiders were met. SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS Any appropriate proposal submitted by a shareholder of the Company and intended to be presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting must be received by the Company at its offices by May 20, 2002 to be eligible for inclusion in the Company's Proxy Statement and related Proxy for the 2002 Annual Meeting. Also, if a shareholder proposal intended to be presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting but not included in the Company's Proxy Statement and Proxy is received by the Company after August 3, 2002, then management named in the Company's Proxy for the 2002 Annual Meeting will have discretionary authority to vote the shares represented by such proxies on the shareholder proposal, if presented at the meeting, without including information about the proposal in the Company's proxy materials. OTHER BUSINESS The Board of Directors knows of no other matters to be presented at the meeting. If any other matter does properly come before the meeting, the appointees named in the Proxies will vote the Proxies in accordance with their best judgment. ANNUAL REPORT A copy of the Company's Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001, including financial statements, accompanies this Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement. No portion of the Annual Report is incorporated herein or is to be considered proxy-soliciting material. THE COMPANY WILL FURNISH WITHOUT CHARGE A COPY OF ITS ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2001, TO ANY SHAREHOLDER OF THE COMPANY UPON WRITTEN REQUEST. REQUESTS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRESIDENT, TECHNE CORPORATION, 614 MCKINLEY PLACE N.E., MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 55413. Dated: September 18, 2001 Minneapolis, Minnesota APPENDIX A AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER The Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors shall be composed of three or more directors who are "independent" as such term is defined in applicable regulations of Nasdaq, and who are free of any relationship that, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, would interfere with their exercise of independent judgment as a committee member. Each of the members of the Audit Committee shall be a person who through prior experience is financially sophisticated and familiar with financial oversight responsibilities. The independent auditors of the Company's financial statements shall be accountable to the Audit Committee and to the Board of Directors of the Company. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Audit Committee will: - Meet not fewer than four times per year. - Review and recommend to the Board of Directors the independent auditors to be selected to audit the financial statements of the Company and its divisions and subsidiaries and, when appropriate, recommend the replacement of the Company's auditors. - Meet with the independent auditors and financial management of the Company to review the scope of the proposed audit for the current year and the audit procedures to be utilized, and at its conclusion to review such audit, including any comments or recommendations of the independent auditors. Any changes in accounting principles shall be reviewed. - Review with the independent auditors and the Company's financial and accounting personnel the adequacy and effectiveness of the accounting and financial controls of the Company, and elicit any recommendations for the improvement of such internal control procedures or particular areas where new or more detailed controls or procedures are desirable. Particular emphasis shall be given to the adequacy of such internal controls to expose any payments, transactions, or procedures that might be deemed illegal or otherwise improper. - Provide sufficient opportunity for independent auditors to meet with the members of the Audit Committee without members of management present. Among the items to be discussed in these meetings are the independent auditors' evaluation of the Company's financial, accounting, and auditing personnel, and the cooperation that the independent auditors received during the course of the audit. - Oversee the independence of the independent auditors through appropriate means including obtaining a written statement delineating all relationships between the independent auditors and the Company and determining whether and to what extent the objectivity and independence of the auditors may be impacted by all relationships and services. - Discuss with the independent auditors their qualitative judgments about the appropriateness, not just the acceptability, of accounting principles and financial disclosure practices used or proposed to be adopted by the Company, particularly about the degree of aggressiveness or conservatism of the Company's accounting principles and underlying estimates. - Establish and review adherence to the Company's cash management and investment policies. - Provide the report for the Company's annual proxy statement required by regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission respecting activities of the Committee and state whether the Committee recommends inclusion of the Company's audited financial statements in the annual report to be filed with Commission. - Investigate any matter brought to its attention within the scope of its duties, with the power to retain outside counsel or other consultants for this purpose if, in its judgement, that is appropriate. - Submit to the Board of Directors the minutes of all meetings of the Audit Committee and discuss the material matters discussed at each committee meeting with the Board of Directors. TECHNE CORPORATION PROXY FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The undersigned hereby appoints THOMAS E. OLAND and KATHLEEN BACKES, or either of them acting alone, with full power of substitution, as proxies to represent and vote, as designated below, all shares of Common Stock of Techne Corporation registered in the name of the undersigned, at the Annual Meeting of the Shareholders to be held on Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time, at the offices of the Company, 614 McKinley Place N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at all adjournments of such meeting. The undersigned hereby revokes all proxies previously granted with respect to such meeting. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote "FOR" the following proposals: (1) To set the number of Directors at eight: [ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST [ ] ABSTAIN (2) To elect Directors: Nominees: Thomas E. Oland, Roger C. Lucas, Ph.D., Howard V. O'Connell, G. Arthur Herbert, Randolph C. Steer, M.D., Ph.D., Lowell E. Sears, Christopher S. Henney, D.Sc., Ph.D. and Timothy M. Heaney [ ] FOR all Nominees listed above [ ] WITHOUT AUTHORITY (except those whose names have to vote for all nominees been written on the line below) listed above (To withhold authority to vote for any nominee, write that nominee's name on the line below.) ____________________________________________________________________ (3) Other matters: In their discretion, the appointed proxies are authorized to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment. THIS PROXY WHEN PROPERLY EXECUTED WILL BE VOTED AS DIRECTED OR, IF NO DIRECTION IS GIVEN FOR A PARTICULAR PROPOSAL, WILL BE VOTED FOR SUCH PROPOSAL. Date_________________________, 2001. ___________________________________ ____________________________________ PLEASE DATE AND SIGN ABOVE exactly as name appears at the left, indicating, where appropriate official position or representative capacity. If stock is held in joint tenancy, each joint owner should sign.