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This excerpt taken from the IDXX DEF 14A filed Mar 29, 2007.


Options to purchase shares of common stock may be granted under the 2003 Plan, either alone or in addition to other awards. A stock option may be granted in the form of an incentive stock option or a non-qualified stock option.

The price at which a share may be purchased under an option may not be less than the fair market value of a share on the date the option is granted, except for options granted through the assumption or substitution of options from an acquired or merged company. Unless the board establishes another method, fair market value means the last reported sale price for common stock reported on the NASDAQ Global Market on the relevant date. The 2003 Plan permits the board to establish the term of each option, but no option will be exercisable after 10 years from the grant date of the option. Options will be exercisable at such time or times as determined by the board at or subsequent to grant. The exercise price is generally payable in cash or delivery of other consideration having a fair market value on the exercise date equal to the total option price or, to the extent permitted by the board, by delivery of certain unconditional undertakings by or instructions to a creditworthy broker to deliver the exercise price.

In order to maintain status as an incentive stock option, the fair market value of shares subject to incentive stock options vesting in a particular year cannot exceed $100,000 per participant (or if greater, the maximum amount permitted under Section 422 of the Code), determined using the aggregate fair market value of the shares of common stock subject to such options on the date of grant.

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