WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                FORM 8-K
                              CURRENT REPORT
                  PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                     SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

    Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): December 17, 2004

                            TECHNE CORPORATION
             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

       Minnesota                     0-17272             41-1427402
(State or Other Jurisdiction       (Commission         I.R.S. Employer
of Incorporation)                  File Number)      Identification No.)

                614 Mckinley Place NE
                   Minneapolis, MN                       55413
       (Address of Principal Executive Offices)       (Zip Code)

     Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  (612) 379-8854

                              Not Applicable
      (Former Name or Former Address, if changed since Last Report)

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Item 1.01  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

Techne Corporation (the "Company") entered into an Employment Agreement 
effective December 17, 2004, with Gregory J. Melsen for Mr. Melsen to serve as 
the Company's Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.  Under the 
Agreement, Mr. Melsen will receive a base salary at the annualized rate of 
$220,000 and is entitled to receive an annual bonus of up to 40% of his 
annual salary, based on achievement of specific revenue, profit and 
non-monetary goals. Mr. Melsen's Employment Agreement with the Company is 
filed as an exhibit to this Report.

Mr. Melsen also received an incentive stock option grant and a non-qualified 
stock option grant to purchase 7,587 and 17,413 shares, respectively, of the 
Company's common stock at $39.53 per share.  The option agreements have ten 
year terms and vest as follows: 
                             Incentive      Non-qualified
                             ---------      -------------
     December 17, 2005         2,529           5,471
     December 17, 2006         2,529           5,471
     December 17, 2007         2,529           6,471   

Item 5.02  Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of 
           Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers

Effective December 17, 2004, the Company has appointed Gregory J. Melsen as it 
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Melsen replaces Mr. 
Thomas E. Oland as Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Oland continues as Chief 
Executive Officer and President of the Company and as Chairman of the Board of 

Mr. Melsen was most recently employed by PLATO Learning, Inc., a publicly held 
provider of computer-based and e-learning educational software, where he held 
the position of Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer since 
2002. From 1999 to 2001 he held the position of Vice President of Finance, 
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of American Medical Systems Holdings, 
Inc., a publicly traded medical device manufacturer. Mr. Melsen has also held 
financial positions with AVECOR Cardiovascular, Inc. and PACE Incorporated.  
Mr. Melsen's 30-year tenure in accounting and finance included 19 years with 
Deloitte and Touche, including nine years as an audit partner.  Mr. Melsen 
served as audit partner on the Techne Corporation engagement.  Mr. Melsen is 
a Certified Public Accountant and is 52 years old.  The terms of Mr. Melsen's 
employment are set forth above under Item 1.01.

Item 9.01  Financial Statements and Exhibits

   a.  Not applicable.

   b.  Not applicable 

   c.  Exhibits

     10.1 Employement Agreement by and between Techne Corporation and 
          Gregory J. Melsen, effective December 17, 2004.


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.

Dated: December 20, 2004              TECHNE CORPORATION

                                      By: /s/ Thomas E. Oland
                                      Name: Thomas E. Oland
                                      Title: President and Chief
                                        Executive Officer