EXHIBIT 10.15
 
                          ADEZA BIOMEDICAL CORPORATION
 
                         MANAGEMENT CONTINUITY AGREEMENT
 
      This Management Continuity Agreement (the "Agreement") is dated as of
October 21, 2004 by and between Emory V. Anderson ("Employee") and Adeza
Biomedical Corporation., a Delaware corporation (the "Company" or "Adeza"). This
Agreement is intended to provide Employee with certain benefits described herein
upon the occurrence of specific events.
 
                                    RECITALS
 
      A.    It is expected that another company may from time to time consider
the possibility of acquiring the Company or that a change in control may
otherwise occur, with or without the approval of the Company's Board of
Directors. The Board of Directors recognizes that such consideration can be a
distraction to Employee and can cause Employee to consider alternative
employment opportunities. The Board of Directors has determined that it is in
the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to assure that the
Company will have the continued dedication and objectivity of the Employee,
notwithstanding the possibility, threat or occurrence of a Change of Control (as
defined below) of the Company.
 
      B.    The Company's Board of Directors believes it is in the best
interests of the Company and its stockholders to retain Employee and provide
incentives to Employee to continue in the service of the Company.
 
      C.    The Board of Directors further believes that it is imperative to
provide Employee with certain benefits upon a Change of Control and, under
certain circumstances, upon termination of Employee's employment, which benefits
are intended to provide Employee with financial security and provide sufficient
income and encouragement to Employee to remain with the Company, notwithstanding
the possibility of a Change of Control.
 
      D.    To accomplish the foregoing objectives, the Board of Directors has
directed the Company, upon execution of this Agreement by Employee, to agree to
the terms provided in this Agreement.
 
      Now therefore, in consideration of the mutual promises, covenants and
agreements contained herein, and in consideration of the continuing employment
of Employee by the Company, the parties hereto agree as follows:
 
      1.    AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT. The Company and Employee acknowledge that
Employee's employment is and shall continue to be at-will, as defined under
applicable law, and that Employee's employment with the Company may be
terminated by either party at any time for any or no reason. If Employee's
employment terminates for any reason, Employee shall not be entitled to any
payments, benefits, award or compensation other than as provided in this
Agreement. The terms of this Agreement shall terminate upon the earlier of (i)
the date on which Employee ceases to be employed as an executive corporate
officer of the Company, other than as a result of an involuntary termination by
the Company without Cause (as defined below) or Employee's resignation for Good
Reason (as defined below); or (ii) the date that all obligations
 
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of the parties hereunder have been satisfied. A termination of the terms of this
Agreement pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be effective for all
purposes, except that such termination shall not affect the payment or provision
of compensation or benefits on account of a termination of employment occurring
prior to the termination of the terms of this Agreement. The rights and duties
created by this Section 1 may not be modified in any way except by a written
agreement executed by an officer of the Company upon direction from the Board of
Directors.
 
      2.    BENEFITS UPON A CHANGE OF CONTROL; TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
 
            (a)   TREATMENT OF STOCK OPTIONS AND OTHER EQUITY AWARDS UPON A
CHANGE OF CONTROL. In the event of a Change of Control and regardless of whether
Employee's employment with the Company is terminated in connection with the
Change in Control, the vesting of each stock option and other equity award to
purchase the Company's Common Stock granted to Employee over the course of his
employment with the Company and held by Employee on the effective date of a
Change of Control shall accelerate such that 75% of the aggregate number of
unvested option shares and other equity awards shall become immediately vested
immediately prior to the effective date of the Change of Control, with the
vesting acceleration applied with respect to each outstanding option or equity
award in the order in which the award was granted. Each such option and equity
award shall be exercisable in accordance with the provisions of the agreement
and plan pursuant to which such option or award was granted.
 
            (b)   TERMINATION FOLLOWING A CHANGE OF CONTROL. In the event that
Employee's employment is terminated as a result of an involuntary termination
other than for Cause or if Employee resigns for Good Reason at any time within
12 months following the effective date of a Change of Control, then Employee
will be entitled to receive severance benefits as follows: (i) severance
payments during the period from the date of Employee's termination until the
date 18 months after the effective date of the termination (the "Severance
Period") equal to the base salary which Employee was receiving immediately prior
to the Change of Control, which payments shall be paid during the Severance
Period in accordance with the Company's standard payroll practices, (ii) a lump
sum payment as soon as practicable after the date of termination of employment
equal to 75% of the bonus payment made to Employee for the Company's fiscal year
prior to the Company's fiscal year in which the termination occurs, (iii)
continuation of the health insurance benefits provided to Employee immediately
prior to the Change of Control at Company expense pursuant to the terms of the
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended ("COBRA") or
other applicable law through the earlier of the end of the Severance Period or
the date upon which Employee is no longer eligible for such COBRA or other
benefits under applicable law; (iv) each stock option and equity award to
purchase the Company's Common Stock granted to Employee over the course of his
employment with the Company and held by Employee on the date of termination of
employment shall become immediately vested as to 100% of the then unvested
option shares; and (v) each equity award granted on or after July 23, 2004 shall
remain exercisable for a period of eighteen (18) months following Employee's
termination date (but not later than the expiration date of the award as set
forth in the applicable award agreement). Each such option and equity award
shall otherwise be exercisable in accordance with the provisions of the
agreement and plan pursuant to which such option or award was granted. In
addition, Employee will receive payment(s) for all
 
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salary, bonuses and unpaid vacation accrued as of the date of Employee's
termination of employment.
 
            (c)   TERMINATION NOT FOLLOWING A CHANGE OF CONTROL. In the event
that Employee's employment is terminated as a result of an involuntary
termination other than for Cause or if Employee resigns for Good Reason at any
time prior to or more than 12 months following the effective date of a Change of
Control, then Employee will be entitled to receive severance benefits as
follows: (i) severance payments during the period from the date of Employee's
termination until the date 12 months after the effective date of the termination
(the "Benefit Period") equal to the base salary which Employee was receiving
immediately prior to the Change of Control, which payments shall be paid during
the Benefit Period in accordance with the Company's standard payroll practices,
(ii) a lump sum payment as soon as practicable after the date of termination of
employment equal to 50% of the bonus paid to Employee for the Company's fiscal
year prior to the Company's fiscal year in which the termination occurs, (iii)
continuation of the health insurance benefits provided to Employee immediately
prior to the Change of Control at Company expense pursuant to COBRA or other
applicable law through the earlier of the end of the Benefit Period or the date
upon which Employee is no longer eligible for such COBRA or other benefits under
applicable law; (iv) each stock option and equity award to purchase the
Company's Common Stock granted to Employee over the course of his employment
with the Company and held by Employee on the date of termination of employment
shall become immediately vested on such date as to that number of shares that
would have vested in accordance with the terms of such option or equity award as
of the date 12 months after the date of termination of employment (assuming that
Employee had remained an employee of the Company for 12 months after the date of
termination of employment) and each such option and equity award shall be
exercisable in accordance with the provisions of the agreement and plan pursuant
to which such option or award was granted, provided however that the vested
shares underlying an equity award granted on or after July 23, 2004, shall
remain exercisable for a period of eighteen (18) months following Employee's
termination date (but not later than the expiration date of the award as set
forth in the applicable award agreement). In addition, Employee will receive
payment(s) for all salary, bonuses and unpaid vacation accrued as of the date of
Employee's termination of employment.
 
            (d)   TERMINATION FOR CAUSE. If Employee's employment is terminated
for Cause at any time, then Employee shall not be entitled to receive payment of
any severance benefits. Employee will receive payment(s) for all salary, bonuses
and unpaid vacation accrued as of the date of Employee's termination of
employment and Employee's benefits will be continued under the Company's then
existing benefit plans and policies in accordance with such plans and policies
in effect on the date of termination and in accordance with applicable law.
 
            (e)   VOLUNTARY RESIGNATION OTHER THAN FOR GOOD REASON. If Employee
voluntarily resigns from the Company for any reason other than Good Reason, then
Employee shall not be entitled to receive payment of any severance benefits.
Employee will receive payment(s) for all salary, bonuses and unpaid vacation
accrued as of the date of Employee's termination of employment and Employee's
benefits will be continued under the terms of the Company's then existing
benefit plans and policies in accordance with such plans and policies in effect
on the date of termination and in accordance with applicable law.
 
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      3.    DEFINITION OF TERMS. The following terms referred to in this
Agreement shall have the following meanings:
 
            (a)   CHANGE OF CONTROL. "Change of Control" shall mean the
occurrence of any of the following events:
 
                  (i)   OWNERSHIP. Any "Person" (as such term is used in
Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) is
or becomes the "Beneficial Owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under said Act),
directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 50% or more of
the total voting power represented by the Company's then outstanding voting
securities without the approval of the Board;
 
                  (ii)  MERGER/SALE OF ASSETS. A merger or consolidation of the
Company whether or not approved by the Board, other than a merger or
consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company
outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by
remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the
surviving entity) at least 50% of the total voting power represented by the
voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding
immediately after such merger or consolidation, or the stockholders of the
Company approve a plan of complete liquidation of the Company or an agreement
for the sale or disposition by the Company of all or substantially all of the
Company's assets; or
 
                  (iii) CHANGE IN BOARD COMPOSITION. A change in the composition
of the Board, as a result of which fewer than a majority of the directors are
Incumbent Directors. "Incumbent Directors" shall mean directors who either (A)
are directors of the Company as of August 1, 2004 or (B) are elected, or
nominated for election, to the Board with the affirmative votes of at least a
majority of the Incumbent Directors at the time of such election or nomination
(but an Incumbent Director shall not include an individual whose election or
nomination is in connection with an actual or threatened proxy contest relating
to the election of directors to the Company).
 
            (b)   CAUSE. "Cause" for termination of Employee's employment will
exist if Employee is terminated by the Company, for any of the following
reasons, as determined in good faith by the Company: (i) Employee's gross
negligence or willful failure substantially to perform his duties and
responsibilities to the Company or deliberate violation of a Company policy;
(ii) Employee's commission of any act of fraud, embezzlement, dishonesty or any
other willful misconduct that has caused or is reasonably expected to result in
material injury to the Company; (iii) unauthorized use or disclosure by Employee
of any proprietary information or trade secrets of the Company or any other
party to whom the Employee owes an obligation of nondisclosure as a result of
his relationship with the Company; or (iv) Employee's willful breach of any of
his obligations under any written agreement or covenant with the Company.
 
            (c)   GOOD REASON. "Good Reason" for Employee's resignation of his
employment will exist if Employee tenders his resignation to the Company with 30
days prior written notice to the Company within 120 days of the occurrence of
any of the following events: (i) a material reduction in the Employee's job
responsibilities, as of immediately prior to the
 
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Change of Control for purposes of Section 2(b) above and as of immediately prior
to the termination date for purposes of Section 2(c) above; (ii) relocation by
the Company of the Employee's work site which has the effect of increasing
Employee's then-current commute by more than 50 miles; (iii) any reduction in
Employee's then-current base salary and/or target bonus (other than in
connection with a general decrease in the base salaries and target bonus for all
other executives of the Company); (iv) a material reduction in Employee's
benefits (other than a general decrease in the benefit programs offered to all
other executives of the Company); or (v) the Company's failure to obtain
agreement from any acquiror or successor to assume the Company's obligations
under this Agreement.
 
      4.   PARACHUTE PAYMENTS. In the event that the severance and other
benefits provided for in this Agreement to Employee (the "Benefit"), determined
without regard to any additional payment required under this section 4, would
(i) constitute "parachute payments" within the meaning of Section 280G of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), and (ii) be subject to
the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any interest or penalties
payable with respect to such excise tax (such excise tax, together with any such
interest and penalties, are hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Excise
Tax"), then Employee shall be entitled to receive from the Company an additional
payment (the "Gross-Up Payment") in an amount sufficient to reimburse Employee
for both (A) such Excise Tax, and (B) the income, excise, employment and any
other taxes imposed on the Gross Up Payment provided under this Section 4. The
accounting firm engaged by the Company for general audit purposes as of the day
prior to the effective date of the Change of Control shall perform the foregoing
calculations. The Company shall bear all expenses with respect to the
determinations by such accounting firm required to be made hereunder. The
accounting firm engaged to make the determinations hereunder shall provide its
calculations, together with detailed supporting documentation, to the Company
and to Employee within fifteen (15) calendar days after the date on which
Employee's right to the Benefit is triggered (if requested at that time by the
Company or by Employee) or such other time as requested by the Company or by
Employee. If the accounting firm determines that no Excise Tax is payable with
respect to the Benefit, it shall furnish the Company and Employee with an
opinion reasonably acceptable to Employee that no Excise Tax will be imposed
with respect to such Benefit. Any good faith determinations of the accounting
firm made hereunder shall be final, binding and conclusive upon the Company and
Employee.
 
      5.    LIMITATIONS AND CONDITIONS ON BENEFITS
 
            (a)   WITHHOLDING OF TAXES. The Company shall withhold appropriate
federal, state, local (and foreign, if applicable) income and employment taxes
from any payments hereunder.
 
            (b)   RELEASE PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF BENEFITS. Prior to the receipt of
any benefits under this Agreement, Employee shall execute a release of claims
agreement (the "Release") in the form provided by the Company. Such Release
shall specifically relate to all of Employee's rights and claims in existence at
the time of such execution and shall confirm Employee's obligations under the
Company's standard form of proprietary information agreement.
 
      6.    CONFLICTS. Employee represents that his performance of all the
terms of this Agreement will not breach any other agreement to which Employee is
a party. Employee has
 
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not, and will not during the term of this Agreement, enter into any oral or
written agreement in conflict with any of the provisions of this Agreement.
Employee further represents that he is entering into or has entered into an
employment relationship with the Company of his own free will and that he has
not been solicited as an employee in any way by the Company.
 
      7.    SUCCESSORS. Any successor to the Company (whether direct or indirect
and whether by purchase, lease, merger, consolidation, liquidation or otherwise)
to all or substantially all of the Company's business and/or assets shall assume
the obligations under this Agreement and agree expressly to perform the
obligations under this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent as
the Company would be required to perform such obligations in the absence of a
succession. The terms of this Agreement and all of Employee's rights hereunder
and thereunder shall inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, Employee's
personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs,
distributees, devisees and legatees.
 
      8.    NOTICE. Notices and all other communications contemplated by this
Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when
personally delivered or when mailed by U.S. registered or certified mail, return
receipt requested and postage prepaid. Mailed notices to Employee shall be
addressed to Employee at the home address which Employee most recently
communicated to the Company in writing. In the case of the Company, mailed
notices shall be addressed to its corporate headquarters, and all notices shall
be directed to the attention of its Secretary.
 
      9.    MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
 
            (a)   NO DUTY TO MITIGATE. Employee shall not be required to
mitigate the amount of any payment contemplated by this Agreement (whether by
seeking new employment or in any other manner), nor shall any such payment be
reduced by any earnings that Employee may receive from any other source.
 
            (b)   WAIVER. No provision of this Agreement shall be modified,
waived or discharged unless the modification, waiver or discharge is agreed to
in writing and signed by Employee and by an authorized officer of the Company
(other than Employee). No waiver by either party of any breach of, or of
compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement by the other party
shall be considered a waiver of any other condition or provision or of the same
condition or provision at another time.
 
            (c)   WHOLE AGREEMENT. No agreements, representations or
understandings (whether oral or written and whether express or implied) which
are not expressly set forth in this Agreement have been made or entered into by
either party with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement
supersedes any agreement concerning similar subject matter dated prior to the
date of this Agreement, and by execution of this Agreement both parties agree
that any such predecessor agreement shall be deemed null and void.
 
            (d)   CHOICE OF LAW. The validity, interpretation, construction and
performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of
California without reference to conflict of laws provisions.
 
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            (e)   SEVERABILITY. If any term or provision of this Agreement or
the application thereof to any circumstance shall, in any jurisdiction and to
any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, such term or provision shall be
ineffective as to such jurisdiction to the extent of such invalidity or
unenforceability without invalidating or rendering unenforceable the remaining
terms and provisions of this Agreement or the application of such terms and
provisions to circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid or
unenforceable, and a suitable and equitable term or provision shall be
substituted therefor to carry out, insofar as may be valid and enforceable, the
intent and purpose of the invalid or unenforceable term or provision.
 
            (f)   ARBITRATION. Employee and the Company agree to attempt to
settle any disputes arising in connection with this Agreement through good faith
consultation. In the event that Employee and the Company are not able to resolve
any such disputes within fifteen (15) days after notification in writing to the
other, Employee and the Company agree that any dispute or claim arising out of
or in connection with this Agreement will be finally settled by binding
arbitration in Santa Clara County, California in accordance with the rules of
the American Arbitration Association by one arbitrator mutually agreed upon by
the parties. The arbitrator will apply California law, without reference to
rules of conflicts of law or rules of statutory arbitration, to the resolution
of any dispute. Except as set forth in Subparagraph (e) above, the arbitrator
shall not have authority to modify the terms of this Agreement. The Company
shall pay the costs of the arbitration proceeding. Each party shall, unless
otherwise determined by the arbitrator, bear its or his own attorneys' fees and
expenses, provided however that if Employee prevails in an arbitration
proceeding, the Company shall reimburse Employee for his reasonable attorneys'
fees and costs. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered
in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the
Company and Employee may apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for
preliminary or interim equitable relief, or to compel arbitration in accordance
with this paragraph, without breach of this arbitration provision.
 
            (g)   LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES. The parties shall each bear their own
expenses, legal fees and other fees incurred in connection with the execution of
this Agreement.
 
            (h)   NO ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS. The rights of any person to
payments or benefits under this Agreement shall not be made subject to option or
assignment, either by voluntary or involuntary assignment or by operation of
law, including (without limitation) bankruptcy, garnishment, attachment or other
creditor's process, and any action in violation of this Section 10(h) shall be
void.
 
            (i)   ASSIGNMENT BY COMPANY. The Company may assign its rights under
this Agreement to an affiliate, and an affiliate may assign its rights under
this Agreement to another affiliate of the Company or to the Company. In the
case of any such assignment, the term "Company" when used in a section of this
Agreement shall mean the corporation that actually employs the Employee.
 
            (j)   COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts,
each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together will
constitute one and the same instrument.
 
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      The parties have executed this Agreement on the date first written above.
 
                                       ADEZA BIOMEDICAL CORPORATION.
 
                                       By:  /s/ Mark Fischer-Colbrie
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                                       Title: VP Finance and Administration
 
                                       Address: 1240 Elko Place
                                                Sunnyvale, California  94086
 
                                       EMORY V. ANDERSON
 
                                       Signature:  /s/ Emory V. Anderson
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