SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 19, 2018
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
1111 Main Street, Suite 660
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
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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.
Appointment of New Officer
Effective December 22, 2018, the board of directors of CytoDyn Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), appointed Nitya G. Ray, Ph.D., as Chief Technology Officer Head of Process Sciences, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.
In connection with Dr. Rays appointment, the Company and Dr. Ray entered into an Employment Agreement, dated December 22, 2018 (the Employment Agreement). The Employment Agreement provides for (i) an annual base salary of $335,000, (ii) a target annual bonus equal to 50% of Dr. Rays base salary, (iii) an initial signing bonus of $100,000 to be paid in two equal installments of $50,000 over the course of six months from the date of signing, and (iv) other customary benefits described in the form of employment agreement. Dr. Ray will also be eligible to participate in the Companys equity compensation program.
In connection with the appointment of Dr. Ray, the Company also issued Dr. Ray a stock option award under the Companys equity incentive plan, covering 400,000 shares of the Companys common stock, vesting in three equal annual installments over a three-year period from the grant date.
Dr. Ray, 66, served as the Companys Senior Vice President of Manufacturing from November 2015 to June 2017. Most recently, Dr. Ray served as Executive Vice-President, Head of Product Development, Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining the Company in 2015, Dr. Ray was Senior Vice President at Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. During his 14-year tenure at Progenics he was responsible for manufacturing, process & analytical sciences & quality control. He possesses extensive knowledge of leronlimab (PRO 140) development. Dr. Ray successfully manufactured the first 10 batches of leronlimab at Progenics under GMP, which was approved by the FDA for use in all clinical trials.
Dr. Rays return to the Company brings 30 years of progressive, hands-on experience in strategic planning and execution of process development and manufacturing of biologics, engineered tissue therapeutics, antibody drug conjugates, and small molecule and radiopharmaceutical drugs. He has demonstrated expertise in diverse technology platforms, product development, pre-clinical, clinical and commercial manufacturing, process and analytical sciences, quality control, global supply chain, quality systems and regulatory affairs. Dr. Ray holds a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University.
There are no family relationships, as defined in Item 401 of Regulation S-K, between Dr. Ray and any of the Companys executive officers or directors or persons nominated or chosen to become a director or executive officer. There is no arrangement or understanding between Dr. Ray and any other person pursuant to which Dr. Ray was appointed. There are no related party transactions in which Dr. Ray has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
On December 26, 2018, the Company issued a press release relating to the announcement described above, a copy of which is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.
The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Employment Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 to this Form 8-K.
Executive Officer Compensation
On December 19, 2018, the Compensation Committee of the board of directors of the Company approved an amendment to certain compensation arrangements for Anthony D. Caracciolo, pursuant to which his employment with the Company would be extended through April 16, 2019, at a salary reduced from $16,667 to $5,000 per month, with continuing benefits. In addition, the Compensation Committee approved an extension to 10-years of the expiration terms of certain previously awarded stock options covering an aggregate of 150,000 shares of the Companys common stock, provided that such stock options are out-of-the-money upon the date of such extension. These arrangements were conditioned upon Mr. Caracciolos agreement to resign from
the board of directors upon identification by the Company of an appropriately qualified candidate to fill the vacancy. Mr. Caracciolo has agreed to the foregoing terms. These arrangements were not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Companys operations, policies or practices.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Employment Agreement by and between CytoDyn Inc. and Dr. Nitya G. Ray, dated December 22, 2018.|
|99.1||Press Release dated December 26, 2018.|
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.
|December 26, 2018||By:|
|Name: Michael D. Mulholland|
|Title: Chief Financial Officer|