Current Report Filing (8-k)

Date : 08/20/2019 @ 8:10PM
Source : Edgar (US Regulatory)
Stock : Arbutus Biopharma Corporation (ABUS)
Quote : 2.3  0.08 (3.60%) @ 3:07PM

Current Report Filing (8-k)

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  August 20, 2019 ( August 17, 2019 )
Arbutus Biopharma Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
British Columbia, Canada
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)

File Number)

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

701 Veterans Circle
Warminster, Pennsylvania
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
(267) 469-0914
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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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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.

On August 17, 2019 , the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Arbutus Biopharma Corporation (the “Company”) (a) increased the size of the Board by one member such that the Board will thereafter consist of eight directors and (b) appointed Andrew Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. to the Board to fill the vacancy for the newly created directorship resulting from the increase in the number of directors, to serve until the Company’s 2020 annual general meeting of shareholders and until his successor is duly appointed and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. The Board also appointed Dr. Cheng to be a member of the Executive Compensation and Human Resources Committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”).
Dr. Cheng’s cash compensation will be consistent with the cash compensation provided to all of the Company’s non-employee directors. Under the Company’s current non-employee director compensation policy, Dr. Cheng will receive an annual cash retainer of $40,000 for general availability and participation in meetings and conference calls of the Board. Dr. Cheng will receive an additional annual retainer of $5,000 for his service as a member of the Compensation Committee. Dr. Cheng was granted an option to acquire 60,000 common shares of the Company, with such option vesting one-third each year on the annual anniversary date of the grant subject to Dr. Cheng’s continued service on the Board. The options are exercisable for 10 years from the date of grant, at a price equal to $1.50 per share, which was the closing price of the Company’s common shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market on August 16, 2019, the trading day immediately preceding the date of the grant. The option will also be subject to the terms and conditions of the Company’s 2016 Omnibus Share and Incentive Plan, as supplemented, which was filed as Exhibit 10.7 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 5, 2019.
The Company also entered into an indemnity agreement with Dr. Cheng in connection with his appointment to the Board. The indemnity agreement is in substantially the same form as the indemnity agreement for the other directors of the Company that was filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 18, 2019.
No arrangement or understanding exists between Dr. Cheng and any other person pursuant to which Dr. Cheng was appointed as a director, and there are no transactions with Dr. Cheng which would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

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.
Arbutus Biopharma Corporation
Date: August 20, 2019
/s/ David C. Hastings
David C. Hastings
Chief Financial Officer

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