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Washington, D.C. 20549


Form 8-K



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):   November 12, 2019


Dynavax Technologies Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Commission File Number:  001-34207





(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2100 Powell Street, Suite 900

Emeryville, CA 94608

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(510) 848-5100

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Common Stock, $0.001 par value


The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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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

Annual Bonus Plan

On November 12, 2019, the Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Dynavax Technologies Corporation (“Dynavax”) approved the Annual Bonus Plan (the “Plan”), an annual incentive compensation program designed to align the performance of Dynavax’s employees with annual corporate and individual goals and to reward the achievement of such goals during a performance year.  The Plan will become effective on January 1, 2020 for the 2020 performance year, and will remain in effect for subsequent years unless amended or terminated by the Compensation Committee.  

Under the Plan, certain employees, including executive officers, are eligible to receive an annual performance-based cash bonus award, the amount of which is based on a pre-set target percentage of the participant’s annual base salary.   Bonus payments for each performance year will be made no later than two and a half months following the end of the applicable performance year.  The Plan formalizes Dynavax’s past practice regarding employee annual performance-based cash bonuses.

For each participant, the bonus award available for each performance year depends upon Dynavax’s achievement of applicable corporate goals for the applicable performance year, and, as applicable, an assessment of each participant’s individual performance, as well as other relevant potential considerations. The corporate goals under the Plan may be based on any one or more criteria set forth in the Plan. The Compensation Committee is responsible for establishing target bonus percentages, as well as the relative weightings of corporate and individual performance, if applicable.

The Compensation Committee may, with respect to any performance year, determine in its sole discretion the level of achievement of corporate and individual goals or choose not to fund the Plan. For any performance year, the corporate performance and/or individual performance may exceed 100%, provided that neither percentage may exceed 175%.

The foregoing summary of the Plan is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Plan, a copy of which will be filed as exhibit to Dynavax’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2019.





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.







Dynavax Technologies Corporation

Date: November 18, 2019












Steven N. Gersten






Senior Vice President


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