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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 9, 2022





(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter) 


Delaware 001-39202 26-2540421

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)


File Number)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


1055 Westlakes Drive, Suite 300
Berwyn, PA 19312

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, and Zip Code)


(610) 727-3913

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code


                       Not Applicable                       

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report) 


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which
Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share ANVS New York Stock Exchange




Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


  ¨ Written communication pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


  ¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


  ¨ Pre-commencement communication pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


¨ Pre-commencement communication pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).


Emerging growth company x


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. x







Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


On August 29, 2022, Annovis Bio, Inc. (the “Company”) previously reported on a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), that Jeffrey B. McGroarty, formerly Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of the Company, was stepping down from his role to pursue other opportunities. As previously reported, Mr. McGroarty was succeeded as Chief Financial Officer of the Company by Henry Hagopian III. Mr. McGroarty remained an employee of the Company through September 9, 2022 (the “Separation Date”).


In connection with Mr. McGroarty’s departure from the Company, the Company and Mr. McGroarty have entered into a Separation Agreement and General Release (the “Separation Agreement”), dated as of the Separation Date, pursuant to which the Company and Mr. McGroarty have agreed upon the terms of Mr. McGroarty’s separation from the Company. Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, Mr. McGroarty has agreed to comply with certain non-solicitation and cooperation provisions. The Separation Agreement also provides for a customary general release of claims and the following severance benefits, as set forth in the Company’s Executive Severance Plan, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the SEC on February 7, 2017 (the “Separation Benefits”):


  three (3) months of Mr. McGroarty’s base salary, less applicable taxes and withholding, payable in equal installments over a three (3) month period following the Separation Date;


  until the earlier of (i) three (3) month period following the Separation Date and (ii) the date on which Mr. McGroarty becomes eligible for group health benefits from another employer, the Company will reimburse Mr. McGroarty for the same portion of the monthly premium for Mr. McGroarty’s participation in the Company’s group health coverage; and


  the Company will amend all of Mr. McGroarty’s outstanding stock option agreements to extend the exercise period to two (2) years after the Separation Date.


To be entitled to the Separation Benefits, Mr. McGroarty must: (a) not revoke the Separation Agreement within the seven (7) day revocation period following the date he signed the Separation Agreement; and (b) comply with his obligations under the Separation Agreement.


The foregoing summary of the Separation Agreement is qualified in its entirety by the text of the Separation Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto to as Exhibit 10.1.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits.


The Company hereby files or furnishes, as applicable, the following exhibits:


Exhibit No.   Description
10.1   Separation Agreement and General Release, dated September 9, 2022, by and between the Company and Jeffrey B. McGroarty.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)







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.


Date: September 12, 2022 By: /s/ Maria Maccecchini  
    Name: Maria Maccecchini
    Title: President and Chief Executive Officer






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