UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

May 12, 2021
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
001-36579
20-5258327
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

800 Saginaw Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(650) 656-9323
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

N/A
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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

Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock
ADVM
Nasdaq Global Market

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

 
Emerging growth company

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. ☐


Item 5.07          Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. held its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 12, 2021. The following is a brief description of each Proposal voted upon at the Annual Meeting:

Proposal No. 1.
Election of Directors:  This was a contested election to elect three directors to serve until the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  Adverum had nominated three directors and The Sonic Fund II, L.P. (“Sonic”) had nominated three directors.

Proposal No. 2.
Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. Adverum’s stockholders were asked to ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of Adverum for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

Proposal No. 3.
Advisory Approval of Executive Compensation. Adverum’s stockholders were asked to approve, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of Adverum’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the proxy statement.

On May 13, 2021, First Coast Results, Inc. (“First Coast”), the independent inspector of election for the Annual Meeting, delivered its final report of the inspector of election as to the voting results for each of these matters.

As of the close of business on April 14, 2021, the record date for the Annual Meeting, there were 97,926,952 shares of Adverum common stock outstanding, each of which was entitled to one vote on each proposal at the Annual Meeting. Based on the report from First Coast, a total of 76,091,742 shares of Common Stock, representing approximately 78% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding and entitled to vote, were present virtually Annual Meeting or represented by proxy, constituting a quorum to conduct business.

The voting results for each proposal, as provided by First Coast, are described below. For more information on each of these proposals, see the definitive proxy statement filed by Adverum with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 15, 2021.

Proposal 1. Election of Directors.

Adverum’s stockholders elected each of the Class I director nominees nominated by Adverum’s Board of Directors, each to hold office until the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his or her successor is elected and has qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal.

   
Votes
For
Votes
Withheld
 
 
Dawn Svoronos
48,299,685
5,236,404
 
 
Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.
53,131,087
405,002
 
 
Thomas Woiwode, Ph.D.
53,148,231
387,858
 


The votes for Sonic’s nominees, who were not elected the Class I directors, were as follows:

   
Votes
For
Votes
Withheld
 
 
Jean Bennett, M.D., Ph.D.
22,141,498
38,446
 
 
Jodi Cook, Ph.D.
22,132,266
47,678
 
 
Herbert Hughes
22,126,237
53,707
 

Proposal No. 2. Ratification of Selection of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

Adverum’s stockholders ratified the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of Adverum for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2021, by the following votes:

Votes For
Votes
Against
Abstentions
75,585,161
126,559
380,022

Proposal No. 3. Approval, on an Advisory Basis, of the Compensation of Adverum’s Named Executive Officers, as Disclosed in the Proxy Statement.

Adverum’s stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of Adverum’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the proxy statement, by the following votes:

Votes For
Votes
Against
Abstentions
46,353,570
29,287,503
74,960


SIGNATURES

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.


 
Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc.
     
Date: May 14, 2021
By:
/s/ Laurent Fischer, M.D.
   
Laurent Fischer, M.D.
   
Chief Executive Officer


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