Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): May 29, 2020


Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   0-35737   94-3306718
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission   (IRS Employer
of incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)


4800 Montgomery Lane, Suite 800

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(240) 497-9024

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(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 May 29, 2020, the Board of Directors of Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) approved a new equity compensation plan (the “Plan”). The Company’s prior plan was adopted in 2007, was updated in amended and restated plans that were approved by shareholders in 2012 and 2013, and expired in 2017 (the “Prior Plan”).


The Plan is substantially similar to the Prior Plan. The Plan will have a 10-year life, and allows for awards to employees, directors and consultants of the Company, as did the Prior Plan. The Plan allows for any type of equity security to be awarded, as did the Prior Plan. The awards and their terms (including vesting) will be determined by the Board and applicable Committees, as was the case under the Prior Plan. The Plan establishes a pool of potential equity compensation equal to twenty percent of the outstanding securities of the Company on an evergreen basis as under the Prior Plan.


The Company plans to count towards the pool under the new Plan the equity awards that have been approved over the last several years and cover more than 8 years of service by employees, directors and consultants stretching back as far as 2012.


The past option awards will use up nearly two-thirds of the pool under the new Plan. Approximately three-quarters of those past option awards have already been counted in the Company’s accounting since 2018, in addition to being approved and reported. Others have been approved and on several occasions reported but the issuance has not been completed.


Following adoption of the new Plan, the Company is completing the issuance paperwork for the rest of the past options and is making awards for 2020 which will be reported separately.


The foregoing description is a summary of material terms of the Plan. The full text of the Plan will be filed with the Company’s next report on Form 10-Q.








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:  June 4, 2020 By: /s/  Linda Powers  
  Name: Linda Powers  
  Title: Chief Executive Officer and Chairman




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