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WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 14, 2021
PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
1 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 30
Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355
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|Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share|
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangement of Certain Officers.
Resignation of Peter Justin Klein as Director
On September 14, 2021, Peter Justin Klein resigned from the board of directors (the “Board”) of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”). Dr. Klein was a Class I director whose term was to expire at the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders (the “2022 Annual Meeting”) and was a member of the Compensation Committee. His decision to resign was not the result of any disagreement with the Company relating to its operations, policies or practices.
Appointment of William Humphries as Director
On September 14, 2021, the Board appointed William Humphries to serve as a director of the Company, effective upon the resignation of Dr. Klein. Mr. Humphries will serve as a Class I director whose term will expire at the 2022 Annual Meeting, at which time he will stand for election by the Company’s stockholders. Mr. Humphries was also appointed as a member of the Compensation Committee.
There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Humphries and any other person pursuant to which he was selected as a director of the Company, and there is no family relationship between Mr. Humphries and any of the Company’s other directors or executive officers. The Company is not aware of any transaction involving Mr. Humphries requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Mr. Humphries, age 55, has served as Chief Executive Officer of Isosceles Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biotechnology company, since May 2021. From August 2018 until December 2020, Mr. Humphries served as President and Group Company Chairman, Ortho Dermatologics of Bausch Health Companies Inc., where he previously served as Executive Vice President, Company Group Chairman, Dermatology from January 2017 to August 2018. From 2012 to December 2016, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American business of Merz, Inc., an affiliate of Merz Pharma Group, a specialty healthcare company. From 2004 to 2012, he served in a number of leadership positions with Stiefel Laboratories, Inc., a dermatology pharmaceutical company, including as its Chief Commercial Officer and then as its President beginning in 2008. Stiefel was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2009, after which Mr. Humphries served as the President of Dermatology for Stiefel from 2009 until 2012. Prior to Stiefel, Mr. Humphries served in executive roles in sales and marketing, business development, and international marketing for Allergan, Inc., concluding as vice president of its U.S. skincare business. Mr. Humphries has served on the boards of directors of STRATA Skin Sciences, Inc. since April 2021, Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. since 2016, and Clearside Biomedical, Inc. since 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. The Board believes that Mr. Humphries is qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive experience as an executive and board member with life science companies, including with respect to sales and marketing.
In accordance with the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, as amended, upon commencement of his service as a director on September 14, 2021, Mr. Humphries was granted an initial option grant (the “Initial Grant”) under the Company’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) to purchase 28,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, which will vest in equal monthly installments over a three-year period such that the option is fully vested on the third anniversary of the date of grant, subject to Mr. Humphries’ continuous service through such vesting dates. At each annual meeting of stockholders following which Mr. Humphries will continue service as a director, Mr. Humphries will also be entitled to receive an additional option grant to purchase 14,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Annual Grant”), which will vest upon the earlier of the one-year anniversary of the date of grant and the date of Company’s next annual meeting of stockholders, in any case subject to Mr. Humphries’ continuous service through such vesting dates. Additionally, Mr. Humphries will be entitled to receive a $40,000 annual retainer, payable quarterly in arrears, for his service on the Board, and a $6,000 annual retainer, payable quarterly in arrears, for his service on the Compensation Committee. Mr. Humphries has also entered into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement.
Composition of Board Committees
As a result of Mr. Humphries’ appointment and Dr. Klein’s resignation from the Board, the composition of each of the Board’s committees is as follows, effective immediately:
•Caroline Loewy (Chair)
•Richard van den Broek
•Nancy Hutson (Chair)
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
•Clay Thorp (Chair)
•Richard van den Broek
Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
On September 15, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Humphries to the Board. A copy of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing to this item of this report.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
|Dated: September 15, 2021||By:||/s/ John P. Sharp|
|John P. Sharp|
|Chief Financial Officer|
PhaseBio Appoints William D. Humphries to Board of Directors
Malvern, PA and San Diego, CA, September 15, 2021 — PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHAS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies for cardiopulmonary diseases, today announced the appointment of William D. Humphries to its board of directors. Additionally, Justin Klein, M.D., J.D., is stepping down from his role as director, effective immediately.
“Bill’s deep commercial expertise gained through his leadership roles at numerous specialty pharmaceutical companies will be an invaluable addition to our already robust board of directors,” said Jonathan P. Mow, Chief Executive Officer of PhaseBio. “Bill joins us at an exciting and pivotal time in PhaseBio’s growth, as we continue to advance our clinical programs and begin to build a commercial organization to prepare to market bentracimab in the United States should it be approved.”
Mr. Mow added, “I would also like to thank Justin for his many contributions during his time as a director. He has proved himself to be a trusted advisor, who has been instrumental in helping PhaseBio get to where it is today, and continues to be one of the strongest champions of our mission.”
Mr. Humphries has more than 30 years of experience building and leading commercial-stage pharmaceutical organizations. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Isosceles Pharmaceuticals, a position he has held since May 2021. Prior to his role at Isosceles, Mr. Humphries served as President of Ortho Dermatologics, a Bausch Health Company. Before joining Ortho Dermatologics, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American business of Merz, an affiliate of Merz Pharma Group, where he oversaw strategic direction and collaboration among three North American companies: Merz Pharmaceuticals LLC, Merz Aesthetics Inc., and Merz Pharma Canada Ltd. Before joining Merz, he served in a number of leadership positions with Stiefel Laboratories, including as its Chief Commercial Officer and then as President, where he spearheaded two significant acquisitions and led the global integration of Stiefel into GlaxoSmithKline. Earlier in his career Mr. Humphries served in executive roles in sales and marketing, business development, and international marketing for Allergan, concluding as vice president of its U.S. skincare business.
In addition to joining the PhaseBio board of directors, Mr. Humphries currently serves as the chairman of the board for Clearside Biomedical, chairman of the board for STRATA Skin Sciences, and as a director on the board of Aclaris Therapeutics. He received a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
“Having worked in commercially-focused roles in the pharmaceutical industry for much of my career, I am very passionate about bringing potentially life-changing medicines to the market and am thrilled to join the PhaseBio board at this critical juncture in the company’s evolution,” said Mr. Humphries. “I look forward to helping guide the building of the company’s U.S. commercial organization and charting an exciting path forward for the company as we advance our mission of developing medicines to address key unmet needs for people with cardiopulmonary disease.”
In addition to joining the PhaseBio board, Mr. Humphries was also appointed as a member of its compensation committee.
PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies for cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases. The company’s pipeline includes: bentracimab (PB2452), a novel reversal agent for the antiplatelet therapy ticagrelor; pemziviptadil (PB1046), a once-weekly vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) receptor agonist for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension; and PB6440, an oral agent for the treatment of resistant hypertension. PhaseBio’s proprietary elastin-like polypeptide technology platform enables the development of therapies with potential for less-frequent dosing and improved pharmacokinetics, including pemziviptadil, and drives both internal and partnership drug-development opportunities.
PhaseBio is located in Malvern, PA, and San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit www.phasebio.com, and follow us on Twitter @PhaseBio and LinkedIn.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “potential,” “projects,” “target,” “will,” “would” and “future” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements include statements concerning or implying the conduct or timing of our clinical trials and the potential for these product candidates to receive regulatory approval from the FDA or equivalent foreign regulatory agencies, and whether, if approved, these product candidates will be successfully distributed and marketed. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
Risks regarding our business are described in detail in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these statements except as may be required by law.
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