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

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): December 19, 2018

 

 

 

PHIO PHARMACEUTICALS CORP.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 
         
Delaware   001-36304   45-3215903

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

  (Commission
File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

257 Simarano Drive, Suite 101

Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (508) 767-3861

 

 

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in 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).

 

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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.

 

As approved by the Board of Directors of Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. (the “Company”), on December 19, 2018, the Company and Geert Cauwenbergh, Dr. Med. Sc., the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”), agreed to extend by two months (the “Extension Agreement”) the CEO’s prior irrevocable election (the “Election”) to receive 50% of his base salary and cash bonuses, if any (collectively, the “Compensation”), in the form of unvested, restricted shares of the Company’s common stock (“RSUs”). The description of the Non-Plan Stock Compensation Election and Terms and Conditions, pursuant to which the Election was made (the “Terms and Conditions”), was described in Item 5.02 to the Company’s September 4, 2018, Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference (including the full text of the Terms and Conditions filed therewith as Exhibit 10.1).

 

Prior to the Extension Agreement, the Election covered Compensation from September 15, 2018 through December 31, 2018 (the “Initial Period”) and all RSUs received pursuant to the Election were to vest in full on January 1, 2019, subject to the CEO’s continued employment with the Company. The Extension Agreement (i) extends the applicable period of the Election through February 28, 2019, and (ii) provides that all RSUs granted pursuant to the Election shall vest on March 1, 2019, including those RSUs granted during the Initial Period. Other than the aforementioned changes, the Terms and Conditions will continue to apply.

 

The preceding description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Extension Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)        Exhibits.

 

10.1Amendment No. 1 to Cauwenbergh Non-Plan Stock Compensation Election Agreement

 

 

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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.

 

             
        PHIO PHARMACEUTICALS CORP.
       
Date: December 21, 2018       By:   /s/ Geert Cauwenbergh
           

Geert Cauwenbergh, Dr. Med. Sc.

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit 10.1

 

Amendment No. 1

 

To

 

Non-Plan Stock Compensation Election

and Terms and Conditions

 

 

Reference is made to that certain election agreement (the “Election Agreement”) pursuant to which Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp., a Delaware corporation (formerly known as RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the “Company”) permitted Geert Cauwenbergh, Dr. Med. Sc. (the “CEO”) to make an irrevocable election to receive Compensation for the period from September 15, 2018 through December 31, 2018 (the “Initial Period”) in the form of cash or restricted shares of Company Common Stock. All capitalized but undefined words used herein shall have the meaning set forth in the Election Agreement.

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Election Agreement, the CEO irrevocably elected to receive 50% of his Compensation in the form of a series of grants of unvested, restricted shares (“RSUs”) of Common Stock (the “Election”); and

 

WHEREAS, all RSUs received pursuant to a Stock Election vest in full on January 1, 2019 (the “Initial Vesting Date”).

 

In consideration of the mutual agreements contained herein, the CEO and the Company hereto agree as follows:

 

1.        The Initial Period under the Election Agreement shall be extended by two months, such that the Election will irrevocably apply to the CEO’s Compensation through February 28, 2019 (the “Extension Period”).

 

2.       The Initial Vesting Date shall be delayed by two months, such that all RSUs received pursuant to a Stock Election, including during the Initial Period, will vest in full on March 1, 2019 (the “New Vesting Date”).

 

3.       Other than providing for the Extension Period and the New Vesting Date, this amendment shall not alter any of the terms, obligations, or rights contained in the Election Agreement.

 

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Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp.

 

 

 

By:        /s/ Gerrit Dispersyn                          

 

Name   Gerrit Dispersyn                               

 

Title:    President & COO                              

 

 

By signing below, the CEO agrees to the New Vesting Date and acknowledges he has made an irrevocable election to receive Compensation through the Extension Period.

 

 

Geert Cauwenbergh, Dr. Med. Sc.

 

 

 

By:       /s/ Geert Cauwenbergh                    

 

Date:   12/19/2018                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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