UNITED STATES

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SCHEDULE 14A

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PHIO PHARMACEUTICALS CORP.

257 Simarano Drive, Suite 101

Marlborough, MA 01752

 

YOUR VOTE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!

 

October 25, 2019

 

Dear Stockholder,

 

On October 24, 2019, Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. reconvened its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (originally scheduled for October 10, 2019) (the “Annual Meeting”). At the reconvened meeting, stockholders voted on the proposals described in the Company's definitive proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 30, 2019, other than the proposal for a reverse split of the Company’s common stock (the “Reverse Split Proposal”). Although the shares voted to date on the Reverse Split Proposal were overwhelmingly in favor (with approximately 78% of the shares cast voting in favor of the proposal), there was not a sufficient number of shares voted in favor for this proposal to pass. Accordingly, no vote was taken on the Reverse Split Proposal at the reconvened Annual Meeting. In order to allow additional time to solicit proxies to vote on the Reverse Split Proposal, the Annual Meeting was further adjourned, solely with respect to voting on the Reverse Split Proposal, to reconvene at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on November 7, 2019 at the executive offices of the Company, located at 257 Simarano Drive, Suite 101, Marlborough, Massachusetts.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors unanimously recommends shareholders vote in favor of the Reverse Split Proposal in order to allow the Company to implement a reverse split of the common stock as needed to satisfy the Nasdaq $1.00 minimum bid price requirement for continued listing. If shareholders do not vote in favor of the Reverse Split Proposal, the Company expects that Nasdaq will commence delisting proceedings the week of November 11, 2019. While the Company would expect to seek an appeal of any delisting notice and will work to retain compliance with Nasdaq listing standards, the Company is at risk of losing its Nasdaq listing if shareholders do not vote in favor of the Reverse Split Proposal. According to our latest records, we have not yet received your voting instructions for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Your vote is extremely important.

 

Both leading independent proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co., have recommended in favor of the Reverse Split Proposal.

 

The Company encourages any stockholder that has not received communications from their brokers or banks, or is uncertain if its shares have been voted, to contact the Company's proxy specialists at the number listed below in order to help facilitate the voting of shares.

 

The Company's board of directors and management respectfully request all such holders as of the record date to please vote their proxies as soon as possible, but no later than November 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time). The Company also reminds holders to inquire with their voting institutions about any additional clearing time that may be required to forward voting instructions to the Company in advance of the November 6, 2019 deadline. The record date for the Annual Meeting remains August 21, 2019. Company stockholders as of the record date can vote, even if they have subsequently sold their shares. Stockholders who have previously submitted their proxy or otherwise voted and who do not want to change their vote need not take any action.

 

For questions relating to the voting of shares or to request additional or misplaced proxy voting materials, the Company's proxy solicitor, Georgeson, may be reached at 1-866-695-6078. Representatives from Georgeson can also record and transmit votes over the phone as a convenience to Company stockholders.

 

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS IMPORTANT – PLEASE VOTE TODAY!

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Gerrit Dispersyn, Dr. Med. Sc.
President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

 

The Company has filed a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A and associated proxy card (the “Proxy Statement”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which was filed on August 30, 2019. The Company, its directors, its executive officers and certain other individuals set forth in the definitive proxy statement will be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in respect of the Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of the Company’s directors and executive officers and certain other individuals and their respective interests in the Company by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in the Proxy Statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ACCOMPANYING PROXY CARD. The Proxy Statement and a form of proxy have been mailed to shareholders of the Company. Investors and shareholders can obtain a copy of the documents filed by the Company with the SEC, including the Proxy Statement, free of charge by visiting the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov.