SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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 7, 2021
bluebird bio, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
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60 Binney Street,
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Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (339) 499-9300
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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|Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share||BLUE||The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC|
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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.
Effective September 7, 2021, the board of directors (the “Board”) of bluebird bio, Inc. (the “Company”), upon the recommendation of the Board’s nominating and corporate governance committee, appointed Marcela V. Maus, M.D., Ph.D. to the Board as a Class III director. Dr. Maus has not been appointed to any committees of the Board as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K. Upon the planned separation of the Company’s severe genetic disease and oncology programs and portfolios through the spinoff of 2seventy bio, Inc. as an independent, publicly-traded Delaware corporation, Dr. Maus is anticipated to join the board of 2seventy bio upon effectiveness of the separation.
In connection with the appointment, on September 7, 2021, the Company granted Dr. Maus a stock option to purchase 7,500 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), at a purchase price equal to the closing price per share of the Common Stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on September 7, 2021. Dr. Maus was also granted on September 7, 2021 restricted stock units for 4,663 shares of Common Stock. The stock options and restricted stock units vest ratably over three years in annual installments.
Dr. Maus is not a party to any transaction with the Company that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K, and there are no arrangements of understandings between Dr. Maus and any other persons pursuant to which she was elected as a director.
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On September 7, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing Dr. Maus’ appointment to the Board. A copy of this press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information in this Item 7.01 and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (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 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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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: September 7, 2021||bluebird bio, Inc.|
|By:||/s/ Jason F. Cole|
|Jason F. Cole|
|Chief Operating and Legal Officer|