UNITED STATES 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): May 18, 2021 (May 14, 2021)
Atossa Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
107 Spring Street
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (206) 325-6086
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
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Common Stock, $0.18 par value
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On May 14, 2021, Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) granted the following stock options (the “Options”) to executives of the Company under the Company’s 2020 Stock Incentive Plan: (i) to Dr. Steven C. Quay, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, an option to purchase 1,900,000 shares of Company Common Stock; and (ii) to Kyle Guse, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, an option to purchase 850,000 shares of Company Common Stock.
The Options vest quarterly over two years and have an exercise price equal to fair market value of the Company’s Common Stock on the date of grant which was $2.90 per share. The Options are subject to the option agreements and employment agreements with the executives.
On May 14, 2021, Dr. Quay and Mr. Guse received a 10% and 8%, respectively, increase in base salary, which was the first base salary increase provided to Dr. Quay and Mr. Guse since 2018. Following the increase, Dr. Quay’s base salary is $659,000 and Mr. Guse’s is $456,700.
The Company also approved a 5,000 share increase in annual stock option grants to non-employee directors. Non-employee directors will now receive annual grants of 50,000 options.
The compensation arrangements were unanimously approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.
Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
On May 14, 2021, the Company held its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). The following items of business were considered and voted upon at the Annual Meeting: (1) the election of two Class III directors named in the proxy statement related to the Annual Meeting; (2) the ratification of the selection of BDO USA LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021; (3) the approval of the 2021 amendment to the 2020 Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. Stock Incentive Plan to increase authorized shares by 15,000,000 shares; (4) to conduct an advisory (non-binding) vote on the compensation of our named executive officers as described in the proxy statement related to the Annual Meeting. A proposal to amend the Company’s certificate of incorporation to increase authorized shares of common stock by 325 million shares was withdrawn by management and not considered and voted upon at the Annual Meeting.
The number of shares of Common Stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting was 120,824,368. The number of shares of Common Stock present or represented by valid proxy at the annual meeting was 61,357,075. All proposals passed. The number of votes cast for and against, and the number of abstentions and broker non-votes with respect to the matters voted upon at the Annual Meeting, are set forth below:
Election of two Class III Directors
The stockholders elected two Class III directors as set forth below:
|H. Lawrence Remmel, Esq.|
Ratification of Auditors
The stockholders ratified the appointment of BDO USA LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 as set forth below:
Ratify the 2021 amendment to the Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. 2020 Incentive Plan to increase authorized shares under the Plan by 15,000,000 shares
The stockholders approved the 2021 amendment to the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan as follows:
Non-binding Vote on Executive Compensation
The stockholders approved an advisory non-binding vote on executive compensation as follows:
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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: May 18, 2021
Atossa Therapeutics, Inc.
/s/ Kyle Guse
Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and Secretary