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): July 26, 2021
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
18105 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98683
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(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, $0.0001 par value per share||ABSI||The Nasdaq Global Select Market|
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Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws
As previously disclosed in the Registration Statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-257553) (the “Registration Statement”) of Absci Corporation (the “Company”), on July 26, 2021, and in connection with the consummation of the initial public offering of the Company’s common stock (the “IPO”), the Company filed an amended and restated certificate of incorporation (the “Restated Certificate”) with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware. The Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) and stockholders previously approved the Restated Certificate to be filed in connection with, and to be effective upon, the consummation of the IPO. The Restated Certificate amends and restates the Company’s existing amended and restated certificate of incorporation, as amended, in its entirety to, among other things: (i) authorize 500,000,000 shares of common stock; (ii) eliminate all references to the previously-existing series of preferred stock; (iii) authorize 10,000,000 shares of undesignated preferred stock that may be issued from time to time by the Board in one or more series; (iv) establish a classified board divided into three classes, with each class serving staggered three-year terms and (v) require the approval of holders of at least 75% of the voting power of the Company’s outstanding shares of voting stock amend or repeal certain provisions of the Restated Certificate.
The foregoing description of the Restated Certificate is qualified by reference to the Restated Certificate, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
In addition, as previously disclosed in the Registration Statement, on July 26, 2021, and in connection with the consummation of the IPO, the amended and restated bylaws of the Company (the “Amended and Restated Bylaws”), previously approved by the Board and the Company’s stockholders to become effective immediately upon the consummation of the IPO, became effective. The Amended and Restated Bylaws amend and restate the Company’s bylaws in their entirety to, among other things: (i) establish procedures for the Company's stockholders to take formal actions at meetings of stockholders; (ii) establish procedures relating to the presentation of stockholder proposals at stockholder meetings; (iii) establish procedures relating to the nomination of directors; (iv) eliminate the ability of the Company’s stockholders to act by written consent; (v) provide for the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware to be the exclusive forum for certain state law claims that may be initiated by the Company’s stockholders and for the federal district courts of the United States to be the exclusive forum for certain actions under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended; and (vi) conform to the amended provisions of the Restated Certificate.
The foregoing description of the Amended and Restated Bylaws is qualified by reference to the Amended and Restated Bylaws, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.2 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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: July 26, 2021||By:||/s/ Sean McClain|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|