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 (Data of earliest event reported): September 25, 2020
|X4 PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)|
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
|61 North Beacon Street,||4th Floor|
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share||XFOR||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On September 25, 2020, the Board of Directors, or the Board, of X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or the Company, appointed Alison Lawton as a member of the Company’s Board, effective October 5, 2020. Ms. Lawton will serve as a Class II director until the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until such time as her successor is duly elected and qualified, or until her earlier death, resignation or removal.
Effective October 5, 2020, Ms. Lawton will also serve as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board, replacing Murray W. Stewart who will continue to serve on the Board, and as a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board, replacing Gary J. Bridger who will continue to serve on the Board.
Ms. Lawton, 59, currently serves as a special advisor to Kaleido Biosciences, Inc. She most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleido Biosciences from August 2018 to June 2020, and prior to then as its President and Chief Operating Officer from December 2017 to August 2018. Prior to joining Kaleido Biosciences, Ms. Lawton served as Chief Operating Officer at Aura Biosciences, Inc., an oncology therapeutics company, from January 2015 until December 2017, and, prior to joining Aura, served as a consultant to Aura from March 2014 to December 2014. Before that, Ms. Lawton served as Chief Operating Officer at OvaScience Inc., a life sciences company, from January 2013 to January 2014. In addition, from 2014 to 2017, Ms. Lawton served as a biotech consultant for various companies, including as a part-time Chief Operating Officer consultant to the Company from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, Ms. Lawton spent more than 20 years in various positions of increasing responsibility at Genzyme Corporation, a global biopharmaceutical company, and subsequently at Sanofi S.A., also a global biopharmaceutical company, following the acquisition of Genzyme by Sanofi in 2011. Ms. Lawton currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Kaleido Biosciences and ProQR Therapeutics N.V. and has served on those boards since August 2018 and September 2014 respectively. Ms. Lawton previously served as a member of the board of directors of Verastem Inc., from 2012 to 2020, CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2016 until its acquisition by Eli Lilly in 2017, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from February 2012 to December 2014 until its acquisition by Merck, and Magenta Therapeutics, Inc. from May 2017 to March 2018. She holds a B.Sc. in pharmacology from Kings College, University of London.
Ms. Lawton will be compensated in accordance with the Company’s standard compensation arrangements for non-employee directors, which are described in greater detail in the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A relating to its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the Commission, on April 28, 2020.
Pursuant to the Company’s non-employee director compensation policy, Ms. Lawton will also be granted an initial equity award of an option to purchase 6,854 shares of the Company’s common stock on the date of her appointment, October 5, 2020. The initial award shall have a term of ten years from the date of the award, and shall vest and become exercisable as to 33.3333% of the shares underlying such award on the 12-month anniversary of the date of the award, with the remainder vesting in equal monthly installments of 2.7777% of the shares underlying the initial award until the 36-month anniversary of the date of the award, subject to her continued service as a director through each applicable vesting date. The vesting shall accelerate as to 100% of the shares upon a change in control of the Company. The exercise price shall be the closing price of the Company’s common stock on October 5, 2020.
In connection with her appointment, the Company will enter into its standard form of indemnification agreement with Ms. Lawton, the form of which was filed as Exhibit 10.36 to the Company’s Amendment No. 1 to its Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the Commission on November 6, 2017. Ms. Lawton was not selected as a director pursuant to any arrangements or understandings with the Company or with any other person.
On October 1, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ms. Lawton to the Board. A copy of this press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit No. Description
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.
|X4 PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|Date: October 1, 2020||By:||/s/ Derek Meisner|
X4 Pharmaceuticals Expands Board of Directors Through Appointment of Biopharmaceutical Industry Veteran Alison Lawton
BOSTON, Mass., October 1, 2020 — X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: XFOR), a leader in the discovery and development of novel therapies targeting diseases resulting from dysfunction of the CXCR4 pathway, today announced the expansion of its board of directors with the appointment of Alison Lawton, a biopharmaceutical industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of senior executive and operational roles.
“I am honored to join X4’s board of directors at such an exciting time in its corporate development,” said Ms. Lawton. “The company has achieved significant progress in advancing its lead late-stage product candidate, mavorixafor, a potentially disease-modifying therapy for patients with rare disease, in multiple indications, and I look forward to working with the board and leadership team to support X4’s long-term corporate and clinical objectives.”
Paula Ragan, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of X4 Pharmaceuticals, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Alison to the X4 board of directors. Her industry expertise and significant experience across the full spectrum of drug development and commercialization activities will be invaluable to X4 as we continue to grow our business. Having previously served as both a member of X4’s corporate advisory board and as consulting Chief Operating Officer, Alison has a unique understanding of X4’s core scientific and corporate goals. We look forward to continuing to benefit from her strategic insights as we further advance our ongoing clinical programs for mavorixafor, including the Phase 3 trial for WHIM syndrome and the Phase 1b trials for Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and severe congenital neutropenia.“
Ms. Lawton currently serves as a special advisor and board member at Kaleido Biosciences, Inc., and as an independent director of ProQR Therapeutics N.V. Previously, she served as Kaleido’s Chief Executive Officer, after initially joining the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. In addition to her previous operational roles at X4, she also previously held Chief Operating Officer roles at Aura Biosciences and OvaScience Inc., following a greater than 20 year tenure at Genzyme Corporation (now Sanofi Genzyme). While there, she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sanofi Biosurgery, a $750 million business that included surgical, orthopedics, cell therapy and regenerative medicine franchises, and, while Senior Vice President of Global Market Access for Genzyme, Ms. Lawton led global functional organizations, including regulatory affairs and quality systems, public policy, health outcomes and strategic pricing, product safety and risk management. Ms. Lawton began her career at Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis, where she held several increasingly senior regulatory affairs positions. Additionally, she served two terms as the industry representative on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cell & Gene Therapy Advisory Committee and as Chairman of the Board of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS). Ms. Lawton also previously served as director on the boards of Verastem Inc., Cubist Pharmaceuticals, CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, and Magenta Therapeutics. She earned her B.S. in pharmacology from King’s College London.
About X4 Pharmaceuticals
X4 Pharmaceuticals is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company and a leader in the discovery and development of novel therapies for the treatment of diseases resulting from dysfunction of the CXCR4 pathway, with a focus on rare diseases and those with limited treatment options. The company’s lead candidate, mavorixafor, is a first-in-class, small molecule antagonist of chemokine receptor CXCR4 being developed as a once-daily oral therapy. X4 believes that inhibition of the CXCR4 receptor creates the potential for mavorixafor to provide therapeutic benefit across a wide variety of diseases, including primary immunodeficiencies and certain types of cancer. The efficacy and safety of mavorixafor, dosed once daily, is currently being evaluated in a global Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with WHIM syndrome, and in two Phase 1b clinical trials – in combination with ibrutinib in patients with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, and as monotherapy in patients with severe congenital neutropenia (SCN). X4 is continuing to leverage its insights into CXCR4 biology at its corporate headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts and at its research facility in Vienna, Austria, and is developing additional product candidates. For more information, please visit www.x4pharma.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements may be identified by the words “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “potential,” “continue,” “target” or other similar terms or expressions that concern X4's expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the clinical development of mavorixafor, Waldenstrom’s, SCN or X4's other product candidates or programs. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management's current expectations and beliefs. Actual events or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained herein, including, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in X4’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 4, 2020, and in other filings X4 makes with the SEC from time to time. X4 undertakes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.
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