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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.
On October 1, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Finch Therapeutics Group, Inc. (the “Company”), upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board, increased the size of the Board from eight members to nine members, and elected Samuel Allen Hamood to the Board, effective immediately, to serve as a Class I director whose term will expire at the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
The Board determined that Mr. Hamood qualifies as independent under the director independence standards set forth in the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Nasdaq listing standards.
On October 1, 2021, Mr. Hamood was also appointed to serve as the chairperson of the newly formed Finance Committee of the Board.
There are no family relationships between Mr. Hamood and any director or executive officer of the Company, and he does not have any direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Mr. Hamood will be compensated in accordance with the Company’s standard compensation arrangements for non-employee directors. Pursuant to the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy (the “Policy”) which was recently amended in October 2021 to set forth the compensation for the newly formed Finance Committee, Mr. Hamood will receive an annual cash retainer in the amount of $35,000 for service on the Board, an additional annual cash retainer in the amount of $5,000 for service as a member of the Finance Committee and an additional annual cash retainer in the amount of $10,000 for service as the chairperson of the Finance Committee. These retainers will be payable in arrears in four equal quarterly installments within thirty days after the end of each calendar quarter, provided that the amount of such payment will be prorated for any portion of such quarter that Mr. Hamood is not serving on the Board or a committee. The Company will also reimburse Mr. Hamood for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses in connection with attending Board and committee meetings.
In addition to cash compensation, Mr. Hamood will be eligible to receive equity compensation under the Policy. Each option granted under the Policy will be a nonstatutory stock option granted under the Company’s 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and will have an exercise price per share equal to the fair market value of a share of common stock on the date of grant. Any options granted under the Policy will have a term of ten years from the date of grant, subject to earlier termination in connection with a termination of the director’s continuous service with the Company. Vesting schedules for equity awards will be subject to Mr. Hamood’s continuous service on each applicable vesting date. Upon Mr. Hamood’s termination from the Board for any reason, his options granted under the Policy shall remain exercisable for three months following his date of termination (or such longer period as the Board may determine in its discretion on or after the date of grant of such options). Notwithstanding any vesting schedule, if Mr. Hamood remains in continuous service with the Company until immediately prior to the closing of a change in control (as such term is defined in the Plan), the shares subject to his then-outstanding initial or annual equity awards that were granted pursuant to the Policy will become fully vested immediately prior to the closing of such change in control.
In accordance with the Policy, on October 1, 2021, Mr. Hamood was granted an initial, one-time equity award of options to purchase the Company’s common stock with a grant date fair value of $200,000. The award consists of an option to purchase 25,543 shares of the Company’s common stock with an exercise price of $12.94, which was the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. The option has a ten-year term, and one-third of the shares underlying the option will vest on the first anniversary of the date of grant, with the remainder vesting in equal monthly installments thereafter until the third anniversary of the date of grant, subject to Mr. Hamood’s continuous service through each applicable vesting date.
Mr. Hamood will also be entitled to receive an annual award of an option to purchase common stock with a grant date fair value of $100,000 pursuant to the Policy. Such annual awards will be granted following each annual meeting of stockholders assuming the non-employee director continues on the Board, and the award will vest in equal monthly installments over the 12 months following the date of grant.
The Company has also entered into its standard form of indemnification agreement with Mr. Hamood, a copy of which has been filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-253622) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 15, 2021 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 7.01. Regulation FD.
On October 5, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Hamood as a director of the Company. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K. The information furnished pursuant to this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any other filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission made by the Company, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, except as otherwise expressly stated 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 thereunto duly authorized.
|FINCH THERAPEUTICS GROUP, INC.|
|Date: October 5, 2021||By:|
|Mark Smith, Ph.D.|
|Chief Executive Officer|
Finch Therapeutics Appoints Samuel Allen Hamood to its Board of Directors
SOMERVILLE, Mass., October 5, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Finch Therapeutics Group, Inc. (Finch or Finch Therapeutics) (Nasdaq: FNCH), a clinical-stage microbiome therapeutics company leveraging its Human-First Discovery® platform to develop a novel class of orally administered biological drugs, today announced that Samuel Allen (Al) Hamood has joined Finchs Board of Directors. Mr. Hamood is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of experience in finance, business development, corporate strategy, and M&A across several global industry sectors.
Through the course of his career, Al has been instrumental in developing and driving growth strategies and translating those strategies into operational successes across multiple global industry verticals, said Mark Smith, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Finch Therapeutics. We are excited to welcome him to our board and look forward to leveraging his deep finance expertise as we advance our platform and pipeline of investigational microbiome therapeutics.
I am greatly impressed by the progress Finch is making in the microbiome therapeutics space, highlighted by their late-stage CP101 program addressing a serious unmet need and their differentiated platform and pipeline with multiple near-term clinical milestones, said Mr. Hamood. I look forward to working closely with the management team and my fellow board members to continue executing on Finchs strategy, with the goal of delivering value to both patients and shareholders.
Mr. Hamood is currently the President and Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Culligan International, a multi-billion-dollar global consumer water services corporation operating in over 90 countries. Prior to Culligan, Mr. Hamood served as the acting Chief Executive Officer and President of ATI Physical Therapy, where he managed nearly 1,000 clinics and led over 8,000 employees. Before joining ATI, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Change Healthcare, a multi-billion-dollar healthcare technology company. Prior to joining Change Healthcare, Mr. Hamood was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TransUnion, a multinational global information services company. Earlier in his career he held a variety of finance and strategy roles at Hewlett Packard (formerly known as EDS), the Walt Disney Company, and Deloitte & Touche.
Mr. Hamood earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Definitive Healthcare and AccentCare and is a member of the CNBC CFO Council.
About Finch Therapeutics
Finch Therapeutics is a clinical-stage microbiome therapeutics company leveraging its Human-First Discovery® platform to develop a novel class of orally administered biological drugs. With the capabilities to develop both complete and targeted microbiome therapeutics, Finch is advancing a rich pipeline of candidates designed to address a wide range of unmet medical needs. Finchs lead candidate, CP101, is in late-stage clinical development for the prevention of recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI), and has received Breakthrough Therapy and Fast Track designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In June 2020, Finch announced that CP101 met its primary efficacy endpoint in PRISM3, the first of two pivotal trials to support the development of CP101 for the prevention of recurrent CDI. PRISM4, a Phase 3 trial, is designed to serve as the second pivotal trial of CP101 for recurrent CDI. Finch is also developing CP101 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus, and FIN-211 for the treatment of the gastrointestinal and behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Finch has a partnership with Takeda focused on the development of targeted microbiome therapeutics for inflammatory bowel disease.
Human-First Discovery® is a registered trademark of Finch Therapeutics Group, Inc.
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Words such as anticipates, believes, expects, intends, plans, potential, projects, would and future or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding: Finchs ability to execute on its business strategy and plans, including advancement of its platform and pipeline of microbiome therapeutics. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: Finchs limited operating history and historical losses; Finchs ability to raise additional funding to complete the development and any commercialization of its product candidates; Finchs dependence on the success of its lead product candidate, CP101; the possibility that Finch may be delayed in initiating, enrolling or completing any clinical trials; results of clinical trials may not be indicative of final or future results from later stage or larger clinical trials (or in broader patient populations once the product is approved for use by regulatory agencies) or may not be favorable or may not support further development; Finchs product candidates may not generate the benefits to patients that are anticipated; anticipated regulatory approvals may be delayed or refused; competition from third parties that are developing products for similar uses; Finchs ability to maintain patent and other intellectual property protection and the possibility that Finchs intellectual property rights may be infringed, invalid or unenforceable or will be threatened by third parties; Finchs ability to qualify and scale its manufacturing capabilities in anticipation of commencement of multiple global clinical trials; Finchs lack of experience in selling, marketing and distributing its product candidates; Finchs dependence on third parties in connection with manufacturing, clinical trials and preclinical studies; and risks relating to the impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic on Finchs business. These and other risks are described more fully in Finchs filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the section titled Risk Factors in Finchs Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 10, 2021, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in Finchs other filings with the SEC. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Except to the extent required by law, Finch undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
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