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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Appointment of William Duke as Chief Financial Officer
On September 5, 2023, Invivyd, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the appointment of William Duke, age 51, as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective as of September 1, 2023 (the “Duke Effective Date”). On July 19, 2023, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company appointed Mr. Duke as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and designated him as the Company’s principal financial officer and principal accounting officer, effective as of the Duke Effective Date.
Mr. Duke joins the Company from Apexigen, Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer from June 2022 to August 2023 and was responsible for all areas of finance and accounting, completed multiple financings, and helped guide the company through its sale to Pyxis Oncology, Inc. From November 2019 to April 2022, Mr. Duke was Chief Financial Officer of Kaleido Biosciences, Inc., where he was responsible for all areas of finance, accounting, and investor relations, implemented capital formation strategies to fund operations, and led the successful completion of multiple financings. From June 2015 to November 2019, Mr. Duke was Chief Financial Officer of Pulmatrix, Inc., where he oversaw the company’s financial strategy, helped negotiate the company’s first product partnership, and led the successful completion of several public offerings. Prior to that, from January 2014 to June 2015, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Valeritas, Inc., where he was responsible for the strategic planning, development, and leadership of the corporate finance function. From July 2011 to December 2013, he was the Vice President, Corporate Controller at Valeritas, Inc. From January 2010 to July 2011, Mr. Duke was Senior Director of Finance at Genzyme Corporation, helping in the sale of the company to Sanofi. From May 2008 to December 2009, Mr. Duke served as Director of Finance/Accounting at Haemonetics Corporation. Mr. Duke is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Stonehill College and an M.B.A. from Bentley College.
In connection with Mr. Duke’s appointment, the Company entered into an employment agreement with him (the “Employment Agreement”). The Employment Agreement provides that Mr. Duke’s employment will continue until either the Company or Mr. Duke terminates Mr. Duke’s employment in accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement.
Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. Duke is entitled to receive an annual base salary of $475,000 which will be reviewed at least annually and will be subject to adjustment from time to time, as determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”). In addition, pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. Duke is entitled to receive a one-time signing bonus of $20,000 in the first payroll cycle following January 1, 2024 (the “Signing Bonus”), provided that Mr. Duke remains continuously and actively employed in good standing by the Company through and on the date on which the Signing Bonus is paid. The Signing Bonus will be earned on the twelve (12) month anniversary of the Duke Effective Date and subject to potential repayment as contemplated in the Employment Agreement. In addition, pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. Duke is eligible to receive an annual cash bonus, which is based on the achievement of certain performance goals and objectives as reasonably determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee, calculated as a percentage of his annual base salary, and which will be determined by the Board or the Compensation Committee. Mr. Duke’s initial target annual bonus is 40% of his annual base salary in effect on January 1st of the applicable performance period. For calendar year 2023, Mr. Duke will be eligible to earn a pro-rated target bonus based on his base salary as of the Duke Effective Date.
The term of the Employment Agreement commenced on the Duke Effective Date and continues until terminated in accordance therewith. The Company may terminate the Employment Agreement at any time without cause, and Mr. Duke may terminate the Employment Agreement at any time, upon written notice. The Employment Agreement also imposes certain confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations on Mr. Duke during the term of the Employment Agreement and for a specified time thereafter.
In addition, the Company granted Mr. Duke an option to purchase 750,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price equal to the closing sales price for the Company’s common stock as quoted on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the Duke Effective Date (the “Option Grant”). Twenty-five percent of the shares underlying the Option Grant will vest on the first anniversary of the Duke Effective Date with the remaining shares underlying the Option Grant vesting over the subsequent three-year period in substantially equal monthly installments at a rate of 1/48th of the total shares subject to the Option Grant each month, subject to Mr. Duke’s continuous service to the Company as of each vesting date. The Option Grant was made pursuant to the Company’s 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and the Company’s form of option award agreement (the “Award Agreement”).
The Employment Agreement provides for standard Company benefits, such as paid time off, reimbursement of business expenses, and participation in the Company’s employee benefit plans and programs. In the event that Mr. Duke’s employment terminates due to death or a disability, he will be entitled to accrued obligations, and payment of any unpaid annual bonus earned based on achievement of the applicable performance goals and objectives so long as his employment terminates after the completion of the calendar year but prior to the date of payment of the bonus (the “Earned Bonus”). In the event that Mr. Duke’s employment is terminated, other than during the period commencing on the earlier of (x) the signing of a definitive agreement that, if closed, would result in a “change in control” (as defined in the Plan) and (y) the date that is three (3) months prior to the closing of a change in control and ending on the date that is twelve (12) months following a change in control (the “Change in Control Period”), by the Company without “cause” or by him for “good reason” (each as defined in the Employment Agreement), and subject to the delivery to the Company of a separation agreement that includes a general release of claims and such separation agreement becoming fully effective, Mr. Duke will receive cash severance equal to nine (9) months of his base salary, as well as the Earned Bonus, if applicable, and nine (9) months continuation of benefits. In addition, the unvested portion of any outstanding time-based equity awards held by Mr. Duke as of the date of termination would remain outstanding for three (3) months following such date of termination.
In the event that Mr. Duke’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by him for good reason, in either case, during the Change in Control Period, and subject to his delivery to the Company of a separation agreement that includes a general release of claims and subject to such separation agreement becoming fully effective, Mr. Duke will receive cash severance equal to the sum of twelve (12) months of his base salary and his target bonus for the year of termination, payable in a lump sum, as well as the Earned Bonus, if applicable, and twelve (12) months continuation of benefits. In such case, Mr. Duke will also be entitled to immediate acceleration and full vesting of any time-based equity awards, as if his employment continued until the later of the date of termination (or, if later, the change in control) or the effective date of the separation agreement.
In connection with his appointment, Mr. Duke also entered into (i) the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Form 10-K (File No. 001-40703) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 23, 2023 (the “Indemnification Agreement”), and (ii) the Company’s standard form of Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (the “PIAA”), which, among other things, prohibits him from competing with the Company, soliciting the Company’s employees and customers and disclosing confidential information during the term of his employment and for a specified time thereafter.
Other than with respect to the Employment Agreement, the Award Agreement, the Indemnification Agreement, and the PIAA, there are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Duke and any other persons pursuant to which Mr. Duke was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. There are also no family relationships between Mr. Duke and any director or executive officer of the Company, and Mr. Duke has no direct or indirect interest in any transaction or proposed transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
The description of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Employment Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference in this Item 5.02.
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Regulation FD Disclosure.
On September 5, 2023, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Duke’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer. A copy of the press release is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference into this Item 7.01.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Employment Agreement, dated July 19, 2023, by and between Invivyd, Inc. and William Duke|
|99.1||Press Release, dated September 5, 2023|
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: September 5, 2023||By:|
|Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary|
This Employment Agreement (Agreement) is made between Invivyd, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), and William Duke (Executive), this 19th day of July, 2023.
WHEREAS, the Company desires for Executive to provide services to the Company, and wishes to provide Executive with certain compensation and benefits in return for such employment services, and Executive wishes to be employed by the Company and to provide personal services to the Company in return for certain compensation and benefits; and
WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire for this Agreement to be effective as of September 1, 2023; the actual effective date of this Agreement shall be Executives first day of employment (the Effective Date).
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
(a) Term. The Company shall employ Executive and Executive shall be employed by the Company pursuant to this Agreement commencing as of the Effective Date and continuing until such employment is terminated in accordance with the provisions hereof (the Term). Executives employment with the Company shall be at will, meaning that Executives employment may be terminated by the Company or Executive at any time and for any reason subject to the terms of this Agreement.
(b) Position and Duties. Executive shall serve as the Chief Financial Officer and shall have such powers and duties as customarily associated with the office of Chief Financial Officer, and as may from time to time be prescribed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (the CEO). Executive shall report to the CEO and shall be subject to the direction and control of the CEO. Executive understands that the Companys corporate headquarters are located in Waltham, Massachusetts, and, as the Company is not a fully remote company, Executive will be expected to, as a condition of employment, travel to off-site meetings and to the Company headquarters as requested by the CEO from time to time and/or as business requires.
(c) Outside Activities. Executive will use good faith efforts to discharge Executives obligations under this Agreement to the best of Executives ability. Executive will devote substantially all of Executives business efforts and time to the Company. Executive agrees not to engage actively in any other employment, occupation, or consulting activity for any direct or indirect remuneration which may or could potentially constitute a conflict of interest or otherwise interfere with Executives obligations to the Company without the prior approval of the CEO or the Companys Board of Directors (the Board); provided, however, that Executive may, without such approval, serve in any capacity with any civic, educational, or charitable organization, participate in industry affairs and manage Executives personal passive investments, and engage in the activities set forth in Appendix A to this Agreement, provided that in each case such services do not materially interfere with Executives obligations to the Company, create a conflict of interest, violate any of Executives Continuing Obligations (as defined in Section 9 below) or cause any reputational damage to the Company as reasonably determined by the Company or the Board. Executive may retain any compensation or benefits received as a result of any such consented to service without any offset in respect of any compensation or benefits to be provided hereunder.
2. Compensation and Related Matters. This Section 2 sets forth the compensation and benefits to be provided to Executive during the Term.
(a) Base Salary. The Company will pay Executive, as compensation for the performance of Executives duties and obligations hereunder, a base salary at the rate of $475,000 per year. Except for the 2023 calendar year, Executives salary shall be subject to annual review not later than March 31st of each year for possible increase by the Board or the Compensation Committee of the Board (the Compensation Committee), which may be adjusted from time to time. The base salary in effect at any given time is referred to herein as Base Salary. The Base Salary shall be payable in a manner that is consistent with the Companys usual payroll practices for its executive officers.
(b) Sign On Bonus. The Company will pay Executive a one-time signing bonus of $20,000.00 less all applicable deductions and withholdings in the first payroll cycle following January 1, 2024 (the Signing Bonus), provided that Executive must remain continuously and actively employed in good standing by the Company through and on the date on which the Sign On Bonus is paid in order to be eligible to earn and receive the Sign On Bonus. The Signing Bonus will be considered earned on the twelve (12) month anniversary of the Effective Date. If Executive is terminated for Cause (as defined below) or resigns from his employment without Good Reason (as defined below) prior to the twelve (12) month anniversary date, Executive will be required to, and hereby agrees to, repay the net, after-tax amount of the Signing Bonus to the Company in full within thirty (30) days of Executives effective termination date. The Executive hereby agrees and authorizes the Company to deduct any amounts owed to the Company by the Executive pertaining to the Signing Bonus from the Executives final paycheck to the maximum extent permitted by law. For the avoidance of doubt, after any deduction from the Executives final paycheck, the Executive will remain responsible for the remainder of repayments set forth in this Section 2(b), to be paid to the Company within thirty (30) days of the Date of Termination.
(c) Incentive Compensation. Executive shall be eligible to participate in an annual cash incentive compensation plan that the Company offers to its executive officers (the Annual Bonus Plan). Executive will be eligible to earn an annual bonus for each full calendar year completed (the Annual Bonus). Executives target Annual Bonus will be 40% percent of Executives Base Salary (the Target Bonus) in effect on January 1st of the applicable performance period. The actual Annual Bonus payable to Executive with respect to a performance period will be determined by the Compensation Committee based on achieving performance goals and objectives for such calendar year as reasonably determined by the Compensation Committee. Executives Annual Bonus shall be paid as soon as administratively practicable after the end of the performance period, but in no event later than the March 15th immediately following such period; provided, that Executive must remain continuously employed by the Company through the date on which the Annual Bonus is paid, subject to any recoupment as set forth in Section 23 of this Agreement, in order to be eligible to earn and receive the Annual Bonus (except as otherwise provided in Section 4(c) or 5(a)). For calendar year 2023, Executive will be eligible to earn a pro-rated Target Bonus based on Executives Base Salary as of the Effective Date.
(d) Option Award. Subject to approval by the Board (or any authorized committee thereof), the Company shall grant Executive an option (the Option) to purchase 750,000 shares of the Companys common stock, with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of a share of the Companys common stock on the grant date, as determined by the Board (or any authorized committee thereof), pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Companys 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the Plan) and the applicable stock option grant notice and stock option agreement to be provided to Executive (together with the Plan, the Equity Documents); provided, however, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Equity Documents, Section 5 and Section 6 of this Agreement, as applicable, shall apply in the event of a termination by the Company without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason (as such terms are defined below). Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, the Option will vest subject to the terms and conditions of the Equity Documents, with 25% of the shares subject to the Option vesting upon the first anniversary of the Effective Date and the remaining 75% of the shares subject to the Option vesting over the subsequent 3-year period in substantially equal monthly installments at a rate of 1/48th of the total shares subject to the Option each month, subject to Executives continuous service to the Company as of each such vesting date.
(e) Expenses. The Company shall promptly pay or reimburse Executive for all reasonable expenses incurred by Executive while performing services hereunder, including but not limited to travel expenses and attendance at industry events, in accordance with the policies and procedures then in effect and established by the Company for its executive officers, but in no event later than thirty (30) days submission of a reimbursement request in accordance with such policies or procedures.
(f) Other Benefits. Executive shall be eligible to participate in or receive benefits under the Companys employee benefit plans in effect from time to time, subject to the terms of such plans.
(g) Paid Time Off. Executive shall be entitled to take paid time off in accordance with the Companys applicable paid time off policy for executives, as may be in effect from time to time.
(h) Stock Ownership Guidelines. Executive shall be subject to the Companys Executive Stock Ownership Guidelines while providing services under this Agreement.
(i) Treatment of Equity Awards upon a Change in Control. The following provisions shall apply to any award granted under the Plan or any other plan, agreement or arrangement based on the value of a share of the Companys common stock on or after the Effective Date (collectively, the Equity Awards) to the extent the Equity Awards are assumed, continued or substituted by the surviving or acquiring entity (or its parent) in connection with a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan) and Executive continues to provide services to the Company or its successor following such Change in Control:
(i) Except as otherwise provided in the Change in Control transactions definitive agreement, the Plan or the applicable award agreement, or as set forth in Section 6 below, Equity Awards subject to vesting solely on account of completing periods of covered employment or service (collectively, the Time-Based Equity Awards) shall not immediately accelerate and become fully vested and exercisable or non-forfeitable on such a Change in Control, and
(ii) all other Equity Awards, including but not limited to performance stock units vesting based on achieving pre-established performance goals (collectively, the Performance-Based Equity Awards) shall be governed by the terms of the Plan and the applicable award agreement.
3. Termination. Executives employment hereunder may be terminated without any breach of this Agreement under the following circumstances:
(a) Death. Executives employment hereunder shall terminate upon death.
(b) Disability. The Company may terminate Executives employment if Executive is disabled and unable to perform or expected to be unable to perform the essential functions of Executives then existing position or positions under this Agreement with or without reasonable accommodation for a period of 180 days (which need not be consecutive) in any 12-month period. If any question shall arise as to whether during any period Executive is disabled so as to be unable to perform the essential functions of Executives then existing position or positions with or without reasonable accommodation, Executive may, and at the request of the Company shall, submit to the Company a certification in reasonable detail by a physician selected by the Company to whom Executive or Executives guardian has no reasonable objection as to whether Executive is so disabled or how long such disability is expected to continue, and such certification shall for the purposes of this Agreement be conclusive of the issue. Executive shall cooperate with any reasonable request of the physician in connection with such certification. If such question shall arise and Executive shall fail to submit such certification, the Companys determination of such issue shall be binding on Executive.
(c) Termination by the Company for Cause. The Company may terminate Executives employment hereunder for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, Cause shall mean any of the following:
(i) Executives unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information or trade secrets of the Company for Executives or anothers benefit or any material breach of a written agreement between Executive and the Company, including without limitation a material breach of this Agreement or the Restrictive Covenants Agreement;
(ii) Executives conviction of, or pleading no contest to, a felony under the laws of the United States or any state thereof (other than in connection with a traffic violation that does not result in imprisonment) or any crime that results in Executives incarceration in a federal, state, or local jail or prison;
(iii) Executives material and willful misconduct in the performance of Executives duties or Executives willful or repeated failure or refusal to substantially perform assigned duties (other than any such failure of refusal resulting from Executives incapacity due to physical or mental illness), in any case, which willful misconduct, failure or refusal has continued for more than thirty (30) days following written notice from the CEO of such willful misconduct, failure or refusal;
(iv) any act of fraud, embezzlement or material misappropriation committed by Executive against the Company (other than good faith expense account disputes);
(v) willful engaging by Executive in any act that brings or is reasonably likely to bring the Company into public disrepute or disgrace or causes material harm to the customer relations, operations or business prospects of the Company; or
(vi) Executives failure to cooperate with a bona fide internal investigation or an investigation by regulatory or law enforcement authorities, after being instructed by the Company to cooperate, or the willful destruction or failure to preserve documents or other materials known to be relevant to such investigation or the inducement of others to fail to cooperate or to produce documents or other materials in connection with such investigation.
For purposes of this Section 3(c), no act, or failure to act, on Executives part shall be deemed willful if done, or omitted to be done, by Executive in good faith and with reasonable belief that Executives act, or failure to act, was in the best interest of the Company.
In the case of any termination for Cause, the Company shall provide written notice to Executive setting forth to a reasonable extent at least the principal acts or omissions of Executive giving rise to Cause for termination. It is agreed to by the parties that below par or below average financial performance of the Company and/or its subsidiaries, in and of itself shall not constitute Cause for employment termination under this Agreement.
A termination for Cause under this Section 3(c) (other than with respect to Section 3(c)(ii)) shall in no event become effective under the Agreement unless the provisions of this paragraph are complied with. Executive must be given written notice by the Board of the intention to terminate Executives employment for Cause, such notice to be given within three (3) months of the Board learning of such act or acts or failure or failures to act. Executive shall have ten (10) days after the date that such written notice has been given to Executive in which to cure such conduct, to the extent such cure is possible. If Executive fails to cure such conduct, Executive shall thereupon be terminated for Cause.
(d) Termination by the Company without Cause. The Company may terminate Executives employment hereunder at any time without Cause. Any termination by the Company of Executives employment under this Agreement which does not constitute a termination for Cause under Section 3(c) and does not result from the death or disability of Executive under Section 3(a) or 3(b) shall be deemed a termination without Cause.
(e) Termination by Executive. Executive may terminate employment hereunder at any time for any reason, including but not limited to, Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall mean that Executive has completed all steps of the Good Reason Process (hereinafter defined) following the occurrence of any of the following events without Executives consent (each, a Good Reason Condition):
(i) a material diminution in Executives title, responsibilities, authority or duties; or a material reduction in the authority, duties, or responsibilities of the CEO to whom Executive is required to report;
(ii) a Change in Control following which either: (A) there is a material reduction in the budget over which Executive retains authority or (B) Executive is not Chief Financial Officer of the Company or, (C) if the Company becomes a subsidiary of one or more entities following the Change in Control, the post-consummation ultimate parent entity of the Company; or
(iii) a material breach of this Agreement by the Company, including without limitation, a reduction of Executives Base Salary or Target Bonus in violation of Section 2(a) or 2(b) (except for across-the-board salary reductions of not more than ten percent (10%) similarly affecting all or substantially all senior management employees of the Company), a relocation of Executives principal place of employment to any location that is greater than twenty (20) miles from the Companys corporate office located at 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts, or the failure of the Company to obtain the assumption in writing of the Companys obligations to Executive under this Agreement by any successor as required under Section 13 below.
(f) Good Reason Process. The Good Reason Process consists of the following steps:
(i) Executive reasonably determines in good faith that a Good Reason Condition has occurred;
(ii) Executive notifies the Company in writing of the first occurrence of the Good Reason Condition within sixty (60) days of the first occurrence of such condition;
(iii) Executive cooperates in good faith with the Companys efforts, for a period of not less than thirty (30) days following such notice (the Cure Period), to remedy the Good Reason Condition (to the extent such cure is possible);
(iv) notwithstanding such efforts, the Good Reason Condition continues to exist at the end of the Cure Period; and
(v) Executive terminates employment within sixty (60) days after the end of the Cure Period.
If the Company cures the Good Reason Condition during the Cure Period, Good Reason shall be deemed not to have occurred.
4. Matters Related to Termination.
(a) Notice of Termination. Except for termination as specified in Section 3(a), any termination of Executives employment by the Company or any such termination by Executive shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination to the other party hereto. For purposes of this Agreement, a Notice of Termination shall mean a notice which shall indicate the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon.
(b) Date of Termination. Date of Termination shall mean: (i) if Executives employment is terminated by death, the date of death; (ii) if Executives employment is terminated on account of disability under Section 3(b) or by the Company for Cause under Section 3(c), the date on which Notice of Termination is given; (iii) if Executives employment is terminated by the Company without Cause under Section 3(d), thirty (30) days after the date on which a Notice of Termination is given or a later date otherwise specified by the Company in the Notice of Termination; (iv) if Executives employment is terminated by Executive under Section 3(e) other than for Good Reason, thirty (30) days after the date on which a Notice of Termination is given, and (v) if Executives employment is terminated by Executive under Section 3(e) for Good Reason, the date on which a Notice of Termination is given after the end of the Cure Period. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that Executive gives a Notice of Termination to the Company, the Company may unilaterally accelerate the Date of Termination and such acceleration shall not result in a termination by the Company for purposes of this Agreement.
(c) Accrued Obligations. If Executives employment with the Company is terminated for any reason, the Company shall pay or provide to Executive (or to Executives authorized representative or estate) (i) any Base Salary earned through the Date of Termination; (ii) unpaid expense reimbursements (subject to, and in accordance with, Section 2(d) of this Agreement); and (iii) any vested benefits Executive may have under any employee benefit plan or compensation arrangement of the Company (including equity compensation plans and insurance coverages) through the Date of Termination, which vested benefits shall be paid and/or provided in accordance with the terms of such employee benefit plans. In the event that Executive terminates employment due to death or disability, in accordance with Sections 3(a) and 3(b) above, Executive (or in the case of death, Executives estate) shall be entitled to receive the Earned Bonus (as defined in Section 5(a)) at the same time bonuses are paid to other employees who are actively employed by the Company. The amounts described under this Section 4(c) are referred to below as the Accrued Obligations.
(d) Resignation of All Other Positions. To the extent applicable, Executive shall be deemed to have resigned from all officer and board member positions that Executive holds with the Company or any of its respective subsidiaries and affiliates upon the termination of Executives employment for any reason. Executive shall execute any documents in reasonable form as may be requested to confirm or effectuate any such resignations.
5. Severance Pay and Benefits Upon Termination by the Company without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason. If Executives employment is terminated by the Company without Cause as provided in Section 3(d), or Executive terminates employment for Good Reason as provided in Section 3(e), then, in addition to the Accrued Obligations, and subject to (i) Executive signing and allowing to become effective a separation agreement and release in a form substantially the same as set forth in Appendix B to this Agreement (the Separation Agreement), which provides that if Executive materially breaches any of the Continuing Obligations, all payments of the Severance Amount shall immediately cease, and (ii) the Separation Agreement becoming irrevocable, all within sixty (60) days after the Date of Termination (or such shorter period as set forth in the Separation Agreement):
(a) Cash Severance. The Company shall pay Executive an amount equal to nine (9) months of Executives Base Salary (the Severance Amount) and, in the event that Executives employment is terminated after the end of the calendar year but prior to the payment of any Annual Bonus for the immediately preceding calendar year, Executive shall be entitled to receive a lump sum payment of any unpaid Annual Bonus that Executive would otherwise have been eligible for based on achievement of the applicable performance goals and objectives, without any reduction for individual performance, with respect to such immediately preceding calendar year (the Earned Bonus).
(b) COBRA Premiums. Subject to Executives copayment of premium amounts at the applicable active employees rate and Executives proper election to receive benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (COBRA), the Company shall pay to the group health plan provider or the COBRA provider a monthly payment equal to the monthly employer contribution that the Company would have made to provide health insurance to Executive if Executive had remained employed by the Company until the earliest of (A) the nine (9) month anniversary of the Date of Termination; (B) the date that Executive becomes eligible for group medical plan benefits under any other employers group medical plan; or (C) the cessation of Executives health continuation rights under COBRA; provided, however, that if the Company determines that it cannot pay such amounts to the group health plan provider or the COBRA provider (if applicable) without potentially violating applicable law (including, without limitation, Section 2716 of the Public Health Service Act), then the Company shall convert such payments to payroll payments directly to Executive for the time period specified above. Such payments to Executive shall be subject to tax-related deductions and withholdings and paid on the Companys regular payroll dates.
(c) Delayed Forfeiture of Time-Based Equity Awards. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Time-Based Equity Awards, if the Separation Agreement becomes effective, the unvested portions of all Time-Based Equity Awards shall not terminate or be forfeited on the Date of Termination, but rather shall remain outstanding until 3 months after the Date of Termination (the Pre-CIC Protection Period). If the Company has not, prior to the end of the Pre-CIC Protection Period, entered into a definitive agreement that, if closed, would result in a Change in Control (a P&S Agreement), then the unvested portion of the Time-Based Equity Awards shall terminate and be forfeited as of the end of the Pre-CIC Protection Period.. If the Company, prior to the end of the Pre-CIC Protection Period, enters into a P&S Agreement, then the Time-Based Equity Awards shall remain outstanding and become fully vested upon a Change in Control resulting from such agreement, and all such awards that are assumed or continued in the Change in Control resulting from such agreement, and all such awards that are assumed or continued in the Change in Control transaction shall remain outstanding until the later of (i) the end of the Pre-CIC Protection Period and (ii) ninety (90) days after such Change in Control. Unvested Time-Based Equity Awards shall terminate and be forfeited if the Company abandons a sale of the Company as contemplated under the P&S Agreement entered into during the Pre-CIC Protection Period. No additional vesting of the Time-Based Equity Awards shall occur following the Date of Termination except on account of a Change in Control during or after the Pre-CIC Protection Period as specifically provided above. For the avoidance of doubt, any unvested Performance-Based Equity Awards shall terminate and be forfeited on the Date of Termination unless otherwise provided by the terms of the Plan or the applicable award agreement. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no Time-Based Awards shall remain outstanding following the original expiration date of such award, as set forth in the applicable award agreement.
(d) Severance Payment Timing. The amounts payable under Section 5, (other than the Earned Bonus, as applicable), to the extent taxable, shall be paid or commence to be paid within thirty (30) days after the Date of Termination (or such longer period as required in order to have an enforceable release, but in no event later than seventy (70) days after the Date of Termination); provided, however, that if the period applicable to Executives termination of employment begins in one calendar year and ends in a second calendar year, such payments to the extent they qualify as non-qualified deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), shall be paid or commence to be paid in the second calendar year by the last day of such period. The Severance Amount shall be paid in a single lump sum and the Earned Bonus, if any, shall be paid at the same time as if Executive had remained employed with the Company through the payment date.
6. Severance Pay and Benefits Upon Termination by the Company without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason within the Change in Control Period. The provisions of this Section 6 shall apply in lieu of, and expressly supersede, the provisions of Section 5 if (i) Executives employment is terminated either (a) by the Company without Cause as provided in Section 3(d), or (b) by Executive for Good Reason as provided in Section 3(e), and (ii) the Date of Termination is during the Change in Control Period. The Change in Control Period shall begin on the earlier of (a) the signing of a P&S Agreement and (b) the date that is 3 months prior to the closing of a Change in Control and shall end on the date that is twelve (12) months after the occurrence of the first event constituting a Change in Control. These provisions shall terminate and be of no further force or effect after the Change in Control Period. In no event will Executive be entitled to severance benefits under both Section 5 and Section 6 of this Agreement. If the Company has commenced providing severance pay and benefits to Executive under Section 5 prior to the date that Executive becomes eligible to receive severance pay and benefits under this Section 6, the severance pay and benefits previously provided to Executive under Section 5 shall reduce the severance pay and benefits to be provided under this Section 6.
If Executives employment is terminated by the Company without Cause as provided in Section 3(d) or Executive terminates employment for Good Reason as provided in Section 3(e) and in each case the Date of Termination occurs during the Change in Control Period, then, in addition to the Accrued Obligations, and subject to the signing of the Separation Agreement by Executive and the Separation Agreement becoming fully effective, all within the time frame set forth in the Separation Agreement but in no event more than sixty (60) days after the Date of Termination:
(a) Cash Severance. The Company shall pay Executive a lump sum in cash in an amount equal to the sum of (A) twelve (12) months of Executives then-current Base Salary (or Executives Base Salary in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control, if higher), and (B) Executives Target Bonus for the then-current year (or Executives Target Bonus in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control, if higher), plus, if applicable, any Earned Bonus (the Change in Control Payment).
(b) COBRA Premiums. Subject to Executives copayment of premium amounts at the applicable active employees rate and Executives proper election to receive benefits under COBRA, the Company shall pay to the group health plan provider or the COBRA provider a monthly payment equal to the monthly employer contribution that the Company would have made to provide health insurance to Executive if Executive had remained employed by the Company until the earliest of (A) the twelve (12) month anniversary of the Date of Termination; (B) the date that Executive becomes eligible for group medical plan benefits under any other employers group medical plan; or (C) the cessation of Executives health continuation rights under COBRA; provided, however, that if the Company determines that it cannot pay such amounts to the group health plan provider or the COBRA provider (if applicable) without potentially violating applicable law (including, without limitation, Section 2716 of the Public Health Service Act), then the Company shall convert such payments to payroll payments directly to Executive for the time period specified above. Such payments to Executive shall be subject to tax-related deductions and withholdings and paid on the Companys regular payroll dates.
(c) Accelerated Vesting of Equity Awards. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Equity Award, the Time-Based Equity Awards shall immediately accelerate and become fully vested and exercisable or nonforfeitable as if Executive had remained employed with the Company as of the later of (i) the Date of Termination (or, if later, the Change in Control) or (ii) the effective date of the Separation Agreement (the Accelerated Vesting Date), provided that in order to effectuate the accelerated vesting contemplated by this subsection, the unvested portion of such Equity Awards that would otherwise terminate or be forfeited on the Date of Termination will be delayed until the earlier of (A) the effective date of the Separation Agreement (at which time acceleration will occur), or (B) the date that the Separation Agreement can no longer become fully effective (at which time the unvested portion of Executives Time-Based Equity Awards will terminate or be forfeited). Notwithstanding the foregoing, no additional time-based vesting of the Time-Based Equity Awards shall occur during the period between the Date of Termination and the Accelerated Vesting Date except as specifically provided in this Section 6(c).
(d) Change in Control Payment Timing. The amounts payable under this Section 6, to the extent taxable, shall be paid or commence to be paid within seventy (70) days after the Date of Termination or, if later, the Change in Control; provided, however, that if the 60-day period begins in one calendar year and ends in a second calendar year, such payments to the extent they qualify as non-qualified deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, shall be paid or commence to be paid in the second calendar year by the last day of such 60-day period.
7. 280G Limitation.
(a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in the event that the amount of any compensation, payment or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit of Executive, whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise, calculated in a manner consistent with Section 280G of the Code, and the applicable regulations thereunder (the Aggregate Payments), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, then the Aggregate Payments shall be reduced (but not below zero) so that the sum of all of the Aggregate Payments shall be $1.00 less than the amount at which Executive becomes subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code; provided that such reduction shall only occur if it would result in Executive receiving a higher After Tax Amount (as defined below) than Executive would receive if the Aggregate Payments were not subject to such reduction. In such event, the Aggregate Payments shall be reduced in the following order, in each case, in reverse chronological order beginning with the Aggregate Payments that are to be paid the furthest in time from consummation of the transaction that is subject to Section 280G of the Code: (1) cash payments not subject to Section 409A of the Code; (2) cash payments subject to Section 409A of the Code; (3) equity-based payments and acceleration; and (4) non-cash forms of benefits; provided that in the case of all the foregoing Aggregate Payments all amounts or payments that are not subject to calculation under Treas. Reg. §1.280G-1, Q&A-24(b) or (c) shall be reduced before any amounts that are subject to calculation under Treas. Reg. §1.280G-1, Q&A-24(b) or (c).
(b) For purposes of this Section 7, the After Tax Amount means the amount of the Aggregate Payments less all federal, state, and local income, excise and employment taxes imposed on Executive as a result of Executives receipt of the Aggregate Payments. For purposes of determining the After Tax Amount, Executive shall be deemed to pay federal income taxes at the highest marginal rate of federal income taxation applicable to individuals for the calendar year in which the determination is to be made, and state and local income taxes at the highest marginal rates of individual taxation in each applicable state and locality, net of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes which could be obtained from deduction of such state and local taxes.
(c) For purposes of determining whether and the extent to which the Aggregate Payments will be subject to the excise tax, (i) no portion of the Aggregate Payments the receipt or enjoyment of which Executive shall have waived at such time and in such manner as not to constitute a payment within the meaning of Section 280G(b) of the Code shall be taken into account, (ii) no portion of the Aggregate Payments shall be taken into account which, in the written opinion of independent auditors or advisors of nationally recognized standing (Independent Advisors) selected by the Company prior to a Change in Control, does not constitute a parachute payment within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code (including by reason of Section 280G(b)(4)(A) of the Code) and, in calculating the excise tax, no portion of such Aggregate Payments shall be taken into account which, in the opinion of Independent Advisors, constitutes reasonable compensation for services actually rendered, within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(4)(B) of the Code, in excess of the base amount (as defined in Section 280G(b)(3) of the Code) allocable to such reasonable compensation, and (iii) the value of any non-cash benefit or any deferred payment or benefit included in the Aggregate Payments shall be determined by the Independent Advisors in accordance with the principles of Sections 280G(d)(3) and (4) of the Code. The Independent Advisors shall provide detailed supporting calculations both to the Company and Executive within fifteen (15) business days of the Date of Termination, if applicable, or at such earlier time as is reasonably requested by the Company or Executive. Any determination by the Independent Advisors shall be binding upon the Company and Executive.
8. Section 409A.
(a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if at the time of Executives separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, the Company determines that Executive is a specified employee within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, then to the extent any payment or benefit that Executive becomes entitled to under this Agreement or otherwise on account of Executives separation from service would be considered deferred compensation otherwise subject to the 20% additional tax imposed pursuant to Section 409A(a) of the Code as a result of the application of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, such payment shall not be payable and such benefit shall not be provided until the date that is the earlier of (A) six (6) months and one day after Executives separation from service, or (B) Executives death. If any such delayed cash payment is otherwise payable on an installment basis, the first payment shall include a catch-up payment covering amounts that would otherwise have been paid during the 6-month period but for the application of this provision, and the balance of the installments shall be payable in accordance with their original schedule.
(b) All in-kind benefits provided and expenses eligible for reimbursement under this Agreement shall be provided by the Company or incurred by Executive during the time periods set forth in this Agreement. All reimbursements shall be paid as soon as administratively practicable, but in no event shall any reimbursement be paid after the last day of the taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred. The amount of in-kind benefits provided or reimbursable expenses incurred in one taxable year shall not affect the in-kind benefits to be provided or the expenses eligible for reimbursement in any other taxable year (except for any lifetime or other aggregate limitation applicable to medical expenses). Such right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.
(c) To the extent that any payment or benefit described in this Agreement constitutes non-qualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Code, and to the extent that such payment or benefit is payable upon Executives termination of employment, then such payments or benefits shall be payable only upon Executives separation from service. The determination of whether and when a separation from service has occurred shall be made in accordance with the presumptions set forth in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h).
(d) The parties intend that this Agreement will be administered in a manner not intended to violate Section 409A of the Code. To the extent that any provision of this Agreement is ambiguous as to its compliance with Section 409A of the Code, the provision shall be read in such a manner so that all payments hereunder comply with Section 409A of the Code. Each payment pursuant to this Agreement is intended to constitute a separate payment for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-2(b)(2). Any such payment that may be excluded from Section 409A either as separation pay due to an involuntary separation from service or as a short-term deferral (each as described in Treasury regulations issued under Section 409A) shall be excluded from Section 409A to the greatest extent possible. The parties agree that this Agreement may be amended, as reasonably requested by either party, and as may be necessary to fully comply with Section 409A of the Code and all related rules and regulations in order to preserve the payments and benefits provided hereunder without additional cost to either party.
(e) The Company makes no representation or warranty and shall have no liability to Executive or any other person if any provisions of this Agreement are determined to constitute deferred compensation subject to Section 409A of the Code but do not satisfy an exemption from, or the conditions of, such Section.
9. Continuing Obligations.
(a) Restrictive Covenants Agreement. As a condition of entering into this Agreement, Executive agrees to execute and deliver, on the Effective Date, the Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (the Restrictive Covenants Agreement). For purposes of this Agreement, the obligations in this Section 9 and those that arise in the Restrictive Covenants Agreement and any other agreement relating to confidentiality, assignment of inventions, or other restrictive covenants that may later be agreed to by Executive shall collectively be referred to as the Continuing Obligations.
(b) Third-Party Agreements and Rights. Executive hereby confirms that Executive is not bound by the terms of any agreement with any previous employer or other party which restricts in any way Executives use or disclosure of information, other than confidentiality restrictions (if any), or Executives engagement in any business. Executive represents to the Company that Executives execution of this Agreement to be effective as of the Effective Date, Executives employment with the Company and the performance of Executives proposed duties for the Company will not violate any obligations Executive may have to any such previous employer or other party. In Executives work for the Company, Executive will not disclose or make use of any information in violation of any agreements with or rights of any such previous employer or other party, and Executive will not bring to the premises of the Company any copies or other tangible embodiments of non-public information belonging to or obtained from any such previous employment or other party.
(c) Litigation and Regulatory Cooperation. During and after Executives employment, Executive shall cooperate fully with the Company in (i) the defense or prosecution of any claims or actions now in existence or which may be brought in the future against or on behalf of the Company which relate to events or occurrences that transpired while Executive was employed by the Company, and (ii) the investigation, whether internal or external, of any matters about which the Company believes Executive may have knowledge or information. Executives full cooperation in connection with such claims, actions or investigations shall include, but not be limited to, being available to meet with counsel upon reasonable notice to answer questions or to prepare for discovery or trial and to act as a witness on behalf of the Company at mutually convenient times. During and after Executives employment, Executive also shall cooperate fully with the Company in connection with any investigation or review of any federal, state or local regulatory authority as any such investigation or review relates to events or occurrences that transpired while Executive was employed by the Company. The Company shall reimburse Executive for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with Executives performance of obligations pursuant to this Section 9(c), which shall be in addition to its obligations to provide indemnification to Executive.
(d) Non-Disparagement. You agree not to disparage the Company, and/or the Companys attorneys, directors, managers, partners, employees, agents and affiliates, in any manner likely to be harmful to them or their business, business reputation or personal reputation; provided that you may respond accurately and fully to any question, inquiry or request for information when required by legal process. You further agree that, by no later than the Effective Date, you shall delete or otherwise remove any and all disparaging public comments or statements that you made prior to the Effective Date about or relating to the Company, including, but not limited to, comments in online forums or on websites (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Glassdoor, Yelp, and LinkedIn), as applicable.
(e) Relief. Executive agrees that it would be difficult to measure any damages caused to the Company which might result from any breach by Executive of the Continuing Obligations, and that in any event monetary damages would be an inadequate remedy for any such breach. Accordingly, Executive agrees that if Executive breaches, or proposes to breach, any portion of the Continuing Obligations, the Company shall be entitled, in addition to all other remedies that it may have, to an injunction or other appropriate equitable relief to restrain any such breach without showing or proving any actual damage to the Company.
10. Consent to Jurisdiction. The parties hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of Massachusetts in connection with any court action relating to this Agreement. Accordingly, with respect to any such court action, Executive (a) submits to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of such courts; (b) consents to service of process; and (c) waives any other requirement (whether imposed by statute, rule of court, or otherwise) with respect to personal jurisdiction or service of process.
11. Integration. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements between the parties concerning such subject matter, provided that the Restrictive Covenants Agreement and the agreements governing any Equity Awards remain in full force and effect.
12. Withholding; Tax Effect. All payments made by the Company to Executive under this Agreement shall be net of any tax or other amounts required to be withheld by the Company under applicable law. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to require the Company to make any payments to compensate Executive for any adverse tax effect associated with any payments or benefits or for any deduction or withholding from any payment or benefit.
13. Successors and Assigns. This Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of (a) the heirs, executors, and legal representatives of Executive upon Executives death as well as any beneficiaries duly designated by Executive prior to death in accordance with the terms hereof, and (b) any successor of the Company. Any such successor of the Company will be deemed substituted for the Company under the terms of this Agreement for all purposes. For this purpose, successor means any person, firm, corporation, or other business entity which at any time, whether by purchase, merger, or otherwise, directly or indirectly acquires all or substantially all of the assets or business of the Company. The Company shall require its respective successors to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall remain, with such successor, jointly and severally liable for all of their obligations hereunder. Except as herein provided, this Agreement may not otherwise be assigned by the Company and any attempted assignment in contravention hereof will be null and void. In the event of Executives death after Executives termination of employment but prior to the completion by the Company of all payments due to Executive under this Agreement, the Company shall continue such payments to Executives beneficiary designated in writing to the Company prior to Executives death (or to Executives estate, if Executive fails to make such designation). Executive may designate one or more persons or entities as the primary or contingent beneficiaries of any amounts to be received under this Agreement. Such designation must be in the form of a signed writing reasonably acceptable to the Board or the Boards designee. Executive may make or change such designation at any time. Except as approved by the Board or the Boards designee, none of the rights of Executive to receive any form of compensation payable pursuant to this Agreement may be assigned or transferred except by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Any other attempted assignment, transfer, conveyance, or other disposition of Executives right to compensation or other benefits will be null and void.
14. Enforceability. If any portion or provision of this Agreement (including, without limitation, any portion or provision of any section of this Agreement) shall to any extent be declared illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remainder of this Agreement, or the application of such portion or provision in circumstances other than those as to which it is so declared illegal or unenforceable, shall not be affected thereby, and each portion and provision of this Agreement shall be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.
15. Survival. The provisions of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and/or the termination of Executives employment to the extent necessary to effectuate the terms contained herein, including but not limited to the Companys obligation to make severance payments or provide indemnification and Executives obligations to comply with the Continuing Obligations.
16. Waiver. No waiver of any provision hereof shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by the waiving party. The failure of any party to require the performance of any term or obligation of this Agreement, or the waiver by any party of any breach of this Agreement, shall not prevent any subsequent enforcement of such term or obligation or be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach.
17. Notices. Any notices, requests, demands and other communications provided for by this Agreement shall be sufficient if in writing and (i) delivered in person, (ii) sent by a nationally recognized overnight courier service or by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, to Executive at the last address Executive has filed in writing with the Company or, in the case of the Company, at its main offices, attention of the Board or (iii) sent via email to Executive at Executives Company email address or, in the case of the Company, to the CEOs Company email address.
18. Amendment. This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a written instrument signed by Executive and by a duly authorized representative of the Company.
19. Indemnification. The Company will (i) indemnify Executive with respect to claims arising out of any action taken or not taken in Executives capacity as an officer or employee of the Company or its subsidiaries; provided, that Executive acted in good faith and in a manner that Executive reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Company and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe that Executives conduct was unlawful, (ii) advance to Executive all reasonable and documented out of pocket costs and expenses incurred by Executive in connection with the foregoing clause (i), including but not limited to attorneys fees, and (iii) provide for Executive to be covered by D&O insurance, with respect to clauses (i) and (ii), on the same terms as are made available to the CEO and/or members of the Board, as applicable; provided that, this Agreement constitutes an undertaking that amounts advanced under clause (ii) shall be promptly repaid to the Company by Executive if it shall ultimately be determined that Executive is not entitled to be indemnified by the Company pursuant to this Section 19. Nothing herein shall limit any right that Executive may have in respect of indemnification, advancement or liability insurance coverage under any other policy, plan, contract or arrangement of the Company or its subsidiaries or under applicable law with respect to his or her services as an officer or employee for the Company or its subsidiaries, and the Company shall not change any right to such indemnification or advancement with respect to Executive after his or her termination of employment.
20. No Mitigation; Offset. In the event of any termination of employment and service hereunder, Executive shall be under no obligation to seek other employment, and there shall be no offset against any amounts due Executive under this Agreement on account of any remuneration attributable to any subsequent employment that Executive may obtain. The preceding sentence shall not limit the Companys right to enforce the termination provisions set forth in Section 4 above or the repayment or recoupment provisions in Section 22(d) and Section 23 below.
21. Effect on Other Plans and Agreements. An election by Executive to resign for Good Reason under the provisions of this Agreement shall not be deemed a voluntary termination of employment by Executive for the purpose of interpreting the provisions of any of the Companys benefit plans, programs or policies. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to limit the rights of Executive under the Companys benefit plans, programs or policies except to the extent specifically provided in Section 7 hereof, and except that Executive shall have no rights to continue any severance benefits under any Company severance pay plan, offer letter or otherwise. Except for the Restrictive Covenants Agreement, in the event that Executive is party to an agreement with the Company providing for payments or benefits under such plan or agreement and under this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall govern and Executive may receive payment under this Agreement only and not both. Further, Section 5 and Section 6 of this Agreement are mutually exclusive and in no event shall Executive be entitled to cash severance payments or benefits pursuant to both Section 5 and Section 6 of this Agreement.
22. Governing Law; Venue and Enforcement.
(a) This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with applicable federal laws and, to the extent not inconsistent therewith or preempted thereby, with the laws of Massachusetts, including any applicable statutes of limitation, without regard to any otherwise applicable principles of conflicts of laws or choice of law rules (whether of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction) that would result in the application of the substantive or procedural rules or law of any other jurisdiction.
(b) Each party agrees that any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the alleged breach hereof shall be instituted in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, or if that court does not have or will not accept jurisdiction, in any court of general jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts located in Suffolk County, and Executive and the Company hereby consent to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such court(s) and hereby waive any objection(s) that any such party may have to personal jurisdiction, the laying of venue of any such proceedings and any claim or defense of inconvenient forum.
(c) Any award shall be payable to Executive no later than the end of Executives first taxable year in which the Company either concede the amount (or portion of the amount) payable or are required to make payment pursuant to a judgment by a court, and shall include interest on any amounts due and payable to Executive from the date due to the date of payment, calculated at one hundred and ten percent (110%) of the base lending in effect at Citibank, N.A. (or any successor thereto) on the first of each month.
(d) If it is necessary or desirable for Executive to retain legal counsel or incur other costs and expenses in connection with the enforcement of any or all of Executives rights under this Agreement, the Company shall, within thirty (30) days after receipt of an invoice certifying payment by Executive of such attorney fees, or payment of such other costs and expenses, reimburse Executives reasonable attorneys fees and costs and such other expenses, including expenses of any expert witnesses, in connection with the enforcement of said rights in an amount not to exceed $100,000; provided, that to the extent (and only to the extent) such expenses are subject to Section 409A, in no event shall any payment of Executives fees, costs, and expenses be made after the last day of Executives taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred; provided, further, that Executive shall repay any such advance of fees, costs, and expenses (and no additional advances or reimbursements shall be made) (i) if there is a specific judicial finding that Executives request to litigate was frivolous, unreasonable or without foundation; (ii) if it has been finally determined that Executives termination of employment for Cause was proper; or (iii) if the Board determines in good faith that as of the date of Executives termination of employment and service, grounds for an involuntary termination for Cause had existed.
23. Recoupment. Executive shall be required to repay incentive pay to the Company as described in this Section 23, and the Company may offset payments otherwise due and payable under this Agreement by the amounts required to be repaid under this Section 23. Repayment of incentive pay shall be required if, and to the extent that, the Compensation Committee determines, in its sole discretion, that repayment is due on account of a restatement of the Companys financial statements or otherwise pursuant to any clawback or compensation recoupment policy as may be in effect or amended from time to time) (the Recoupment Policy). Where the result of a performance measure was a factor in determining the compensation awarded or paid, but (i) the subsequently-restated performance measure was not the only factor used to determine the compensation awarded or paid, or (ii) the incentive-based compensation is not awarded or paid on a formulaic basis, the Committee will determine in its discretion the amount, if any, by which the payment or award should be reduced. If the Committee seeks to recover payment of incentive pay as a result of a restatement of the Companys financial statements or otherwise under the Recoupment Policy, Executive shall pay to the Company, as applicable, (A) all or a portion (as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion) of the amount by which the payment received by Executive exceeds the amount that would have been paid to Executive based on the restated financial statements, or (B) the amount (as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion) to be repaid pursuant to the Recoupment Policy. Nothing in this Section 23 shall preclude the Company (or any other person) from taking any other action.
24. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be taken to be an original; but such counterparts shall together constitute one and the same document.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement effective on the Effective Date.
|By:||/s/ David Hering|
|/s/ William Duke|
FORM SEPARATION AGREEMENT1
This letter sets forth the substance of the separation agreement (the Agreement) which Invivyd, Inc. (the Company) is offering to you to aid in your employment transition.
1. Separation. Your last day of work with the Company and your employment termination date will be [Date] (the Separation Date).
2. Accrued Salary. On the Separation Date, the Company will pay you all accrued salary earned through the Separation Date, subject to standard payroll deductions and withholdings. You will receive these payments regardless of whether or not you sign this Agreement.
3. Severance Benefits. If you execute and do not revoke this Agreement set forth below in Section 13, the Company will provide you with the following Severance Benefits pursuant to the terms of your [month, date, year] Employment Agreement.
The Company is offering severance to you in reliance on Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9) and the short term deferral exemption in Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4). Any payments made in reliance on Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4) will be made not later than March 15, 20__. For purposes of Code Section 409A, your right to receive any installment payments under this Agreement (whether severance payments, reimbursements or otherwise) shall be treated as a right to receive a series of separate payments and, accordingly, each installment payment hereunder shall at all times be considered a separate and distinct payment.
4. Benefit Plans.
If you are currently participating in the Companys group health insurance plans, your participation as an employee will end on [the Separation Date] or [the last day of the month in which separation occurs]. Thereafter, to the extent provided by the federal COBRA law or, if applicable, state insurance laws, and by the Companys current group health insurance policies, you will be eligible to continue your group health insurance benefits at your own expense. Later, you may be able to convert to an individual policy through the provider of the Companys health insurance, if you wish.
To be revised by the Company to include provisions that are necessary based on the jurisdiction in which the employee works or resides.
Deductions for the 401(k) Plan will end with your last regular paycheck. You will receive information by mail concerning 401(k) plan rollover procedures should you be a participant in this program.
You may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits after the Separation Date.
5. Stock Options. You were granted an option to purchase ________ shares of the Companys common stock, pursuant to the Companys [correct name of Stock or incentive plan] (the Plan). Under the terms of the Plan and your stock option grant, vesting will cease as of the Separation Date.
6. Other Compensation or Benefits. You acknowledge that, except as expressly provided in this Agreement, as of the Separation Date, you have been fully paid any and all compensation, severance, benefits due to you, including all wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, options, shares, stock, incentive payments, equity interests, profit-sharing payments, expense reimbursements, accrued but unused vacation pay, leave or other benefits.
7. Expense Reimbursements. You agree that, within ten (10) days of the Separation Date, you will submit your final documented expense reimbursement statement reflecting all business expenses you incurred through the Separation Date, if any, for which you seek reimbursement. The Company will reimburse you for reasonable business expenses pursuant to its regular business practice.
8. Return of Company Property. By the Separation Date, you agree to return to the Company all Company documents (and all copies thereof) and other Company property that you have had in your possession at any time, including, but not limited to, Company files, notes, drawings, records, business plans and forecasts, financial information, specifications, computer-recorded information, tangible property (including, but not limited to, computers), credit cards, entry cards, identification badges and keys; and, any materials of any kind that contain or embody any proprietary or confidential information of the Company (and all reproductions thereof). Please coordinate return of Company property with [name/title]. Receipt of the severance benefits described in Section 3 of this Agreement is expressly conditioned upon return of all Company Property.
9. Confidential Information and Post-Termination Obligations. Both during and after your employment you acknowledge your continuing obligations under your Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (Restrictive Covenants Agreement) not to use or disclose any confidential or proprietary information of the Company, to refrain from certain solicitation and competition activities, and your agreement to arbitrate any/all claims you may have against the Company permitted by applicable law. A copy of your Restrictive Covenants Agreement is attached hereto. If you have any doubts as to the scope of the restrictions in your agreement, you should contact [name/title] immediately to assess your compliance. As you know, the Company will enforce its contract rights. Please familiarize yourself with the enclosed agreement which you signed. Confidential information that is also a trade secret, as defined by law, may be disclosed (A) if it is made (i) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney and (ii) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (B) is made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal. In addition, in the event that you file a lawsuit for retaliation by the Company for reporting a suspected violation of law, you may disclose the trade secret to your attorney and use the trade secret information in the court proceeding, if you: (A) file any document containing the trade secret under seal; and (B) do not disclose the trade secret, except pursuant to court order.
10. Non-Compete. In exchange for the payments and other consideration under this Agreement, to which you would not otherwise be entitled, you agree that during the one year period after the Separation Date, you will not, whether paid or not: (i) serve as a partner, principal, licensor, licensee, employee, consultant, officer, director, manager, agent, affiliate, representative, advisor, promoter, associate, investor, or otherwise for, (ii) directly or indirectly, own, purchase, organize or take preparatory steps for the organization of, or (iii) build, design, finance, acquire, lease, operate, manage, control, invest in, work or consult for or otherwise join, participate in or affiliate yourself with, any business whose business, products or operations are in any respect involved in Conflicting Services (defined below) anywhere in the Restricted Territory (defined below). Should you obtain other employment within 12 months immediately following the Separation Date, you agree to provide written notification to the Company as to the name and address of your new employer, the position that you expect to hold, and a general description of your duties and responsibilities, at least three business days prior to starting such employment.
a) The parties agree that for purposes of this Agreement, Conflicting Services means any business in which the Company is engaged, or in which the Company has plans to be engaged, or any service that the Company provides or has plans to provide.
b) The parties further agree that for purposes of this Agreement, Restricted Territory means the geographic areas in which you provided services for the Company or had a material presence or influence, during any time within the last two years prior to the Separation Date.
11. Confidentiality. The provisions of this Agreement will be held in strictest confidence by you and will not be publicized or disclosed in any manner whatsoever; provided, however, that: (a) you may disclose this Agreement to your immediate family; (b) you may disclose this Agreement in confidence to your attorney, accountant, auditor, tax preparer, and financial advisor; and (c) you may disclose this Agreement insofar as such disclosure may be required by law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall limit your right to voluntarily communicate with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission, other federal government agency or similar state or local agency or to discuss the terms and conditions of your employment with others to the extent expressly permitted by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.
12. Mutual Non-Disparagement. You agree not to disparage the Company, and/or the Companys attorneys, directors, managers, partners, employees, agents and affiliates, in any manner likely to be harmful to them or their business, business reputation or personal reputation; provided that you may respond accurately and fully to any question, inquiry or request for information when required by legal process. You further agree that, by no later than the Effective Date, you shall delete or otherwise remove any and all disparaging public comments or statements that you made prior to the Effective Date about or relating to the Company, including, but not limited to, comments in online forums or on websites (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Glassdoor, Yelp, and LinkedIn), as applicable. Likewise, the Company agrees to instruct the current Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology & Manufacturing Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, and SVP, Human Resources and the Companys current Board of Directors not to disparage you.
13. Cooperation after Termination. You agree to cooperate fully with the Company in all matters relating to the transition of your work and responsibilities on behalf of the Company, including, but not limited to, any present, prior or subsequent relationships and the orderly transfer of any such work and institutional knowledge to such other persons as may be designated by the Company, by making yourself reasonably available during regular business hours.
14. Release. In exchange for the payments and other consideration under this Agreement, to which you would not otherwise be entitled, and except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement, you, on behalf of yourself and, to the extent permitted by law, on behalf of your spouse, heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, insurers, attorneys and other persons or entities, acting or purporting to act on your behalf (collectively, the Employee Parties), hereby generally and completely release, acquit and forever discharge the Company, its parents and subsidiaries, and its and their officers, directors, managers, partners, agents, representatives, employees, attorneys, shareholders, predecessors, successors, assigns, insurers and affiliates (the Company Parties) of and from any and all claims, liabilities, demands, contentions, actions, causes of action, suits, costs, expenses, attorneys fees, damages, indemnities, debts, judgments, levies, executions and obligations of every kind and nature, in law, equity, or otherwise, both known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to agreements, events, acts or conduct at any time prior to and including the execution date of this Agreement, including but not limited to: all such claims and demands directly or indirectly arising out of or in any way connected with your employment with the Company or the termination of that employment; claims or demands related to salary, bonuses, commissions, stock, stock options, or any other ownership interests in the Company, vacation pay, fringe benefits, expense reimbursements, severance pay, or any other form of compensation; claims pursuant to any federal, state or local law, statute, or cause of action; tort law; or contract law (individually a Claim and collectively Claims). The Claims you are releasing and waiving in this Agreement include, but are not limited to, any and all Claims that any of the Company Parties:
has violated its personnel policies, handbooks, contracts of employment, or covenants of good faith and fair dealing;
has discriminated against you on the basis of age, race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, ancestry, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, source of income, entitlement to benefits, any union activities or other protected category in violation of any local, state or federal law, constitution, ordinance, or regulation, including but not limited to: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. 1981), the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Executive Order 11246, which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, or sex; the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against the disabled, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits discrimination based on age, the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or any other federal or state law regarding whistleblower retaliation; the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (M.G.L. c. 151B), the Massachusetts Equal Rights Act, the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, the Massachusetts Privacy Statute, the Massachusetts Sick Leave Law, the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, all as amended, and any and all other federal, state or local laws, rules, regulations, constitutions, ordinances or public policies, whether known or unknown, prohibiting employment discrimination;
has violated any employment statutes, such as the WARN Act which requires that advance notice be given of certain workforce reductions; the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) which, among other things, protects employee benefits; the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which regulates wage and hour matters; the National Labor Relations Act, which protects forms of concerted activity; the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which requires employers to provide leaves of absence under certain circumstances; the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Massachusetts Payment of Wages Act (M.G.L. c. 149 sections 148 and 150), the Massachusetts Overtime regulations (M.G.L. c. 151 sections 1A and 1B), the Massachusetts Meal Break regulations (M.G.L. c. 149 sections 100 and 101), all as amended, and any and all other federal, state or local laws, rules, regulations, constitutions, ordinances or public policies, whether known or unknown relating to employment laws, such as veterans reemployment rights laws;
has violated any other laws, such as federal, state, or local laws providing workers compensation benefits, restricting an employers right to terminate employees, or otherwise regulating employment; any federal, state or local law enforcing express or implied employment contracts or requiring an employer to deal with employees fairly or in good faith; any other federal, state or local laws providing recourse for alleged wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, negligent hiring, retention, or supervision, physical or personal injury, emotional distress, assault, battery, false imprisonment, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, defamation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress and/or mental anguish, intentional interference with contract, negligence, detrimental reliance, loss of consortium to you or any member of your family, whistleblowing, and similar or related claims.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, other than events expressly contemplated by this Agreement you do not waive or release rights or Claims that may arise from events that occur after the date this waiver is executed or your right to enforce this Agreement. Also excluded from this Agreement are any Claims which cannot be waived by law, including, without limitation, any rights you may have under applicable workers compensation laws and your right, if applicable, to file or participate in an investigative proceeding of any federal, state or local governmental agency. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent you from filing, cooperating with, or participating in any proceeding or investigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other federal government agency, or similar state or local agency (Government Agencies), or exercising any rights pursuant to Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. You further understand this Agreement does not limit your ability to voluntarily communicate with any Government Agencies or otherwise participate in any investigation or proceeding that may be conducted by any Government Agency, including providing documents or other information, without notice to the Company. While this Agreement does not limit your right to receive an award for information provided to the Securities and Exchange Commission, you understand and agree that, you are otherwise waiving, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any and all rights you may have to individual relief based on any Claims that you have released and any rights you have waived by signing this Agreement. If any Claim is not subject to release, to the extent permitted by law, you waive any right or ability to be a class or collective action representative or to otherwise participate in any putative or certified class, collective or multi-party action or proceeding based on such a Claim in which any of the Company Parties is a party. This Agreement does not abrogate your existing rights under any Company benefit plan or any plan or agreement related to equity ownership in the Company; however, it does waive, release and forever discharge Claims existing as of the date you execute this Agreement pursuant to any such plan or agreement.
15. Your Acknowledgments and Affirmations/ Effective Date of Agreement. You acknowledge that you are knowingly and voluntarily waiving and releasing any and all rights you may have under the ADEA, as amended. You also acknowledge and agree that (i) the consideration given to you in exchange for the waiver and release in this Agreement is in addition to anything of value to which you were already entitled, and (ii) that you have been paid for all time worked, have received all the leave, leaves of absence and leave benefits and protections for which you are eligible, and have not suffered any on-the-job injury for which you have not already filed a Claim. You affirm that all of the decisions of the Company Parties regarding your pay and benefits through the date of your execution of this Agreement were not discriminatory based on age, disability, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or any other classification protected by law. You affirm that you have not filed or caused to be filed, and are not presently a party to, a Claim against any of the Company Parties. You further affirm that you have no known workplace injuries or occupational diseases. You acknowledge and affirm that you have not been retaliated against for reporting any allegation of corporate fraud or other wrongdoing by any of the Company Parties, or for exercising any rights protected by law, including any rights protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act or any related statute or local leave or disability accommodation laws, or any applicable state workers compensation law. You further acknowledge and affirm that you have been advised by this writing that: (a) your waiver and release do not apply to any rights or Claims that may arise after the execution date of this Agreement; (b) you have been advised hereby that you have the right to consult with an attorney prior to executing this Agreement; (c) you have been given [twenty-one (21)/forty-five (45)2] days to consider this Agreement (although you may choose to voluntarily execute this Agreement earlier and if you do you will sign the Consideration Period waiver below); (d) you have seven (7) business days following your execution of this Agreement to revoke this Agreement by providing written notice of your decision to revoke the Agreement to the Company, Attention: [Jill Andersen, Chief Legal Officer, 1601 Trapelo Road, Suite 178, Waltham, MA 02451], by no later than 12:01 a.m. on the eighth (8th) calendar day after the date by which you have signed this Agreement (the Revocation Deadline); and (e) this Agreement shall not be effective until the date upon which the revocation period has expired unexercised (the Effective Date), which shall be the eighth business day after this Agreement is executed by you[ and (f) you acknowledge that with your receipt of this Agreement, you also received an Age Discrimination in Employment Act Disclosure, attached as Exhibit A]3.
Applicable only in event of group layoff.
Applicable only in event of group layoff.
16. No Admission. This Agreement does not constitute an admission by the Company of any wrongful action or violation of any federal, state, or local statute, or common law rights, including those relating to the provisions of any law or statute concerning employment actions, or of any other possible or claimed violation of law or rights.
17. Breach. You agree that upon any breach of this Agreement you will forfeit all amounts paid or owing to you under this Agreement. Further, you acknowledge that it may be impossible to assess the damages caused by your violation of the terms of Sections 8, 9, 10 and 11 of this Agreement and further agree that any threatened or actual violation or breach of those Sections of this Agreement will constitute immediate and irreparable injury to the Company. You therefore agree that any such breach of this Agreement is a material breach of this Agreement, and, in addition to any and all other damages and remedies available to the Company upon your breach of this Agreement, the Company shall be entitled to an injunction to prevent you from violating or breaching this Agreement. You agree that if the Company is successful in whole or part in any legal or equitable action against you under this Agreement, you agree to pay all of the costs, including reasonable attorneys fees, incurred by the Company in enforcing the terms of this Agreement.
18. Miscellaneous. Except as set forth herein, this Agreement, including any exhibits, constitutes the complete, final and exclusive embodiment of the entire agreement between you and the Company with regard to this subject matter. It is entered into without reliance on any promise or representation, written or oral, other than those expressly contained herein, and it supersedes any other such promises, warranties or representations. This Agreement may not be modified or amended except in a writing signed by both you and a duly authorized officer of the Company. This Agreement will bind the heirs, personal representatives, successors and assigns of both you and the Company, and inure to the benefit of both you and the Company, their heirs, successors and assigns. If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, this determination will not affect any other provision of this Agreement and the provision in question will be modified by the court so as to be rendered enforceable. This Agreement will be deemed to have been entered into and will be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as applied to contracts made and to be performed entirely within Massachusetts.
19. To ensure the rapid and economical resolution of disputes that may arise from or relating to the enforcement, breach, performance, or interpretation of this Agreement shall be resolved, to the fullest extent permitted by law, by final, binding and confidential arbitration conducted by JAMS or its successor, under JAMS then applicable rules and procedures for employment disputes (available upon request and also currently available at http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-employment-arbitration/). You acknowledge that by agreeing to this arbitration procedure, both you and the Company waive the right to resolve any such dispute through a trial by jury or judge or administrative proceeding. You will have the right to be represented by legal counsel at any arbitration proceeding. The arbitrator shall: (a) have the authority to compel adequate discovery for the resolution of the dispute and to award such relief as would otherwise be permitted by law; and (b) issue a written statement signed by the arbitrator regarding the disposition of each claim and the relief, if any, awarded as to each claim, the reasons for the award, and the arbitrators essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based. The arbitrator shall be authorized to award all relief that you or the Company would be entitled to seek in a court of law. The Company shall pay all JAMS arbitration fees in excess of the administrative fees that you would be required to pay if the dispute were decided in a court of law. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to prevent either you or the Company from obtaining injunctive relief in court to prevent irreparable harm pending the conclusion of any such arbitration. Further, nothing herein is intended to supersede the mutual agreement to arbitrate as set forth in the Restrictive Covenants Agreement.
If this Agreement is acceptable to you, please sign below and return the original to me on or after your Separation Date, but no later than the date that is [twenty-one (21)/forty-five (45)] days after you receive this Agreement. This offer will expire if we have not received your executed copy by that date.
I wish you good luck in your future endeavors.
|Chief Executive Officer|
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I, ____________________, understand that I have the right to take at least  days to consider whether to sign this Agreement, which I received on ___________ __, 20__. If I elect to sign this Agreement before  days have passed, I understand I am to sign and date below this paragraph to confirm that I knowingly and voluntarily agree to waive the 21-day consideration period.
INVIVYD APPOINTS WILLIAM DUKE AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
WALTHAM, Mass., September 5, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Invivyd, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVVD), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company on a mission to protect the vulnerable from serious viral infectious diseases, today announced the appointment of William Duke as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Duke will lead Invivyds financial strategy to support the companys continued growth. Mr. Duke has more than 25 years of finance, accounting, and operations experience, including over a decade of senior leadership experience in the biotechnology industry.
Bills wealth of financial leadership experience will be invaluable as the company continues to plan for the rapid initiation of a pivotal clinical study, a potential EUA submission, and a potential launch of VYD222, said Dave Hering, Chief Executive Officer of Invivyd. With his demonstrated success leading initiatives that have fueled the advancement of novel therapeutics and led to significant value creation for shareholders, Im thrilled to welcome Bill to our executive leadership team as we continue to rapidly advance our mission.
Im delighted to join Invivyd at such an exciting time for the company, said William Duke, Chief Financial Officer of Invivyd. I look forward to leveraging my experience to support the development of VYD222, as well as Invivyds work to establish a pipeline of engineered monoclonal antibody candidates that can be deployed in the future to keep pace with viral evolution and provide vulnerable people with protection from viral threats.
Prior to joining Invivyd, Mr. Duke served as the Chief Financial Officer of Apexigen, Inc. where he was responsible for all areas of finance and accounting and helped guide the company through its sale to Pyxis Oncology, Inc. Before Apexigen, he was Chief Financial Officer of Kaleido Biosciences, Inc., where he led the successful completion of multiple financings. Prior to Kaleido Biosciences, he was Chief Financial Officer of Pulmatrix, Inc., where he helped negotiate the companys first product partnership and led the successful completion of several public offerings. Prior to that, he held senior financial leadership roles at Valeritas, Inc. and Genzyme Corporation, where he helped in the sale of the company to Sanofi. Mr. Duke is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Stonehill College and an M.B.A. from Bentley College.
Invivyd, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVVD) is a biopharmaceutical company on a mission to rapidly and perpetually deliver antibody-based therapies that protect vulnerable people from the devastating consequences of circulating viral threats, beginning with SARS-CoV-2. Invivyds technology works at the intersection of evolutionary virology, predictive modeling, and antibody engineering, and is designed to identify high-quality, long-lasting antibodies with the potential to resist viral escape. The company is generating a robust pipeline of product candidates which could be used in prevention or treatment of serious viral diseases, starting with COVID-19 and expanding into influenza and other high-need indications. Visit https://invivyd.com/ to learn more.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as anticipates, believes, could, expects, intends, potential, projects, and future or similar expressions (as well as other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning, among other things, the companys ongoing research and clinical development plans and the timing thereof, including with respect to advancing its lead candidate, VYD222; the companys plan for the rapid initiation of a pivotal clinical study, a potential emergency use authorization (EUA) submission, and a potential launch of VYD222; the companys efforts to establish a pipeline of engineered monoclonal antibody candidates that can be deployed in the future to keep pace with viral evolution and provide vulnerable people with protection from viral threats; the companys ability to rapidly and perpetually deliver antibody-based therapies that protect vulnerable people from the devastating consequences of circulating viral threats, beginning with SARS-CoV-2; the potential for the companys product candidates to be high-quality, long-lasting antibodies with the potential to resist viral escape; the companys plans to generate a robust pipeline of product candidates which, if authorized or approved, could be used in prevention or treatment of serious viral diseases, starting with COVID-19 and expanding into influenza and other high-need indications; and other statements that are not historical fact. The company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in the companys forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on the companys forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the companys actual results to differ materially from the results described in or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: the ability to gain complete alignment with the applicable regulatory authorities on the clinical trial design and development pathway for VYD222, including the use of an immunobridging pathway in the U.S., and the timing thereof; the timing and progress of the companys discovery, preclinical and clinical development activities, including the companys ability to rapidly initiate a VYD222 pivotal clinical trial; the companys ability to generate and utilize tools to discover and develop a pipeline of antibodies to treat current and potential future SARS-CoV-2 variants; the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the companys business and those of its collaborators, the companys clinical trials and its financial position; unexpected safety or efficacy data observed during preclinical studies or clinical trials; the predictability of clinical success of VYD222 or other product candidates based on neutralizing activity in preclinical studies; the risk that results of preclinical studies or clinical trials may not be predictive of future results in connection with current or future clinical trials; variability of results in models used to predict activity against SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern; clinical trial site activation or enrollment rates that are lower than expected; changes in expected or existing competition; changes in the regulatory environment; the uncertainties and timing of the regulatory approval process; whether VYD222 or any other product candidate or combination of candidates is able to demonstrate and sustain neutralizing activity against predominant SARS-CoV-2 variants, particularly in the face of viral evolution; whether the companys product candidates will be high-quality, long-lasting antibodies that resist viral escape; whether the company is able to successfully submit an EUA in the future, and the outcome of any such EUA submission; whether the companys research and development efforts will identify and result in safe and effective therapeutic options for infectious diseases other than COVID-19; and whether the company has adequate funding to meet future operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements. Other factors that may cause the companys actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements in this press release are described under the heading Risk Factors in the companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and in the companys other filings with the SEC, and in its future reports to be filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov. Such risks may be amplified by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of this date, and Invivyd undertakes no duty to update such information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.
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