SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 14, 2020 (January 13, 2020)
ALDEYRA THERAPEUTICS, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
131 Hartwell Avenue, Suite 320
Lexington, MA 02421
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (781) 761-4904
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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|Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share||ALDX||The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC|
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|Item 5.02.|| |
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(d) January 13, 2020, based upon the recommendation of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors (the Board) of Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Aldeyra), the Board elected Nancy Miller-Rich as a Class I director, with her initial term expiring at Aldeyras 2021 annual meeting of stockholders. In connection with Ms. Miller-Richs election, and pursuant to the Companys bylaws, the Board has increased the number of directors to eight. A copy of the press release announcing the election of Ms. Miller-Rich is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Pursuant to Aldeyras non-employee director compensation program, as a non-employee joining the Board, Ms. Miller-Rich was granted a non-statutory stock option to purchase 24,264 shares of Aldeyras common stock on January 13, 2020 with an exercise price equal to the closing stock price of Aldeyras common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market on January 13, 2020. This option will vest ratably in annual installments over three years of service following the date of grant. She will also receive an annual fee of $30,000 for service as a director. In addition, she will be eligible to receive, upon the conclusion of each annual meeting of stockholders, a non-statutory stock option to purchase approximately $86,000 of Aldeyras common stock on that date with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of Aldeyras common stock on the grant date. Such annual grant will vest in full on the one-year anniversary of the grant date. Aldeyras non-employee director compensation program is described in further detail in Aldeyras Proxy Statement for its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 22, 2019 pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
Ms. Miller-Rich and Aldeyra will also enter into an indemnification agreement requiring Aldeyra to indemnify her to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law with respect to her service as a director. The indemnification agreement will be in the form entered into with Aldeyras other directors and executive officers. This form is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2.
There is no arrangement or understanding between Ms. Miller-Rich and any other person pursuant to which Ms. Miller-Rich was appointed as a director. The Board has determined that Ms. Miller-Rich is an independent director in accordance with applicable rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Nasdaq Stock Market.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. Press Release, dated January 14, 2020.|
|99.2||Form of Indemnification Agreement between Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. and each of its directors and executive officers (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Amendment No. 2 to the Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc.s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (SEC File No. 333-193204) filed with the SEC on March 17, 2014).|
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.
|Dated: January 14, 2020||ALDEYRA THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Aldeyra Therapeutics Appoints Nancy Miller-Rich to Board of Directors
Addition of 35-Year Pharmaceutical Industry Veteran Augments Boards Business Development and
Commercial Strategy Expertise
Lexington, Mass., January 14, 2020 Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALDX) (Aldeyra), a biotechnology company devoted to developing and commercializing next-generation medicines to improve the lives of patients with immune-mediated diseases, today announced the appointment of Nancy Miller-Rich to the companys board of directors.
Nancy brings enterprise-wide strategic thinking and business development expertise over more than 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including senior roles with Merck Pharmaceuticals and Schering-Plough, said Richard H. Douglas, Ph.D., Chairman of the Aldeyra board of directors. Her public company experience, particularly her strong background in areas such as licensing, joint ventures, and global commercial development, is expected to enhance our stewardship as Aldeyra continues to advance toward potential product commercialization.
Ms. Miller-Rich is Chief Executive of Miller-Rich Associates, a pharmaceutical industry consultancy she founded in 2017. Previously, she served in leadership roles at Merck & Co., Inc. and Schering-Plough Corporation, where she was Senior Vice President, Global Human Health Business Development & Licensing, Strategy and Commercial Support from 2013 to 2017 and Group Vice President, Consumer Care Global New Ventures and Strategic Commercial Development from 2007 to 2013. Prior to joining Schering-Plough Corporation in 1990, Ms. Miller-Rich served in a variety of commercial and marketing roles at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals and Sterling Drug, Inc. She is a director of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and UDG Healthcare plc, as well as a board member of a number of private and not-for-profit entities. Ms. Miller-Rich received her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
I look forward to contributing to the Aldeyra board and working closely with the leadership team to guide the companys strategic growth, Ms. Miller-Rich said. Aldeyras pipeline comprises novel, diverse and highly differentiated therapeutic approaches to treat significant unmet medical needs. Its gratifying to help such an innovative organization continue to achieve success.
Ms. Miller-Richs appointment expands Aldeyras board of directors to eight members, seven of whom are independent directors.
About Aldeyra Therapeutics
Aldeyra Therapeutics is a biotechnology company devoted to developing and commercializing next-generation medicines to improve the lives of patients with immune-mediated diseases. Aldeyras lead investigational drug product candidates are potential first-in-class treatments in development for dry eye disease, allergic conjunctivitis, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome. The company is also developing other product candidates for retinal and systemic inflammatory diseases.
Safe Harbor Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Aldeyras strategy, future operations, future financial position, projected costs and expenses, prospects, plans, and objectives and Aldeyras plans and expectations for its product candidates, including plans relating to product development and commercialization. Aldeyra intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as, but not limited to, may, might, will, objective, intend, should, could, can, would, expect, believe, anticipate, project, on track, scheduled, target, design, estimate, predict, potential, aim, plan or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties. Aldeyra is at an early stage of development and may not ever have any products that generate significant revenue. All of Aldeyras development timelines may be subject to adjustment depending on recruitment rate, regulatory review, preclinical and clinical results, and other factors that could delay the initiation or completion of clinical trials. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in Aldeyras forward-looking statements include, among others, the timing of enrollment, commencement and completion of Aldeyras clinical trials, the timing and success of preclinical studies and clinical trials conducted by Aldeyra and its development partners; updated or refined data based on Aldeyras continuing review and quality control analysis of clinical data, Aldeyras ability to design clinical trials with protocols and endpoints acceptable to applicable regulatory authorities; delay in or failure to obtain regulatory approval of Aldeyras product candidates; the ability to maintain regulatory approval of Aldeyras product candidates, and the labeling for any approved products; the risk that prior results, such as signals of safety, activity or durability of effect, observed from preclinical or clinical trials, will not be replicated or will not continue in ongoing or future studies or clinical trials involving Aldeyras product candidates; the scope, progress, expansion, and costs of developing and commercializing Aldeyras product candidates; uncertainty as to Aldeyras ability to commercialize (alone or with others) Aldeyras product candidates following regulatory approval, if any; the size and growth of the potential markets and pricing for Aldeyras product candidates and the ability to serve those markets; Aldeyras expectations regarding Aldeyras expenses and revenue, the sufficiency or use of Aldeyras cash resources and needs for additional financing; the rate and degree of market acceptance of any of Aldeyras product candidates; Aldeyras expectations regarding competition; Aldeyras anticipated growth strategies; Aldeyras ability to attract or retain key personnel; Aldeyras limited sales and marketing infrastructure; Aldeyras ability to establish and maintain development partnerships; Aldeyras ability to successfully integrate acquisitions into its business; Aldeyras expectations regarding federal, state and foreign regulatory requirements; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; Aldeyras ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for its product candidates; the anticipated trends and challenges in Aldeyras business and the market in which it operates; and other factors that are described in the Risk Factors and Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of Aldeyras Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and Aldeyras Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available on the SECs website at www.sec.gov. Additional factors may be set forth in those sections of Aldeyras Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, expected to be filed with the SEC in the first quarter of 2020.
In addition to the risks described above and in Aldeyras other filings with the SEC, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Aldeyras results. No forward-looking statements can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from such statements. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Aldeyra undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release on account of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.
|Corporate Contact:||Investor & Media Contact:|
|David McMullin||Scott Solomon|
|Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc.||Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc.|
|Tel: 781-761-4904 ext. 218||Tel: 617-542-5300|