Endocyte, Inc.
ENDOCYTE INC (Form: 8-K, Received: 02/21/2017 16:07:09)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):  February 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Endocyte, Inc. 

 

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

001-35050

 

35-1969-140

(State or other jurisdiction

 

(Commission

 

(I.R.S. Employer

of incorporation)

 

File Number)

 

Identification No.)

 

 

 

 

 

3000 Kent Avenue, Suite A1-100, 
West Lafayette, Indiana

 

47906

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

765-463-7175

 

 

 

 

 

Not Applicable

 

 

Former name or former address, if changed since last report

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

 

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

 

On February 21, 2017, Endocyte, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Michael T. Andriole has been appointed the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective February 20, 2017. Mr. Andriole replaces Michael A. Sherman as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Sherman will continue to serve in his positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a Director, of the Company.

 

Mr. Andriole, age 44, served in various executive roles at Eli Lilly and Company, a large pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products on a global basis, from June 2001 to February 2017.  He most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Business Development of Eli Lilly and Company from June 2011 to February 2017. Other positions that Mr. Andriole held at Eli Lilly and Company included Director, European Development and Strategic Planning in London, England and Director, Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. Mr. Andriole graduated cum laude from Xavier University’s Williams College of Business and holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

 

There are no family relationships between Mr. Andriole and any other Director or executive officer of the Company. There are no transactions between Mr. Andriole and the Company that would be required to be disclosed under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

  

In connection with Mr. Andriole’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer, the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors approved the following compensatory arrangements:

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Andriole’s initial annualized base salary is $340,000;

 

 

a signing bonus of $75,000 for Mr. Andriole;

 

 

 

Mr. Andriole’s target cash bonus opportunity for 2017 is 40%, to be prorated based on the date of his commencement of employment; and

 

 

grants to Mr. Andriole of the following equity awards:

 

 

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a stock option to purchase 100,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, which option has an exercise price of $2.22 per share (which was the closing stock price of the Company’s common stock on February 17, 2017, the trading day immediately preceding the date of grant of February 20, 2017 (the “Grant Date”), on which markets were closed), has a term of 10 years and will vest in four equal annual installments beginning on the first anniversary of the Grant Date; and

 

 

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50,000 restricted stock units, which will vest in four equal annual installments beginning on the first anniversary of the Grant Date.

 

Mr. Andriole will also be eligible to participate in the same group insurance and employee benefit plans as the Company’s other salaried employees.

 

The Compensation Committee also approved, and the Company and Mr. Andriole entered into, a Change in Control and Severance Agreement, dated as of February 20, 2017 (the “Severance Agreement”), which is on the form previously filed by the Company on May 18, 2015, has a three-year term, and will renew automatically for additional one-year terms unless either party provides prior written notice of non-renewal. The Severance Agreement provides that if Mr. Andriole’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause (as defined in the Severance Agreement), or if he resigns for Good Reason (as defined in the Severance Agreement), prior to a Change in Control (as defined in the Severance Agreement) or after 12 months following a Change in Control, he will be entitled to:

 

 

 

 

 

a lump sum severance payment equal to 75% of his then-current base salary;

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

a monthly payment equal to 140% of the COBRA continuation coverage amount for continued coverage under the Company’s medical and dental plans for him and/or his covered dependents for nine months or, if earlier, until he becomes eligible for group health insurance coverage with a new employer; and

 

 

 

 

 

 

unvested equity awards that would have vested in the following nine months will immediately vest.

 

The Severance Agreement also provides that if Mr. Andriole is terminated by the Company without Cause, or if he resigns for Good Reason, within 12 months following a Change in Control, he will be entitled to:

 

 

a lump sum severance payment equal to 150% of his then-current base salary, as in effect immediately prior to the Change in Control or his termination, whichever is greater;

 

 

a lump sum severance payment equal to 150% of his target bonus for the year of termination or, if greater, for the year during which the Change in Control occurs;

 

 

a monthly payment equal to 140% of the COBRA continuation coverage amount for continued coverage under the Company’s medical and dental plans for him and/or his covered dependents for 18 months or, if earlier, until he becomes eligible for group health insurance coverage with a new employer; and

 

 

100% of his unvested equity awards will immediately vest.

 

The other terms of the Severance Agreement are consistent with those described in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company on May 18, 2015. The foregoing description of the Severance Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the form of Change in Control and Severance Agreement, a copy of which was attached as Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company on May 18, 2015 and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

A copy of the Company’s press release announcing Mr. Andriole’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer is included with this report as Exhibit 99.1.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)         Exhibits

 

99.1       Press Release dated February 21, 2017

 


 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

 

 

Endocyte, Inc.

 

 

 

February 21, 2017

By:

/s/ Beth A. Taylor

 

 

Name: Beth A. Taylor

 

 

Title:  Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

 


 

Exhibit Index

 

 

 

 

Exhibit
No.

 

Description

99.1

 

Press Release dated February 21, 2017

 

 


Exhibit 99.1

 

Contact:

Stephanie Ascher, Stern Investor Relations, Inc., (212) 362-1200, stephanie@sternir.com

NEWS RELEASE

 

 

Endocyte Appoints Michael T. Andriole as Chief Financial Officer

 

 

West Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 21, 2017 --   Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Market: ECYT), a leader in developing targeted small molecule drug conjugates (SMDCs) and companion imaging agents for personalized therapy, today announced that Michael T. Andriole has been appointed as chief financial officer. Mr. Andriole has more than 20 years of experience in a range of financial, strategic and corporate development roles, including 16 years at Eli Lilly and Company, most recently as Vice President, Corporate Business Development.

 

"We are excited to welcome Mike to Endocyte as we near key data readouts on our lead SMDCs and advance earlier stage programs to the clinic, including our tumor associated macrophage (TAM) targeting and CAR T programs,” said Mike Sherman, president and CEO at Endocyte. "Mike’s wealth of corporate strategy development and transaction experience will be instrumental as we seek to build value with our rich pipeline of therapeutics and companion imaging agents.”

 

While with Eli Lilly and Company, Mr. Andriole was a member of Lilly’s corporate development leadership team with responsibility for international transactions, including in/out licensing, JV formation and M&A. Mr. Andriole brings broad finance and strategic transaction experience to Endocyte across multiple therapeutic areas, including strategic transactions in oncology, immunology and neuroscience. Within oncology, Mike’s experience is substantial, having led both global M&A transactions, as well as a number of strategic licensing partnerships. Mr. Andriole graduated cum laude from Xavier University's Williams College of Business and earned his M.B.A. from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

 

“I am eager to join the Endocyte team and to help shape the next stage of the company’s growth,” said Mike Andriole. “As a leader in the development of SMDCs, I see versatility in this platform to address serious diseases through multiple targets and diverse mechanisms of action, including targeted cytotoxic, immune-priming, and immune modulating mechanisms. I look forward to contributing to our effort in bringing these therapies to patients while creating value for shareholders.”

 

About Endocyte

 

Endocyte is a biopharmaceutical company and leader in developing targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer and other serious diseases. Endocyte uses its proprietary drug conjugation technology to create novel SMDCs and companion imaging agents for personalized targeted therapies. The company’s SMDCs actively target receptors that are over-expressed on diseased cells relative to healthy cells. This targeted approach is designed to enable the treatment of patients with highly active drugs at greater doses, delivered more frequently and over longer periods of time than would be possible with the untargeted drug alone. The companion imaging agents are designed to identify patients whose disease over-expresses the target of the therapy and who are therefore more likely to benefit from treatment. For additional information, please visit Endocyte’s website at www.endocyte.com .