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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): October 5, 2018
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
(d) On October 5, 2018, the Board of Directors (the Board) of Cerus Corporation (the Company) increased the number of directors on the Board from seven to eight and created a vacancy in the class of directors whose term of office expires at the Companys 2021 annual meeting of stockholders. Further, the Board, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board, elected Eric Bjerkholt to fill the newly created vacancy on the Board, effective immediately. Mr. Bjerkholt will serve as director until his successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. Mr. Bjerkholt currently serves as the chief financial officer of Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc.
Pursuant to the Companys Amended and Restated Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, adopted by the Board on March 2, 2018 (the Director Policy), as a non-employee member of the Board, Mr. Bjerkholt is entitled to receive an annual cash retainer in the amount of $40,000 for his service as a Board member, paid in quarterly installments and pro-rated based on the number of days Mr. Bjerkholt will serve on the Board. In addition to the cash retainer, Mr. Bjerkholt will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings of the Board. As a non-employee director, Mr. Bjerkholt is not entitled to perquisites or retirement benefits.
In connection with his election, Mr. Bjerkholt received an initial stock option grant under the Companys Amended and Restated 2008 Equity Incentive Plan (the 2008 Plan) and pursuant to the Director Policy for the number of shares of the Companys common stock equal to (i) $93,750, divided by (ii) the Black-Scholes value of a stock option share, determined using the average daily closing sales price per share of the Companys common stock for the thirty (30) market trading days immediately prior to the grant date (the Average 30-Day Price), with the resulting number rounded down to the nearest whole share, with such stock option vesting in thirty-six (36) equal monthly installments following the date of grant, subject to Mr. Bjerkholts continued service on the Board. Mr. Bjerkholt also received a restricted stock unit award (RSU) for the number of shares of the Companys common stock equal to (i) $93,750, divided by (ii) the Average 30-Day Price, with the resulting number rounded down to the nearest whole share, with such RSU vesting in three (3) annual installments following the date of grant, also subject to Mr. Bjerkholts continued service on the Board.
Mr. Bjerkholt will automatically receive pursuant to the Director Policy an option to purchase the number of shares of the Companys common stock equal to (i) $62,500, divided by (ii) the Black-Scholes value of a stock option share, determined using the Average 30-Day Price, with the resulting number rounded down to the nearest whole share (the Annual Option), and an RSU for the number of shares of the Companys common stock equal to (x) $62,500, divided by (y) the Average 30-Day Price, with the resulting number rounded down to the nearest whole share (the Annual RSU), on the date of each annual meeting of the stockholders of the Company if he has been a member of the Board for at least twelve (12) months prior to the date of the applicable annual meeting and is serving as a non-employee director as of such date. The Annual Option will vest in twelve equal monthly installments beginning one month from the date of grant, with full vesting to occur on the earlier of one year from the grant date, or the trading day immediately prior to date of the next annual meeting. The Annual RSU will vest 100% upon the earlier of one year from the grant date, or the trading day immediately prior to date of the next annual meeting. Annual equity grants under the Director Policy are non-discretionary. All options granted pursuant to the Director Policy have a term of ten years, have an exercise price equal to 100% of the fair market value of the Companys common stock on the date of grant and are subject to the terms of the 2008 Plan. In the event of a change in control of the Company, as defined by the 2008 Plan, all outstanding equity held by Mr. Bjerkholt will become fully vested immediately prior to such change in control event, subject to Mr. Bjerkholts continuous service, as defined by the 2008 Plan, to the Company at such time.
In connection with Mr. Bjerkholts election to the Board, he and the Company will enter into the Companys standard indemnity agreement for the Companys directors and officers, which requires the Company to indemnify Mr. Bjerkholt, under the circumstances and to the extent provided for therein, against certain expenses and other amounts incurred by Mr. Bjerkholt as a result of being made a party to certain actions, suits, proceedings and the like by reason of his position as a director of the Company.
A copy of the press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Bjerkholt to the Board is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this current report and is incorporated herein by reference.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits
The following exhibit is furnished with this report:
|99.1||Press release, dated October 9, 2018, entitled Cerus Appoints Eric Bjerkholt to Board of Directors.|
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.
|Dated: October 9, 2018||By:||/s/ Chrystal Menard|
|Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel|