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CERS Cerus

Filed: 7 Jun 21, 4:07pm

 

 

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): June 2, 2021

 

 

Cerus Corporation

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware 000-21937 68-0262011
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
 (Commission
File Number)
 (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

1220 Concord Ave., Suite 600

Concord, California

 94520
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (925) 288-6000

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 (see General Instructions A.2. below):

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading
Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange
on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share CERS The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

 

 


Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

On June 2, 2021, Cerus Corporation (the “Company”) held its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). The following is a brief description of each matter voted upon at the Annual Meeting, as well as the number of votes cast for or against each matter and the number of abstentions and broker non-votes with respect to each matter. A more complete description of each matter is set forth in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2021 (the “Proxy Statement”).

Proposal 1

The Company’s stockholders elected each of the three nominees named below to the Board of Directors to serve until the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until his respective successor has been duly elected and qualified.

 

Nominee

 

For

 

Withheld

 

Broker Non-Votes

Daniel N. Swisher, Jr.

 97,253,197 18,153,035 25,345,722

Frank Witney, Ph.D.

 112,505,709 2,900,523 25,345,722

Eric Bjerkholt

 105,107,023 10,299,209 25,345,722

Proposal 2

The Company’s stockholders approved certificate of amendment of the Company’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, to increase the total number of authorized shares of common stock from 225,000,000 shares to 400,000,000 shares.

 

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

134,789,500

 5,665,763 296,691

Proposal 3

The Company’s stockholders approved an amendment and restatement of the Company’s Amended and Restated 2008 Equity Incentive Plan to increase the aggregate number of shares of common stock available for issuance thereunder by 7,600,000 shares and to make certain other changes thereto as described in the Proxy Statement.

 

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

Broker Non-Votes

95,801,834

 19,461,773 142,625 25,345,722

Proposal 4

The Company’s stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as disclosed in the Proxy Statement.

 

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

Broker Non-Votes

110,706,472

 4,478,494 221,266 25,345,722

Proposal 5

The Company’s stockholders ratified the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

 

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

133,899,073

 6,357,683 495,198

No other matters were submitted for stockholder action at the Annual Meeting.


SIGNATURE

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.

 

  CERUS CORPORATION
Dated: June 7, 2021   
  By: 

/s/ Chrystal N. Menard

       Chrystal N. Menard
      Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel