LIFE Atyr Pharma
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): April 28, 2021
ATYR PHARMA, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
(Commission File Number)
3545 John Hopkins Court, Suite #250
San Diego, CA
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 731-8389
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
The Nasdaq Capital Market
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(e)As reported in Item 5.07 below, at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on April 28, 2021 (the “Annual Meeting”) of aTyr Pharma, Inc. (the “Company”), the Company’s stockholders, upon the recommendation of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), approved an amendment to the Company’s 2015 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”) to increase the number of shares of common stock reserved for issuance by 750,000 shares and remove certain individual grant limits.
A summary of the 2015 Plan, as amended, is set forth in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 24, 2021 (the “Proxy Statement”). That summary and the above description of the 2015 Plan, as amended, do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the 2015 Plan, as amended, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto.
Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders approved a proposal to amend the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock from 21,425,000 to 42,500,000 shares (the “Authorized Share Proposal”).
On April 30, 2021, following stockholder approval of the Authorized Share Proposal at the Annual Meeting, the Company filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware a Certificate of Amendment to the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Charter Amendment”), to increase the authorized number of shares of common stock from 21,425,000 to 42,500,000 shares.
The foregoing description of the Charter Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Charter Amendment, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
The following proposals were submitted to the Company’s stockholders at the Annual Meeting:
(1) The election of two Class III directors, as nominated by the Board, to hold office until the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified;
(2) The ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2021;
(3) The approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as disclosed in the Proxy Statement;
(4)The indication, on an advisory basis, of the preferred frequency of stockholder advisory votes on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers;
(5)The approval of an amendment to the 2015 Plan;
(7)The approval to authorize the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes in favor of Proposal 5 or Proposal 6.
The number of shares of common stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting was 16,011,385. The number of shares of common stock present or represented by valid proxy at the Annual Meeting was 11,092,582. All matters submitted to a vote of the Company’s stockholders at the Annual Meeting were approved and all director nominees were elected.
The number of votes cast for and against and the number of abstentions and broker non-votes with respect to each matter voted upon are set forth below:
Proposal 1 – Election of Class III Directors
Svetlana Lucas, Ph.D.
Sanjay S. Shukla, M.D., M.S
Proposal 2 – Ratification of the appointment of Ernst and Young, LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.
Proposal 3– Approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the Proxy Statement.
Proposal 4 – Indication, on an advisory basis, of the preferred frequency of stockholder advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.
Votes For 1 Year
Votes For 2 Years
Voted For 3 Years
Proposal 5 - Approval to amend the 2015 Plan.
Proposal 6 – Approval to amend the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation to increase the authorized number of shares of common stock from 21,425,000 to 42,500,000 shares.
Proposal 7 – Approval to authorize the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes in favor of Proposal 5 or Proposal 6.
As disclosed above, stockholders indicated, on an advisory basis, the preferred frequency to solicit an advisory vote approving the Company’s compensation of named executive officers of 1 year. In light of the recommendation of the Board that future “say-on-pay” votes occur every 1 year and the results of the stockholder vote on Proposal 4, the Company intends to submit to its stockholders a non-binding advisory vote on compensation of its named executive officers at its annual meeting every year until the next required advisory vote on the frequency of stockholder votes on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.
Item 8.01Other Events.
The Company hereby incorporates by reference into the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-250095) the items filed herewith as Exhibits 5.1 and 23.1 relating to the Company’s at-the-market offering program pursuant to the Capital on DemandTM Sales Agreement with JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC.
Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.
# Indicates a management contract or compensatory plan, contract or arrangement.
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.
ATYR PHARMA, INC.
/s/ Jill M. Broadfoot
Jill M. Broadfoot
Chief Financial Officer
Date: May 4, 2021