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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 19, 2020


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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.

Effective June 19, 2020, the Board of Directors of MediciNova, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Edward C. Stepanow, Jr. of Signature Analytics San Diego LLC (“Signature Analytics”) to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Principal Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Stepanow replaces Carla Reyes, who had previously served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer but had been on a leave of absence since April 2020. Ms. Reyes had served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer through a services agreement (the “Services Agreement”) between the Company and the accounting services firm Signature Analytics. In connection with Mr. Stepanow’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer, on the same date, the Company entered into an amendment to the Services Agreement with Signature Analytics for the provision of Mr. Stepanow’s services. Under the Services Agreement, as amended, the Company will continue to pay pre-approved hourly rates for the services provided under the Services Agreement. The current term of the Services Agreement, as amended, will expire on March 31, 2021, subject to earlier termination according to its terms.

Mr. Stepanow, age 53, joined Signature Analytics in February 2020. From March 2018 until February 2020, Mr. Stepanow served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Guido Companies, a commercial construction and building materials company. From January 2014 until February 2018, Mr. Stepanow served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Millennium Packaging and Distribution, a supplier of food packaging products and grocery supply items. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Stepanow served as Corporate Treasurer and Senior Vice President of Finance at Zovio Inc., where he was responsible for managing financial planning and analysis, client accounts and financial reporting. Prior to this, Mr. Stepanow served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer at Coast Business Credit, a subsidiary of Coast Federal Bank and division of Imperial Credit Industries. Earlier in his career, Mr. Stepanow served as Division Vice President and Area Treasurer for the Western Division Management Team at ITT Inc. Mr. Stepanow received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Finance from San Diego State University.

There are no family relationships between Mr. Stepanow and any of the Company’s other directors or executive officers, and Mr. Stepanow does not have any direct or indirect material interests in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.



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.



















Date: June 19, 2020




/s/ Yuichi Iwaki





Yuichi Iwaki, M.D., Ph.D.





President and Chief Executive Officer