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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
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FORM 8-K
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 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 17, 2022
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NanoString Technologies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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Delaware001-3598020-0094687
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

530 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(206) 378-6266
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(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 classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per shareNSTGThe NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
(The NASDAQ Global Market)
 
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).   ¨
On Friday, June 17, 2022, NanoString Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) held its 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time. As of the close of business on April 21, 2022, the record date for the Annual Meeting, there were 46,411,835 shares of common stock entitled to vote at the meeting. There were 43,369,956 shares of common stock (93.45%) present in person or by proxy at the meeting, which constituted a quorum for the transaction of business.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
The Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) previously approved, subject to stockholder approval, the Company’s 2022 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2022 Equity Incentive Plan”). At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders approved the Company’s 2022 Equity Incentive Plan. The 2022 Equity Incentive Plan replaces the Company’s 2013 Equity Incentive Plan in its entirety and there will be no further grants under the Company’s 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, but termination of the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan will not affect outstanding awards previously issued pursuant to such plan.
The purposes of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan are to attract and retain the best possible candidates for positions of substantial responsibility, to provide additional incentive to employees, directors, and consultants, and to promote the success of the Company’s business. These incentives are provided through the grant of incentive stock options, nonstatutory stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance units or performance shares.
Up to 2,500,000 shares of common stock may be issued under the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan, subject to the adjustment provisions of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan. In addition, subject to the adjustment provisions of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan, (A) any shares that, as of immediately before the termination of the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, have been reserved but not issued under any awards granted under the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan and are not subject to any awards granted thereunder, plus (B) any shares subject to awards granted under the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan that, after the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan was terminated, expire or otherwise terminate without having been exercised or issued in full or are forfeited to or repurchased by the Company due to failure to vest, will be available for issuance under the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan, with the maximum number of shares that may be added pursuant to this sentence equal to 6,814,978 shares.
The material terms of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan are described in “Proposal No. 4 – Approval of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan” in the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 29, 2022 (the “Proxy Statement”), which description is incorporated herein by reference.
The form of stock option agreement, form of restricted stock unit agreement and the form of performance-based restricted stock unit agreement for use with the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan set forth the standard terms and conditions that apply to grants of these types of awards pursuant to the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan, although awards may be granted under the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan that deviate from these standard terms and conditions.
The foregoing descriptions of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan and the forms of award agreements thereunder are qualified in their entirety by reference to the text of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan and the forms of award agreements, which are filed as Exhibits 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference.
Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
The following is a brief description of each matter voted upon at the Annual Meeting and the number of votes cast for, against or withheld, as well as the number of abstentions and broker non-votes, as to each such matter, which matters are described in more detail in the Proxy Statement:
Proposal One - Election of Class III Directors. The following nominees were elected as Class III directors to serve until the 2025 annual meeting of stockholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified.
NomineeForWithheldBroker Non-Votes
Dana Rollison, Ph.D.37,423,4043,594,3732,352,179
William D. Young32,153,5848,864,1932,352,179
Proposal Two - Ratification of the Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. The appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the Company’s fiscal year ending December 31, 2022 was ratified.
ForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes
43,347,70210,69211,562
Proposal Three - Advisory Vote on Compensation of Named Executive Officers. The advisory vote to approve the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers was approved.
ForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes
26,376,95114,596,66544,1612,352,179
Proposal Four - Approval of the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan. The Company’s stockholders cast their votes with respect to the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan as follows and approved such plan:
ForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes
29,068,69411,945,2933,7902,352,179
Proposal Five - Advisory Vote on Stockholder Proposal to Elect Each Director Annually. The advisory vote on a stockholder proposal to elect each director annually was approved.
ForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes
40,586,62598,418332,7332,352,179
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
10.1
10.2
10.3
10.4
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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.
NanoString Technologies, Inc.
Date:June 17, 2022By:/s/ R. Bradley Gray
 R. Bradley Gray
 President and Chief Executive Officer