EX-10.21 28 a2217746zex-10_21.htm EX-10.21

Exhibit 10.21


Form of Incentive Stock Option

Granted Under Genocea Biosciences, Inc.’s 2007 Equity Incentive Plan


1.                                      Grant of Option.


This certificate evidences an incentive stock option (this “Stock Option”) granted by Genocea Biosciences, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), on [·] to [·], an employee of the Company (the “Participant”) pursuant to the Company’s 2007 Equity Incentive Plan (as from time to time in effect, the “Plan”).  Under this Stock Option, the Participant may purchase, in whole or in part, on the terms herein provided, a total of [·] shares of common stock of the Company (the “Shares”) at [·] per Share, which is not less than the fair market value of the Shares on the date of grant of this Stock Option.  The latest date on which this Stock Option, or any part thereof, may be exercised is [·] (the “Final Exercise Date”).  The Stock Option evidenced by this certificate is intended to be an incentive stock option as defined in section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time (the “Code”).


Vesting ScheduleThis Stock Option shall vest [·]; provided, however, that such vesting on any such date shall be contingent upon the holder’s having been employed by or engaged as an employee with the Company or one of its subsidiaries continuously from the date of grant through such vesting date.


Notwithstanding the foregoing, upon termination of the Participant’s Employment, any portion of this Stock Option that is not then exercisable will immediately expire and the remainder of this Stock Option will remain exercisable for three months (unless termination of the Participant’s Employment resulted from reasons that in the determination of the Administrator cast such discredit on the Participant as to justify immediate forfeiture of this Stock Option, in which case this entire Option shall immediately expire and no portion thereof shall remain exercisable); provided, that any portion of this Stock Option held by the Participant immediately prior to the Participant’s death, to the extent then exercisable, will remain exercisable for one year following the Participant’s death; and further provided, that in no event shall any portion of this Stock Option be exercisable after the Final Exercise Date.


2.                                      Exercise of Stock Option.


Each election to exercise this Stock Option shall be in writing, signed by the Participant or the Participant’s executor, administrator, or legally appointed representative (in the event of the Participant’s incapacity) or the person or persons to whom this Stock Option is transferred by will or the applicable laws of descent and distribution (collectively, the “Option Holder”), and received by the Company at its principal office, accompanied by this certificate and payment in full as provided in the Plan.  Subject to the further terms and conditions provided in the Plan, the purchase price may be paid as follows:  (i) by delivery of cash or check acceptable to the Administrator; (ii) upon and following an initial public offering of the Company, through a broker-assisted exercise program acceptable to the Administrator; or (iii) through any combination of the foregoing.  In the event that this Stock Option is exercised by an Option Holder other than the Participant, the Company will be under no obligation to deliver Shares




hereunder unless and until it is satisfied as to the authority of the Option Holder to exercise this Stock Option.


3.                                      Notice of Disposition.


The person exercising this Stock Option shall notify the Company when making any disposition of the Shares acquired upon exercise of this Stock Option, whether by sale, gift or otherwise.


4.                                      Restrictions on Transfer of Shares.


If at the time this Stock Option is exercised the Company or any of its stockholders is a party to any agreement restricting the transfer of any outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock, the Administrator may provide that this Stock Option may be exercised only if the Shares so acquired are made subject to the transfer restrictions set forth in that agreement (or if more than one such agreement is then in effect, the agreement or agreements specified by the Administrator).


5.                                      Withholding; Agreement to Provide Security.


If at the time this Stock Option is exercised the Company determines that under applicable law and regulations it could be liable for the withholding of any federal or state tax upon exercise or with respect to a disposition of any Shares acquired upon exercise of this Stock Option, this Stock Option may not be exercised unless the person exercising this Stock Option remits to the Company any amounts determined by the Company to be required to be withheld upon exercise (or makes other arrangements satisfactory to the Company for the payment of such taxes) and gives such security as the Company deems adequate to meet its potential liability for the withholding of tax upon a disposition of the Shares and agrees to augment such security from time to time in any amount reasonably determined by the Company to be necessary to preserve the adequacy of such security.


6.                                      Nontransferability of Stock Option.


This Stock Option is not transferable by the Participant otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution and is exercisable during the Participant’s lifetime only by the Participant (or in the event of the Participant’s incapacity, the person or persons legally appointed to act on the Participant’s behalf). Participant may not sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant for the sale of otherwise dispose of or transfer any shares of the Company’s stock in connection with any public offering of the Company’s capital stock for a period of at least 180 days.


7.                                      Provisions of the Plan.


This Stock Option is subject to the provisions of the Plan, which are incorporated herein by reference.  A copy of the Plan as in effect on the date of the grant of this Stock Option has been furnished to the Participant.  By exercising all or any part of this Stock Option, the Participant agrees to be bound by the terms of the Plan and this certificate. All initially




capitalized terms used herein will have the meaning specified in the Plan, unless another meaning is specified herein.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be executed by its duly authorized officer.
















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