8-K 1 d830320d8k.htm 8-K 8-K





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): May 28, 2020




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-38692   82-1554746

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2223 Avenida de la Playa, Suite 105, La Jolla, CA   92037
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 412-5302



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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 $0.0001 per share    EQ    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).

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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.

Equillium, Inc. (the “Company”) hereby announces that (i) Daniel Bradbury, the Company’s Executive Chairman, has voluntarily agreed to a 65% reduction in his base salary otherwise payable for the remainder of 2020, (ii) Bruce D. Steel, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, has voluntarily agreed to an 85% reduction in his base salary otherwise payable for the remainder of 2020 and (iii) Bala Manian and Charles McDermott, two of the Company’s non-management directors have voluntarily agreed to forego 100% of their annual cash retainers otherwise payable to such directors for the remainder of 2020. The Company expects that the voluntary reductions in salary and retainers will save the Company approximately $350,000 in cash expenditures in calendar year 2020. On May 28, 2020, the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors issued to Daniel Bradbury, Bruce D. Steel, Bala Manian, and Charles McDermott retention stock options to purchase 28,708, 100,110, 20,634 and 19,916 shares of the Company’s common stock, respectively.




Pursuant to the requirement of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.



Date: June 1, 2020

    By:   /s/ Bruce D. Steel
    Bruce D. Steel
    President and Chief Executive Officer