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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 3, 2023



(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)


Nevada 001-37487 13-3632859

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)



11555 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 203

San Diego, California

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (619) 941-0360



(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

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share

AEMD The Nasdaq Capital Market


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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.



On July 3, 2023, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Aethlon Medical, Inc. (the “Company”), upon recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board (the “Nominating Committee”), appointed Nicolas Gikakis as (i) a member of the Board, and (ii) a member of the Nominating Committee.


From 2021 to May 2023, Mr. Gikakis served as the Head of Commercial for WearOptimo Pty Ltd, a private Australian medical device and digital health company. Previously, from 2017 to 2019, Mr. Gikakis was Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Oventus Medical Limited, a private medical device company, during which time he assisted with the commercial expansion of its sleep apnea device. From 2012 to 2021, Mr. Gikakis held various leadership and independent strategic advisor positions in the healthcare industry in sales, marketing, product development, and corporate development and transactions, including for companies working with blood filtration and purification. Mr. Gikakis earned a BS in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from George Mason University, with earlier work in bench and clinical research, and clinical experience at the University of Pennsylvania.


There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Gikakis and any other person pursuant to which he was selected as a director. In addition, there are no transactions in which Mr. Gikakis has an interest that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Pursuant to the Company’s Amended and Restated Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy (the “Compensation Policy”), Mr. Gikakis (i) will receive an (a) annual cash retainer of $40,000 for his service on the Board, and (b) an additional annual cash retainer of $5,000 for his service as a member of the Nominating Committee, and (ii) was granted, on the date of his appointment to the Board, restricted stock units for 195,414 shares of the Company’s common stock under the Company’s 2020 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended (the “Plan”), which will vest in equal quarterly installments over one year from the date of grant, in each case subject to Mr. Gikakis’s Continuous Service (as defined in the Plan) as of each such vesting date. The Compensation Policy also provides for further annual grants to its independent directors, at the beginning of each fiscal year, of restricted stock units with a grant date fair value of $50,000 or, at the option of the Board, options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock, subject to vesting as determined by the Board. Mr. Gikakis has also entered into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement for directors.
















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: July 6, 2023


Aethlon Medical, Inc.

  By:   /s/ James B. Frakes




James B. Frakes

Chief Financial Officer