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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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CTI BioPharma Corp.

Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders

September 23, 2015

 

 

NOTICE OF 2015 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

Location:

Mandarin Oriental

1330 Maryland Ave SW

Washington DC, 20024, U.S.A

 

Date: September 23, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

 

The Notice of Meeting, Proxy Statement and Annual Report on Form 10-K are available free of charge at http://www.ctibiopharma.com.

 

Items of Business:

(1)

To elect directors to the Company’s Board of Directors to serve one-year terms;

(2)

To approve the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan;

(3)

To approve an amendment to the Company’s 2007 Employee Stock Purchase Plan;

(4)

To ratify the selection of Marcum LLP as the Company’s independent auditor for the year ending December 31, 2015;

(5)

To approve, by non-binding advisory vote, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers;

(6)

To approve the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes at the time of the Annual Meeting to adopt any of Proposals 1 through 5; and

(7)

To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting and all adjournments and postponements thereof.

Record Date:

Close of business on July 22, 2015.

YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT. Whether or not you plan to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, we urge you to please cast your vote as soon as possible using one of the methods described in the accompanying Proxy Statement.

 

By Order of the Board of Directors

 

 

Louis A. Bianco

Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration, & Secretary

 

Seattle, Washington

July 29, 2015

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

PROXY SUMMARY

 

1

GENERAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ANNUAL MEETING

 

4

Annual Meeting Agenda

 

4

Delivery of Proxy Materials

 

4

Solicitation of Proxies

 

4

Record Date, Eligibility to Vote, Voting Rights and Outstanding Shares

 

4

Dissenters Rights or Appraisal Rights

 

5

Quorum, Abstentions, Required Vote and Broker Non-Votes

 

5

Methods of Voting

 

6

Important Information for our Shareholders in Italy

 

6

Deadline to Vote Shares

 

8

Revocability of Proxies

 

8

Absence of Specific Voting Instruction; Additional Matters That May Come Before Annual Meeting

 

8

Voting Agreement

 

9

PROPOSAL 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

10

PROPOSAL 2: APPROVAL OF THE COMPANY’S 2015 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

19

PROPOSAL 3: APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMPANY’S 2007 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

 

31

PROPOSAL 4: RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT AUDITOR

 

36

PROPOSAL 5: ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

40

PROPOSAL 6: APPROVAL OF THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE ANNUAL MEETING, IF NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE, TO SOLICIT ADDITIONAL PROXIES

 

41

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

42

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

 

42

Summary

 

52

Compensation Committee Report

 

53

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

53

Summary Compensation Table—Fiscal Years 2012-2014

 

53

Grants of Plan-Based Awards—Fiscal Year 2014

 

56

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal 2014 Year-End

 

58

Option Exercises and Stock Vested—Fiscal Year 2014

 

62

Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control

 

62

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

 

66

Non-Employee Director Compensation Table—Fiscal Year 2014

 

66

Non-Employee Director Compensation Overview

 

67

Settlement Entered into in May 2015

 

69

OTHER INFORMATION

 

70

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

 

70

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

72

Executive Officers

 

72

Related Party Transactions Overview

 

73

Certain Transactions with Related Persons

 

73

Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act

 

75

Other Business

 

75

Delivery of Documents to Shareholders Sharing an Address

 

75

Where You Can Find Additional Information

 

75

APPENDIX A: 2015 Equity Incentive Plan

 

A-1

APPENDIX B: 2007 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, As Amended

 

B-1

 

 

 

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CTI BIOPHARMA CORP.

3101 Western Avenue, Suite 600

Seattle, Washington 98121, U.S.A.

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

 

PROXY SUMMARY

 

This summary highlights information described in more detail elsewhere in this Proxy Statement. It does not contain all of the information that you should consider, and you should read the entire Proxy Statement carefully before voting. Page references are provided to help you find further information.

 

The Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of CTI BioPharma Corp. (the “Company”, “our”, “us”, or “we”) will be held at the following time and location:

 

Date and Time:  

 

September 23, 2015

10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

 

 

 

Location:

 

Mandarin Oriental

1330 Maryland Ave SW

Washington DC, 20024, U.S.A.

 

Delivery of Proxy Materials (see page 4)

 

On or about July 29, 2015, proxy materials for the Annual Meeting, including this Proxy Statement, are being made available to shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. We are utilizing the United States (the “U.S.”) Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) rules that allow issuers to furnish proxy materials to their shareholders on the Internet.

 

Eligibility to Vote (see page 4)

 

You may vote if you were a shareholder of record at the close of business on July 22, 2015.

 

How to Cast Your Vote (see page 6)

 

For non-Italian Shareholders

 

 

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Log on to www.proxyvote.com and follow the instructions, using the Control Number shown on the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (or paper proxy or voting instruction card if you receive one), until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 22, 2015;

 

 

 

 

 

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If you receive a proxy card, call the telephone number and follow the instructions shown on the proxy or voting instruction card, using the Control Number shown on the card, until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 22, 2015;

 

 

 

 

 

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If you receive a proxy or voting instruction card, mark, sign and date the card and promptly return it in the prepaid envelope so that it is received prior to the adjournment of the Annual Meeting on September 23, 2015; or

 

 

 

 

 

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In person, if you are a shareholder of record, by voting your shares at the Annual Meeting. If your shares are held in the name of a broker, nominee or other intermediary, you must obtain a proxy, executed in your favor, to bring to the meeting.

 

For Italian Shareholders

 

If you are an Italian shareholder (as such term is defined below), please refer to the section entitled “General Information Concerning the Annual Meeting—Important Information for our Shareholders in Italy” for information pertaining to applicable voting procedures starting on page 6.

 

 


Summary of Voting Matters

 

 

 

Board Vote
Recommendation

 

Page
Reference

 

1.

 

Approval of proposal to elect directors to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) to serve one-year terms.

 

FOR
each nominee

 

 

10

 

2.

 

Approval of the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”).

 

FOR

 

 

19

 

3.

 

Approval of an amendment to the Company’s 2007 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “ESPP”).

 

FOR

 

 

31

 

4.

 

Ratification of selection of Marcum LLP as our independent auditor for the year ending December 31, 2015.

 

FOR

 

 

36

 

5.

 

Approval, by non-binding advisory vote, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.

 

FOR

 

 

40

 

6.

 

Approval of adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary or appropriate.

 

FOR

 

 

41

 

Your Vote Matters! (see page 5)

 

It is very important that you cast your vote and play a part in the future of the Company. Under rules of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), if you hold your shares through a broker, bank or other nominee, they cannot vote on your behalf on the foregoing proposals 1, 2, 3 or 5 at the Annual Meeting because they are considered non-routine matters. Thus, it is important that you cast your vote on these and all proposals to make sure your voice is heard.

 

Director Nominees (see page 10)

 

Nominee

  

Director Since

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

1991

Karen Ignagni

 

2014

Richard L. Love

 

2007

Mary O. Mundinger, DrPH

 

1997

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

1991

Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D.

 

2006

 

Governance Highlights

 

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During 2014, our Board and shareholders voted to declassify our Board over the subsequent two years, and, as such, our Board will be fully declassified following our 2016 annual meeting of shareholders (“2016 Annual Meeting”). Once fully declassified, shareholders will have the opportunity to vote annually on all director nominees who will stand for one-year terms.

·

Seven of our current nine directors are independent and meet regularly in executive sessions.

·

Board policy stipulates that the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board are to be held by separate individuals.

·

Performance evaluations of the Board and its committees are performed annually.

·

The Board and its committees, as applicable, are responsible for risk oversight.

·

Senior executives, financial officers and directors are subject to codes of ethics.

·

The Board is diverse as to gender, ethnicity, experience and skills.

·

We have a standing Scientific Advisory Board comprised of industry veterans to, among other things, assist the Board in its oversight of the Company’s oncology portfolio and clinical trial design.

 

Fiscal Year 2014 Business Highlights

 

During 2014, we were successful in advancing our product candidates in clinical trials and expanding our market reach for our commercial product, PIXUVRI. Select fiscal year 2014 highlights include the following:

 

·

We received a $20 million development milestone payment from Baxter International, Inc. (“Baxter”) in connection with the first treatment dosing of the last patient enrolled in PERSIST-1.

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Pacritinib was granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) for the treatment of intermediate and high risk myelofibrosis, including but not limited to patients with disease-related thrombocytopenia, patients experiencing treatment-emergent thrombocytopenia on other JAK2 therapy or patients who are intolerant to, or whose symptoms are sub-optimally managed on other JAK2 therapy.

·

We initiated the PERSIST-2 Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating pacritinib in patients with myelofibrosis whose platelet counts are less than or equal to 100,000 per microlitre.

·

We entered into a license and collaboration agreement with Les Laboratoires Servier and Institut de Recherches Internationales Servier (collectively, “Servier”) with regard to the development and commercialization of PIXUVRI and received an upfront payment of €14.0 million (or $17.8 million using the currency exchange rate as of the date we received the funds in October 2014).

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We acquired worldwide licensed rights to tosedostat, which is currently being evaluated in several Phase 2 cooperative group-sponsored trials and investigator-sponsored trials for acute myeloid leukemia / myelodysplastic syndrome.

 

Executive Compensation (see page 42)

 

Our executive compensation program embraces a number of features intended to reflect best practices in the market and help ensure that the program reinforces shareholder interests. Such features include the following:

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Executives’ bonuses under our annual incentive program are principally based on the achievement of specific performance objectives established early in the fiscal year by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the “Compensation Committee”).

·

Vesting of a significant percentage of executives’ equity awards is contingent on the achievement of specific operational and financial performance goals established by the Compensation Committee.  

·

In recent years, the Compensation Committee approved arrangements for each of the named executive officers that eliminated any gross-up payments for “parachute payment” taxes under Sections 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Internal Revenue Code”) for our named executive officers, and approved revisions to the severance agreements with certain of our named executive officers to eliminate “walkaway” right provisions that would have permitted them to voluntarily terminate employment for any reason following a change in control and receive severance benefits. For a discussion of benefits payable to the named executive officers in connection with a termination of employment or a change in control of the Company, see “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control”.

 

Our executive compensation program is designed to align the compensation of our named executive officers with shareholders’ interests. To create this alignment, a significant portion of such compensation is “at-risk.” In this Proxy Statement, we refer to compensation as being “at risk” if it is subject to performance-based vesting criteria and/or time-based vesting criteria (whereby the awards will generally be forfeited unless the executive remains at the Company for the designated period of time), and/or the value of the award is based on the price of our common stock. Under the program, the portion of compensation guaranteed and not at risk for any fiscal year represents only a fraction of the total potential compensation. Specifically, only 18% of the value of the named executive officers’ aggregate fiscal year 2014 annual compensation (as such values are reflected in the Summary Compensation Table included herein) was assured in the form of salary and perquisites/miscellaneous compensation (not at-risk pay), whereas 82% of such compensation was at-risk compensation, comprised of the following at-risk components: (i) performance-based bonus incentives; (ii) performance-based equity awards; and (iii) time-based equity awards, which we consider at risk both because of time-based vesting requirements and because the value of the awards is ultimately dependent on our stock price at the time of vesting of the awards.

 

Consistent with our executive compensation program’s emphasis on pay-for-performance, we believe that compensation awarded to our named executive officers for fiscal year 2014 reflected our operational performance and achievements. For more information on our named executive officer compensation, see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” starting on page 42.

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ANNUAL MEETING

 

Annual Meeting Agenda

 

This Proxy Statement and the accompanying form of proxy card are furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board for use at our Annual Meeting.

 

At the Annual Meeting, shareholders will be asked to:

 

(1)

elect directors to the Company’s Board to serve one-year terms (“Proposal 1”);

(2)

approve the 2015 Plan (“Proposal 2”);

(3)

approve an amendment to the ESPP (“Proposal 3”);

(4)

ratify the selection of Marcum LLP as the Company’s independent auditor for the year ending December 31, 2015 (“Proposal 4”);

(5)

approve, by non-binding advisory vote, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers (“Proposal 5”);

(6)

approve the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes at the time of the Annual Meeting to adopt any of Proposals 1 through 5 (“Proposal 6” and, collectively with Proposals 1 through 6, the “Proposals”); and

(7)

transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting and all adjournments and postponements thereof.

 

Shareholder approval of Proposals 1, 2 and 3 are required by statutes or regulations applicable to us based on our listing on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”) and our incorporation in the State of Washington.

 

Delivery of Proxy Materials

 

On or about July 29, 2015, proxy materials for the Annual Meeting, including this Proxy Statement, are being made available to shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. We are utilizing the SEC rules that allow issuers to furnish proxy materials to their shareholders on the Internet. We believe these rules allow us to provide you with the information you need while lowering the costs of delivery and reducing the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting. Pursuant to such rules, we are mailing to many of our shareholders a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) instead of a paper copy of this Proxy Statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (the “2014 Annual Report”). The Notice contains instructions on how to access those documents and vote online. The Notice also contains instructions on how each of those shareholders can receive a paper copy of the proxy materials, including this Proxy Statement, the 2014 Annual Report and a form of proxy card or voting instruction card. Shareholders (other than Italian shareholders) who do not receive a Notice, such as shareholders who have previously requested to receive paper copies of proxy materials, will receive a paper copy of the proxy materials by mail.  In the case of Italian shareholders, such shareholders will be able to obtain a copy of the proxy materials in the manner outlined under the heading “Important Information for our Shareholders in Italy—Availability of Meeting Materials”.

 

Solicitation of Proxies

 

This solicitation is made on behalf of the Board. All expenses in connection with the solicitation of proxies will be borne by us. In addition to solicitation by mail, our officers, directors or other regular employees may solicit proxies by telephone, facsimile, electronic communication or in person. These individuals will not receive any additional compensation for these services. We have engaged The Proxy Advisory Group, LLC to assist in the solicitation of proxies and provide related advice and informational support, for a service fee, plus customary disbursements, which are not expected to exceed $30,000 in the aggregate.

 

Record Date, Eligibility to Vote, Voting Rights and Outstanding Shares

 

Only shareholders of record on our shareholder books at the close of business on July 22, 2015 (the “Record Date”) will be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting. Each holder of record of our common stock, no par value per share, outstanding on the Record Date will be entitled to one vote per share on all matters to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting. As of the close of business on the Record Date, there were 180,359,075 shares of the Company’s common stock issued and outstanding and no shares of any other class of capital stock outstanding.

 

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Dissenters Rights or Appraisal Rights

 

Pursuant to applicable Washington law, there are no dissenters or appraisal rights relating to the matters to be acted upon at the Annual Meeting.

 

Quorum, Abstentions, Required Vote and Broker Non-Votes

 

Overview

 

All votes will be tabulated by the inspector of election appointed for the Annual Meeting, who will separately tabulate affirmative and negative votes, abstentions, withheld votes and broker non-votes. Abstentions represent a shareholder’s affirmative choice to decline to vote on a proposal. Properly executed proxy cards that are marked “abstain” or “withhold authority” on any proposal will be treated as abstentions for that proposal.

 

Broker non-votes occur when a broker holding shares for a beneficial owner does not vote on a particular matter because such broker does not have discretionary authority to vote on that matter and has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner. Brokers typically do not have discretionary authority to vote on non-routine matters. Under the applicable rules of the NYSE (the “NYSE Rules”), brokers have discretionary authority to vote on routine matters when they have not received timely voting instructions from the beneficial owner. The routine versus non-routine matters to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting are discussed in greater detail below.

 

Quorum

 

A quorum of shareholders must be established at the Annual Meeting in order to transact business at the Annual Meeting. Under the Washington Business Corporation Act, a quorum may be established in one of two ways. Pursuant to the first quorum standard, the presence in person, by telephone or by proxy of the holders of at least one-third of the shares outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting constitutes a quorum (“Quorum Standard 1”). Therefore, we will need at least 60,119,692 shares of our common stock present in person, by telephone or by proxy at the Annual Meeting for a quorum pursuant to Quorum Standard 1 to be established. Alternatively, we may establish a quorum under a second quorum standard, which requires that a majority of the shares outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, other than shares held of record by Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), and credited to the account of stock depositories located in a member state of the E.U., must be present in person, by telephone or by proxy at the Annual Meeting, provided the number of votes comprising such majority equals or exceeds one-sixth of the shares outstanding and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting (“Quorum Standard 2”). As of the close of business on the Record Date, there were 139,832,045 shares of our common stock issued and outstanding other than shares held of record by DTC and credited to the account of stock depositories located in a member state of the European Union (the “E.U.”). Accordingly, 69,916,023 of the shares of our common stock, other than shares held of record by DTC and credited to the account of stock depositories located in a member state of the E.U., must be present in person, by telephone or by proxy at the Annual Meeting for Quorum Standard 2 to be established. All shares of our common stock are eligible to vote for the Proposals. Under Quorum Standard 2, certain shares are not counted for quorum purposes. However, even if a quorum is established under Quorum Standard 2, all shares are eligible to vote and all such votes will be counted.

 

While our Amended and Restated Bylaws (“Bylaws”) provide that a quorum shall consist of shareholders representing, either in person or by proxy, one-third of the votes entitled to be cast on the matter by each voting group at the Annual Meeting, applicable Washington law expressly provides that Quorum Standard 2 shall also apply.

 

In the absence of a quorum, the Chairman of the Annual Meeting may adjourn the Annual Meeting.

 

Abstentions

 

Abstentions will be counted in determining whether a quorum is present, except that abstentions of shares credited to the account of stock depositories located in a member state of the E.U. (including shares that are held through Monte Titoli, S.p.A., the Italian central clearing agency (“Monte Titoli”)) and not transferred in accordance with the procedure described below under the heading “Important Information for our Shareholders in Italy” will not be counted in determining whether a quorum is present for purposes of establishing Quorum Standard 2.

 

Vote Required and Effect of Abstentions and Broker Non-Votes on Vote

 

The nominees for director seats who receive the most votes cast in Proposal 1, either at the Annual Meeting in person, by telephone or by proxy shall be elected. Abstentions will have no effect on the outcome of Proposal 1. No cumulative voting for directors is permitted under our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation (the “Articles”).

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The affirmative vote of a majority of votes actually cast that are present in person, by telephone or by proxy is required to approve Proposals 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Abstentions will not be counted as votes cast against Proposals 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and will have no effect on the outcome of Proposals 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 because approval is based on the number of votes actually cast.

 

Proposals 1, 2, 3 and 5 are considered to be non-routine matters under the NYSE Rules, and, as a result, if you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account for Proposals 1, 2, 3 and 5, brokers will not be permitted to exercise their voting authority and uninstructed shares will constitute broker non-votes. However, broker non-votes for Proposals 1, 2, 3 and 5 will have no effect on the outcome of such proposals because approval is based on the number of votes actually cast. Proposals 4 and 6 are considered to be routine matters under the NYSE Rules and, accordingly, if you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account for Proposals 4 and 6, brokers will be permitted to exercise their discretionary authority to vote for such proposals.

 

Methods of Voting (other than for shareholders in Italy, which are discussed below)

 

Beneficial Shareholders

 

If you own shares through a broker, bank or other holder of record, you will need to instruct the holder of record how to vote your shares. In order to provide voting instructions to the holder of record of your shares, please refer to the materials forwarded by your broker, bank or other holder of record. Many brokers provide the option of voting by internet at www.proxyvote.com or by calling 1-800-690-6903. You will need your 16-digit voting control number, which can be found on the Notice or voting instruction form provided by your broker, bank or other holder of record.

 

Registered Shareholders

 

If you own shares that are registered in your name, you may vote by proxy before the Annual Meeting by internet at www.proxyvote.com, by calling 1-800-690-6903 or by signing and returning your proxy card. To vote by internet or telephone, you will need your 16-digit voting control number, which can be found on your proxy card or Notice. If you return a signed proxy card but do not provide voting instructions for some or all of the matters to be voted on, your shares will be voted on all uninstructed matters in accordance with the recommendations of the Board.

 

Important Information for our Shareholders in Italy

 

Voting Methods

 

Our Italian shareholders whose shares are held directly by a U.S. brokerage account in that shareholder’s name or who are registered directly with us as a record holder (i.e., you hold your shares in registered form) may vote via the internet or phone methods described above. Persons holding shares of our common stock through Monte Titoli (which shareholders are referred to in this Proxy Statement as our shareholders in Italy or our Italian shareholders) are not able to vote via the internet or phone methods described above and must instead vote in the manner described below.

 

If you hold shares of our common stock as a result of our 2004 merger with Novuspharma S.p.A. or if you acquired shares of our common stock through an account with an Italian bank on the Mercato Telematico Azionario stock market in Italy, you most likely hold these shares indirectly through the facilities of Monte Titoli, and through the banks and brokers participating in the Monte Titoli system (unless you or your broker has taken action to remove your shares from the Monte Titoli system and requested to have shares registered in your name). Monte Titoli, in turn, holds these shares of our common stock through the U.S. clearing agency, DTC. Pursuant to U.S. law, DTC will transfer its voting power over the shares in Monte Titoli’s account to Monte Titoli. Monte Titoli has agreed with us that it will re-transfer its voting power over such shares to the persons holding certifications of participation (each, a “Certification”) in the Italian Central Depository System issued pursuant to Italian law (Section 21 (and the following sections) of the Regulation enacted by the Bank of Italy and the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (“CONSOB”) on February 22, 2008).

 

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Italian shareholders who have requested and received a Certification may vote in the following manner:

 

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In person. You may attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person. To do so, please present your Certification at the door, together with proof of your identity.

 

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By mail or facsimile. An Italian proxy card accompanies this Proxy Statement. You may also print an Italian proxy card from our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. You may use such proxy card to vote by mail or facsimile. Please mark your votes on the Italian proxy card and return it and your Certification by mail to the address shown on the card or by facsimile to the facsimile number shown on the card by the deadline shown on the card. Your name as you write it on your Italian proxy card must exactly match your name as printed on your Certification. Italian privacy law prevents us from learning in advance the names of the persons holding Certifications. Thus, you must include your Certification (or a complete copy) in the same envelope as your Italian proxy card in order for your vote to be counted (that is, in order to prove to our inspector of election that you have the right to vote).

 

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By proxy. You may name another person as a substitute proxy by any means permitted by Washington law and our Bylaws. That substitute proxy may then attend the Annual Meeting, provided that he or she provides your Certification or a complete copy thereof, together with your written authorization naming such person as your proxy, to our inspector of election at the Annual Meeting in order to verify the authenticity of your proxy designation.

 

For future meetings, an Italian shareholder may also vote via Internet or by phone if the shares owned by such Italian shareholder are either (i) registered directly with us in that shareholder’s name as record holder or (ii) transferred to and held by a U.S. brokerage account in that shareholder’s name. If you are an Italian shareholder and wish to use this method of voting for future meetings, then, prior to the record date for such future meeting, you will need to do one of the following:

 

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Register as a Direct Record Holder: Contact your bank for more information on the procedures required for direct registration of your shares in your name, which would include, among other things, the submission of a registration request (together with a Certification) to our transfer agent, the removal of your shares from Monte Titoli’s account and the transfer of such shares to the U.S. directly in your name. Please note that registration in our shareholder books may require you to take additional steps if and when you decide to dispose of your shares.

 

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Transfer Shares to U.S. Brokerage Account: Contact your bank and inform the bank that you would like to transfer your shares to a U.S. brokerage account (to be held in your name and for your account). Your bank can explain the procedure and costs associated with that transfer. Please note that you will be required by your bank to bear the costs relating to such a transfer, including those debited or claimed by the U.S. broker-dealer for the management of the account in the U.S.

 

Once your shares are registered on our records in your name or held by a U.S. broker-dealer in your name, you will receive the Annual Meeting documentation for any future meetings (including the Proxy Statement) at your address, together with a security code and instructions on how to vote your shares through the relevant website or by calling the telephone number provided in connection with that meeting.

 

Share Transfers

 

In order to increase the number of shares owned by our Italian shareholders that vote at the Annual Meeting to facilitate our attainment of a quorum at the Annual Meeting and facilitate voting regarding the Proposals, with respect to which we have had difficulties in the past, we have requested that certain Italian banks, in the absence of the shareholder’s instructions to the contrary, make book-entry transfers of our common stock, in part or with respect to all of the shares, held in the name of and in the customer’s account by such banks to an account opened in the name of the same banks at a U.S. broker-dealer on the Record Date. Under the securities laws of the U.S. and the applicable NYSE Rules, which apply to all NYSE-licensed brokers who have record ownership of listed company stock (including stock such as ours that is listed on NASDAQ), this will permit such U.S. broker-dealers who hold shares transferred to them from Italian banks to vote these shares for certain routine matters to be presented at the Annual Meeting to the extent that the Italian shareholders have not instructed their broker to vote the shares pursuant to the procedures provided for in this Proxy Statement and on the proxy card prepared for our shareholders in Italy, which may be obtained from our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. See “Quorum, Abstentions, Required Vote and Broker Non-Votes” above for additional information. Our Italian shareholders will, however, maintain their right to instruct the U.S. broker-dealer so that the broker-dealer refrains from taking any action in relation to such shareholder’s shares, including voting the shares. Accordingly, if you do not vote your shares by valid proxy or you do not provide any specific instruction in relation thereto on or before the date of the Annual Meeting and your shares are held through an Italian bank participating in this transfer procedure, your shares will be voted by the U.S. broker-dealer on routine matters at the Annual Meeting pursuant to the discretionary authority granted to them under Rule 452 of the NYSE. However, you may still vote your shares yourself as provided above.

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Availability of Meeting Materials

 

Copies of this Proxy Statement may be obtained by our Italian shareholders from any of the following places:

 

·

the office of the Italian branch of our subsidiary, CTI Life Sciences Limited (Attention: Investor Relations), at Via Amedei 8, 20123 Milan, Italy;

 

·

the office of any of the depository banks having our shares in their accounts, subject to their availability to provide a copy of the Proxy Statement and/or the proxy card;

 

·

the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov; or

 

·

our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com.

 

This Proxy Statement will be available for our Italian shareholders at least twenty days before the Annual Meeting date of September 23, 2015. If you hold shares of our common stock in Italy through Monte Titoli, your broker is required by Italian law, upon your request, to provide you with a Certification in the Italian Central Depository System. All of our shareholders, including our Italian shareholders, are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting.

 

Importance of Your Vote

 

A significant percentage of our shares are held by persons in Italy. If our Italian shareholders do not take the time to vote, we may not be able to obtain a quorum, in which case we would be unable to conduct any business at the Annual Meeting and will not be able to obtain approval of the Proposals. Your vote is important. Please obtain a Certification and an Italian proxy card and vote today.

 

Deadline to Vote Shares

 

If you are a shareholder of record who holds shares in record name, your proxy must be received by telephone or the internet by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 22, 2015 in order for your shares to be voted at the Annual Meeting. You also have the option of completing, signing, dating and returning the proxy card enclosed with the Proxy Statement so that it is received prior to the adjournment of the Annual Meeting on September 23, 2015 in order for your shares to be voted at the Annual Meeting. If you hold your shares through a broker, bank or other nominee (e.g. as a beneficial owner), please comply with the deadlines included in the voting instruction card provided by the bank, broker or other nominee that holds your shares.

 

If you are an Italian shareholder who has requested and received a Certification, and you are not intending to vote in person, then, in order for your vote to be counted at the Annual Meeting, your Certification and Italian proxy card must be returned by mail to the address shown on the card or by facsimile to the facsimile number shown thereon prior to the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.

 

Revocability of Proxies

 

You may change your vote or revoke your proxy at any time before your proxy is voted at the Annual Meeting. Any shareholder of record executing a proxy has the power to revoke it at any time prior to the voting thereof on any matter by delivering written notice of revocation of your proxy to our Secretary, Louis A. Bianco, at our principal executive offices, or by executing and delivering another proxy dated as of a later date or by voting in person at the Annual Meeting. For shares held through a broker, bank or other nominee, you may change your vote by submitting new voting instructions to your broker, bank or other nominee, or by obtaining a legal proxy from your broker, bank or other nominee giving you the right to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting.

 

Attendance at the Annual Meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy. For our Italian shareholders, any written notice of revocation or another proxy, in either case dated as of a later date, must also be accompanied by another Certification.

 

Absence of Specific Voting Instruction; Additional Matters That May Come Before Annual Meeting

 

If a quorum is established at the Annual Meeting, all shares of our common stock represented by properly executed proxies that are not revoked will be voted in accordance with the instructions, if any, given therein. Proxy cards that are signed and returned without specifying a vote or an abstention on any proposal specified therein will be voted according to the recommendations of the Board on such proposals, which recommendations are in favor of each of the Proposals, and will be voted, in the proxies’ discretion, upon such other matter or matters that may properly come before the Annual Meeting and any such postponements or adjournments thereof. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, we know of no business other than the Proposals that will be presented for action at the Annual Meeting. All proxy cards, whether received prior to or after the original date of the Annual Meeting, will be valid as to any postponements or adjournments of the Annual Meeting.

 

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Voting Agreement

 

At the time of our merger with Novuspharma, S.p.A., we entered into an agreement with Monte Titoli in order to ensure that persons receiving beneficial interests in shares of our common stock as a result of the merger or subsequently acquiring shares of our common stock through an account with an Italian bank on the Mercato Telematico Azionario stock market in Italy would be able to vote those shares. Monte Titoli agreed that each time it is designated as proxy by DTC, Monte Titoli will execute a further omnibus proxy transferring its voting power to the persons who hold Certifications issued pursuant to Italian law (Section 21 (and the following sections) of the Regulation enacted by the Bank of Italy and CONSOB on February 22, 2008).

 

 

 

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PROPOSAL 1:
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

Summary

 

In connection with the 2014 annual meeting of the shareholders (the “2014 Annual Meeting”), the Board adopted and the shareholders approved an amendment to the Articles to declassify the Board and provide for the annual election of directors to one-year terms. Such declassification is being phased-in through the 2016 Annual Meeting. As a result of the declassification, six directors will stand for re-election to one-year terms at the Annual Meeting. Starting at the 2016 Annual Meeting, all director nominees will stand for election to one-year terms.

 

Under our Bylaws, the number of directors constituting the entire Board may be decreased or increased by majority action of either the Board or the shareholders. Unless a director dies, resigns or is removed, no decrease in the number of directors may have the effect of shortening the term of any incumbent director. In the event of a vacancy on the Board, our Bylaws permit a majority of the remaining directors in office to fill the vacancy, and the director then chosen will hold office until the next shareholders’ meeting at which directors are elected. At such meeting, the director will stand for election until his or her successor is elected.

 

The Board has fixed the number of directors at twelve. Currently, there are nine members of the Board. From time to time, our Nominating and Governance Committee evaluates potential candidates to fill the vacancies on the Board. Proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of nominees named.

 

Nominees for Election as Directors

 

Dr. Bianco, Ms. Ignagni, Mr. Love, Dr. Mundinger, Dr. Singer and Dr. Telling have been nominated by the Board for election at the Annual Meeting for a one-year term, each expiring at the 2016 Annual Meeting. The terms of the other three current directors, Mr. Bauer and Drs. Nudelman and Tuckson, do not expire until the 2016 Annual Meeting.

 

If elected, each nominee will hold office until the later of the expiration of his or her term or until his or her successor is elected. It is intended that the accompanying proxy will be voted for the election as directors of the aforementioned persons unless the proxy contains contrary instructions.

 

Each nominee has agreed to serve if elected, and we have no reason to believe that any of the nominees will not be a candidate or will be unable to serve.

 

Vote Required and Board Recommendation

 

The six nominees for director seats who receive the most votes cast at the Annual Meeting in person, by telephone or by proxy shall be elected. No cumulative voting for directors is permitted under our Articles. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of the election of directors. Proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of persons than the number of nominees named.

 

 

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS

A VOTE IN FAVOR OF EACH NAMED NOMINEE.

 


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Information about Nominees and Continuing Directors

 

The table below provides biographical information as of June 30, 2015 for each person whose term of office as a director will continue after the Annual Meeting and each nominee for director.

 

Name

 

Age

 

Director
Since

 

Present Term
Expiration

 

Continuing Directors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John H. Bauer(1)

 

74

 

2005

 

2016 Annual Meeting

 

Phillip M. Nudelman, Ph.D.(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)

 

79

 

1994

 

2016 Annual Meeting

 

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.(4)

 

64

 

2011

 

2016 Annual Meeting

 

Director Nominees:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.(2)

 

58

 

1991

 

2015 Annual Meeting

 

Karen Ignagni

 

61

 

2014

 

2015 Annual Meeting

 

Richard L. Love(2)(3)(4)

 

71

 

2007

 

2015 Annual Meeting

 

Mary O. Mundinger, DrPH(3)(4)

 

78

 

1997

 

2015 Annual Meeting

 

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

72

 

1991

 

2015 Annual Meeting

 

Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D.(1)(3)

 

63

 

2006

 

2015 Annual Meeting

 

 

(1)

Member of the Audit Committee.

(2)

Member of the Executive Committee.

(3)

Member of the Compensation Committee.

(4)

Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

(5)

Chairman of the Board.

 

Nominees for Election as Director at the Annual Meeting

 

The following directors are standing for election at the Annual Meeting for a one-year term:

 

Dr. Bianco is our principal founder and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and director since September 1991. He has also served as our President since July 2012, as well as from February 1992 through July 2008. Prior to co-founding the Company, Dr. Bianco was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, and an assistant member in the clinical research division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Bianco was the director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Bianco received his B.S. in biology and physics from New York University and his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Bianco is the brother of Louis A. Bianco, our Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration.

 

Ms. Ignagni has been one of our directors since January 2014. Since November 2003, Ms. Ignagni has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans. On September 1, 2015, Ms. Ignagni will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Emblem Health Plan in New York City. She has served on the board of directors at the National Quality Forum and holds advisory positions at the Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending, Healthcare Financial Management Association and Partnership for Prevention. In addition, Ms. Ignagni is on the board of directors at the Columbia University School of Nursing and serves on each of the board of advisors of The Health Industry Forum at Brandeis University and the National Board of Advisors for Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Ms. Ignagni received her B.A. in political science from Providence College and her executive M.B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Mr. Love has been one of our directors since September 2007. Mr. Love is presently a manager of Translational Accelerators, LLC. Mr. Love is also a director of PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL), a publicly traded company, and is a director of the following private companies: Applied MicroArrays Inc., PMed Management LLC, SynDevRx Inc., Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals Inc. and CerRx Inc. He was previously a director of ImaRx Therapeutics Inc., and, prior to its acquisition by us in July 2007, served as chairman of the board of Systems Medicine, Inc. He started two biopharmaceutical companies, Triton Biosciences Inc. and ILEX Oncology Inc., and he served as chief executive officer for Triton Biosciences from 1983 to 1991 and as chief executive officer for ILEX Oncology 1994 to 2001. In addition, Mr. Love has served in executive positions at not-for-profit organizations, including the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, The San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative and the Translational Genomics Research Institute. Mr. Love received his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  

 

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Dr. Mundinger has been one of our directors since April 1997. From 1986 to 2010, she was a dean and professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing and an associate dean on the faculty of medicine at Columbia University. In July 2010, Dr. Mundinger was appointed the Edward M. Kennedy Professor in Health Policy and Dean Emeritus at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Mundinger has served on the board of directors of United Health Group and Gentiva Health Services and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Mundinger received her doctorate in public health from Columbia’s School of Public Health.

 

Dr. Singer is one of our founders and directors and currently serves as our Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Translational Medicine. Dr. Singer has been one of our directors since our inception in September 1991. From July 1995 to January 2004, Dr. Singer was our Executive Vice President, Research Program Chairman and from April 1992 to July 1995, he served as our Executive Vice President, Research and Development. Prior to joining us, Dr. Singer was a professor of medicine at the University of Washington and a full member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. From 1975 to 1992, Dr. Singer was the Chief of Medical Oncology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Singer currently serves as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington and an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Singer received his M.D. from State University of New York, Downstate Medical College.

 

Dr. Telling has been one of our directors since December 2006. Prior to his retirement in 2007, Dr. Telling was a corporate officer of Pfizer, most recently as Vice President of Corporate Policy and Strategic Management since 1994. He joined Pfizer in 1977 and was responsible for strategic planning and policy development throughout the majority of his career. He currently serves as Chairman of Oragenics Inc. and on the board of directors of Eisai N.A., and Aequus Biopharma, Inc., our majority-owned subsidiary (“Aequus”). Dr. Telling received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations and Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy from Cornell University.

 

Directors Continuing in Office until the 2016 Annual Meeting

 

The following directors currently have terms that are scheduled to expire at the 2016 Annual Meeting:

 

Mr. Bauer has been one of our directors since October 2005. Mr. Bauer serves as an executive advisor and Chief Financial Officer at DigiPen Institute of Technology. He was formerly Executive Vice President for Nintendo of America Inc. from 1994 to 2004. While at Nintendo of America Inc., he had direct responsibility for all administrative and finance functions. He has also served as a consultant to Nintendo of America Inc. From 1963 to 1994, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand, including serving as the business assurance (audit) practice partner. He was also a member of Coopers & Lybrand’s Firm Council, the senior policy making and governing board for the firm. Mr. Bauer is also a member of the board of directors of Zones, Inc. Mr. Bauer received his B.S. in accounting from St. Edward’s University.

 

Dr. Nudelman has been one of our directors since March 1994. From 2000 to 2007, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hope Heart Institute. From 1998 to 2000, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Kaiser/Group Health. He held various executive positions at Group Health from 1973 through 1990 and, from 1990 to 2000, Dr. Nudelman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, a consumer governed healthcare delivery and financing organization. He retired from Group Health as President and CEO Emeritus. He also served on the board of directors of OptiStor Technologies, Inc. He previously served as an independent director and as the non-executive Chairman of SpaceLabs Medical, Inc. prior to its 2002 acquisition by Instrumentarium Corporation (which was subsequently acquired by General Electric Company in 2003). Additionally, he served as an independent director on the Board of ATL Ultrasound Inc. from 1994 to 1999 and First Medic Inc. from 1988 to 1992 and on a number of community non-profit boards. Dr. Nudelman served on the White House Task Force for Health Care Reform from 1992 to 1994 and the President’s advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in Health Care from 1996 to 1998. He has also served on the Pew Health Professions Commission, the AMA Task Force on Ethics and the Woodstock Ethics Commission, and he is the past Chairman of the American Association of Health Plans. Dr. Nudelman received his B.S. in microbiology, zoology and pharmacy from the University of Washington, and holds an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in health systems management from Pacific Western University. Dr. Nudelman also continues to teach and lecture on operations and governance.

 

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Dr. Tuckson has been one of our directors since September 2011. Dr. Tuckson serves as the Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, a private consulting company. From December 2006 to March 2014, Dr. Tuckson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs of UnitedHealth Group and, from November 2000 to December 2006, he served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs of UnitedHealth Group. Dr. Tuckson also served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association, President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for Health Reform, the American Telemedicine Association, Project Sunshine, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health for Alternate and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Tuckson received his B.S. in zoology from Howard University and his M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and he completed the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship programs.

 

Board and Committee Meetings

 

The Board held eleven meetings during the year ended December 31, 2014. None of the directors attended less than 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and of all committees of the Board during 2014. Independent directors of the Board meet in regularly scheduled sessions without management. Our policy is to encourage attendance at the Annual Meeting. Six of the directors in office at the time of our 2014 Annual Meeting were in attendance at such meeting.

 

The Board has an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee, an Executive Committee and a Nominating and Governance Committee. The Company also has a Scientific Advisory Board, which serves an advisory role to management and the Board.

 

Audit Committee

 

The Company has a separately-designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The Audit Committee has responsibility for assisting the Board in overseeing our accounting and financial reporting processes and audits of our financial statements. The Audit Committee assists the Board in oversight and monitoring of (i) the integrity of our financial statements, (ii) our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (iii) the independent auditor’s qualifications, independence and performance and (iv) our internal controls over financial reporting and systems of disclosure controls and procedures. The Board has adopted a written charter for the Audit Committee, which is available on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. The composition of the Audit Committee, the attributes of Audit Committee members and the responsibilities of the Audit Committee as reflected in its charter adopted by the Board are intended to be in accordance with SEC rules and NASDAQ Stock Market Rules with regard to corporate audit committees.

 

The Audit Committee held seven meetings during the year ended December 31, 2014. The Audit Committee currently consists of three non-employee directors: Mr. Bauer (Chairperson), Dr. Nudelman and Dr. Telling.

 

The Board has determined that each of the current members of the Audit Committee meets the requirements of “independence” as set forth in Section 10A(m)(3) of the Exchange Act, the rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC and the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. Additionally, the Board has determined that Mr. Bauer qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined under the rules and regulations of the SEC and that he has accounting and related financial management expertise within the meaning of the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules.

 

Compensation Committee

 

The Compensation Committee has responsibility for:

·

carrying out the Board’s responsibilities relating to compensation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, all other officers with the title of Executive Vice President and above and any other employee of the Company to the extent required under applicable law or NASDAQ Stock Market Rules;

·

carrying out any other Board responsibilities relating to the Company’s overall compensation and benefit structure, policies and programs;

·

administering our equity compensation plans; and

·

reviewing and approving our annual compensation disclosure and analysis included in our annual report and proxy statement.

 

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The Compensation Committee held six meetings during the year ended December 31, 2014. The Compensation Committee currently consists of four non-employee directors: Dr. Telling (Chairperson), Mr. Love, Dr. Mundinger and Dr. Nudelman, each of whom meets the requirements of independence as set forth in the rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC and the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. The Compensation Committee has a written charter, which is available on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. For a discussion of the processes and procedures for determining compensation for our named executive officers, and the manner in which we utilize an outside compensation consultant, please see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”

 

Executive Committee

 

The Executive Committee has the responsibility for (i) assuring that Board advice and counsel are available to management on urgent issues between regularly-scheduled Board meetings and (ii) determining content and areas of strategic discussion for the full Board’s deliberation. The Executive Committee meets on an ad hoc basis in its sole discretion. The members of the Executive Committee are Dr. Bianco, Mr. Love and Dr. Nudelman.

 

Nominating and Governance Committee

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for establishing standards and processes so that the Board can be properly constituted to meet its fiduciary obligations to us and our shareholders and so that we have and follow appropriate governance standards. The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing with the Board, on an annual basis, the desired Board qualifications, expertise, characteristics and other factors for potential consideration, which review includes consideration of diversity, skills and experience. The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for conducting searches for potential Board members with corresponding attributes and evaluating and proposing nominees for election to the Board. The Nominating and Governance Committee seeks directors with strong reputations and experience in areas relevant to the strategy and operations of our business, particularly industries and growth segments that we serve, as well as key experience with regulatory agencies such as the FDA and the European Medicines Agency. Each of the nominees for election as a director at the Annual Meeting and each of our other current directors holds or has held senior executive positions in, and/or has experience serving on the boards of directors and board committees of, large, complex organizations and has operating experience that meets this objective. In these positions, they have also gained experience in core management skills, such as strategic and financial planning, public company financial reporting, corporate governance, risk management and leadership development.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee also believes that each of the nominees and current directors has other key attributes that are important to an effective board: integrity and demonstrated high ethical standards; sound judgment; analytical skills; the ability to engage management and each other in a constructive and collaborative fashion; diversity of origin, background, experience and thought; and the commitment to devote significant time and energy to service on the Board and its committees.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee ensures that nominations to the Board are made such that the Board is properly constituted in terms of overall composition and governance of the Board. Although we do not have a policy regarding diversity, the Nominating and Governance Committee seeks a broad range of perspectives and considers both the personal characteristics (gender, ethnicity and age) and experience (industry, profession and public service) of directors and prospective nominees to the Board. The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider nominees to the Board presented by a shareholder in accordance with the procedures set forth below under “Shareholder Proposals.”

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for recommending director nominees to the Board for its consideration, while the Board is ultimately responsible for determining the Board slate for election by shareholders and for filling any vacancies on the Board in accordance with the Bylaws. All of the director nominees named in this Proxy Statement satisfied the Board’s criteria for membership and were recommended to the Board by the Nominating and Governance Committee for election by shareholders at the Annual Meeting.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee held eight meetings during the year ended December 31, 2014. The Nominating and Governance Committee currently consists of four non-employee directors: Dr. Mundinger (Chairperson), Mr. Love, Dr. Nudelman and Dr. Tuckson, all of whom meet the independence requirements as set forth in the rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC and the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. The Nominating and Governance Committee has a written charter, which is available on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com.

 

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Scientific Advisory Board

 

The Company’s Scientific Advisory Board assists management with respect to the strategic development of the Company’s oncology portfolio and clinical programs, its business development relating to in-licensing and out-licensing opportunities and research and development activities in general, regulatory matters and the Company’s use of translational and personalized approaches to therapeutic targets. The Scientific Advisory Board also assists the Board in its oversight of these activities. The current members of the Scientific Advisory Board, which meets on an ad hoc basis in its sole discretion, are Dr. Bianco and Dr. Singer, together with the following four non-management members: Daniel Von Hoff (Chairperson), Brian Druker, Ross Levine, and Alan List.

 

Attributes and Independence

 

We believe that the Board as a whole should encompass a range of talent, skill, diversity and expertise enabling it to provide sound guidance with respect to our operations and interests. In addition to considering a candidate’s background and accomplishments, candidates are reviewed in the context of the current composition of the Board and the evolving needs of our business.

 

The Board has adopted standards concerning director independence that meet the NASDAQ independence standards and, with respect to the Audit Committee, the rules of the SEC. Our policy is to have at least a majority of directors qualify as “independent” under the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules and our Amended and Restated Corporate Governance Guidelines (the “Corporate Governance Guidelines”), which is available on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. The Company, the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Board are involved in the process of determining the independence of acting directors and director nominees. We solicit relevant information from directors and director nominees via a questionnaire, which covers material relationships, compensatory arrangements, employment and any affiliation with us. In addition to reviewing information provided in the questionnaire, we ask our executive officers on an annual basis regarding their awareness of any existing or currently proposed transactions, arrangements or understandings involving us in which any director or director nominee has or will have a direct or indirect material interest. We share our findings with the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Board regarding the NASDAQ and SEC independence requirements and any information regarding the director or director nominee that suggests that such individual is not independent. The Board discusses all relevant issues, including consideration of any transactions, relationships or arrangements that are not required to be disclosed under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K, prior to making a determination with respect to the independence of each director. In making the independence determination with respect to Dr. Nudelman, the Board considered the fact that Dr. Nudelman’s son, Mark Nudelman, served as the President and CEO of the Hope Heart Institute from 2007 until 2013. The Company made charitable donations to the Hope Heart Institute in 2011, 2012 and 2013; however, the amount falls within NASDAQ prescribed limits. The Board also considered the fact that Dr. Nudelman served on the board of a company that provided the company with certain hardware and software services in 2011. The Board also considered Dr. Telling’s relationship with our majority-owned subsidiary, Aequus, which is discussed under “Other Information—Certain Transactions with Related Persons.”

 

Based on the review described above, the Board affirmatively determined that:

·

A majority of the directors of the Board are independent, and all members of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee are independent, under the applicable NASDAQ standards and, in the case of the Audit Committee, the applicable SEC standard.

·

All of the non-management directors of the Board are independent under the NASDAQ standard. The independent directors are: John H. Bauer, Karen Ignagni, Richard L. Love, Mary O. Mundinger, DrPH, Phillip M. Nudelman, Ph.D., Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D. and Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.

·

James A. Bianco, M.D. and Jack W. Singer, M.D. are not independent by virtue of their officer positions with the Company.

Other than as described above, in 2014, there were no transactions, relationships or arrangements not disclosed as related person transactions that were considered by the Board in determining that the applicable independence standards were met by each of the directors.

 

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Leadership Structure

 

The Board has a formal policy that the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board shall continue to be held by separate individuals. Dr. Nudelman has served as the Chairman of the Board since October 2005. Because Dr. Nudelman meets the independence standards of the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules, he also presides over separate meetings for the independent directors. The Board regularly provides such independent directors separate meeting time. This structure ensures a greater role for the independent directors in our oversight and active participation of the independent directors in setting agendas and establishing Board priorities and procedures. Further, this structure permits the Chief Executive Officer to focus on the management of our day-to-day operations, while the Chairman of the Board presides at all meetings of the Board at which he is present; calls and prepares the agenda for and presides over separate sessions of the independent directors; acts as a liaison between the independent directors and our management; and performs such other powers and duties as may from time to time be assigned to him by the Board or as may be prescribed by our Bylaws.

 

Annual Board and Committee Performance Evaluations

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for developing policies and procedures for the Board performance evaluation process, and for overseeing such policies and procedures. The Nominating and Governance Committee’s current practice is to conduct a performance evaluation of the Board and each of its committees on an annual basis.

Risk Oversight

 

Companies face a variety of risks, including credit risk, liquidity risk and operational risk. The Board believes an effective risk management system will (i) timely identify the material risks that we face, (ii) communicate necessary information with respect to material risks to senior executives and, as appropriate, to the Board or relevant committee of the Board, (iii) implement appropriate and responsive risk management strategies consistent with our risk profile and (iv) integrate risk management into our decision-making.

 

The Board takes the lead in overseeing risk management, and the Audit Committee makes periodic reports to the Board regarding briefings provided by management and advisors, as well as the Audit Committee’s own analysis and conclusions regarding the adequacy of our risk management processes. Material risks are identified and prioritized by management, and each prioritized risk is referred to a committee of the Board or the full Board for oversight. For example, management refers strategic risks to the full Board, while financial risks are referred to the Audit Committee. The Board regularly reviews information regarding our credit, liquidity and operations, as well as the risks associated with each, and annually reviews our risk management program as a whole. Also, the Compensation Committee reviews our compensation programs to help ensure that they do not encourage excessive risk-taking. Please see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis—Risk Considerations” for more information.

 

In addition to the formal compliance program, the Board encourages management to promote a corporate culture that incorporates risk management into our corporate strategy and day-to-day business operations. The Board also continually works, with the input of our executive officers, to assess and analyze the most likely areas of future risk for us.

 

Code of Ethics

 

We have adopted a code of ethics for our senior executive and financial officers (including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer), as well as a code of business conduct and ethics applicable to all officers, directors and employees. Both codes of ethics are available on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. Shareholders may request a free copy of the codes of ethics by contacting the Company at (206) 282-7100 or at CTI BioPharma Corp., Attention: Investor Relations, 3101 Western Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, Washington 98121, U.S.A. Any waivers of or amendments to our code of ethics will be posted on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com.

 

Corporate Governance Guidelines

 

We have adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines, which are available on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. Shareholders may request a free copy of the Corporate Governance Guidelines at the address and phone number set forth above.

 

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Shareholder Proposals

 

Shareholder proposals submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act and intended for inclusion in the proxy statement related to the 2016 Annual Meeting should be sent to our Secretary at 3101 Western Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, Washington 98121, U.S.A. and must be received by March 31, 2016. Shareholders interested in submitting a proposal for inclusion in the proxy materials for our 2016 Annual Meeting must follow the procedures prescribed in Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act. Under our Bylaws, a shareholder entitled to vote in the election of directors generally may nominate one or more persons for election as directors at a meeting only if written notice of such shareholder’s intent to make such nomination or nominations has been received by us in accordance with the delivery methods and other specifications described in our Bylaws. Notice of a nomination of a candidate for election as a director or any other shareholder proposal to be made at the 2016 Annual Meeting (whether or not included in the proxy statement) must be received by June 25, 2016. If a shareholder gives notice of such proposal after such date, proxy holders will be allowed to use their discretionary voting authority to vote the shares they represent as the Board may recommend, which may include a vote against the shareholder proposal when and if the proposal is raised at our 2016 Annual Meeting. If we change the date of the 2016 Annual Meeting by more than thirty days from the date of the Annual Meeting, then the deadlines are a reasonable time before we begin to print and send proxy materials to our shareholders.

 

As set forth in our Bylaws, each notice of a director nomination should contain the following information: (i) the name and address of the shareholder who intends to make the nomination and of the person or persons to be nominated; (ii) a representation that the shareholder is a holder of record of stock of the Company entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to nominate the person or persons specified in the notice; (iii) a description of all arrangements or understandings between the shareholder and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or nominations are to be made by the shareholder; (iv) such other information regarding each nominee proposed by such shareholder as would have been required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the SEC had each nominee been nominated, or intended to be nominated, by the Board; and (v) the consent of each nominee to serve as a director of the Company if so elected. The Chairman of the meeting may in his discretion determine and declare to the meeting that a nomination was not made in accordance with the foregoing procedures, and if so determined, he will so declare to the meeting and the defective nomination will be disregarded.

 

As set forth in our Bylaws, each notice of a shareholder proposal (whether or not to be included in the proxy statement) should contain the following information: (i) the address of the shareholder who intends to make the proposal(s); (ii) a representation that the shareholder is a holder of record of stock of the Company entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to vote for the proposal(s); and (c) such other information regarding each proposal as would be required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the SEC. The Chairman of the meeting may in his discretion determine and declare to the meeting that a proposal was not made in accordance with the foregoing procedures, and if so determined, he shall so declare to the meeting and the defective proposal will be disregarded.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee considers any shareholder recommendations of nominees for election to the Board if they comply with the foregoing Bylaws requirements and are accompanied by a comprehensive written resume of the recommended nominee’s business experience and background and a consent in writing, signed by the recommended nominee, that he or she is willing to be considered as a nominee and, if nominated and elected, he or she will serve as a director. Properly communicated shareholder recommendations will be considered in the same manner as recommendations received from other sources. Shareholders should send their written recommendations of nominees or shareholder proposals accompanied by the aforesaid documents to our principal executive offices addressed to: CTI BioPharma Corp., Attention: Secretary, 3101 Western Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, Washington 98121, U.S.A.

 

Communicating Concerns to Directors

 

Shareholders who wish to communicate with our directors to report complaints or concerns related to accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing may do so using the Audit Committee procedures for the receipt of such communication. The procedures allow submitting the complaint or concern either online or telephonically, with a more detailed description of the procedures set forth in our Whistleblower Policy, which is contained in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics available on our website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com.

 

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Shareholders and other interested parties may communicate with the Board and the Chairman on other matters by writing to Dr. Nudelman, c/o CTI BioPharma Corp., Legal Department, 3101 Western Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, Washington 98121, U.S.A. The Legal Department will perform a legal review in the normal discharge of duties to ensure that communications forwarded to Dr. Nudelman are appropriate. Items that are unrelated to the duties and responsibilities of the Board such as mass mailings, junk mail, personal employee complaints not related to accounting, internal controls, auditing or officer conduct (which are reviewed and forwarded by the Legal Department), inquiries regarding clinical trials or our operations generally, job inquiries, surveys, business solicitations or advertisements will not be forwarded to Dr. Nudelman. In addition, material that is threatening or similarly unsuitable will not be forwarded to Dr. Nudelman. Any communication that is relevant to the conduct of our business and is not forwarded will be retained for one year and made available to Dr. Nudelman and any other independent director upon request. The independent directors have granted the Legal Department discretion to decide what correspondence shall be forwarded to Dr. Nudelman and what shall be shared with our management, with specific instructions that any personal employee complaints of the nature addressed under our Whistleblower Policy be forwarded as set forth therein. If items are forwarded to Dr. Nudelman, he will decide in his own discretion whether to circulate them to other members of the Board.

 

 

 

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PROPOSAL 2:

APPROVAL OF THE COMPANY’S

2015 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

Summary

 

We are asking you to approve a new equity incentive plan, the 2015 Plan. The Board approved the proposed 2015 Plan on July 27, 2015, subject to shareholder approval.

 

We currently maintain the CTI BioPharma Corp. 2007 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2007 Plan”). As of June 30, 2015, (1) a total of 6,980,000 shares of our common stock were then subject to outstanding options granted under the 2007 Plan, (2) 5,185,194 shares of our common stock were then subject to unvested restricted stock awards and (3) an additional 5,613,350 shares of our common stock were available for new award grants under the 2007 Plan (in the case of the foregoing clauses (2) and (3), the numbers assume that Mr. Seeley had been issued his new hire stock awards on June 30, 2015, rather than on July 27, 2015 in connection with the commencement of his employment, in order to include such awards in this presentation). However, such available shares does not take into account a decrease for the shares of common stock underlying the LTIP RSUs, as discussed below under “Long-Term Performance Awards”, and does not take into account the proposed relinquishment of the outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards held by certain non-employee directors pursuant to the Settlement discussed under the heading “Director Compensation”. If shareholders approve the 2015 Plan, no new awards will be granted under the 2007 Plan after the Annual Meeting. In addition, if so approved, (i) the number of shares of the Company’s common stock that remain available for award grants under the 2007 Plan immediately prior to the Annual Meeting will become available for award grants under the 2015 Plan and (ii) an additional 12,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock will also be made available for award grants under the 2015 Plan. Further, if shareholders approve the 2015 Plan, any shares of common stock subject to outstanding stock options and restricted stock awards under the 2007 Plan that expire, are cancelled or otherwise terminate after the Annual Meeting (other than shares withheld for the payment of any applicable exercise price or tax withholding) will also be available for award grant purposes under the 2015 Plan.

 

If shareholders do not approve the 2015 Plan, the Company will continue to have the authority to grant awards under the 2007 Plan. While our authority to grant awards under the 2007 Plan will terminate if shareholders approve the 2015 Plan, the termination of such grant authority will not affect awards then outstanding under the 2007 Plan.

 

Please see the discussion below under “New Plan Benefits,” “Long-Term Performance Awards,” “Award Burn Rate” and “Dilution” for detailed information on past award grants under the 2007 Plan and the potential dilutive impact of this Proposal 2.

 

Reasons for Approving the Proposal

 

We believe the proposed 2015 Plan, and the number of shares that would be available for award grants under the 2015 Plan if shareholders approve this Proposal 2, will facilitate our ability to continue to grant equity incentives, which we believe are vital to our ability to attract and retain outstanding and highly skilled individuals in the extremely competitive service provider markets in which we must compete. We believe that our employees are some of our most valuable assets, and such awards are crucial to our ability to motivate individuals in our service to achieve our goals. Equity awards are a significant component of total compensation for our executive officers, other employees and service providers. If we were to grant fewer equity awards to these individuals, we believe that we would nonetheless need to provide compensation in other forms (such as cash) to provide a total compensation package that is competitive with other companies. We strongly believe that the approval of this Proposal 2 is instrumental to our continued success.

 

Vote Required and Board Recommendation

 

The Board believes that the adoption of the 2015 Plan will promote the interests of the Company and its shareholders and will help the Company and its subsidiaries continue to be able to attract, motivate, retain and reward persons important to our success. All members of the Board and all of the Company’s executive officers are eligible for awards under the 2015 Plan and thus have a personal interest in the approval of the 2015 Plan.

 

Approval of the 2015 Plan requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of our common stock voting on this Proposal 2 in person, by telephone or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted and will have no effect on the outcome of this Proposal 2.

 

 

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE

“FOR” THE APPROVAL OF THE 2015 PLAN


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Summary Description of the 2015 Plan

 

The principal terms of the 2015 Plan are summarized below. The following summary is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the 2015 Plan, which appears as Appendix A to this Proxy Statement.

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of the 2015 Plan is to promote the success of the Company and the interests of our shareholders by providing an additional means for us to attract, motivate, retain and reward selected employees, directors, officers and other eligible persons through the grant of awards. Equity-based awards are also intended to further align the interests of award recipients and our shareholders.

 

Administration

 

Our Board or one or more committees appointed by our Board will administer the 2015 Plan. A committee may delegate some or all of its authority with respect to the 2015 Plan to another committee of directors, and certain limited authority to grant awards to employees may be delegated to one or more officers of the Company. The Board has delegated general administrative authority for the 2015 Plan to the Compensation Committee, subject to shareholder approval of the 2015 Plan and except for authority with respect to awards granted or to be granted to our non-employee directors. The Board retained sole authority under the 2015 Plan with respect to non-employee directors’ awards, although the Compensation Committee has authority under its charter to make recommendations to the Board concerning such awards. (The appropriate acting body, be it the Board, a committee within its delegated authority or an officer within his or her delegated authority, is referred to in this Proposal 2 as the “Administrator”).

 

The Administrator has broad authority under the 2015 Plan including, without limitation, the authority:

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to select eligible participants and determine the type(s) of award(s) that they are to receive;

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to grant awards and determine the terms and conditions of awards, including but not limited to the price (if any) to be paid for the shares or the award and the number of shares (if a securities-based award) to be offered or awarded;

·

to determine any applicable vesting and exercise conditions for awards, or determine that no delayed vesting or exercise is required, and to accelerate or extend the vesting or exercisability or extend the term of any or all outstanding awards (subject, in the case of stock options and stock appreciation rights, to the maximum ten-year term applicable to those awards);

·

to cancel, modify or waive the Company’s rights with respect to, or modify, discontinue, suspend or terminate any or all outstanding awards, subject to any required consents;

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subject to the other provisions of the 2015 Plan, to make certain adjustments to an outstanding award and to authorize the conversion, succession or substitution of an award;

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to determine the method of payment of the purchase price (if any) for any award or shares of the Company’s common stock, as well as any tax-related items with respect to the award, which may be in the form of cash, check, or electronic funds transfer, by the delivery of already-owned shares of the Company’s common stock or by a reduction of the number of shares deliverable pursuant to the award, by services rendered by the recipient of the award, by notice and third party payment or cashless exercise on such terms as the Administrator may authorize, or any other lawful consideration as determined by the Administrator;

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to modify the terms and conditions of any award, establish sub-plans and agreements and determine different terms and conditions that the Administrator deems necessary or advisable to comply with laws in the countries where the Company or one of its subsidiaries operates or where one or more eligible participants reside or provide services;

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to approve the form of any award agreements used under the 2015 Plan; and

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to construe and interpret the 2015 Plan, make rules for the administration of the 2015 Plan and make all other determinations necessary or advisable for the administration of the 2015 Plan.

 

No Repricing

 

In no case (except due to an adjustment to reflect a stock split or other event referred to under “Adjustments” below, or any repricing that may be approved by shareholders) will the Administrator (i) amend an outstanding stock option or stock appreciation right to reduce the exercise price or base price of the award, (ii) cancel, exchange or surrender an outstanding stock option or stock appreciation right in exchange for cash or other awards for the purpose of repricing the award or (iii) cancel, exchange or surrender an outstanding stock option or stock appreciation right in exchange for an option or stock appreciation right with an exercise or base price that is less than the exercise or base price of the original award.

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Eligibility

 

Persons eligible to receive awards under the 2015 Plan include officers or employees of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, directors of the Company and certain consultants and advisors to the Company or any of its subsidiaries. As of June 30, 2015, approximately 146 officers and employees of the Company and its subsidiaries (including all of the Company’s named executive officers), each of the Company’s seven non-employee directors and approximately fifty-five other individuals who provide services to the Company and its subsidiaries as consultants or advisors, are considered eligible under the 2015 Plan. While consultants and advisors to the Company and our subsidiaries are generally considered eligible under the 2015 Plan to preserve flexibility for the Company, over the last five years we have only granted equity awards to six individuals who, at the time of grant of the awards, were neither employed by the Company, or one of our subsidiaries, nor members of the Board.

 

Authorized Shares; Limits on Awards

 

The maximum number of shares of the Company’s common stock that may be issued or transferred pursuant to awards under the 2015 Plan equals the sum of: (i) 12,000,000 shares, plus (ii) the number of shares available for additional award grant purposes under the 2007 Plan as of the date of the Annual Meeting and determined immediately prior to the termination of the authority to grant new awards under the 2007 Plan as of the date of the Annual Meeting, plus (iii) the number of any shares subject to stock options or restricted stock awards granted under the 2007 Plan and outstanding as of the date of the Annual Meeting that expire, or for any reason are cancelled, terminated or forfeited or otherwise reacquired, after the date of the Annual Meeting without being exercised or vested, as applicable. As of June 30, 2015, (1) a total of 6,980,000 shares of our common stock were then subject to outstanding options granted under the 2007 Plan, (2) 5,185,194 shares of our common stock were then subject to unvested restricted stock awards and (3) an additional 5,613,350 shares of our common stock were available for new award grants under the 2007 Plan (in the case of the foregoing clauses (2) and (3), the numbers assume that Mr. Seeley had been issued his new hire stock awards on June 30, 2015, rather than on July 27, 2015 in connection with the commencement of his employment, in order to include such awards in this presentation). The 5,613,350 shares available are presented before giving effect to the LTIP RSUs as discussed below under “Long-Term Performance Awards” and before giving effect to the proposed relinquishment of the outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards by certain non-employee directors pursuant to the Settlement. As noted above, no additional awards will be granted under the 2007 Plan if shareholders approve the 2015 Plan.

 

The following other limits are also contained in the 2015 Plan:

·

The maximum number of shares that may be delivered pursuant to options qualified as incentive stock options granted under the 2015 Plan is 12,000,000 shares.

·

The maximum number of shares subject to those options and stock appreciation rights that are granted during any calendar year to any individual under the plan is 2,700,000 shares.

·

“Qualified Performance-Based Awards” under Section 5.2 of the 2015 Plan granted to a participant in any one calendar year under the 2015 Plan will not provide for payment of more than (i) in the case of such awards payable only in cash and not related to shares, $650,000 and (ii) in the case of such awards related to shares (and in addition to options and stock appreciation rights which are subject to the limit referred to above), 2,700,000 shares.

 

Except as described in the next sentence, shares that are subject to or underlie awards that expire or for any reason are cancelled or terminated, are forfeited, fail to vest or for any other reason are not paid or delivered under the 2015 Plan will again be available for subsequent awards under the 2015 Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, shares that are exchanged by a participant or withheld by the Company to pay the exercise or purchase price of an award granted under the 2015 Plan, as well as any shares exchanged or withheld to satisfy the tax withholding obligations related to any award granted under the 2015 Plan, will not be available for subsequent awards under the 2015 Plan. To the extent that an award is settled in cash or a form other than shares, the shares that would have been delivered had there been no such cash or other settlement will not be counted against the shares available for issuance under the 2015 Plan. In the event that shares are delivered in respect of a dividend equivalent right, the actual number of shares delivered with respect to the award shall be counted against the share limit of the 2015 Plan. (For purposes of clarity, if 1,000 dividend equivalent rights are granted and outstanding when the Company pays a dividend, and 50 shares are delivered in payment of those rights with respect to that dividend, 50 shares shall be counted against the share limit of the plan.) To the extent that shares are delivered pursuant to the exercise of a stock appreciation right or stock option, the number of underlying shares as to which the exercise related shall be counted against the applicable share limits, as opposed to only counting the shares actually issued. (For purposes of clarity, if a stock appreciation right relates to 100,000 shares and is exercised at a time when the payment due to the participant is 15,000 shares, 100,000 shares shall be charged against the applicable share limits with respect to such exercise.) In addition, the 2015 Plan generally provides that shares issued in connection with awards that are granted by or become obligations of the Company through the assumption of awards (or in substitution for awards) in connection with an acquisition of another company will not count against the shares available for issuance under the 2015 Plan. The 2015 Plan does not permit the Company to increase the applicable share limits of the 2015 Plan by repurchasing shares of common stock on the market (by using cash received through the exercise of stock options or otherwise).

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Types of Awards

 

The 2015 Plan authorizes stock options, stock appreciation rights and other forms of awards granted or denominated in the Company’s common stock or units of the Company’s common stock, as well as cash bonus awards. The 2015 Plan retains flexibility to offer competitive incentives and to tailor benefits to specific needs and circumstances. Any award may be structured to be paid or settled in cash.

 

A stock option is the right to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at a future date at a specified price per share (the “exercise price”). The per share exercise price of an option generally may not be less than the fair market value of a share of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. The maximum term of an option is ten years from the date of grant. An option may either be an incentive stock option or a nonqualified stock option. Incentive stock option benefits are taxed differently from nonqualified stock options, as described under “U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of Awards under the 2015 Plan” below. Incentive stock options are also subject to more restrictive terms and are limited in amount by the Internal Revenue Code and the 2015 Plan. Incentive stock options may only be granted to employees of the Company or a subsidiary.

 

A stock appreciation right is the right to receive payment of an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of share of the Company’s common stock on the date of exercise of the stock appreciation right over the base price of the stock appreciation right. The base price will be established by the Administrator at the time of grant of the stock appreciation right and generally may not be less than the fair market value of a share of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. Stock appreciation rights may be granted in connection with other awards or independently. The maximum term of a stock appreciation right is ten years from the date of grant. Options and stock appreciation rights may be fully vested at grant or may be subject to time- and/or performance-based vesting requirements.

 

The other types of awards that may be granted under the 2015 Plan include, without limitation, stock awards, restricted stock, restricted stock units or phantom stock (which are contractual rights to receive shares of stock, or cash based on the fair market value of a share of stock), dividend equivalents that represent the right to receive a payment based on the dividends paid on a share of stock over a stated period of time, or similar rights to purchase or acquire shares and cash awards. Any awards under the 2015 Plan may be fully-vested at grant or may be subject to time- and/or performance-based vesting requirements.

 

Qualified Performance-Based Awards

 

Under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 162(m)”), a public corporation generally cannot take a tax deduction in any tax year for compensation it pays to its Chief Executive Officer and certain other executive officers in excess of $1,000,000 as to each covered executive. Compensation that qualifies as “performance-based” under Section 162(m), however, is excluded from the $1,000,000 limit if, among other requirements, the compensation is payable only upon attainment of pre-established, objective performance goals under a plan approved by the Company’s shareholders.

 

The Administrator may grant awards under the 2015 Plan with performance-based vesting requirements that are intended to qualify as “performance-based” compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) (“Qualified Performance-Based Awards”). Qualified Performance-Based Awards are in addition to stock options and stock appreciation rights that may also qualify as “performance-based” compensation for Section 162(m) purposes. Qualified Performance-Based Awards may be in the form of restricted stock, performance stock, restricted stock units, and other rights or cash bonus opportunities. While the Administrator may grant awards under the 2015 Plan that qualify (or are intended to qualify) as “performance-based” awards within the meaning of Section 162(m), the 2015 Plan does not require that any award qualify as “performance-based” within the meaning of Section 162(m) or otherwise be deductible for tax purposes.

 

The vesting or payment of Qualified Performance-Based Awards (other than options or stock appreciation rights) will depend on the absolute or relative performance of the Company on a consolidated, subsidiary, segment, division, or business unit basis. The Administrator will establish the criterion or criteria and target(s) on which performance will be measured. To qualify an award as “performance-based” under Section 162(m), the Administrator must consist of solely two or more outside directors (as this requirement is applied under Section 162(m)), the Administrator must establish criteria and targets in advance of applicable deadlines under Section 162(m) and while the attainment of the performance targets remains substantially uncertain, and the Administrator must certify that any applicable performance goals and other material terms of the grant were satisfied. The performance criteria that the Administrator may use for this purpose will include one or more of the following: earnings per share, cash flow (which means cash and cash equivalents derived from either net cash flow from operations or net cash flow from operations, financing and investing activities), cash position, regulatory approval, stock price, total shareholder return, gross revenue, revenue growth, operating income (before or after taxes), net earnings (before or after interest, taxes, depreciation and/or amortization), return on equity or on assets or on net investment, or on sales, cost containment or reduction, or any combination thereof. The performance measurement period with respect to an award may range from three months to ten years. To the extent provided by the Administrator, performance targets (or performance against the targets, as the case may be) will be adjusted to mitigate the unbudgeted impact of material, unusual or nonrecurring gains and losses, accounting changes or other items specified by the Administrator at the time of establishing the goal(s).

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Qualified Performance-Based Awards may be paid in stock or in cash (in either case, subject to the limits described under the heading “Authorized Shares; Limits on Awards” above). The Administrator has discretion to determine the performance target or targets and any other restrictions or other limitations of Qualified Performance-Based Awards and may reserve discretion to reduce payments below maximum award limits.

 

Dividend Equivalents; Deferrals

 

The Administrator may provide for the deferred payment of awards, and may determine the other terms applicable to deferrals. The Administrator may provide that awards under the 2015 Plan (other than options or stock appreciation rights), and/or deferrals, earn dividends or dividend equivalents based on the amount of dividends paid on outstanding shares of common stock, provided that as to any dividend equivalent rights granted in connection with an award granted under the 2015 Plan that is subject to performance-based vesting requirements, no dividend equivalent payment will be made unless the related performance-based vesting conditions of the award are satisfied (or, in the case of a restricted stock or similar award where the dividend must be paid as a matter of law, the dividend payment will be subject to forfeiture or repayment, as the case may be, if the related performance-based vesting conditions are not satisfied).

 

Assumption and Termination of Awards

 

If the Company dissolves or undergoes certain corporate transactions such as a merger, business combination, or other reorganization, or a sale of substantially all of its assets, awards then-outstanding under the 2015 Plan will not automatically become fully vested pursuant to the provisions of the 2015 Plan so long as such awards are assumed, substituted for or otherwise continued. However, except as described below, if awards then-outstanding under the 2015 Plan are to be terminated in such circumstances (without being assumed or substituted for), such awards would generally become fully vested. The Administrator also has the discretion to establish and provide for alternative change in control provisions in a particular award agreement with respect to awards granted under the 2015 Plan. For example, the Administrator could provide in such an award agreement for the automatic acceleration of vesting or payment of an award in connection with a corporate event.

 

Transfer Restrictions

 

Subject to certain exceptions contained in Section 5.7 of the 2015 Plan, awards under the 2015 Plan generally are not transferable by the recipient other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution and are generally exercisable, during the recipient’s lifetime, only by the recipient. Any amounts payable or shares issuable pursuant to an award generally will be paid only to the recipient or the recipient’s beneficiary or legal representative. The Administrator has discretion, however, to establish written conditions and procedures for the transfer of awards to other persons or entities, provided that such transfers comply with applicable securities and exchange control laws and are not made for value (other than nominal consideration, settlement of marital property rights, or for interests in an entity in which more than 50% of the voting securities are held by the award recipient or by the recipient’s family members).

 

Adjustments

 

As is customary in incentive plans of this nature, each share limit and the number and kind of shares available under the 2015 Plan and any outstanding awards, as well as the exercise or purchase prices of awards, and performance targets under certain types of performance-based awards, are subject to adjustment in the event of certain reorganizations, mergers, combinations, recapitalizations, stock splits, stock dividends, or other similar events that change the number or kind of shares outstanding and extraordinary dividends or distributions of property to the shareholders.

 

No Limit on Other Authority

 

Except as expressly provided with respect to the termination of the authority to grant new awards under the 2007 Plan if shareholders approve the 2015 Plan, the 2015 Plan does not limit the authority of the Board or any committee to grant awards or authorize any other compensation, with or without reference to the Company’s common stock, under any other plan or authority.

 

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Termination of or Changes to the 2015 Plan

 

The Board may amend or terminate the 2015 Plan at any time and in any manner. Shareholder approval for an amendment will be required only to the extent then required by applicable law. Adjustments as a result of stock splits or similar events will not, however, be considered an amendment requiring shareholder approval. Unless terminated earlier by the Board, the authority to grant new awards under the 2015 Plan will terminate effective at the close of business on July 26, 2025, subject to any extension that may be approved by our shareholders. Following the expiration or termination of the 2015 Plan, outstanding awards will generally continue to remain outstanding, and the Administrator’s authority with respect thereto shall persist. Generally, outstanding awards may be amended by the Administrator (subject to the no repricing provision discussed above), but the consent of the award holder is required if the amendment (or any 2015 Plan amendment) materially and adversely affects the holder.

 

U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of Awards under the 2015 Plan

 

The U.S. federal income tax consequences of the 2015 Plan under current federal law, which is subject to change, are summarized in the following discussion of the general tax principles applicable to the 2015 Plan. This summary is not intended to be exhaustive and, among other considerations, does not describe the deferred compensation provisions of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code to the extent an award is subject to and does not satisfy those rules, nor does it describe state, local or international tax consequences.

 

With respect to nonqualified stock options, the Company is generally entitled to deduct and the participant recognizes taxable income in an amount equal to the difference between the option exercise price and the fair market value of the shares at the time of exercise. With respect to incentive stock options, the Company is generally not entitled to a deduction nor does the participant recognize income at the time of exercise, although the participant may be subject to the U.S. federal alternative minimum tax.

 

The current federal income tax consequences of other awards authorized under the 2015 Plan generally follow certain basic patterns: nontransferable restricted stock subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture results in income recognition equal to the excess of the fair market value over the price paid (if any) only at the time the restrictions lapse (unless the recipient elects to accelerate recognition as of the date of grant); bonuses, stock appreciation rights, cash and stock-based performance awards, dividend equivalents, restricted stock units and other types of awards are generally subject to tax at the time of payment; and compensation otherwise effectively deferred is taxed when paid. In each of the foregoing cases, the Company will generally have a corresponding deduction at the time the participant recognizes income.

 

If an award is accelerated under the 2015 Plan in connection with a “change in control” (as this term is used under the Internal Revenue Code), the Company may not be permitted to deduct the portion of the compensation attributable to the acceleration (“parachute payments”) if it exceeds certain threshold limits under the Internal Revenue Code (and certain related excise taxes may be triggered). Furthermore, the aggregate compensation in excess of $1,000,000 attributable to awards that are not “performance-based” within the meaning of Section 162(m) may not be permitted to be deducted by the Company in certain circumstances.

 

New Plan Benefits

 

Except as described below, we have not approved any awards that are conditioned upon shareholder approval of the 2015 Plan, and we are not currently considering any other specific award grants under the 2015 Plan. Future grants under the 2015 Plan will be determined by the Administrator and may vary from year to year and from participant to participant and are not determinable at this time.

 

If the 2015 Plan had been in existence in fiscal year 2014, the Company expects that its award grants for fiscal year 2014 would not have been substantially different from those actually made in that year under the 2007 Plan. For information regarding stock-based awards granted to the Company’s named executive officers during fiscal year 2014, see “Executive Compensation”.

 

Our non-employee directors who continue in office after the Annual Meeting will receive a grant of restricted stock units under the 2015 Plan, if such plan is approved at the Annual Meeting, or under the 2007 Plan if not so approved. (See “Director Compensation—Non-Employee Director Compensation Overview” for additional information pertaining to the annual grants under our Director Compensation Policy.) These annual grants are determined based on the closing price of our common stock on the grant date, which will be September 23, 2015. Assuming, for illustrative purposes only, that the price of the common stock used to convert the $100,000 (and, in the case of the Board chair, $125,000) restricted stock unit grant date dollar amounts for the non-employee director awards into shares was $1.95 (which was the price of our common stock on June 30, 2015), the aggregate number of restricted stock units that would be granted to our non-employee directors in connection with the Annual Meeting would be approximately 371,795, assuming seven non-employee directors continue in office after the Annual Meeting. The number of shares underlying such restricted stock unit awards in any year will vary based on such factors as the number of non-employee directors and new non-employee directors in the year, and our stock price. The Board may also modify our Director Compensation Policy from time to time.

 

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Effective July 27, 2015, Bruce J. Seeley was appointed the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.  In connection with his appointment, the Company granted Mr. Seeley the following awards under the 2007 Plan on that date: (i) 300,000 shares of restricted Company common stock scheduled to vest, subject to Mr. Seeley’s continued employment, in one-third installments on each of the first, second and third anniversaries of the date of grant of the award, and (ii) a Long-Term Performance Award consisting entirely of LTIP RSUs. Mr. Seeley’s Long-Term Performance Award is on the same terms, and as to the same award percentages and performance goals, as the outstanding Long-Term Performance Award held by Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D., the Company’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, discussed in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” below, except that Mr. Seeley did not receive the portion of the Long-Term Performance Award related to the Pacritinib Phase 3 (as defined below) goal.  The total award percentage corresponding to Mr. Seeley’s Long-Term Performance Award is 1.069% (stated as a percentage of the total number of outstanding shares of our common stock as of the vesting date determined on a non-fully diluted basis).

 

In our 2014 definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A under the heading “New Plan Benefits” in Proposal 3, we disclosed that we intended to grant certain restricted stock awards at the beginning of fiscal year 2015 to each of our named executive officers and each of our non-employee directors.  Such intended awards were granted to our named executive officers, but have not been granted to our non-employee directors. At this time, we do not know whether such grants to our non-employee directors will, in fact, be made, or what the size or other terms of any such grants would be.

Long-Term Performance Awards

 

Overview

 

As described in more detail in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and “Director Compensation” sections below, in each of 2012, 2013 and 2014, each person then serving as a director or officer of the Company has been granted certain performance equity awards (the “Long-Term Performance Awards”), which are payable in fully vested shares of the Company’s common stock upon the achievement of the performance goals identified in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis”, subject to the goal’s achievement by the applicable deadline and the share limits of the applicable equity plan. A portion of the Long-Term Performance Awards was originally granted in the form of shares of restricted stock (the “LTIP Restricted Stock”) and the remaining portion was granted in restricted stock units (the “LTIP RSUs”). While restricted shares have been issued under the 2007 Plan with regard to the LTIP Restricted Stock, no shares have been reserved or set aside under the 2007 Plan for satisfaction of the shares underlying the LTIP RSUs. Rather, in accordance with the terms of the LTIP RSUs, shares will only be issuable under such awards to the extent that sufficient shares are available under the share limits of the applicable equity plan at the time of vesting of the awards. In the event that sufficient shares are not available under the share limits of the applicable equity plan at the time of vesting, the Company may elect to amend the awards to, but is not required to, settle the LTIP RSUs in cash or any other asset. As discussed below, even after taking into account the 12,000,000 additional shares that would become available for award grant purposes if shareholders approve the 2015 Plan, sufficient shares would not be available to satisfy all of the shares underlying the LTIP RSUs if all of the applicable vesting conditions were timely satisfied.

 

If shareholders approve the 2015 Plan, the outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards will be treated as follows: (i) the terms and conditions of the Long-Term Performance Awards under the 2007 Plan will not change except shares from the 2015 Plan may be used to satisfy payment obligations with respect to any LTIP RSUs that vest as noted below; (ii) the LTIP Restricted Stock will continue to be outstanding under the 2007 Plan (and, if forfeited, the underlying shares would become available for new grants under the 2015 Plan as discussed above under “Authorized Shares; Limits on Awards”); and (iii) if any portion of the outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards vests and the number of shares payable with respect to such vesting event exceeds the corresponding portion of the LTIP Restricted Stock that vest with respect to such event, the additional shares earned under the LTIP RSUs will be satisfied by the Company delivering shares under the 2015 Plan, subject to share availability under the 2015 Plan (i.e., the awards will no longer be constrained by share availability under the 2007 Plan).

 

As discussed under the heading “Director Compensation” below, we and our directors have entered into a Settlement. The Settlement provides that, in the event of preliminary and final court approval thereof, the Company will cancel the Long-Term Performance Awards previously granted to non-employee directors that included performance-based vesting metrics and as to which the performance goals remained unsatisfied as of May 13, 2015. Because the Settlement remains subject to court approval as of the date of the filing of this Proxy Statement, the disclosures in this Proxy Statement do not give effect to the Settlement except as otherwise noted. If the Settlement is approved and non-employee directors relinquish their respective outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards pursuant thereto, the LTIP Restricted Stock that is so relinquished and reacquired by the Company would be available for new award grants under the 2015 Plan if it is approved by shareholders (or under the 2007 Plan if the 2015 Plan is not approved by shareholders). As no shares have been reserved or set aside under the 2007 Plan for satisfaction of the shares underlying the LTIP RSUs (and no such shares will be set aside under the 2015 Plan if approved by shareholders), a relinquishment of LTIP RSUs pursuant to the Settlement will have no impact on the shares available under the respective plan.

 

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Except as otherwise noted in this Proposal 2, the number of shares of our common stock subject to outstanding awards granted under the 2007 Plan at any particular time, the number of shares of our common stock available for new award grants under the 2007 Plan at any particular time, the number of shares of our common stock granted subject to awards under the 2007 Plan over any particular period of time, and the number of shares that have become available for new award grants under the 2007 Plan as a result of cancellations, terminations and forfeitures of 2007 Plan awards is presented in this Proposal 2 by (i) including the impact of any shares of the LTIP Restricted Stock, but (ii) without giving effect to the LTIP RSUs since such amount is dependent upon the number of our shares of common stock issued and outstanding when such awards vest and will be subject to share availability under the applicable equity plan at the time of vesting.

 

Underlying Shares and Share Shortfall

 

If one or more of the performance goals under the Long-Term Performance Awards is timely achieved, the number of underlying shares in the aggregate (including the underlying LTIP Restricted Stock and LTIP RSUs) that will ultimately vest with respect to such award will be determined by multiplying (i) an award percentage corresponding to the particular performance goal by (ii) the total number of outstanding shares of our common stock, determined on a non-fully diluted basis, as of the vesting date, subject to the then applicable share limits of (1) the 2007 Plan, in the event the 2015 Plan is not approved at the Annual Meeting pursuant to this Proposal 2 or (2) the 2015 Plan, if such plan is so approved. As of June 30, 2015, applying such formula and assuming the satisfaction of all remaining vesting conditions applicable to the awards and that Mr. Seeley had been issued his new hire stock awards on June 30, 2015 rather than on July 27, 2015 in connection with the commencement of his employment, the total number of shares that would have vested with respect to the Long-Term Performance Awards would have been 23,575,560, comprised of the following:

·

1,436,014 shares of stock underlying the LTIP Restricted Stock, which would have become fully vested and unrestricted at such time (of which 379,081 shares are subject to LTIP Restricted Stock awards that are proposed to be relinquished pursuant to the Settlement); and

·

22,139,546 additional shares of stock underlying the LTIP RSUs would have been issuable, subject to share availability under the 2007 Plan (of which 5,460,472 shares are subject to LTIP RSUs that are proposed to be relinquished pursuant to the Settlement).

 

Such 22,139,546 additional shares exceeded the number of shares available for issuance under the 2007 Plan as of June 30, 2015 by approximately 16,526,196 shares (such deficiency of shares being referred to herein as “LTIP Plan Shortfall”), as only approximately 5,613,350 shares were then available for new award grants under the 2007 Plan. Assuming the Long-Term Performance Awards held by certain non-employee directors that are proposed to be relinquished pursuant to the Settlement had been relinquished as of June 30, 2015, the LTIP Plan Shortfall as of that date would have instead been 10,686,643 shares as of that date. As noted above, the Company may elect to amend the awards to, but is not required to, settle any LTIP Plan Shortfall in cash or any other asset.

 

The table below shows the following information regarding the Long-Term Performance Awards as to the persons and groups identified below as of June 30, 2015 (and assumes that Mr. Seeley had been issued his new hire stock awards on June 30, 2015 rather than on July 27, 2015 in connection with the commencement of his employment), based on the total number of outstanding shares of our common stock as of such date:

·

the total number of shares of our common stock previously issued with respect to Long-Term Performance Awards as a result of the prior vesting of the applicable performance-based vesting condition;

·

the number of unvested shares underlying all currently outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards (including those underlying the LTIP Restricted Stock and the LTIP RSUs);

·

the number of issued and outstanding shares of LTIP Restricted Stock;

·

number of shares underlying the LTIP RSUs; and

·

the number of shares representing the LTIP Plan Shortfall.

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Name and Position

Total Shares Underlying

Previously

Vested

Long-Term Performance Awards(1)

 

 

Total Shares Underlying

Unvested

Long-Term

Performance

Awards

 

 

Total Shares Underlying

Unvested

LTIP Restricted Stock

 

 

Total Shares Underlying

Unvested

LTIP RSUs/

LTIP Plan Shortfall

 

Named Executive Officers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

74,463

 

 

6,938,922

 

 

583,217

 

 

6,355,705

 

Chief Executive Officer and President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis A. Bianco

30,281

 

 

2,833,648

 

 

236,858

 

 

2,596,790

 

Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

30,281

 

 

2,833,648

 

 

236,858

 

 

2,596,790

 

Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Translational Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce J. Seeley

 

 

 

1,928,180

 

 

 

 

1,928,180

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

 

 

2,079,693

 

 

 

 

2,079,693

 

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total for All Current Executive Officers, as a group (5 persons)

135,025

 

 

16,614,091

 

 

1,056,933

 

 

15,557,158

 

Non-Employee Directors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John H. Bauer

22,339

 

 

898,254

 

 

58,320

 

 

839,934

 

Karen Ignagni (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard L. Love

22,339

 

 

898,254

 

 

58,320

 

 

839,934

 

Mary O. Mundinger, DrPH

22,339

 

 

898,254

 

 

58,320

 

 

839,934

 

Phillip M. Nudelman, Ph.D.

33,756

 

 

1,348,283

 

 

87,481

 

 

1,260,802

 

Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D.

22,339

 

 

898,254

 

 

58,320

 

 

839,934

 

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.

22,339

 

 

898,254

 

 

58,320

 

 

839,934

 

Total for All Current Non-Executive Directors as a Group (7 persons)

145,451

 

 

5,839,553

 

 

379,081

 

 

5,460,472

 

All employees, including all current officers who are not executive officers or directors, as a group

 

 

1,121,916

 

 

 

 

1,121,916

 

Total

280,476

 

 

23,575,560

 

 

1,436,014

 

 

22,139,546

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 Plan Shares Available as of 6/30/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,613,350

 

 

LTIP Plan Shortfall as of 6/30/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(16,526,196)(4)

 

 

(1)

These awards vested on June 27, 2012 following the Compensation Committee’s certification that the Company had satisfied the applicable performance condition, which was receipt (in May 2012) of the conditional marketing authorization from the European Commission for PIXUVRI as a monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with multiply relapsed or refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphomas (the “PIX MAA Authorization”).

(2)

This table assumes that Mr. Seeley had been issued his award on June 30, 2015, rather than on July 27, 2015 in connection with the commencement of his employment, in order to include such awards in this presentation.

(3)

Ms. Ignagni was appointed to the Board effective January 31, 2014 and has not been granted any Long-Term Performance Awards.

(4)

As discussed under the heading “Director Compensation” below, the Settlement provides that, in the event of and following preliminary and final court approval thereof, the applicable non-employee directors will relinquish all of their respective outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards. As of June 30, 2015, 5,839,553 shares were underlying the outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards held by such directors.  Assuming such relinquishment contemplated by the Settlement had occurred as of June 30, 2015, the LTIP Plan Shortfall as of that date would have been 10,686,643 shares, rather than 16,526,196 shares.

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Aggregate Past Grants Under the 2007 Plan

 

Except as set forth below, as of June 30, 2015, awards covering 31,188,638 shares of our common stock have been granted under the 2007 Plan. Such number of shares, and the information reflected in the table below:

·

includes shares subject to awards that expired or terminated without having been exercised and paid and became available for new award grants under the 2007 Plan;

·

includes the shares underlying the LTIP Restricted Stock (of which 379,081 shares, in the aggregate, are proposed to be relinquished by non-employee directors pursuant to the Settlement); and

·

does not include the shares underlying the LTIP RSUs. Because such shares are excluded, this table should be read in conjunction with the immediately preceding table, which does reflect the combined LTIP Restricted Stock and the LTIP RSUs. 

 

The following table shows information regarding the distribution of awards covering such 31,188,638 shares as of June 30, 2015 among the persons and groups identified below, including option exercises and restricted stock vesting prior to and option and unvested restricted stock holdings as of that date, as well as restricted stock grants that were forfeited prior to that date without being vested or paid.

 

 

 

STOCK OPTIONS

 

 

RESTRICTED STOCK/UNITS

 

 

 

Number of
Shares
Subject to
Past
Option
Grants

 

 

Number of
Shares
Acquired
on Exercise

 

 

Number of Shares
Underlying Options as of
June 30, 2015

 

 

Number of
Shares/
Units
Subject to
Past
Awards

 

 

Number of
Shares/
Units
Vested as of
June 30, 2015

 

 

Number of
Shares/Units
Outstanding
and Unvested
as of
June 30, 2015

 

 

Number of
Shares/
Units
Cancelled as of
June 30, 2015

 

Name and Position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable

 

 

Unexercisable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named Executive Officers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

500,844

 

 

 

 

500,741

 

 

 

 

5,745,396

 

 

3,599,092

 

 

1,643,783

 

 

502,521

 

Chief Executive Officer and President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis A. Bianco

Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration

 

200,477

 

 

 

 

200,428

 

 

 

 

1,848,448

 

 

1,089,972

 

 

555,028

 

 

203,448

 

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

200,490

 

 

 

 

200,428

 

 

 

 

1,848,448

 

 

1,089,972

 

 

555,028

 

 

203,448

 

Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Translational Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

 

300,000

 

 

 

 

300,000

 

 

 

 

1,268,159

 

 

916,656

 

 

351,503

 

 

 

Total for All Named Executive Officers, as a group (4 persons)

 

1,201,811

 

 

 

 

1,201,597

 

 

 

 

10,710,451

 

 

6,695,692

 

 

3,105,342

 

 

909,417

 

Non-Executive Directors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John H. Bauer

 

103,179

 

 

 

 

103,179

 

 

 

 

663,816

 

 

544,184

 

 

58,320

 

 

61,312

 

Karen Ignagni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66,192

 

 

66,192

 

 

 

 

 

Richard L. Love

 

103,180

 

 

 

 

103,180

 

 

 

 

663,322

 

 

543,690

 

 

58,320

 

 

61,312

 

Mary O. Mundinger, DrPH

 

103,203

 

 

 

 

103,187

 

 

 

 

663,316

 

 

543,684

 

 

58,320

 

 

61,312

 

Phillip M. Nudelman, Ph.D.

 

153,210

 

 

 

 

153,194

 

 

 

 

944,454

 

 

764,695

 

 

87,481

 

 

92,278

 

Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D.

 

103,169

 

 

 

 

103,169

 

 

 

 

663,814

 

 

544,182

 

 

58,320

 

 

61,312

 

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.

 

102,200

 

 

 

 

102,200

 

 

 

 

599,597

 

 

513,184

 

 

58,320

 

 

28,093

 

Total for All Current Non-Executive Directors, as a group (7 persons)

 

668,141

 

 

 

 

668,109

 

 

 

 

4,264,511

 

 

3,519,811

 

 

379,081

 

 

365,619

 

Each other person who has received 5% or more of the options, warrants or rights under the 2007 Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All others, including any current officers who are not executive officers or directors, as a group

 

  6,096,983

 

 

190,624

 

 

1,708,317

 

 

3,401,977

 

 

8,246,741

 

 

4,337,365

 

 

1,400,771

 

 

2,508,605

 

Total

 

  7,966,935

 

 

190,624

 

 

3,578,023

 

 

3,401,977

 

 

23,221,703

 

 

14,552,868

 

 

4,885,194

 

 

3,783,641

 

 

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Award Burn Rate

 

The following table presents information regarding the Company’s net burn rate for the past three complete fiscal years, with average annual net burn rate over such three years being 5.8%. For this purpose, the “net burn rate” for any one particular fiscal year means the total number of shares of the Company’s common stock issuable upon exercise or payment, as the case may be, of the equity-based awards granted by the Company in that fiscal year, less the total number of such shares cancelled, terminated or forfeited in the fiscal year without the awards having become vested or paid, as the case may be, divided by the Company’s weighted average number of basic shares of common stock issued and outstanding during that particular fiscal year.  For purposes of this table, LTIP Restricted Stock is included in the year awarded (not in the year in which the applicable vesting conditions are satisfied), and LTIP RSUs are taken into account only to the extent the applicable performance-based vesting condition was satisfied in the year indicated (in which case the number of shares issued in payment of those LTIP RSUs has been included in the number of shares subject to restricted stock awards granted in that year; the only year indicated below in which LTIP RSUs vested was 2012).

 

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

2012

Options granted

 

1,015,000

 

4,351,590

 

 

178,790

Restricted stock awards granted

 

4,426,161

 

6,375,238

 

 

4,308,118(1)

Less: cancelled, terminated or forfeited options and restricted stock awards

 

(728,520)

 

(1,307,918)

 

 

(945,417)

Net shares granted

 

4,712,641

 

9,418,910

 

 

3,541,491

Weighted average basic common shares outstanding

 

148,530,629

 

114,195,403

 

 

58,124,519

Net burn rate (2)(3)

 

3.2%

 

8.2%

 

 

6.1%

 

(1)

Includes 90,771 shares delivered in payment of LTIP RSUs as to which the applicable performance-based vesting condition was satisfied in 2012 and 379,081 shares of LTIP Restricted Stock granted to non-employee directors that are proposed to be relinquished pursuant to the Settlement.

(2)

Net burn rate is equal to (x) divided by (y), where (x) is equal to the sum of total options granted during the fiscal year, plus the total restricted stock awards granted during the fiscal year, minus the total options and restricted stock awards cancelled, terminated or forfeited during the fiscal year without the awards having become vested or paid, as the case may be, and where (y) is equal to the weighted average basic common shares outstanding for each respective year. The net burn rate presented in this table differs from the adjusted burn rate calculations disclosed in our 2014 definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A in connection with the 2007 Plan proposal included in that proxy statement in two key respects: (i) the adjusted burn rate calculation included in our 2014 definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A applied a multiplier on restricted stock awards and stock unit awards whereas shares subject to such awards are taken into account in this presentation on a one-for-one basis, and (ii) shares subject to LTIP Restricted Stock awards are taken into account in this presentation as described above whereas in the adjusted burn rate calculation included in our 2014 definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A LTIP Restricted Stock awards were taken into account only in the year in which the applicable performance condition was satisfied.

(3)

For the three-year period ended December 31, 2014, the Company's average annual net burn rate using the methodology described in note (1) above was 5.8%.

Assuming a level of grants consistent with the number of equity-based awards granted during 2014:

·

without giving effect to any potential vesting of the LTIP RSUs and disregarding any potential cancellations, terminations or forfeitures of any currently outstanding awards, given the speculative nature of these events, it is expected that the 12,000,000 additional shares requested for the 2015 Plan under this Proposal 2 (together with the approximately 5,913,350 shares that were available for additional award grant purposes under the 2007 Plan as of June 30, 2015 and that would (to the extent not subject to 2007 Plan awards prior to the Annual Meeting) become available for new award grants under the 2015 Plan as described above) would provide the Company with flexibility to continue to grant equity-based awards under the 2015 Plan through the third quarter of 2018, assuming such grants occur at an equal rate throughout the projected period.  The proposed relinquishment of the outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards by the applicable non-employee directors pursuant to the Settlement, if given effect, is not expected to have a material effect on such estimate; and

·

if all of the vesting conditions applicable to the Long-Term Performance Awards were satisfied as of June 30, 2015 and the LTIP RSUs as of that date (approximately 22,139,546 shares) were taken into account, it is expected that the 12,000,000 additional shares requested for the 2015 Plan under this Proposal 2 (together with the approximately 5,913,350 shares that were available for additional award grant purposes under the 2007 Plan as of June 30, 2015 and would (to the extent not subject to 2007 Plan awards prior to the Annual Meeting) become available for new award grants under the 2015 Plan as described above) would be used entirely to satisfy only a portion of the LTIP RSUs, even after giving effect to the proposed relinquishment of the outstanding Long-Term Performance Awards by the applicable non-employee directors pursuant to the Settlement. In such instance, not only would the Company not be able to deliver all of the shares covered by the LTIP RSUs, but the Company would also be unable to issue any new awards under the 2015 Plan since all such shares would be consumed by such partial payout of the LTIP RSUs.  

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However, these are only estimates, in the Company’s judgment, based on current circumstances. The total number of shares that are awarded under the 2015 Plan in any one year or from year-to-year may change based on any number of variables, including, without limitation, the value of our common stock (since higher stock prices generally require that fewer shares be issued to produce awards of the same grant date fair value), changes in competitors’ compensation practices or changes in compensation practices in the market generally, changes in the number of our employees, changes in the number of our directors and officers, acquisition activity and the potential need to grant awards to new employees in connection with acquisitions, the need to attract, retain and incentivize key talent, the type of awards we grant, the extent to which any applicable performance-based vesting requirements are satisfied and how we choose to balance total compensation between cash and equity-based awards. The type and terms of awards granted may also change in any one year or from year-to-year based on any number of variables, including, without limitation, changes in competitors’ compensation practices or changes in compensation practices generally, and the need to attract, retain and incentivize key talent.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, we can’t predict the extent to which the outstanding vesting conditions applicable to the Long-Term Performance Awards will be satisfied, and hence, cannot predict their impact on shares available for future equity compensation award grants.

 

The closing market price of our common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market on June 30, 2015 was $1.95 per share.

 

Dilution

 

The following table shows the total number of shares of our common stock that were (i) subject to unvested restricted stock awards granted under the 2007 Plan, (ii) subject to outstanding stock options granted under the 2007 Plan and (iii) available for new award grants under the 2007 Plan, in each case, as of each of December 31, 2014 and June 30, 2015. In this Proposal 2, the number of shares of our common stock subject to awards granted during any particular period or outstanding on any particular date is presented based on the actual number of shares of our common stock covered by those awards. This table does not include shares underlying the Long-Term Performance Awards as detail on those awards is presented separately above. No restricted stock units were, as of the relevant dates below, outstanding other than the LTIP RSUs.

 

 

 

December 31,
2014

 

 

June 30,
2015(1)

 

Shares subject to unvested restricted stock awards (excluding the LTIP Restricted Stock)

 

1,618,401

 

 

3,749,180

 

Shares subject to outstanding stock options(2)

 

4,918,149

 

 

6,980,000

 

Shares available for new award grants(3)

 

11,862,366

 

 

5,613,350

 

 

(1)

This table assumes that Mr. Seeley had been issued his new hire stock awards on June 30, 2015, rather than on July 27, 2015 in connection with the commencement of his employment, in order to include such awards in this presentation.

(2)

The Company’s outstanding options generally may not be transferred to third parties for value and do not include dividend equivalent rights.

(3)

As noted above, this table does not include shares underlying the Long-Term Performance Awards. 1,436,014 shares of our common stock were subject to LTIP Restricted Stock awards on each of December 31, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and, if the LTIP RSUs became fully vested as a result of the achievement of the applicable performance conditions on either of those two dates, the number of shares deliverable with respect to such vested LTIP RSUs would have exceeded (and been confined to) the remaining shares available for new award grants. Of the 1,436,014 shares of our common stock subject to LTIP Restricted Stock awards on these dates, 379,081 were subject to LTIP Restricted Stock held by non-employee directors, which shares are proposed to be relinquished pursuant to the Settlement.

 

To help assess the potential dilutive impact of this Proposal 2, the number of shares of our common stock outstanding in each of the last three fiscal years is as follows: 109,823,748 shares outstanding at the end of fiscal year 2012; 145,508,767 shares outstanding at the end of fiscal year 2013; and 176,761,099 shares outstanding at the end of fiscal year 2014. The number of shares of our common stock outstanding as of June 30, 2015 was 180,372,288. For these purposes, outstanding shares include unvested restricted shares of our common stock awarded and outstanding as of the applicable date.

 

The closing market price of our common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market on June 30, 2015 was $1.95 per share.

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

For information concerning our equity compensation plans, please see “Other Information—Equity Compensation Plan Information.”

 

 

 

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PROPOSAL 3:
APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMPANY’S

2007 EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

 

Summary

 

We are asking you to approve an amendment to the ESPP to increase the maximum number of shares of our common stock authorized for issuance under the ESPP by 1,949,167 shares (so that the new share limit under the ESPP would be 2,000,000 shares). The Board approved the proposed share increase on July 27, 2015, subject to shareholder approval.

 

The Board has determined that it is advisable to increase the maximum number of shares available for issuance under the ESPP in order to help retain and motivate eligible employees and further align their interests with those of our shareholders. As of June 30, 2015, there were 30,995 shares of common stock remaining available for issuance under the ESPP, and the Company had a total of 180,372,288 shares of common stock issued and outstanding. The 1,949,167 additional shares that may be issued under the proposed increase in the ESPP share limit, plus the 30,995 shares that remained available for issuance under the ESPP as of June 30, 2015, equal approximately 1.1% of the Company’s total issued and outstanding shares of common stock as of that date.

 

In the event the shareholders fail to approve the amendment to the ESPP, the ESPP will continue in operation pursuant to its terms with no change to the number of shares authorized for issuance under the ESPP. In those circumstances, we would not be able to issue additional shares under the ESPP beyond the 30,995 shares that remained available for issuance under the ESPP as of June 30, 2015.

 

Reasons for Approving the Proposal

 

We believe the proposed amendment would facilitate our ability to continue to utilize the ESPP. The Company believes the ESPP is an important component of its employee compensation package and assists it in attracting and retaining skilled personnel. Since benefits under the ESPP are dependent upon the value of our common stock, the ESPP also increases alignment between participants’ interests and the interests of our shareholders. As of June 30, 2015, 137 of the Company’s employees are eligible to participate in, and approximately 14% of the Company’s employees purchased shares under, the ESPP during the purchase period ending June 30, 2015. As of June 30, 2015, the Company had 138 employees. The essential features of the ESPP are summarized below. The ESPP is intended to be an employee stock purchase plan within the meaning of Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Currently, the Company limits the number of shares that any one participant can purchase under the ESPP in any one ESPP offering period to 166 shares. Having a share limit of 2,000,000 shares under the ESPP will give us the flexibility to increase this limit. For new ESPP offering periods that begin after the Annual Meeting, the Company has changed this individual limit from 166 to 5,000 shares per offering period, contingent upon shareholders approving this ESPP proposal, subject to applicable limits under the Internal Revenue Code (as noted below), and subject to the Company’s right to change this limit from time to time in the future. We believe that a higher individual share limit under the ESPP will incentivize additional employees to participate in the ESPP and, through increased participation in the ESPP, there will be increased alignment between employees’ interests and the interests of our shareholders.

 

Vote Required and Board of Directors’ Recommendation

 

Approval of the amendment to the ESPP to increase the number of shares authorized for issuance under the plan requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of common stock voting on this Proposal 3 in person or by proxy at the shareholder meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted and will have no effect on the outcome of this Proposal 3.

 

 

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR”
THE APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE ESPP


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Summary Description of the 2007 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

The principal terms of the ESPP and its operation are summarized below. The following summary is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the ESPP (as proposed to be amended), which appears as Appendix B to this Proxy Statement.

 

Background and Purpose

 

The ESPP provides eligible employees with the opportunity to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at a discount through payroll deductions. The purposes of the ESPP are to encourage ownership of the Company’s common stock by the Company’s employees and to provide additional incentives to the Company’s employees to promote the success of the Company’s business.

 

Administration

 

The ESPP is administered by the Board or by a committee of the Board consisting of not less than two directors who are not employed by the Company or one of its subsidiaries (the “ESPP Committee”). The ESPP Committee determines which, if any, of the Company’s affiliates may be participating employers whose employees may participate in the ESPP as of the start of each offering period. The ESPP Committee has authority in its discretion to interpret the ESPP, to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to determining the terms of options to purchase shares granted under the ESPP, and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for the administration of the ESPP. Any determination of the ESPP Committee with respect to the ESPP is final and binding upon all persons. The ESPP Committee may also adopt rules, procedures, separate offerings or sub-plans applicable to particular subsidiaries or locations.

 

Shares Available for Issuance

 

The aggregate number of shares of the Company’s common stock that currently may be issued pursuant to the ESPP is 50,833, of which only 30,995 remained available for issuance as of June 30, 2015. If shareholders approve the proposed amendment, this limit would be increased from 50,833 shares to 2,000,000 shares.  

 

Eligibility and Participation

 

Employees who are employed by the Company (or one of its subsidiaries designated as a “participating employer” in the ESPP) on the first day of any offering period and remain an eligible employee through the end of the offering period and who customarily work more than twenty hours per week (or such lesser number of hours as the ESPP Committee may provide) and more than five months (or such lesser number of months as the ESPP Committee may provide) per calendar year may participate in the ESPP. Participation in the ESPP is voluntary. Subject to the ESPP Committee’s authority to designate a “participating employer” from time to time, currently the only “participating employer” under the 2015 Plan is the Company. As required under the Internal Revenue Code, no participant may purchase shares if, immediately after such purchase, the participant would own stock and/or outstanding options to purchase stock comprising 5% or more of the total combined voting power of the Company’s stock or of any of the Company’s affiliates. In addition and also as required under the Internal Revenue Code, a participant’s right to purchase stock under the ESPP may not accrue at a rate that exceeds $25,000 (determined with respect to the fair market value of the stock at the time such option to purchase shares is granted) in any calendar year in which such right is outstanding at any time.

 

As of June 30, 2015, 137 of the 138 employees of the Company (including all of the Company’s named executive officers) were eligible to participate in the ESPP.

 

Offering Periods  

 

Shares of stock are offered for purchase on the first business day of each offering period designated by the ESPP Committee. Currently, offering periods under the ESPP are approximately six months long and commence at the beginning of each January and July. The ESPP Committee has the authority to change the timing and duration of the offering periods (provided that each offering period is not less than three months and is not more than twenty-seven months in duration) and to provide that offering periods will consist of one or more “purchase periods,” in each case provided that the change is announced prior to the start of the relevant offering period.

 

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Purchase Price  

 

Currently, the purchase price per share of common stock covered by an option granted under the ESPP is 85% of the lower of (i) the fair market value per share of the Company’s common stock on the commencement date of the applicable offering period and (ii) the fair market value per share of the Company’s common stock on the last business day of the applicable offering period. For purposes of the ESPP, the fair market value of the Company’s common stock is generally the closing price of the Company’s common stock on The NASDAQ Capital Market on the determination date. The ESPP Committee may change the formula for determining the purchase price for a particular offering period prior to the start of that offering period, except that in no event may the purchase price for an offering period be lower than the lesser of (i) 85% of the fair market value per share of the Company’s common stock on the commencement date of the applicable offering period or (ii) 85% of the fair market value per share of the Company’s common stock on the last business day of the applicable offering period.

 

Payroll Deductions  

 

Employees participating in the ESPP for an offering period may authorize payroll deductions to the ESPP in that offering period in 1% multiples of base salary for each payroll period, up to a maximum of 10% of their base salary (or such different maximum as the ESPP Committee may establish for the particular offering period). An employee may not change the percentage of base salary withheld during an offering period. However, an employee may withdraw from the ESPP during the offering period as described below.

 

Purchase of Stock  

 

By enrolling in the ESPP for an offering period, an employee is entitled to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock on the last day of the offering period. The maximum number of shares that may be purchased by a participating employee during an offering period is determined by dividing the amount collected from the participant through payroll deductions during the offering period by the per share purchase price in effect for that offering termination date, subject to a maximum of 5,000 shares purchasable by any one participant for any one offering period (or such different individual limit as the ESPP Committee may establish in advance of the relevant offering period) and further subject to applicable limits under the Internal Revenue Code as noted above. Unless the employee’s participation is discontinued prior to such purchase date (for example, because of a termination of the employee’s employment with the Company or an election by the employee to withdraw from the ESPP), his or her purchase of the shares will occur automatically on the last day of the offering period at the applicable price.

 

Withdrawal

 

Generally, a participant may withdraw from an offering period at any time prior to the last business day before the offering termination date by giving a withdrawal notice to the Company. Any such withdrawal will not affect his or her eligibility to participate in future offering periods. However, once a participant withdraws from a particular offering period, that participant may not participate again in the same offering period. Upon a participant’s withdrawal from an offering period, all of the participant’s accumulated payroll deductions held by the Company will be paid to the participant in cash without interest.

 

Termination of Employment

 

Termination of a participant’s employment for any reason, including death, retirement or any other voluntary or involuntary termination, cancels his or her option to purchase shares and participation in the ESPP immediately as to the offering period in which the termination of employment occurs. In such event, the payroll deductions credited to the participant’s account will be returned to him or her or, in the case of an employee’s death, to the person or persons entitled thereto as provided in the ESPP, in cash without interest.

 

Restrictions on Transfer  

 

Options under the ESPP may not be assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise disposed of, except by will, or under the laws of descent and distribution. An option under the ESPP may not be exercised by anyone other than the participant.

 

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Changes in Capitalization

 

As is customary in incentive plans of this nature, the number of shares reserved under the ESPP, any maximum number of shares a participant may purchase in the offering period in which such event occurs and the number of shares and the price per share in effect under each outstanding option under the ESPP shall be appropriately adjusted for the payment of a stock dividend or any increase or decrease in the number of outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock resulting from a split-up or contraction of shares without receipt of any consideration by the Company, in order to prevent the dilution or enlargement of benefits under the ESPP.

 

Change of Control  

 

In the event of a change of control of the Company, the ESPP Committee shall, in its sole discretion, either (i) provide that shares granted under the ESPP shall be purchased to the extent of each participant’s accumulated payroll deductions for the offering period in effect as of a date prior to the change in control established by the ESPP Committee or (ii) arrange with the surviving, continuing, successor or purchasing corporation, as the case may be, that such corporation shall assume the Company’s rights and obligations under the ESPP.

 

Term; Amendment and Termination of the ESPP

 

No option shall be granted under the ESPP on or after September 27, 2027, but options granted prior to such date may extend beyond such date.

 

The Board may suspend, terminate or amend the ESPP at any time and from time to time (subject to shareholder consent as may be required by applicable law). No suspension or termination of or amendment to the ESPP may materially adversely affect the rights of a participant with respect to an outstanding option held by the participant as of the date of such termination or amendment without the participant’s consent.

 

No Limit on Other Plans  

 

The ESPP does not limit the ability of the Board or any committee of the Board to grant awards or authorize any other compensation, with or without reference to the Company’s common stock, under any other plan or authority.

 

Federal Income Tax Consequences of the ESPP

 

The following is a brief summary of the federal income tax consequences to U.S. taxpayers and the Company with respect to the shares purchased under the ESPP. The summary is not intended to be exhaustive and, among other considerations, does not describe the deferred compensation provisions of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code to the extent an award is subject to and does not satisfy those rules, nor does it describe state, local, or international tax consequences.

 

The ESPP, and the right of participants to make purchases thereunder, is intended to qualify under the provisions of Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under these provisions, no income will be taxable to a participant until the shares purchased under the ESPP are sold or otherwise disposed of. Upon sale or other disposition of the shares, the participant will generally be subject to tax in an amount that depends upon the holding period applicable to such shares. If the shares are sold or otherwise disposed of (including by gift) more than two years after the first day of the particular offering period in which such shares were acquired and more than one year after the actual purchase date of the shares, the participant will recognize ordinary income measured as the lesser of (i) the excess of the fair market value of the shares at the time of such sale or disposition over the purchase price, or (ii) an amount equal to 15% of the fair market value of the shares as of the first day of the applicable offering period in which such shares were acquired. Any additional gain or loss will be treated as long-term capital gain or loss. If the shares are sold or otherwise disposed of (including by gift) before the expiration of either of the aforementioned holding periods, the participant will recognize ordinary income generally measured as the excess of (i) the fair market value of the shares on the date the shares are purchased over (ii) the purchase price. Any additional gain or loss on such sale or disposition will be capital gain or loss, which will be long-term if the shares are held for more than one year. The Company generally is not entitled to a deduction for amounts taxed as ordinary income or capital gain to a participant with respect to shares purchased under the ESPP except to the extent of ordinary income recognized by participants upon a sale or disposition of shares prior to the expiration of the holding periods described above.

 

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Participation in the ESPP

 

Participation in the ESPP is voluntary and therefore the number of shares an individual employee will purchase cannot be determined in advance. For the six-month offering periods ending in June 2014, December 2014 and June 2015, the number of shares of the Company’s common stock purchased under the ESPP was 1,992, 2,490 and 3,154, respectively. However, the Company limited the number of shares that any one employee could purchase in any one of these periods to 166 in light of the relatively low number of shares that we have had available for issuance under the ESPP. Because benefits under the ESPP may change based on any number of variables, including, without limitation, the fair market value of the Company’s common stock at various future dates, the number of our employees who elect to participate in the ESPP and the amount of payroll deductions elected by the employees who participate, it is not possible to determine the benefits that will be received by employees if the proposed ESPP amendment is approved by the shareholders. Similarly, the Company does not know how many additional employees may have enrolled, or how many additional shares would have actually been purchased, if the Company had not limited the number of shares that could be purchased to 166 for the six-month offering periods ending in June 2014, December 2014 and June 2015.  For new offering periods that begin after the Annual Meeting, the Company has changed the limit on the number of shares that any one participant may purchase in any one offering period from 166 to 5,000 shares, contingent upon shareholders approving this ESPP proposal, and the ESPP Committee has the right (without shareholder approval) to change this limit from time to time. For these reasons, we also can’t estimate how long the shares available under the ESPP, if shareholders approve this proposal and taking into account the proposed new 5,000 share limit per participant per offering period, will allow us to continue the ESPP.

 

The closing market price of our common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market on June 30, 2015 was $1.95 per share.

 

Aggregate Past Purchases Under the 2007 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

From inception of the ESPP through June 30, 2015, an aggregate of 19,838 shares of the Company’s common stock had been purchased under the ESPP (as adjusted to reflect certain reverse stock splits occurring since the adoption of the ESPP). None of the Company’s executive officers have participated in the ESPP or purchased shares under the ESPP. The Company’s non-employee directors are not eligible to participate in the ESPP. No person has received 5% or more of the options or rights granted under the ESPP.

 

The closing market price of our common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market on June 30, 2015 was $1.95 per share.

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

For information concerning our equity compensation plans, please see “Other Information—Equity Compensation Plan Information.”

 

 

 

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PROPOSAL 4:
RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT
AUDITOR

 

Summary

 

Marcum LLP served as our independent auditor and independent registered public accounting firm for the completion of our audit for the year ended December 31, 2014. The Audit Committee has again approved the appointment of Marcum LLP as our independent auditor for the year ending December 31, 2015, and the Board has further directed that we submit the selection of independent auditor and independent registered public accounting firm for 2015 for ratification by the shareholders at the Annual Meeting.

 

Representatives of Marcum LLP will have an opportunity to make a statement if they so desire at the Annual Meeting and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.

 

Although ratification is not required by our Bylaws or otherwise, we are submitting the selection to our shareholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice and because we value our shareholders’ views. In the event the shareholders fail to ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether or not to retain that firm. Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee in its discretion may direct the appointment of a different auditor/independent accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee feels that such a change would be in our and our shareholders’ best interests.

 

Independent Auditor’s Fees and Services

 

The following table provides the aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered by our principal accountants during each of the past two fiscal years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

 

Services Rendered

 

2014

 

 

2013

 

Audit Fees(1)

 

$ 574,000

 

 

$ 530,000

 

Audit-Related Fees(2)

 

 

 

 

Tax Fees(3)

 

 

 

 

All Other Fees(4)

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Audit Fees. This category includes fees for professional services provided in conjunction with the audit of our financial statements and with the audit of management’s assessment of internal control over financial reporting and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, review of our quarterly financial statements, assistance and review of documents filed with the SEC, consents and comfort letters and attestation services provided in connection with statutory and other regulatory filings and engagements.

(2)

Audit Related Fees. This category pertains to fees for assurance and related professional services associated with due diligence related to mergers and acquisitions, consultation on accounting standards or transactions, consultation on internal control reviews and assistance with internal control reporting requirements, services related to the audit of employee benefit plans and other attestation services not required by statute or regulation.

(3)

Tax Fees. This category pertains to fees for professional services provided related to tax compliance, tax planning and tax advice.

(4)

Other Fees. There were no other fees for services not included above.

 

Pre-Approval Policy

 

Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Charter for the Audit Committee, the Audit Committee or one of its members to whom such authority may from time to time be delegated pre-approves all auditing services and non-audit services to be performed by our independent auditor and the associated fees.

 

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Vote Required and Board Recommendation

 

Ratification of the selection of Marcum LLP as our independent auditor for the year ending December 31, 2015 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of common stock voting on this Proposal 4 in person, by telephone or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions and any broker non-votes will not be counted in the ratification of the selection of our independent auditor and will have no effect on the outcome of the selection of the independent auditor.  If you do not instruct your broker on how to vote the shares in your account for this Proposal 4, brokers will be permitted to exercise their discretionary authority to vote for such proposal.

 

 

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE

RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF MARCUM LLP AS OUR

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR

 

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Report of the Audit Committee

 

The Audit Committee reviews and monitors the Company’s financial reporting process on behalf of the Board and reviews the Company’s system of internal controls. We act only in an oversight capacity, however, and it is management that has the primary responsibility for the financial statements, establishing and maintaining adequate internal controls, and the reporting process. Marcum LLP is responsible for expressing opinions on the conformity of the Company’s financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, on management’s assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting, and on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Each member of the Audit Committee is an independent director as determined by the Board, based on the NASDAQ Stock Market Rules promulgated by the NASDAQ Stock Market and the SEC’s independence requirements for members of audit committees. In addition, the Board has determined that John H. Bauer is an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined by SEC rules.

 

We operate under a written charter, a copy of which is available on the Company’s website at http://www.ctibiopharma.com. As more fully described in our charter, the purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board in its oversight and monitoring of the Company’s financial statements, internal controls and audit matters. We meet each quarter with Marcum LLP and management to review the Company’s interim financial results before the publication of the Company’s quarterly reports. Management’s and Marcum LLP’s presentations to and discussions with the Audit Committee cover various topics and events that may have significant financial impact and/or are the subject of discussions between management and the independent auditor. In accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), we are directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention, oversight and, when appropriate, replacement of our independent registered public accounting firm, including the audit fee negotiations associated with the retention of the firm. We also lead the selection of the lead audit partner, working with Marcum LLP with input from management.  

 

In accordance with existing Audit Committee policy and the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, all services to be provided by Marcum LLP are subject to pre-approval by the Audit Committee or one of its members to whom such authority may from time to time be delegated. This includes audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services. Such pre-approval relates to a particular category or group of services and is subject to a specific budget. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act prohibits an issuer from obtaining certain non-audit services from its auditing firm so as to avoid certain potential conflicts of interest; we have not in recent years obtained any of these services from Marcum LLP, and we are able to obtain such services from other service providers at competitive rates.

 

In addition, we recommend the ratification of the appointment of the independent auditor and review their proposed audit scope, approach and independence. Marcum LLP has served as our independent auditor since 2010. In determining whether to reappoint Marcum LLP, we took into consideration a number of factors, including the length of time the firm has been engaged and the knowledge the firm has of our operations, accounting policies and practices and internal control over financial reporting, the quality of our ongoing discussions with Marcum LLP and an assessment of the professional qualifications and past performance of the lead audit partner and Marcum LLP. In order to assure continuing auditor independence, we also periodically consider whether there should be a regular rotation of our independent auditor. We discussed with Marcum LLP other matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (AICPA, Professional Standards, Vol.1. AU section 380), as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3200T. In addition, we have received from, and discussed with, Marcum LLP their annual written report on their independence from us and our management, as required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent accountant’s communications with the audit committee concerning independence and discussed with the auditor whether the provision of any non-audit services provided to the Company by them during 2014 were compatible with the auditor’s independence.  Following this evaluation, we concluded that the selection of Marcum LLP as the independent auditor is in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders.  

 

We are not professional accountants or auditors and our duties are not intended to duplicate or to certify the activities of management or the independent auditors. It is not the Audit Committee’s duty to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the Company’s financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Consequently, the Audit Committee is not providing any professional certification as to the independent auditors’ work or any expert assurance as to the financial statements.

 

We have reviewed and discussed the Company’s audited financial statements with management and Marcum LLP. Management has represented to the Audit Committee that the financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

 

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Based upon the review and discussions described in this report, we recommended to the Board that the audited consolidated financial statements be included in the 2014 Annual Report for filing with the SEC.

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE

John H. Bauer (Chair)

Phillip M. Nudelman, Ph.D.

Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

 

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PROPOSAL 5:

ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Summary

 

The Company is providing its shareholders with the opportunity to cast a non-binding advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed pursuant to the SEC’s executive compensation disclosure rules and set forth in this Proxy Statement (including in the compensation tables and narratives accompanying those tables, as well as in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis”).

 

As described more fully in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” of this Proxy Statement, the objectives of our executive compensation program are to allow us to recruit and retain superior talent, to create a direct relationship between executive compensation and performance and to create proper incentives to enhance the value of the Company and reward superior performance.

 

In furtherance of these objectives, the Company’s executive compensation program includes a number of features intended to reflect best practices in the market and help ensure that the program reinforces shareholder interests by directly linking the compensation we pay our executives to our performance. These features are described in more detail in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and include the following:

·

Executives’ bonuses under our annual incentive program are principally based on the achievement of specific performance objectives established early in the fiscal year by the Compensation Committee.

·

Vesting of a significant percentage of executives’ equity awards is contingent on the achievement of specific operational and financial performance goals established by the Compensation Committee. These awards and the related performance goals are discussed in detail below.

·

In recent years, the Compensation Committee approved arrangements for each of the named executive officers that eliminated any gross-up payments for “parachute payment” taxes under Sections 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code, and approved revisions to the severance agreements with certain of our named executive officers to eliminate “walkaway” right provisions that would have permitted them to voluntarily terminate employment for any reason following a change in control and receive severance benefits. For a discussion of benefits payable to the named executive officers in connection with a termination of employment or a change in control of the Company, see “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control”.

 

In accordance with the requirements of Section 14A of the Exchange Act and the related rules of the SEC, our Board requests your advisory vote on the following resolution at the Annual Meeting:

 

RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the Company’s 2015 proxy statement pursuant to the SEC’s executive compensation disclosure rules (which disclosure includes the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables and the narrative discussion that accompanies the compensation tables), is hereby approved.

 

This vote is an advisory vote only and is not binding on the Company, the Board or the Compensation Committee, and will not be construed as overruling a decision by, or creating or implying any additional fiduciary duty for, the Board or the Compensation Committee. However, the Compensation Committee, which is responsible for designing and administering the Company’s executive compensation program, values the opinions expressed by shareholders in their vote on this Proposal 5 and will consider the outcome of the vote when making future compensation decisions for named executive officers.

 

Our current policy is to provide shareholders with an opportunity to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers every year at the annual meeting of shareholders. It is expected that the next such vote will occur at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

 

Vote Required and Board Recommendation

 

Approval of this Proposal 5 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of shares of our common stock voting on this Proposal 5 in person, by telephone or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted and will have no effect on the outcome of this Proposal 5.

 

 

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT SHAREHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL OF THE

COMPENSATION OF OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

 

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PROPOSAL 6:
APPROVAL OF THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE ANNUAL MEETING, IF NECESSARY OR
APPROPRIATE, TO SOLICIT ADDITIONAL PROXIES

 

Summary

 

If there are insufficient votes at the time of the Annual Meeting to adopt any of Proposals 1 through 5, the Board may in its discretion seek to, if necessary or appropriate, adjourn the Annual Meeting to solicit additional proxies. In that event, you will be asked to vote only upon this Proposal 6 and not on any other proposals. In this Proposal 6, we are asking the shareholders to authorize the holder of any proxy solicited by the Board to vote in favor of adjourning the Annual Meeting. If this Proposal 6 is approved, the Board may in its discretion, if necessary or appropriate, adjourn the Annual Meeting to use the additional time to solicit additional proxies in favor of any of the Proposals. Even if there are a sufficient number of votes at the time of the Annual Meeting to adopt one or more of the Proposals, the Board may in its discretion seek to, if necessary or appropriate, adjourn the Annual Meeting to solicit additional proxies for any of the Proposals for which there are insufficient votes, and the Board may do so without adopting any of the Proposals for which there are sufficient votes at the time of the Annual Meeting.

 

If it is necessary or appropriate to adjourn the Annual Meeting, no notice of the adjourned meeting is required to be given to shareholders, other than an announcement at the Annual Meeting of the time and place to which the Annual Meeting is adjourned (including publication of a notice of the adjourned meeting in an Italian newspaper), unless the Board fixes a new record date, which it must do if the Annual Meeting is adjourned to a date more than 120 days after the date fixed for the adjourned meeting. If the Board determines it is necessary or appropriate to adjourn the Annual Meeting and the record date for the Annual Meeting is changed because (i) the meeting is adjourned to a date more than 120 days after the date fixed for the adjourned meeting and/or (ii) the Board elects to change the record date, a notice of the adjourned meeting will be given to all shareholders pursuant to applicable U.S. and Italian law. At the adjourned meeting, we may transact any business which might have been transacted at the original meeting.

 

Vote Required and Board Recommendation

 

Approval of the adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies, requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of our common stock voting on this Proposal 6 in person, by telephone or by proxy at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions and any broker non-votes will not be counted in the vote required to approve adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies. If you do not instruct your broker on how to vote the shares in your account for this Proposal 6, brokers will be permitted to exercise their discretionary authority to vote for such proposal.

 

 

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR”

THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE ANNUAL MEETING, IF NECESSARY OR

APPROPRIATE, TO SOLICIT ADDITIONAL PROXIES

 

 

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

 

Executive Summary

 

Compensation Process

 

The Compensation Committee evaluates and approves our executive compensation plans, policies and programs.

 

Fiscal Year 2014 Business Highlights

 

During 2014, we were successful in advancing our product candidates in clinical trials and expanding our market reach for our commercial product, PIXUVRI. Select fiscal year 2014 highlights include the following:

·

We received a $20 million development milestone payment from Baxter in connection with the first treatment dosing of the last patient enrolled in PERSIST-1.

·

Pacritinib was granted Fast Track designation by the FDA for the treatment of intermediate and high risk myelofibrosis, including but not limited to patients with disease-related thrombocytopenia, patients experiencing treatment-emergent thrombocytopenia on other JAK2 therapy or patients who are intolerant to or whose symptoms are sub-optimally managed on other JAK2 therapy.

·

We initiated the PERSIST-2 Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating pacritinib in patients with myelofibrosis whose platelet counts are less than or equal to 100,000 per microlitre.

·

We entered into a license and collaboration agreement with Servier with regard to the development and commercialization of PIXUVRI and received an upfront payment of €14.0 million (or $17.8 million using the currency exchange rate as of the date we received the funds in October 2014).

·

We acquired worldwide licensed rights to tosedostat, which is currently being evaluated in several Phase 2 cooperative group-sponsored trials and investigator-sponsored trials for acute myeloid leukemia / myelodysplastic syndrome.

 

Compensation Structure and Emphasis on Pay-for-Performance

 

Our executive compensation program embraces a number of features intended to reflect best practices in the market and help ensure that the program reinforces shareholder interests. Such features include the following:

·

Executives' bonuses under our annual incentive program are principally based on the achievement of specific performance objectives established early in the fiscal year by the Compensation Committee.

·

Vesting of a significant percentage of executives' equity awards is contingent on the achievement of specific operational and financial performance goals established by the Compensation Committee. These awards and the related performance goals are discussed in detail below.

·

In recent years, the Compensation Committee approved arrangements for each of the named executive officers that eliminated any gross-up payments for “parachute payment” taxes under Sections 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code, and approved revisions to the severance agreements with certain of our named executive officers to eliminate “walkaway” right provisions that would have permitted them to voluntarily terminate employment for any reason following a change in control and receive severance benefits. For a discussion of benefits payable to the named executive officers in connection with a termination of employment or a change in control of the Company, see “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control”.

 

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Our executive compensation program is designed to align the compensation of our named executive officers with shareholders’ interests. To create this alignment, a significant portion of compensation is “at risk.” In this Proxy Statement, we refer to compensation as being “at risk” if it is subject to performance-based vesting criteria and/or time-based vesting criteria (whereby the awards will generally be forfeited unless the executive remains at the Company for the designated period of time), and/or the value of the award is based on our stock price. Under the program, the portion of compensation guaranteed and not at risk for any fiscal year represents only a fraction of the total potential compensation. Specifically, approximately 17% of the value of Dr. Bianco’s aggregate fiscal year 2014 compensation (reflected in the Summary Compensation Table included herein) was assured in the form of salary and perquisites/miscellaneous compensation (not at-risk pay), whereas approximately 83% of his total fiscal year 2014 compensation was “at-risk” compensation, comprised of the following components: (i) performance-based cash incentives; (ii) performance-based equity awards (the ultimate value of which is dependent upon the attainment of performance-based vesting criteria, service-based vesting criteria and our stock price); and (iii) time-based equity awards, which we consider at risk both because of time-based vesting requirements and because the value of the awards is ultimately dependent on our stock price at the time of vesting of the awards. For the other named executive officers as a group, approximately 18% of their aggregate fiscal year 2014 compensation was assured, whereas approximately 82% of their total fiscal year 2014 compensation was “at-risk.”

 

Consistent with our executive compensation program’s emphasis on pay-for-performance, and as discussed in more detail below, compensation awarded to the named executive officers for fiscal year 2014 reflected both our solid operational performance and the achievement of significant milestones.

 

Compensation Objectives and Philosophy

 

We believe that compensation of our named executive officers should encourage creation of shareholder value and achievement of strategic corporate objectives. Our intent is to align the interests of our shareholders and management by integrating compensation with our short-term and long-term corporate strategic and financial objectives. In order to attract and retain the most qualified personnel, we intend to offer a total compensation package that we believe is competitive with those offered by similar companies in the pharmaceutical industries, taking into account relative company size, performance and to a limited degree geographic location as well as individual responsibilities and performance. However, we also believe that it is important to provide executives with performance-based incentives that are tied to key corporate goals critical to our long-term success and viability.

 

2014 Named Executive Officer Pay Mix

 

The primary elements of 2014 compensation for the named executive officers included base salaries, annual cash incentives and equity incentives. The principal rationale for each is noted in the following chart:

 

Component

At Risk or  Not At Risk

Summary

Base Salary

Not At Risk

Fixed pay that is not subject to performance risk.  Primarily intended to attract and retain highly qualified executives.

Annual Cash Incentive Compensation

At Risk

Annual cash award opportunity that is principally based on corporate performance as measured against pre-established objectives. Individual performance may also be taken into account. Primarily intended to incentivize management to attain corporate objectives.

Equity Incentive Compensation

At Risk

Awards with a value determined by reference to our stock price, thus aligning executives’ interests with the interests of our shareholders. A significant portion of the executives’ equity awards is based on the achievement of pre-established objectives, further enhancing the link between pay and performance. In addition, through service-based vesting requirements for both the performance- and time-based equity awards, the awards serve as a retention incentive.

 

Consistent with our performance-based philosophy, we generally balance the total annual compensation opportunity for each of our named executive officers so that the greatest emphasis is on “at-risk” pay (annual cash incentive compensation opportunity and grant of equity incentive compensation), with the greatest portion of “at-risk” pay being in the form of equity incentive compensation in that it has a value derived from our stock price and also has a significant performance-based vesting component.

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We also provide the named executive officers with benefits that are available to most of our other employees in the United States, including a 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase plan, health and welfare programs and group life insurance and also with certain perquisites and termination of employment and change in control benefit protections. In general, these benefits, perquisites, and termination of employment and change in control benefit protections are intended to attract and retain highly qualified executives.

 

Compensation Process; Compensation Consultant

 

Effective in July 2015, the Compensation Committee has engaged Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. to provide compensation consulting services with regard to the compensation of our executive officers and directors. With respect to 2014 compensation determinations, the Compensation Committee did not retain a compensation consultant, as it did not expect to make significant changes to the executive compensation program. The Compensation Committee had retained Milliman, Inc. as a compensation consultant in prior years (most recently in 2013), as disclosed in our prior applicable definitive proxy statements on Schedule 14A. The Compensation Committee has sole authority to hire, retain and terminate the services of an independent compensation consultant to assist in its decision-making process.

 

For 2014, the Compensation Committee did not set compensation levels benchmarked relative to any specific level or percentile against any peer group data. Except as otherwise noted in this Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the Compensation Committee’s executive compensation determinations are subjective and the result of the Compensation Committee’s business judgment, which is informed by the experiences of the members of the Compensation Committee, and the analysis and input from executive compensation consultants it retains from time to time, as well as the Compensation Committee’s assessment of overall compensation trends and trends specific to the Company’s industry.  

 

Differences in compensation levels for our named executive officers are driven by the Compensation Committee’s assessment, in its judgment, of each executive’s overall responsibilities and contributions, experience and performance history and/or potential for future responsibility and promotion and awareness of compensation differentials for similar positions based on the Compensation Committee’s business experience and input from compensation consultants in prior years. The Compensation Committee also considers the recommendations of the Chief Executive Officer with respect to the compensation for each executive other than himself. The Compensation Committee does not assign a specific weight to these factors and none of these factors by itself will compel a particular compensation decision.

 

As noted above, our Chief Executive Officer makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee regarding the compensation of our executive officers. Our Chief Executive Officer also participates in the executive compensation decision-making process by presenting overall results of the Company’s performance and achievement of business objectives and goals from management’s perspective, and provides his evaluation of each executive’s individual performance. Our Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, evaluates the financial implications and affordability of the Company’s compensation program and provides input regarding the achievement of financial metrics and goals.  None of our named executive officers, however, is a member of the Compensation Committee, and the Compensation Committee has sole and final authority to determine the compensation of our named executive officers.

 

Base Salaries

 

The Compensation Committee reviewed the base salaries provided to the named executive officers in fiscal year 2013 and determined, in its judgment that they continued to be appropriate for 2014.  Accordingly, each named executive officer’s base salary rate for fiscal year 2014 continued to be the same as was in effect at the end of fiscal year 2013.

 

Annual Cash Incentive Compensation

 

Size of the Award Opportunity

 

In addition to not increasing the salaries of the named executive officers, the Compensation Committee also determined, in its judgment, not to increase the named executive officers’ maximum bonus opportunity for fiscal year 2014 above the 2013 maximum level.  Accordingly, each named executive officer’s maximum bonus opportunity for fiscal year 2014 was the same as was in effect for fiscal year 2013. The Compensation Committee determined and, relative to the fiscal year 2013 allocation, reallocated target bonus amounts based on its assessment of the goals that it believed were most important to the Company at the time the goals were set. The target and maximum bonus opportunities for each named executive officer corresponding to the performance objectives established for 2014 are presented in the table below. The determination of these target and maximum bonus levels was inherently subjective, determined by the Compensation Committee in its discretion taking into account its general assessment of each executive’s overall responsibilities and contributions and the executive’s performance history and/or potential for future responsibility and promotion, the Compensation Committee’s assessment of the potential value of the award and its judgment as to the reasonableness of the compensation opportunities provided for the executive’s particular position. The Compensation Committee believes that each named executive officer’s bonus opportunities were appropriate taking into account the performance that would be required to earn these amounts.

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Composition of the Award

 

Annual cash incentives for our named executive officers are designed to reward performance for achieving key corporate goals, which we believe when they are established should, in turn, increase shareholder value. In general, the annual incentive awards for the named executive officers are subject to achievement of performance objectives established by the Compensation Committee for the fiscal year and an evaluation by the Compensation Committee of the contributions made by individual executives during the course of the year, including both realization of performance goals and other notable achievements that may not have been contemplated at the time the original performance goals were established. Although we have adopted the framework for our annual incentive program described below, the Compensation Committee retains discretion under the program to take into account developments in our business and changes in our strategic priorities that occur during the year in determining the amounts to be awarded to our executives. No adjustments were made to the framework for the fiscal year 2014 annual cash incentives after the framework had been adopted and the goals had been set for the year.

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2014 Cash Incentive Performance Objectives

 

The Compensation Committee established the 2014 cash incentive program for our named executive officers, associated performance goals for the fiscal year and, as applicable, threshold, target and maximum bonus opportunities for each executive corresponding to those goals. The following three core elements comprised the 2014 cash incentive program, which together comprised each executive’s cash incentive opportunity: financial performance; drug development; and individual performance. The total bonus opportunity allocated to a particular element was determined based on the Compensation Committee’s view of the relative importance of that element, as well as the executive’s position and ability to affect the outcome for the particular goals for that element. As shown in the table below, the Compensation Committee ultimately determined to award cash incentives for the 2014 fiscal year to the named executive officers in the following amounts (expressed as a percentage of such officer’s base salary): Dr. Bianco - 95%; Mr. Bianco - 65%; Dr. Singer – 47.5%; and Dr. Plunkett - 67.5%.  The following table presents the approximate relative weightings of the various components for the 2014 cash incentives and the total cash incentive amounts awarded:

 

 

 

2014 Annual Cash Incentive Compensation

Performance Objectives(1)

 

Potential Bonus Percentages(2)

 

Actual Bonus

Percentage Achieved/Awarded

 

Threshold

 

Target

 

Maximum

 

 

PIXUVRI Sales Milestone(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

N/A

 

5%

 

10%

 

5%

Louis A. Bianco

 

N/A

 

5%

 

10%

 

5%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

N/A

 

2.5%

 

5%

 

2.5%

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

N/A

 

2.5%

 

5%

 

2.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Equity Raise Milestone(4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

10.0%

 

15%

 

20%

 

20%

Louis A. Bianco

 

10.0%

 

15%

 

20%

 

20%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

5.0%

 

10%

 

15%

 

15%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOB Reporting Milestone(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

N/A

 

5%

 

5%

 

0%

Louis A. Bianco

 

N/A

 

5%

 

5%

 

0%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIXUVRI Collaboration(6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

N/A

 

25%

 

25%

 

25%

Louis A. Bianco

 

N/A

 

20%

 

20%

 

20%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

N/A

 

15%

 

15%

 

15%

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

N/A

 

30%

 

30%

 

30%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERSIST-1 Enrollment Milestone(7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

N/A

 

30%

 

30%

 

30%

Louis A. Bianco

 

N/A

 

10%

 

10%

 

10%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

N/A

 

20%

 

20%

 

20%

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

N/A

 

10%

 

10%

 

10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERSIST-2 Enrollment Milestone(8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

N/A

 

20%

 

20%

 

0%

Louis A. Bianco

 

N/A

 

5%

 

5%

 

0%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

N/A

 

25%

 

25%

 

0%

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

N/A

 

5%

 

5%

 

0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Individual Performance(9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

N/A

 

5%

 

15%

 

15%

Louis A. Bianco

 

N/A

 

5%

 

10%

 

10%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

N/A

 

5%

 

10%

 

10%

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

N/A

 

5%

 

10%

 

10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

125%

 

95%

Louis A. Bianco

 

 

 

 

 

80%

 

65%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

75%

 

47.5%

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

 

75%

 

67.5%

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(1)

The Compensation Committee selected the particular financial measures because they were determined to be key indicators of Company performance, are subject to efficient and reliable tracking and monitoring and are routinely communicated to shareholders. The Compensation Committee selected the particular drug development measures because they were determined to be the key 2014 developmental goals for the Company.

(2)

The incentive opportunity for each component is expressed as a percentage of the executive’s base salary, and the relative weightings are intended as guidelines, with the Compensation Committee having final authority to determine weightings and the appropriate final bonus amounts. In some cases, the “target” and “maximum” potential bonus amounts for a particular measure are the same, reflecting that the Compensation Committee determined that this component of the opportunity would be awarded on an “all or nothing” basis, with no ability to under- or over-achieve the particular goal.

(3)

The target bonus level would be achieved if our gross sales for PIXUVRI were at least $2.5 million in any fiscal quarter in 2014 and the maximum level would be achieved if the break-even point for PIXUVRI was achieved in 2014 (“PIXUVRI Sales Milestone”). (The “break-even” point would be achieved if (i) net sales plus royalties received for PIXUVRI equaled or exceeded (ii) cost of goods sold plus royalties paid for PIXUVRI, plus operational costs (sales and marketing) for PIXUVRI.) Gross sales for PIXUVRI in the fourth quarter were $2.5 million, although we did not achieve the break-even point for PIXUVRI in 2014. Accordingly, this objective was determined to have been achieved at the target level.

(4)

The threshold bonus level would be achieved if our 2014 non-equity funds raised were at least $5 million, the target level achieved at $10 million and the maximum level would be achieved if such funds raised were at least $15 million (“Non-Equity Raise Milestone”). The upfront payment of $17.8 million (using the currency exchange rate as of the date we received the funds in October 2014) we received from our September 2014 exclusive license and collaboration agreement with Servier alone exceeded the $15 million level. Accordingly, this objective was determined to have been achieved at the maximum level.

(5)

The target/maximum award would be achieved if the Company would be able to obtain a determination by CONSOB relieving us of all supplemental reporting obligations beyond the standard requirements applicable to issuers generally (“CONSOB Reporting Milestone”). This objective was determined not to have been achieved in 2014.

(6)

The target/maximum award would be achieved if the Company would be able to consummate a global development and commercialization collaboration whereby the Company retains rights to PIXUVRI in certain European countries and the U.S. (“PIXUVRI Collaboration Milestone”). This objective was determined to have been achieved as a result of the Company’s entry into the September 2014 exclusive license and collaboration agreement with Servier.

(7)

The target/maximum award would be achieved if enrollment in the PERSIST-1 Phase 3 clinical trial for pacritinib were to be completed during fiscal year 2014 (“PERSIST-1 Enrollment Milestone”). This objective was determined to have been achieved in 2014.

(8)

The target/maximum award would be achieved if the PERSIST-2 Phase 3 clinical trial for pacritinib reached 75% completion by year-end 2014 (“PERSIST-2 Enrollment Milestone”). This objective was determined not to have been achieved.

(9)

The Compensation Committee determined that, based upon the Compensation Committee’s subjective assessment of each executive’s individual contributions during the year, he should receive the maximum pre-established amount available under his individual performance element. The key factors in the Compensation Committee’s determination were the executives’ successes in 2014 in the following areas:

·

Management of 2014 operational expenses consistent with the Board’s expectations.

·

The appreciation of our stock price during 2014 by approximately 18.6%.

·

In the case of Drs. Bianco and Plunkett, the initiation of analyst coverage by a national bank.

·

In the case of Drs. Bianco and Plunkett, the Company’s acquisition of worldwide licensed rights to tosedostat.

·

In the case of Dr. Singer, the initiation of certain investigator-sponsored trials for pacritinib and tosedostat.

 

Equity Incentive Compensation

 

The Compensation Committee awards equity incentive compensation to our executive officers to further align their interests with those of our shareholders, to provide a retention incentive over the applicable vesting period, and, in the case of equity awards with performance-based vesting requirements, to provide additional incentives to our executive officers to achieve specified corporate goals and strategic objectives. Although we have occasionally granted stock options to executives in certain circumstances in prior years, our current practice is to grant equity incentive awards to the named executive officers in the form of shares of restricted stock or units payable in stock (or payable in a number of shares, as described below, based on our issued and outstanding shares of common stock on the applicable vesting date). These awards link executives’ interests to shareholder interests during the entire period the award is outstanding, regardless of stock price volatility.

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Performance-Based Awards

 

Overview

 

In each of 2012, 2013 and 2014, each person then serving as a director or officer of the Company was granted Long-Term Performance Awards, which are payable in fully vested shares of the Company’s common stock upon the achievement of certain performance goals identified below, subject to the goal’s achievement by the applicable deadline and the share limits of the applicable Company equity plan. On January 30, 2014, the Compensation Committee extended the deadline for completion of the unvested Long-Term Performance Awards from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2016 because the Compensation Committee believed that the goals continued to be important to the Company’s long-term growth and success. In addition to approving such extension, the Compensation Committee also determined to add two new performance goals related to tosedostat as described below. The Compensation Committee determined to add the tosedostat goals to encourage and support the further development of the compound based on the results of ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials. The size of the awards related to the new goals was established by the Compensation Committee, in its judgment, to reflect the importance of the tosedostat goals to the Company balanced with the other goals applicable under the Long-Term Performance Award program and taking into account potential payment values based on the Company’s capitalization. The current performance goals for the Long-Term Performance Awards (which, for clarity, exclude the PIX MAA Authorization goal that had been achieved prior to fiscal year 2014), are as follows:

·

Completion of a Phase 3 trial for tosedostat that satisfies the primary endpoint set forth in the statistical plan then in effect (“Tosedostat Phase 3”).

·

Approval of a new drug application or a marketing authorization application for tosedostat (“Tosedostat Approval”).

·

Completion of a Phase 3 trial for pacritinib that satisfies the primary endpoint set forth in the statistical plan then in effect (“Pacritinib Phase 3”).

·

Approval of a new drug application or a marketing authorization application for pacritinib (“Pacritinib Approval”).

·

Approval of a new drug application for Opaxio (“Opaxio NDA Approval”).

·

Achievement of fiscal year sales equal to or greater than $50,000,000 with respect to any fiscal year (the “$50M Sales Goal”).

·

Achievement of fiscal year sales equal to or greater than $100,000,000 with respect to any fiscal year (the “$100M Sales Goal”).

·

Achievement of cash flow breakeven for any two consecutive fiscal quarters (the “Cash Flow Breakeven”).

·

Achievement of earnings per share in any fiscal year ending equal to or greater than $0.30 per share of common stock (the “EPS Goal”).

·

Achievement of a market capitalization goal of $1,000,000,000 based on the average of the closing prices of the common stock over a period of five consecutive trading days (the “Market Cap Goal”).

 

As stated above, each such goal is required to be satisfied between the date of grant or the more recent modification date of the applicable award and the deadline of December 31, 2016.

 

The Compensation Committee believes these awards at the grant levels identified below provide executives an appropriate level of incentives to help achieve these performance goals so as to maximize and restore shareholder value and to remain with us over a multi-year period. The Compensation Committee reviews these awards and the related performance goals annually and takes into account in establishing the performance period for the awards that the goals may not all be met within the specified period. Setting shorter performance periods gives the Compensation Committee flexibility to assess the goals in light of changes in our strategic priorities and to make changes in the goals and extend the performance period as it deems appropriate.

 

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Size of the Awards and Vesting Conditions

 

If a performance goal of the Long-Term Performance Awards is timely achieved, the number of underlying shares subject to the award that vest in connection with the attainment of such performance goal will be determined by multiplying (i) the award percentage (determined as set forth below) for that award corresponding to the particular performance goal that is achieved by (ii) the total number of outstanding shares of our common stock as of the vesting date (determined on a non-fully diluted basis), subject to the applicable share limits of our equity incentive plan then in effect. While restricted shares have been issued under our 2007 Plan with regard to the LTIP Restricted Stock, no shares have been reserved or set aside under the 2007 Plan for satisfaction of the shares underlying the LTIP RSUs. Rather, in accordance with the terms of the LTIP RSUs, shares will only be issuable under such awards to the extent that sufficient shares are available under the share limits of the applicable equity plan at the time of vesting. In the event that insufficient shares are available under our equity incentive plan at the time of vesting, the Company may elect to amend the awards to, but is not required to, settle the Long-Term Performance Awards in cash or any other asset. As discussed in Proposal 2, if shareholders approve the 2015 Plan, shares may be issued under the 2015 Plan to the extent the Long-Term Performance Awards become vested after the Annual Meeting in satisfaction of the Company’s obligations under these awards.

 

The award percentages corresponding to the various performance goals of the Long-Term Performance Awards for each of the named executive officers are set forth in the following table:

 

 

Performance Goals and Applicable Award Percentages(1)

Name

 

Pacritinib
Phase 3

 

Pacritinib
Approval

 

OPAXIO
NDA
Approval

 

$50M
Sales
Goal

 

$100M
Sales
Goal

 

Cash Flow
Breakeven

 

EPS
Goal

 

Market
Cap
Goal

 

Tosedostat
Phase 3

 

Tosedostat
Approval

 

Total

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

0.281%

 

0.563%

 

0.085%

 

0.3%

 

0.6%

 

0.3%

 

0.124%

 

0.75%

 

0.281%

 

0.563%

 

3.85%

Louis A. Bianco

 

0.114%

 

0.228%

 

0.034%

 

0.122%

 

0.243%

 

0.122%

 

0.061%

 

0.305%

 

0.114%

 

0.228%

 

1.57%

Jack W. Singer, M.D.

 

0.114%

 

0.228%

 

0.034%

 

0.122%

 

0.243%

 

0.122%

 

0.061%

 

0.305%

 

0.114%

 

0.228%

 

1.57%

Matthew Plunkett, Ph.D.

 

0.084%

 

0.169%

 

0.025%

 

0.09%

 

0.18%

 

0.09%

 

0.037%

 

0.225%

 

0.084%

 

0.169%

 

1.15%

 

(1)

Percentages are stated as a percentage of the total number of outstanding shares of our common stock as of the vesting date (determined on a non-fully diluted basis).

 

A performance goal will not be considered achieved unless and until the Compensation Committee certifies that is has been achieved. If we experience a change in control, and if the award recipient is then still employed by or is providing services to us or one of our subsidiaries, then the award recipient will be entitled to receive the following vested shares, in each case subject to share availability under the applicable equity plan at the time of vesting:

·

with respect to any performance goal other than the Market Cap Goal, the full award percentage that was not otherwise achieved before the date of the change in control, as though that performance goal had been fully achieved as of the time of the change in control); and

·

with respect to the Market Cap Goal (to the extent the goal was not otherwise achieved before the date of the change in control), the full number of shares allocated to the Market Cap Goal only if our market capitalization based on the price per share of our common stock in the change in control transaction (or, if there is no such price in the transaction, the closing price of our common stock on the last trading day preceding the date of the change in control) equals or exceeds $1.0 billion. If our market capitalization is less than $1.0 billion on the date of the change in control, the recipient will not be entitled to receive or retain any of the shares allocated to the Market Cap Goal.

 

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Nature of the Awards

 

The Long-Term Performance Awards consist of a combination of restricted stock units (LTIP RSUs) and restricted stock (LTIP Restricted Stock). In approving the Long-Term Performance Awards originally effective in January 2012, the Compensation Committee determined that it would be appropriate to grant a portion of the Long-Term Performance Awards to Dr. Bianco, Mr. Bianco and Dr. Singer in the form of restricted shares issued on the effective date of grant. The Compensation Committee believed, particularly in light of the economic environment at the time, that the link between executives’ interests and shareholders’ interests would be further enhanced if the executives held restricted shares (as opposed to a right to receive shares only upon the vesting of the awards), as shares (but not units) have voting rights. The LTIP Restricted Stock awarded as to a particular performance goal above will be forfeited back to us should the applicable performance-based vesting requirement described above not be satisfied. Should a performance goal noted above be satisfied, the LTIP RSUs provide for vesting and payment in connection with the attainment of such performance goal of a number of shares of our common stock determined by multiplying (i) the award percentage (determined as set forth above) for that award corresponding to that particular performance goal by (ii) the total number of outstanding shares of our common stock as of the vesting date (determined on a non-fully diluted basis), subject to the applicable share limits of our equity incentive plan then in effect. In order to ensure that the LTIP Restricted Stock awards do not provide the executive the right to receive any shares beyond the payout levels described above, any restricted shares subject to an executive LTIP Restricted Stock award that vest in connection with the achievement of a performance goal will reduce on a share-for-share basis the number of shares that would otherwise have been delivered to that executive under his or her LTIP RSUs upon achievement of that performance goal. In addition and in furtherance of that intent, if the number of shares that would have been delivered under the executive’s LTIP RSUs on achievement of a performance goal (before taking the LTIP Restricted Stock awards into account) is less than the number of shares subject to the executive’s LTIP Restricted Stock Award that vest on achievement of that performance goal, a number of such restricted shares equal to the difference will be forfeited back to us so that the executive retains no more shares related to that particular performance goal than the number of shares that would have otherwise been deliverable with respect to that goal under the applicable award percentage. All Long-Term Performance Awards granted after the initial January 2012 tranche have been granted solely in the form of LTIP RSUs with no corresponding LTIP Restricted Stock.

 

Time-Based Restricted Stock Awards

 

On January 30, 2014, the Compensation Committee also approved awards of time-based restricted stock to each of the Company’s named executive officers. Each award vests in three equal installments over approximately fourteen months after the date of grant, subject to the executive’s continued employment with the Company through the applicable vesting date. The final tranche of these awards vested on March 21, 2015. The number of shares subject to each award was calculated as a percentage of the Company’s total outstanding shares on the grant date, with the percentage for Dr. Bianco being 0.90% and the percentage for each of the other named executive officers being 0.27%. The Compensation Committee also expressed its intent that similar grants of restricted stock awards would be made to each of the named executive officers at the beginning of 2015 at the percentage levels noted above, subject in each case to formal approval by the Compensation Committee. Consistent with the Compensation Committee’s expressed intent, such awards were approved by the Compensation Committee in January 2015. The particular award levels and vesting terms for the 2014 and 2015 time-based grants were determined by the Compensation Committee in its judgment to be appropriate to both (i) provide an added retention incentive for the executive over the vesting period and (ii) increase the executives’ respective potential ownership interests in the Company, thereby enhancing the alignment of the executives’ interests with those of shareholders.

 

Method for Determination of the Size of the Awards

 

The grant levels for the equity awards granted to each named executive officer were inherently subjective, determined by the Compensation Committee in its discretion taking into account its general assessment of each executive’s overall responsibilities and contributions and the executive’s performance history and/or potential for future responsibility and promotion, the Compensation Committee’s assessment of the potential value of the award and its judgment as to the reasonableness of the compensation opportunities provided for the executive’s particular position. The Compensation Committee believes that each named executive officer’s level of equity awards granted was appropriate taking into account, as to the Long-Term Performance Awards, the performance that would be required to satisfy applicable performance-based vesting requirements.

 

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Perquisites and Other Benefits

 

We maintain executive health programs for the benefit of the named executive officers, and these executives are also entitled to participate in our benefit programs that are available to all of our employees, including our 401(k) and employee stock purchase plan. Certain of our named executive officers are also provided supplemental life insurance benefits, tax preparation and club dues reimbursement, and are reimbursed as a perquisite for certain personal and family travel expenses.  In addition, we use a chartered aircraft from time to time for business related travel and, when space was available, certain spouses, other family members and other guests accompanied the named executive officers on such trips. In those cases, there was no additional cost to us of having additional passengers on such flights. The Company may also pay or reimburse an executive for the cost of a chartered aircraft for personal travel when the Company requires the executive to use a chartered aircraft for the travel due to security concerns. Certain executives are also provided with or reimbursed for certain security expenses. The perquisites and other benefits provided by or paid for by us for the named executive officers are identified in the footnotes to the “Summary Compensation Table” below.

 

The perquisites provided to a particular named executive officer are considered by the Compensation Committee when it makes its subjective assessment of the appropriateness of the executive’s overall compensation arrangements.

 

We provide these perquisites and other benefits as a means of providing additional compensation to our named executive officers to help retain them and, in some cases, to make certain benefits available in a convenient and efficient manner in light of the demands and time constraints imposed on our executives.

 

Post-Termination and Change in Control Benefits

 

We have certain severance and change in control arrangements in place with each of our named executive officers. The Compensation Committee believes these agreements are important in attracting and retaining key executive officers and are consistent with competitive practices.

 

Under these agreements, the executive would be entitled to termination benefits in the event of a termination of the executive’s employment by us without cause or by the executive for good reason (in each case, within the meaning of the executives’ respective employment agreement). We have determined that it is appropriate to provide each named executive officer with termination benefits under these circumstances in light of his position with us and as part of his overall compensation package, and to motivate him to operate in the best interest of the Company, rather than in a manner potentially self-serving to secure employment. Because we believe that a termination by an executive for good reason (or constructive termination) is conceptually the same as an actual termination by us without cause, we believe it is appropriate to provide termination benefits following such a constructive termination of the executive’s employment.

 

In addition, if we experience a change in control, certain outstanding equity awards will generally either become fully vested or assumed by the successor entity. The Compensation Committee approved these change in control arrangements in order to offset the uncertainty and disruption that a change in control transaction (or potential transaction) would create during such a critical time for the Company.

 

In January 2015, the Compensation Committee approved revisions to the applicable severance agreements of Mr. Bianco, Dr. Singer and Dr. Plunkett primarily in order to harmonize the terms of these agreements. In the case of Mr. Bianco and Dr. Singer, the revisions included removing a provision under which the executive could voluntarily terminate employment for any reason following a change in control and receive severance benefits (generally referred to as a “walkaway” right) and a reduction in the period for the executive to exercise stock options following certain terminations of employment. (Dr. Bianco’s employment agreement and Dr. Plunkett’s severance agreement did not, and still do not, include walkaway right provisions.) Other than these changes, the severance benefits for each executive remain the same as in effect prior to the revisions.

 

For more information regarding these arrangements, including the revisions to these arrangements approved by the Compensation Committee in January 2015, please see “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control” below.

 

Elimination of “Parachute Payments”

 

During the past few years, the Compensation Committee has approved arrangements with each of the named executive officers that eliminate the executive’s right to be reimbursed for any excise taxes imposed on his termination benefits and any other payments under Sections 280G and 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code (generally referred to as “parachute payments”).

 

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Tax Deductibility of Pay

 

Section 162(m) generally places a limit of $1,000,000 on the amount of compensation that we may deduct in any one year with respect to compensation provided to our Chief Executive Officer and certain other named executive officers. There is an exception to the $1,000,000 limitation for performance-based compensation meeting certain requirements. While the Compensation Committee has considered the limitations imposed by Section 162(m), it reserves the right to design programs that recognize a full range of performance criteria important to our success, even where the compensation paid under such programs may not be deductible. The Compensation Committee will continue to assess the tax and other consequences of our executive compensation program as part of its primary objective of ensuring that compensation paid to our named executive officers is reasonable, performance-based and consistent with our goals and the goals of our shareholders.

 

Risk Considerations

 

The Compensation Committee has reviewed our compensation programs to determine whether they encourage unnecessary or excessive risk taking and has concluded that they do not. The Compensation Committee believes that the design of our annual cash and equity incentives provides an effective and appropriate mix of incentives to help ensure our performance is focused on long-term shareholder value creation and does not encourage the taking of short-term risks at the expense of long-term results.

 

Base salaries are fixed in amount and thus do not encourage risk-taking. While the Compensation Committee considers the achievement of specific financial and operating performance goals in determining the cash bonuses to be awarded to executives under our cash incentive program, the Compensation Committee determines the actual amount of each executive’s bonus based on multiple Company and individual performance criteria as described above. The amount of such bonuses is also generally capped and represents only a portion of each individual’s overall total compensation opportunities, and we also generally have discretion to reduce bonus payments (or pay no bonus) based on individual performance and any other factors determined to be appropriate in the circumstances. Finally, a significant portion of the compensation provided to our executive officers is in the form of equity awards that further align executives’ interests with those of shareholders. The Compensation Committee believes that these awards do not encourage unnecessary or excessive risk-taking since the ultimate value of the awards is tied to our stock price.  The vesting schedules imposed on the grants also help ensure that executives always have significant value tied to long-term stock price performance. In addition, the vesting of our Long-Term Performance Awards is tied to a number of different performance objectives, so the program is not overly dependent on any one performance metric.

 

Say-on-Pay Vote

 

At our annual meeting of shareholders held in May 2014, shareholders had the opportunity to cast an advisory vote on the compensation paid to our named executive officers as disclosed in the proxy statement for that annual meeting. The proposal to approve the executives’ compensation was approved by approximately 65% of the total number of votes actually cast (disregarding abstentions and broker non-votes). The Compensation Committee believes this result affirms shareholders’ support of our approach to executive compensation generally, particularly the performance-based nature of the executive compensation program, but the Compensation Committee would like to see a greater level of support for our compensation programs. Accordingly, the Compensation Committee recently adopted an additional measure that it believes reflects best practices in executive compensation generally in eliminating certain “walkaway” rights for the applicable executive officers who had such benefits that would have permitted them to voluntarily terminate employment for any reason following a change in control and receive severance benefits, as described above. For a discussion of benefits payable to the named executive officers in connection with a termination of employment or a change in control of the Company, see “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control”. The Compensation Committee has also engaged Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., compensation consultants, to perform a comprehensive review of the compensation of our executive officers and directors. The Compensation Committee will continue to consider the opinions that shareholders express directly to the Compensation Committee or management and through say-on-pay votes.

 

Summary

 

The Compensation Committee believes that our compensation philosophy and programs are designed to foster a performance-oriented culture that aligns employees’ interests with those of our shareholders, and as such that the compensation of our executives is both appropriate and responsive to the goal of improving shareholder value.

 

The following “Compensation Committee Report” and related disclosure shall not be deemed incorporated by reference by any general statement incorporating this Proxy Statement into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Exchange Act, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate this information by reference, and shall not otherwise be deemed filed under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act.

 

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Compensation Committee Report

 

The Compensation Committee reviewed this Compensation Discussion and Analysis and discussed its contents with Company’s management. Based on this review and discussions, the Compensation Committee has recommended to the Board that this Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement.

 

Respectfully submitted by the Compensation Committee:

 

Frederick W. Telling, Ph.D., Chair

Richard L. Love

Mary O. Mundinger, DrPH

Phillip M. Nudelman, Ph.D.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

The directors listed at the end of the Compensation Committee Report above were each members of the Compensation Committee during all of fiscal year 2014. No director who served on the Compensation Committee during fiscal year 2014 is or has been an executive officer of the Company or had any relationships requiring disclosure by us under the SEC’s rules requiring disclosure of certain relationships and related-party transactions. None of our executive officers served as a director or a member of a compensation committee (or other committee serving an equivalent function) of any other entity, any executive officer of which served as a member of the Board or the Compensation Committee during fiscal year 2014.

 

Summary Compensation Table—Fiscal Years 2012-2014

 

The following table sets forth information concerning compensation for fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014 for services rendered to the Company by the Chief Executive Officer and President, the Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration and the Company’s two other executive officers. Collectively, these persons are referred to as the “named executive officers.”

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

 

 

Salary
($)

 

 

 

Bonus
($)(1)

 

 

 

Stock
Awards
($)(2)(3)

 

 

 

Option
Awards
($)(2)

 

 

 

All Other
Compensation
($)(4)

 

 

 

Total($)

 

James A. Bianco, M.D.

 

2014

 

 

 

650,000

 

 

 

617,500

 

 

 

4,937,569

 

 

 

 

 

 

473,270

 

 

 

6,678,339

 

Chief Executive Officer and President(5)

 

2013

 

 

 

650,000

 

 

 

682,500

 

 

 

1,531,763

 

 

 

712,350

 

 

 

351,034

 

 

 

3,927,647

 

 

2012

 

 

 

650,000

 

 

 

552,500

 

 

 

1,318,393

 

 

 

 

 

 

292,643

 

 

 

2,813,536

 

Louis A. Bianco

 

2014

 

 

 

360,000

 

 

 

234,000

 

 

 

1,542,615

 

 

 

 

 

 

42,299

 

 

 

2,178,914

 

Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration