ASSEMBLY BIOSCIENCES,INC. (NASDAQ:ASMB) Files An 8-K Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal YearItem 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
On January 24, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Assembly Biosciences, Inc. (the “Company”) amended and restated the Company’s bylaws (the “Bylaws”). The amendments took effect immediately upon approval by the Board. The amendments implement a proxy access provision and a forum selection provision.
Proxy Access (Article III, Section 16)
The amendments implement proxy access by permitting a stockholder, or a group of up to 20 stockholders, owning at least 3% of the Company’s outstanding common stock continuously for at least three years, to nominate and include in the Company’s proxy materials for an annual meeting of stockholders, director nominees constituting up to the greater of two directors or 20% of the Board (rounded down to the nearest whole number), provided that the stockholder(s) and the director nominee(s) satisfy the requirements specified in the Bylaws.
Forum Selection (Article VIII, Section 14)
The amendments provide that unless the Company consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (or, in case such court does not have jurisdiction, the Federal District Court for the District of Delaware or other competent state court of the State of Delaware) will be the sole and exclusive forum for (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of the Company, (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any director, officer or other employee of the Company to the Company or the Company’s stockholders, (iii) any action asserting a claim arising to any provision of the Delaware General Corporation Law or the Company’s certificate of incorporation or the Bylaws, or (iv) any action asserting a claim against the Company governed by the internal affairs doctrine.
In addition to the amendments described above, the amendments include various conforming, technical and other changes that do not affect the substantive rights of stockholders. The preceding description of the amendments to the Bylaws is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Bylaws attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Also on January 24, 2018, the Board authorized the filing of a Certificate of Elimination with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware to remove the Certificate of Designation of Series A Non-Voting Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series A Preferred Stock”) from the Company’s Third Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended. No shares of the Series A Preferred Stock have been outstanding since February 2014, and no shares of Series A Preferred Stock will be issued.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
ASSEMBLY BIOSCIENCES, INC. ExhibitEX-3.1 2 tv483999_ex3-1.htm EXHIBIT 3.1 Exhibit 3.1 AMENDED AND RESTATED BYLAWS OF ASSEMBLY BIOSCIENCES,…To view the full exhibit click
About ASSEMBLY BIOSCIENCES,INC. (NASDAQ:ASMB)
Assembly Biosciences, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in developing approximately two platform programs, such as a class of oral therapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and a class of oral biological therapeutics, which are designed to restore health to a dysbiotic microbiome. It has discovered various core protein Allosteric Modulators (CpAMs), which are small molecules that directly target and allosterically modulate a number of Hemoglobin C functions. The Microbiome Program consists of an integrated platform that includes a strain identification and selection process, methods for strain isolation and growth under current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) conditions, and a delivery system, GEMICEL, which allows for targeted oral delivery of live biologic and conventional therapies to the lower gastrointestinal tract. The lead program from this platform, AB-M101, is in development for the treatment of C. difficile-infections.