Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE:AXON) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE:AXON) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

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Appointment of Patrick Machado as Director

On June 1, 2017, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Axovant Sciences Ltd. (the “Company”) appointed Patrick Machado to the Board, effective as of June 15, 2017, to serve as a Class III Director with a term expiring at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. The Board appointed Mr. Machado to serve on the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Machado and any other person to which he was selected as a director, and there is no family relationship between Mr. Machado and any of the Company’s other directors or executive officers.

Mr. Machado, age 53, is a co-founder of Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and served on its board of directors from April 2014 to September 2016, when Medivation, Inc. was acquired by Pfizer, Inc. Prior to his retirement in April 2014, Mr. Machado served as Medivation’s Chief Financial Officer since its inception in September 2003 and as its Chief Business Officer since December 2009. From 1998 until 2001, Mr. Machado was employed by ProDuct Health, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel from 1998 to 2000, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 until 2002, Mr. Machado served as a consultant to Cytyc Corporation, to assist with transitional matters related to Cytyc Corporation’s acquisition of ProDuct Health, Inc. Mr. Machado has served as a member of the board of directors of Chimerix, Inc. since June 2014, Scynexis, Inc. since September 2015, Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation since August 2016, and Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. since March 2017, all of which are public pharmaceutical companies. He also serves as a director of Armaron Bio Pty Ltd. and Roivant Sciences Ltd., both of which are privately held biopharmaceutical companies. Mr. Machado received a B.A. in German and a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. The Board believes that Mr. Machado’s expertise and deep experience in business development and the pharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve on the Board.

In accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation policy, Mr. Machado will receive an annual cash retainer of $40,000 for his service as a director, as well as an additional annual cash retainer of $6,000 for his service as a member of the Compensation Committee and $5,000 for his service as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. In addition, Mr. Machado will receive an initial option grant to purchase 70,000 common shares of the Company. In accordance with the Company’s option grant policy, this grant will be made on July 17, 2017 and will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company’s common shares on the New York Stock Exchange on that date. Each of these options will vest over a period of three years, with one-third of the shares underlying the option vesting on each of the first, second and third anniversaries of the appointment date.

The Company expects to enter into its standard indemnification agreement for directors with Mr. Machado, the form of which was previously filed by the Company as Exhibit 10.4 to the Registration Statement.

Resignation of Lawrence Olanoff, M.D. and Gary Pisano, Ph.D. as Directors of the Company

On June 1, 2017, Drs. Olanoff and Pisano resigned from the Board, effective as of that date. The Compensation Committee determined to accelerate one-third of the shares underlying the initial option grant to each of Drs. Olanoff and Pisano, or 25,000 common shares for Dr. Olanoff and 31,333 common shares for Dr. Pisano. All remaining unvested common shares underlying options held by Drs. Olanoff and Pisano will be forfeited in full. Drs. Olanoff and Pisano may exercise their vested, outstanding options until the later of December 31, 2017 or as otherwise permitted under the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan.


About Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE:AXON)

Axovant Sciences Ltd., formerly Roivant Neurosciences Ltd., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing therapeutics for the treatment of dementia. The Company focuses on developing a pipeline of product candidates to address the cognitive, functional and behavioral aspects of dementia and related neurological disorders. The Company’s focus is to develop its lead product candidate, Intepirdine, which is a selective 5-hydroxytryptamine 6 (5-HT6) receptor antagonist for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). The Company also focuses on developing its second product candidate, Nelotanserin, which is a selective 5-HT2A receptor inverse agonist for the treatment of visual hallucinations in patients with DLB and rapid eye movement (REM) behavior disorder (RBD) in patients with DLB.

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