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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors.
Departure of Yair Schindel, M.D. as Director
On November 24, 2020, Yair Schindel, M.D., informed the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Adicet Bio, Inc. (the “Company”) of his resignation as a member of the Board and the Audit Committee of the Board (the “Audit Committee”), effective as of November 24, 2020. There are no disagreements between Dr. Schindel and the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.
Election of Bastiano Sanna, Ph.D., as Director
On November 30, 2020, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board (the “Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee”), the Board appointed Bastiano Sanna, Ph.D. to join the Board, effective as of December 1, 2020. Dr. Sanna will serve as a Class I director until his term expires at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders at which time he will stand for election by the Company’s stockholders. The Board determined that Dr. Sanna is independent under the listing standards of Nasdaq. Dr. Sanna was also appointed to serve on the Audit Committee of the Board. The Board has determined that Dr. Sanna meets the requirements for independence of Audit Committee members under the applicable listing standards of Nasdaq and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Effective as of December 1, 2020, the Audit Committee of the Board is composed of Dr. Sanna, Jeffrey A. Chodakewitz, M.D and Steve Dubin. The composition of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee remains unchanged.
As a non-employee director, Dr. Sanna will receive cash compensation and an equity award for his Board service in accordance with the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, as amended. Dr. Sanna is not a party to any transaction with the Company that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K, and there are no arrangements or understandings between Dr. Sanna and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as a director. In addition, Dr. Sanna has entered into an indemnification agreement with the Company consistent with the form of indemnification agreement entered into between the Company and its existing non-employee directors.
On December 1, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing Dr. Sanna’s appointment to the Board. A copy of this press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this report on Form 8-K.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release issued by the Company on December 1, 2020|
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Adicet Bio, Inc.|
|Title:||President and Chief Executive Officer|
Date: December 1, 2020
Adicet Announces Appointment of Dr. Bastiano Sanna to its Board of Directors
Menlo Park, CA and Boston, MA December 1, 2020 Adicet Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACET), a biotechnology company discovering and developing first-in-class allogeneic gamma delta T cell therapies for cancer and other diseases, today announced the appointment of Bastiano Sanna, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Sanna brings significant expertise in advancing research, development and manufacturing of cell therapies. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief of Cell and Genetic Therapies at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.
Dr. Sanna brings a wealth of industry experience, most notably in the development of cell therapy, where he has established an impressive track record with the successful development of novel cell therapy treatments at Novartis, Semma Therapeutics, Magenta and Vertex, said Chen Schor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adicet. We are delighted to welcome him to Adicets board, and look forward to his contributions as we continue to advance ADI-001 into the clinic and expand our pipeline of off-the-shelf gamma delta T cell product candidates.
Adicets gamma delta T cell platform and pipeline provide a differentiated opportunity to enhance selective tumor targeting, facilitate innate and adaptive anti-tumor immune response, and improve persistence for durable activity in cancer patients, said Dr. Sanna. Im excited to be joining the Board, and look forward to helping Adicet advance its mission of delivering potentially efficacious next generation cell therapy treatments to patients with solid and hematologic tumors.
At Vertex, Dr. Sanna is responsible for advancing the research, development and manufacturing of all of Vertexs cell and genetic therapy programs. Previously, Dr. Sanna was Chief Executive Officer of Semma Therapeutics (acquired by Vertex in 2019). Under his leadership, the Company pioneered the development of cell therapy treatments for type 1 diabetes. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Magenta Therapeutics and as the Global Program Head of Stem Cell Transplant and early programs at Novartis, where he oversaw clinical, regulatory, CMC and commercial aspects of programs in bone marrow transplant and CAR-T cell therapies. Dr. Sanna holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Sassari.
About Adicet Bio, Inc.
Adicet Bio, Inc. is a biotechnology company discovering and developing allogeneic gamma delta T cell therapies for cancer and other diseases. Adicet is advancing a pipeline of off-the-shelf gamma delta T cells, engineered with chimeric antigen receptors and T cell receptor-like antibodies to enhance selective tumor targeting, facilitate innate and adaptive anti-tumor immune response, and improve persistence for durable activity in patients. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.adicetbio.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements of Adicet within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to business and operations of Adicet including, but not limited to, preclinical and clinical development of Adicets product candidates, including future plans or expectations for ADI-001 and potential therapeutic effects of ADI-001. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on managements current expectations and beliefs of future events, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the effect of COVID-19 on Adicets business and financial results, including with respect to disruptions to our clinical trials, business operations, employee hiring and retention, and ability to raise additional capital; Adicets ability to execute on its strategy; Adicets ability to meet production and product release expectations; as well as those risks and uncertainties set forth in the companys most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause Adicets actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled Risk Factors in Adicets most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the SEC, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in Adicets other filings with the SEC. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and Adicet undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.
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