SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 4, 2019
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGICS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(Commission File No.)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
9605 Medical Center Drive, Suite 270
Rockville, MD 20850
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (301) 417-4364
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common stock, par value $0.001 per share||SYN||NYSE American|
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On December 4, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (the “Company”) awarded Steven A. Shallcross, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, (i) a cash bonus equal to his full target bonus of 75% of his prior base salary and (ii) an option to purchase 450,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Common Stock”). The stock option granted to Mr. Shallcross has an exercise price of $0.418 per share, which is the closing price of the Common Stock on the date of the grant (December 4, 2019), vests pro rata, on a monthly basis, over 36 consecutive months and expires in seven (7) years from the date of the grant, unless terminated earlier. The stock option was granted pursuant to the Company’s 2010 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended, and the Company’s effective registration statement on Form S-8 for the 2010 Stock Incentive Plan. In addition, Mr. Shallcross’ current employment agreement with the Company, dated December 6, 2018, was amended (the “Amended Employment Agreement”) on December 5, 2019 to reflect a 3% cost of living adjustment to Mr. Shallcross’ base salary, increasing his annual base salary to $565,000. The Amended Employment Agreement is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
On December 4, 2019, the Board also granted to each non-executive member of the Board an option to purchase 250,000 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.418 per share, which options vest one third on each of one year, two year and three year anniversary of the date of grant, and expires in seven (7) years from the date of the grant, unless terminated earlier.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Amendment to Employment Agreement with Steven A. Shallcross dated December 5, 2019|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: December 5, 2019
|SYNTHETIC BIOLOGICS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Steven A. Shallcross|
|Name:||Steven A. Shallcross|
Chief Executive Officer
and Chief Financial Officer