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): August 14, 2023
EVELO BIOSCIENCES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
of incorporation or organization)
620 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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|Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:|
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|Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share||EVLO||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
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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 August 18, 2023, Evelo Biosciences, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a letter agreement (the “Agreement”) with Balkrishan (Simba) Gill, Ph.D., the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to which Dr. Gill will be eligible to receive a cash bonus in the amount of $300,000 (the “Bonus”). The Bonus is payable to Dr. Gill in two equal installments, with the first installment payable within five (5) business days following the date of the Agreement and the second installment being payable within five (5) business days following the date that the Company has obtained top-line results from a 1/2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of EDP2939, and such results demonstrate that EDP2939 (i) met the protocol-specified primary efficacy endpoint(s); and (ii) was well-tolerated during the clinical trial, in each case as determined by the Company’s board of directors. Payment of the second installment of the Bonus is subject to Dr. Gill’s continued employment with the Company through the payment date, provided that if Dr. Gill’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause (as defined in Dr. Gill’s employment letter with the Company) prior to payment of the second installment of the Bonus and Dr. Gill timely executes and does not revoke a release of claims in favor of the Company, the Company will pay to Dr. Gill the unpaid portion of the Bonus.
In addition, the Agreement confirms, consistent with prior discussions in connection with the Company’s termination of executive severance rights in the Company’s Executive Severance Plan, and independent from any decision to award Dr. Gill the Bonus, that Dr. Gill will no longer be entitled to any severance payments or benefits under his employment letter with respect to any termination of employment with the Company.
The foregoing description of the Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Agreement, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated by reference herein.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On August 14, 2023, the Company received written notice (the “Compliance Notice”) from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) informing the Company that it has regained compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(2)(A) (“Rule 5450(b)(2)”) which requires that companies listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market maintain a minimum Market Value of Listed Securities, as defined by Nasdaq (“MVLS”), of $50 million or greater.
As previously reported, on April 25, 2023, the Company received a letter from Nasdaq indicating that, for the previous thirty consecutive business days, the Company’s MVLS had been below the $50 million minimum requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(2). In accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company had been provided an initial period of 180 calendar days from the Nasdaq notification, or until October 25, 2023, to regain compliance. To regain compliance, the Company was required to maintain an MVLS of $50 million or greater for a minimum of ten consecutive business days.
Nasdaq notified the Company in the Compliance Notice that, from July 31, 2023 to August 11, 2023, the Company’s MVLS had been $50 million or greater and, accordingly, the Company had regained compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(2) and that the matter was now closed.
Additionally, as previously reported, on July 18, 2023, the Company was notified by Nasdaq that the closing bid price of its common stock, par value $0.001 per share, had been at $1.00 per share or greater for 11 consecutive business days, from June 30, 2023 to July 17, 2023. Accordingly, the Company had regained compliance with Listing Rule 5450(a)(1) and the matter has been closed. Also as previously reported, on August 9, 2023, the Company was notified by Nasdaq that for 14 consecutive business days from July 20, 2023 to August 8, 2023, the Company’s Market Value of Publicly Held Shares, as defined by Nasdaq, had been at or above the $15 million requirement. Accordingly, the Company had regained compliance with Listing Rule 5450(b)(2)(C) and the matter has been closed.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
|EVELO BIOSCIENCES, INC.|
|Date: August 21, 2023||By:||/s/ Marella Thorell|
|Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer|
August 18, 2023
Balkrishan (Simba) Gill, Ph.D.
Evelo Biosciences, Inc. (the “Company” or “Evelo”) is pleased to inform you that you are eligible to earn a special, one-time cash bonus (the “Bonus”) in the amount of $300,000, pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this letter agreement.
Subject to the terms of this letter agreement, the Bonus will be paid to you by the Company in two equal installments, with the first installment being paid within five (5) business days following the date of this letter agreement and the second installment being paid within five (5) business days following the date that the Company has obtained top-line results from a 1/2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of EDP2939, and such results demonstrate that EDP2939 (i) met the protocol-specified primary efficacy endpoint(s); and (ii) was well-tolerated during the clinical trial, in each case as determined by the Company’s board of directors (such second installment payment date, the “Payment Date”).
Payment of the second installment of the Bonus shall be subject to your continued employment with the Company through the Payment Date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Company terminates your employment without Cause (as defined in your employment offer letter with Evelo Therapeutics, Inc. (predecessor to the Company), dated as of June 25, 2015, as amended (the “Employment Letter”)) prior to the Payment Date and you execute and deliver (and do not revoke) a general release of claims in a form provided by and satisfactory to the Company (the “Release”) that becomes effective and irrevocable within sixty (60) days following your date of termination, the Company will pay the unpaid portion of the Bonus to you in a lump sum within five (5) business days following the date the Release becomes effective and irrevocable.
The Bonus will be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other bonus or compensation that you are entitled to with respect to your employment with the Company.
For the avoidance of doubt, if your employment with the Company terminates for any reason prior to the Payment Date other than a termination of your employment by the Company without Cause, you will forfeit any right to receive the second installment of the Bonus.
Payment of the Bonus will be subject to all applicable tax and other withholdings. This letter agreement may be amended only by an instrument in writing signed by both you and an authorized officer of the Company, and any provision hereof may be waived only by an instrument in writing signed by the party against whom or which enforcement of such waiver is sought. This letter agreement does not confer upon you any right to continued employment with the Company or any of its subsidiaries or interfere in any way with the rights of the Company and its subsidiaries to terminate your employment at any time.
By signing below, you confirm and agree, consistent with prior discussions with you in connection with the Company’s termination of executive severance rights in the Company’s Executive Severance Plan, and independent from any decision to award you the Bonus, that you will no longer be entitled to any severance payments or benefits under the Employment Letter with respect to any termination of your employment with the Company.
Evelo Biosciences – 620 Memorial Drive, Suite 500, Cambridge, MA 02139
This letter agreement is binding on and is for the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators and other legal representatives. You may not assign, transfer, alienate, sell, pledge or encumber, whether voluntarily, involuntarily or by operation of law your rights under this letter agreement. This letter agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to conflict of law principles that would result in the application of any law other than the law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This letter agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any prior understandings or agreements with respect thereto. This letter agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument. A facsimile, email, .pdf or other electronic transmission of a signature shall be deemed to be and have the effect of an original signature.
Please indicate your acceptance of and agreement to the terms and conditions of this letter agreement by signing and returning a copy of this letter to the undersigned. If you have any questions or concerns about this letter, please contact Marella Thorell at [* * *].
Thank you for your hard work and commitment to the Company.
EVELO BIOSCIENCES, INC.
By: /s/ Robert Rosiello
Name: Robert Rosiello
Title: Chairman - Evelo Board of Directors
Acknowledged and agreed:
/s/ Balkrishan (Simba) Gill
Balkrishan (Simba) Gill, Ph.D.