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): March 25, 2014
ACELRX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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351 Galveston Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (650) 216-3500
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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 March 25, 2014, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the Company) announced the departure of Jim Welch, the Companys Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Mr. Welchs separation was not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Companys operations, policies or practices.
On March 25, 2014, the Company announced that Timothy E. Morris, age 53, has joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Morris will serve as the Companys principal financial and principal accounting officer and will succeed Jim Welch.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Morris most recently served as a Senior Vice President Finance and Global Corporate Development, Chief Financial Officer of VIVUS, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company, from November 2004 to December 2013, overseeing finance, corporate development, IT, human resources, legal, and investor relations functions. Prior to Vivus, Mr. Morris was a member of the Office of the President (August 2004 to November 2004) and Chief Financial Officer (September 2001 to November 2004) for Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development, acquisition and marketing of pharmaceutical products. Between October 2000 and September 2001, Mr. Morris was Chief Financial Officer at Interpro Business Solutions, Inc., and between October 1999 and October 2000, in a similar capacity at Utility.com, both Bay area technology companies. Between June 1995 and October 1999, Mr. Morris was Chief Financial Officer at RiboGene, Inc., a development stage pharmaceutical company. Prior to this, Mr. Morris held positions in accounting and audit functions at Glycomed, Inc and Ernst & Young. Mr. Morris graduated cum laude with a BS in Business with emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Chico, and is a Certified Public Account.
Mr. Morriss offer letter provides that he will be employed by the Company on an at will basis and will receive:
1. An initial annual base salary of $375,000;
2. An annual cash bonus targeted at 37.5% of Mr. Morriss base salary with actual bonus payments based on the achievement of corporate performance and individual performance objectives, as determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors; and
3. An option to purchase 200,000 shares of the Companys common stock, vesting over four years subject to Mr. Morriss continuous employment, with 1/4th of the shares subject to the option vesting after one year of continuous service and 1/48th of the shares vesting monthly thereafter subject to continuous service. This option will be granted with an exercise price equal to the closing price of the Companys common stock as listed on NASDAQ on the date of the grant.
Mr. Morris offer letter also provides that in the event that Mr. Morris employment is terminated by us without cause or he resigns for good reason, in each case within three months prior to or one year following a change in control of the Company, he will be entitled to base salary and health benefits continuation for a period of nine months and will be entitled to acceleration of vesting of all of his option awards. In order to receive severance benefits, he will need to sign a waiver and release of claims against the Company.
The Company also entered into a standard form of indemnification agreement with Mr. Morris (the Indemnification Agreement). The Indemnification Agreement provides, among other things, that the Company will indemnify Mr. Morris, under the circumstances and to the extent provided for therein, for certain expenses which he may be required to pay in connection with certain claims to which he may be made a party by reason of his position as an officer of the Company, and otherwise to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law and the Companys Bylaws.
The Companys standard form of indemnification agreement was previously filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Companys Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-170594), as amended, as filed on January 7, 2011, and is incorporated herein by reference.
The foregoing description of Mr. Morriss services is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of his offer letter, which will be filed as an exhibit to the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending March 31, 2014.
A copy of the Companys press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Morris is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
|99.1||Press Release dated March 25, 2014.|
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.
|Date: March 25, 2014||ACELRX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
/s/ Richard A. King
|Richard A. King|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
|99.1||Press Release dated March 25, 2014.|