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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 November 1, 2023, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board (the “Nominating Committee”), appointed James P. Tursi, M.D., effective immediately, to serve as a Class I director to hold office for a term expiring at the Company’s 2026 annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders, which is the next stockholder meeting at which Class I directors will be elected. The Board also appointed Dr. Tursi to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee. The Board has determined that Dr. Tursi is independent in accordance with the listing standards of the Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC, the Company’s internal policies, and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
James P. Tursi has served as Executive Vice President – Global R&D for Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) since January 2022. From April 2020 until January 2022, Dr. Tursi served as Chief Scientific Officer US for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. From August 2018 until April 2020, Dr. Tursi served as Executive Vice President, R&D for Antares Pharma Inc. Prior to August 2018, Dr. Tursi served as Chief Medical Officer at Aralez Pharmaceuticals, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical R&D for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, and held positions of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Tursi practiced medicine and surgery for over 10 years and created a medical education company, I Will Pass®, which assisted physicians in the process of board certification. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Ursinus College; a Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Pennsylvania and performed his residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In connection with Dr. Tursi’s appointment to the Board, the Company and Dr. Tursi will enter into its standard form of indemnification agreement for directors and officers, a copy of which was previously filed as Exhibit 10.5 to the Form 8-K filed on December 31, 2019, and which is incorporated herein by reference. Pursuant to the terms of the indemnification agreement, the Company may be required, among other things, to indemnify Dr. Tursi for some expenses, including attorneys’ fees, judgments, fines and settlement amounts incurred by Dr. Tursi in any action or proceeding arising out of Dr. Tursi’s service to the Board.
There is no understanding or arrangement between Dr. Tursi and any other person pursuant to which Dr. Tursi was appointed as a director. There is no family relationship between Dr. Tursi and any director or officer of the Company, and except as stated herein, Dr. Tursi does not have any direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
In connection with Dr. Tursi’s service as a member of the Board, Dr. Tursi is entitled to receive the Company’s standard non-employee director compensation pursuant to the Company’s Amended and Restated Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, which was adopted by the Board on June 27, 2023, a copy of which was previously filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 8-K filed on June 29, 2023 (the “Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy”), and is incorporated herein by reference. Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, Dr. Tursi is entitled to receive an initial RSU Award for 25,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Initial Grant”) pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Company’s 2022 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), of which 50% will be vested as of the grant date and the other 50% will vest in two equal installments on each subsequent anniversary of the date of grant, subject to Dr. Tursi’s service to the Company through each applicable vesting date. Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, Dr. Tursi will receive a $40,000 annual cash retainer for serving as a member of the Board and a $5,000 annual cash retainer for serving as a member of the Nominating Committee, which will be pro-rated for the remainder of calendar year 2023. In the event Dr. Tursi is appointed to serve on any additional committees of the Board, Dr. Tursi will be entitled to the additional compensation for Committee service set forth in the Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy.
In accordance with the Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, Dr. Tursi will also be eligible to be granted, 30 days following the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders, an RSU Award for 12,500 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Annual Grant”). Each Annual Grant will vest upon the earlier of the one (1) year anniversary of the
grant date or the day prior to the Company’s next annual meeting occurring after the grant date, subject to Dr. Tursi’s service to the Company through the vesting date. The RSU Awards are subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan and its related agreements. Additionally, pursuant to the applicable terms and conditions of the Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, Dr. Tursi may elect to receive a restricted stock unit award in lieu of the cash compensation payable to Dr. Tursi.
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On November 6, 2023, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Tursi as a Director of the Company. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated into this Item 7.01 by reference.
The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
As a result of Dr. Tursi’s appointment to the Nominating Committee, the current composition of the Committees of the Board consists of the following:
Andrew I. Koven (Chairman of the Board)
James P. Tursi, M.D.
Jason Groves, Esq.
D. Gordon Strickland
Michael Salsbury, JD, MBA
Mark A. Glickman
* Committee Chairperson
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Date: November 6, 2023
/s/ Hyung Heon Kim
Hyung Heon Kim
President and Chief Executive Officer
NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Board of Directors with the Appointment of James P. Tursi, M.D.
BOSTON, November 6, 2023 – NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRBO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company on a quest to transform cardiometabolic diseases, today announced the appointment of James P. Tursi, M.D., a pharmaceutical industry veteran, to its Board of Directors, effective November 1, 2023. Dr. Tursi will also serve as a member of the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
“James is a proven leader, with nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry and over 30 total years of medical experience,” stated Andrew I. Koven, Chairman of NeuroBo’s Board of Directors. “Having served as both chief medical officer and chief scientific officer of a number of companies, over the years, James’ expertise will be valuable as we continue to advance the clinical development of our two unique and promising cardiometabolic assets which address the large nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and obesity markets. Specifically, we look forward to his counsel related to our development of DA-1241, a novel G-Protein-Coupled Receptor 119 (GPR119) agonist, currently in a Phase 2a clinical trial for the treatment NASH and, DA-1726, a novel oxyntomodulin (OXM) analogue that acts as a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP1R) and glucagon receptor (GCGR) dual agonist, for which we expect to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application in the coming months, with the planned initiation of a Phase 1a safety study during the first half of 2024.”
Dr. Tursi added, “I am honored to join the NeuroBo Board of Directors during such a transformative stage for the Company, especially with multiple near-term milestones on the horizon, which could meaningfully drive shareholder value going forward. As such, I look forward to working closely with the NeuroBo leadership team and my fellow Directors to maximize the potential for the Company’s next generation pharmaceuticals to treat cardiometabolic diseases.”
Dr. Tursi is currently Executive Vice President – Global Research and Development for Endo International plc, which he joined in January 2022. Previously, from April 2020 until January 2022, Dr. Tursi was Chief Scientific Officer U.S. for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. From August 2018 until April 2020, Dr. Tursi served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Research and Development for Antares Pharma Inc. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tursi was the Chief Medical Officer of Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Research and Development for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and held positions of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline plc and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Tursi practiced medicine and surgery for over 10 years and created a medical education company, I Will Pass®, which assisted physicians in the process of board certification. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Ursinus College; a Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
About NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals
NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company on a quest to transform cardiometabolic diseases. The company is currently developing DA-1241 for the treatment of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), and is developing DA-1726 for the treatment of obesity. DA-1241 is a novel G-Protein-Coupled Receptor 119 (GPR119) agonist, which promotes the release of key gut peptides GLP-1, GIP, and PYY. In preclinical studies, DA-1241 demonstrated positive effect on liver inflammation, lipid metabolism, weight loss, and glucose metabolism, reducing hepatic steatosis, hepatic inflammation, and liver fibrosis, while also improving glucose control. DA-1726 is a novel oxyntomodulin (OXM) analogue that acts as a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP1R) and glucagon receptor (GCGR) dual agonist. OXM is a naturally-occurring gut hormone that activates GLP1R and GCGR, thereby decreasing food intake while increasing energy expenditure, thus potentially
resulting in superior body weight loss compared to selective GLP1R agonists. For more information, please visit www.neurobopharma.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including without limitation, statements about the closing of the offering of securities. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this release, including, without limitation, those risks associated with our ability to execute on our commercial strategy, the timeline for regulatory submissions, regulatory steps and potential regulatory approval of our current and future product candidates, the ability to realize the benefits of the license agreement with Dong-A ST Co. Ltd., including the impact on future financial and operating results of NeuroBo; the ability to integrate the new product candidates into NeuroBo’s business in a timely and cost-efficient manner; the cooperation of our contract manufacturers, clinical study partners and others involved in the development of our current and future product candidates; our ability to initiate and complete clinical trials on a timely basis; our ability to recruit sites and subjects for our clinical trials; costs related to the license agreement, known and unknown, including costs of any litigation or regulatory actions relating to the license agreement; our ability to out-license or sell assets related to our legacy programs; changes in applicable laws or regulations; effects of changes to NeuroBo’s stock price on the terms of the license agreement and any future fundraising; and other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date when made. NeuroBo does not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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