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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 1, 2022
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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, 2022, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Absci Corporation (the “Company”), upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board, appointed Dan Rabinovitsj to the Board effective that same date. Simultaneously with Mr. Rabinovitsj’s appointment, the size of the Board was fixed at seven (7) directors and a second director position was added among the Class II directors. Mr. Rabinovitsj will serve as a Class II director of the Company, to hold office until the Company’s 2023 annual meeting of stockholders or until his earlier resignation, death, or removal. Upon his appointment, Mr. Rabinovitsj was also appointed to serve on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.
Pursuant to the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy (as amended, the “Policy”), the Board granted Mr. Rabinovitsj an initial option to purchase 57,400 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $3.10, the closing market price on the NASDAQ Global Select Market of the Company’s common stock on November 1, 2022, the date of grant (the “Option Grant”). The Option Grant will vest in equal monthly installments over three (3) years from the date of grant, provided, however that all vesting shall cease if Mr. Rabinovitsj resigns from the Board or otherwise ceases to serve as a director, unless the Board determines that the circumstances warrant continuation of vesting. The Option Grant shall become fully vested and exercisable upon a “Sale Event” (as such term is defined in the Company’s 2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan). Mr. Rabinovitsj will also receive an annual $55,000 cash retainer for his services on the Board, the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, pursuant to the Policy.
Mr. Rabinovitsj has entered into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.8 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed on July 20, 2021. There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Rabinovitsj and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Rabinovitsj was appointed as a member of the Board. There are no family relationships between Mr. Rabinovitsj, on the one hand, and any director, executive officer or any other person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer, on the other. There are no transactions or relationships between the Company and Mr. Rabinovitsj that are reportable pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Rabinovitsj’s appointment as a director is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
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.
Date: November 2, 2022
|/s/ Sean McClain|
|Founder and CEO|
Absci Welcomes Meta Senior Executive to Board of Directors
Technology veteran Dan Rabinovitsj provides expertise in collaborating with technology partners
to catalyze innovation as Absci accelerates generative AI drug creation
VANCOUVER, Wash. and NEW YORK. November 2, 2022 -- Absci Corporation (Nasdaq: ABSI), a generative AI drug creation company, today announced Meta Connectivity VP Dan Rabinovitsj as the newest member of its Board of Directors. With three decades of leadership in scaling technologies, innovating business models and growing companies, Mr. Rabinovitsj will provide strategic insights as Absci continues to scale its unprecedented combination of AI and wet lab capabilities to help create better biologics for patients, faster.
“Absci has impressed me with their technology and data, together which have the potential to turn Absci’s bold vision into reality: to create therapeutics at a click of a button” said Dan Rabinovitsj, VP of Connectivity at Meta. “Absci stands out in a complex market with its ability to combine cutting-edge generative AI models with proprietary wet-lab capabilities for real-time validation. It’s no surprise that the company has a growing pipeline of industry-leading partnerships, and I look forward to teaming up with them to achieve their ambitious goals.”
The appointment of Mr. Rabinovitsj comes during a time of strategic evolution for Absci, which is deploying more than a decade of experience in synthetic biology to dramatically power its generative AI-powered drug creation capabilities. Mr. Rabinovitsj will join Absci’s Board of Directors following Dr. Andreas Busch’s transition from an Absci’s Board member to his current role as Absci’s Chief Innovation Officer. Dr. Busch’s track record of bringing over 10 drug candidates to market, along with Mr. Rabinovitsj’s expertise in growing and innovating business models will further strengthen Absci’s ability to deliver on its vision.
“Dan is a proven leader who has scaled technologies that take businesses to new heights and unlock new ecosystems,” said Sean McClain, Founder and CEO of Absci. “He has been a key player in helping Meta build out strategy and technology. With the convergence of the technology and biotech industries, now more than ever, Dan’s experience and insights will be invaluable in our mission to create better biologics, faster.”
Since 2018, Mr. Rabinovitsj has served as VP of Meta Connectivity, where he is focused on collaborating with industry partners to catalyze technology and business model innovations in the networking and telecommunications industries to realize both structural opex and capex reductions for service providers and performance enhancements to enable the metaverse. Prior to Meta, he served as President and COO of Ruckus Networks, where he focused on delivering high performance wireless and wired connectivity in the Enterprise and Service Provider markets. He has held executive leadership roles at Silicon Labs, NXP, Atheros and Qualcomm.
Absci is the drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning AI and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins. We built our Integrated Drug Creation™ platform to identify novel drug targets, discover optimal biotherapeutic candidates, and generate the cell lines to manufacture them in a single efficient process. Biotech and pharma innovators partner with us to create the next generation of protein-based drugs, including Bionic™ proteins containing nonstandard amino acids, and other novel drug designs that may be impossible to make with other technologies. Our goal is to enable the development of better medicines by Translating Ideas into Drugs™. For more information visit www.absci.com and follow us on social media: Twitter: @Abscibio, LinkedIn: @absci, and subscribe to our Absci YouTube channel.
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