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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): April 6, 2020


Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







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(I.R.S. Employer

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111 Oyster Point Boulevard

South San Francisco, California



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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.

Appointment of President and Chief Executive Officer

On April 14, 2020, Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that Thomas Civik joined the Company as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”), effective as of April 13, 2020 (the “Commencement Date”). Mr. Civik will serve as a Class II member of the Board, to serve until the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders or until his successor is duly elected and qualified.

Prior to joining the Company, from November 2017 until September 2019, Mr. Civik, 51, served as Chief Commercial Officer of Foundation Medicine, Inc., a genomic profiling and molecular information company, which was acquired by Roche Holdings, Inc. in 2018. From December 2000 to November 2017, Mr. Civik served in positions of increasing responsibility at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company, most recently serving as Vice President & Franchise Head leading the commercialization efforts for the Avastin®, Tarceva®, Alecensa® and Tecentriq® products. From July 1992 to December 2000, he served at Sanofi S.A., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, in sales and marketing roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Civik received an M.B.A., Business Strategy and Marketing, from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Norbert College.

There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Civik and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Civik was appointed as an officer or director of the Company. Mr. Civik has no family relationship with any director or executive officer of the Company, and there are no transactions between Mr. Civik and the Company that would require disclosure pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Compensatory Arrangements for Mr. Civik

Pursuant to the terms of a written offer letter, dated April 6, 2020, by and between the Company and Mr. Civik (the “Offer Letter”), upon the commencement of his employment, Mr. Civik will receive an annual base salary of $584,000, and Mr. Civik will be eligible to receive a target annual bonus equal to 60% of his base salary.

Pursuant to the Offer Letter, subject to the approval of the Compensation and Management Development Committee of the Board, the Company will grant to Mr. Civik (i) an option (the “Option”) to purchase 480,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Common Stock”), and (ii) 75,000 restricted shares of the Company’s Common Stock (the “Restricted Stock Award”), in each case pursuant to the Company’s 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan. The Option will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of the Common Stock on the grant date and a term of 10 years from the grant date. The Option will vest with respect to 25% of the shares subject to the Option on the first anniversary of the Commencement Date and 1/48th of the shares subject to the Option monthly thereafter, in each case, subject to Mr. Civik’s continued service to the Company on each vest date. The Restricted Stock Award will vest over three years in equal annual installments on each anniversary of the Commencement Date.

The Company will provide Mr. Civik with a lump sum payment of $325,000 in support of his relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Civik will repay to the Company the entire lump sum payment for relocation on or prior to his termination date if he voluntarily resigns his employment with the Company or if the Company terminates his employment for Cause (as defined in Section 2.3 of the Company’s Executive Severance Benefit Plan (the “ESBP”)) within two years of his date of hire.

Mr. Civik will, as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, participate as a Tier 1 Covered Employee (as defined in the ESBP) under the ESBP. A description of severance benefits payable after a termination of employment in certain circumstances is incorporated by reference to the description of the ESBP in the Company’s proxy statement for the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 3, 2020.

The foregoing descriptions of the Offer Letter and ESBP are summaries and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Offer Letter, which the Company will file as an exhibit to its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2020, and the ESBP, which is attached as Exhibit 10.33 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-36070), filed with the SEC on February 27, 2020.

A copy of the press release is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and the information contained therein is incorporated by reference into this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Resignation of Interim Chief Executive Officer

In connection with the Company’s appointment of Mr. Civik as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, William R. Ringo resigned his position as interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective upon the start of Mr. Civik’s employment on April 13, 2020. Mr. Ringo will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board. The Company expects that Mr. Ringo will continue to serve as an employee of the Company until May 31, 2020, but on a part-time schedule during this transitionary period. The Compensation and Management Development Committee of the Board is evaluating revisions to the compensation Mr. Ringo will receive during this transitionary period.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.








Press Release issued by the Company on April 14, 2020




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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.

Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc.




/s/ Francis Sarena


Francis Sarena


Chief Strategy Officer and Secretary

Dated: April 14, 2020


Exhibit 99.1



Five Prime Therapeutics Appoints Tom Civik as Chief Executive Officer

Succeeds William Ringo who will continue as Chairman

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 14, 2020-- Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FPRX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing immune modulators and precision therapies for solid tumor cancers, today announced the appointment of Thomas Civik as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the company. Mr. Civik joins Five Prime from Foundation Medicine, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer. William Ringo, who has served as interim CEO since September 2019 and as Chairman of the Board, will step down as CEO and will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to attract an oncology leader of Tom’s stature to propel Five Prime to its next level of achievement,” said William Ringo, interim Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “Having led teams through the launch, commercialization and lifecycle development of several blockbuster oncology products, including some of the most revolutionary cancer treatments and diagnostics, Tom brings leadership experience to a strong executive team that will enable Five Prime to realize its full potential. I also look forward to my continued work at Five Prime providing important continuity as I work with Tom and the Executive Team in my capacity as Chairman.”

Mr. Civik is an industry leader with more than 25 years of commercial and lifecycle management experience in the biotech, biopharma, and diagnostics sectors. At Foundation Medicine, Mr. Civik built a commercial and lifecycle management team that launched FoundationOne® CDX, the first FDA approved pan-cancer comprehensive genomic test, and FoundationOne® Liquid, a second-generation liquid biopsy test, in addition to expanding the company’s global footprint. Prior to that, Mr. Civik built a distinguished career as an oncology executive at Genentech where he commercialized new and established global brands such as Avastin®, Tarceva®, Tecentriq®, and Alecensa®.

“I’m thrilled to join this science-driven organization that has several novel products in the clinic, an impressive portfolio of compounds in preclinical development, and the financial discipline to allocate resources to the most promising opportunities,” said Tom Civik. “I consider it an honor to work in the life sciences and I’m excited to contribute to fulfilling the Five Prime mission, which is to fundamentally improve the lives of oncology patients in ways never before possible. I look forward to working with the Five Prime team, our board of directors, our advisors, and our partners to have a meaningful impact on the lives of people with cancer.”

Five Prime is focused on advancing its pipeline of proprietary programs in clinical development, novel late-stage research programs and partnered programs. The company remains on track to achieve program milestones and clinical data disclosures in 2020 that will allow the company to prioritize future pipeline investments. The company has also implemented measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of its employees and their families while still allowing the continued execution of the company’s operations and progress of its programs.

About Five Prime Therapeutics

Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. discovers and develops innovative protein therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with serious diseases. Five Prime’s product candidates have innovative mechanisms of action and address patient populations in need of better therapies. The company focuses on researching and developing immuno-oncology and targeted cancer therapies paired with companion diagnostics to identify patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment with Five Prime’s product candidates. Five Prime has entered into strategic collaborations with leading global pharmaceutical companies and has promising product candidates in clinical and preclinical development. For more information, please visit www.fiveprime.com.

Cautionary Note on Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend” and similar expressions (as well as other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Five Prime’s expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release. Each of these forward-looking statements involves risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements in this press release are discussed in Five Prime’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” contained therein. Except as required by law, Five Prime assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in expectations, even as new information becomes available.

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