Form 8-K





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): December 14, 2018



Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-36783   20-1450200

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2130 W. Holcombe Blvd., Ste. 800

Houston, TX

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 832-384-1100



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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 December 14, 2018, Frank B. McGuyer notified Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) of his resignation from his position as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), to be effective December 20, 2018.


Upon recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board, on December 19, 2018, the Board appointed Judith Klimovsky, M.D. as a Class II director, to be effective upon the date of Mr. McGuyer’s resignation, to serve in such capacity until the Company’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders. In connection with her appointment as a director, the Board also appointed Dr. Klimovsky to serve as a member of the Science Committee of the Board (the “Science Committee”).

Dr. Klimovsky will receive compensation for her service as a director and Science Committee member in accordance with the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy (the “Compensation Policy”). The Compensation Policy provides for annual cash compensation of $40,000 for service on the Board and $5,000 for service on the Science Committee, payable in equal quarterly installments, and prorated based on days served in the applicable fiscal year. Dr. Klimovsky will also receive an additional per-meeting attendance fee of $1,000, not to exceed $7,000 annually, for each Science Committee meeting held in excess of five meetings per year. Pursuant to the Compensation Policy, on December 20, 2018, Dr. Klimovsky will be granted a stock option to purchase 50,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, which will vest in equal monthly installments over a three year period, and a separate stock option to purchase 12,500 shares of the Company’s common stock, which will vest in equal monthly installments until the date of the Company’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders. In addition, Dr. Klimovsky will enter into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement for its directors and executive officers.

There is no arrangement or understanding between Dr. Klimovsky and any other person pursuant to which Dr. Klimovsky was appointed as a director. There are no transactions between the Company and Dr. Klimovsky that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933.


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.


    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dated: December 19, 2018     By:  

/s/ Richard A. Fair

      Richard A. Fair
      Chief Executive Officer