Forte Biosciences, Inc. (www.fortebiorx.com) (NASDAQ: FBRX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases today announced the issuance of an equity inducement award as required by the Nasdaq Stock Market Rules.
In accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4), the Compensation Committee of Forte’s Board of Directors approved the grant of an equity award to purchase 250,000 shares of common stock to Dr. Hubert Chen, M.D. as a material inducement to Dr. Chen accepting employment with the Company as Chief Scientific Officer and President, with such award vesting over four years, with twenty-five percent vesting on the one-year anniversary of the grant date and the remaining seventy-five percent vesting in equal monthly increments over the succeeding thirty-six months, subject to Dr. Chen’s continuous employment through each vesting date.
The Inducement Award was made under Forte’s 2020 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan and related award agreements and will have terms and conditions generally consistent with those of Forte’s 2021 Equity Incentive Plan.
Forte Biosciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases. Forte’s lead product, FB-102, is a proprietary molecule developed entirely and wholly-owned by Forte with broad autoimmune applications.
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