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): February 17, 2020


Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Bermuda   001-37418   98-1333697
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
of incorporation)        


Suite 1, 3rd Floor
11-12 St. James’s Square
London, United Kingdom

  SW1Y 4LB
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: +44 203 997 8931


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Shares, $0.00001 par value per share AXGT The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


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Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


Resignation of Director


On February 17, 2020, each of George Bickerstaff and Myrtle S. Potter resigned from the Board of Directors, or the Board, of Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd. and all committees of the Board on which he or she then served. Neither individual’s decision to resign was as a result of any disagreement with us on any matter relating to our operations, policies or practices.


In recognition of their service to our company, all unvested common shares subject to options held by Mr. Bickerstaff and Ms. Potter fully vested upon their resignation and will be exercisable through August 17, 2021. As of February 17, 2020, each of Mr. Bickerstaff and Ms. Potter held options to purchase 50,625 common shares.


In connection with his resignation, Mr. Bickerstaff will also receive a cash payment of $41,239, which represents the aggregate of the annual cash retainers for his service as a director and as a member of the audit committee and compensation committee of the Board, each pro-rated through August 2020.


Appointment of Director


On February 17, 2020, the Board appointed Eric Venker, M.D., Pharm.D. to serve as a director, filling one of the newly created vacancies on the Board. Following the resignations of Mr. Bickerstaff and Ms. Potter, and the appointment of Dr. Venker, the authorized size of the Board was reduced to seven members.


There is no arrangement or understanding between Dr. Venker and any other person pursuant to which he was selected as a director, and there is no family relationship between Dr. Venker and any of our other directors or executive officers. Dr. Venker is not a party to any current or proposed transaction with us for which disclosure is required under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Dr. Venker, age 33, has served as Chief Operating Officer of Roivant Sciences, Inc., or RSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Roivant Sciences Ltd., since November 2018. From October 2017 to October 2018, he served as Chief of Staff to RSI’s Chief Executive Officer, and from 2014 to 2015 as an Analyst at RSI. From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Venker was a physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, where he trained in internal medicine, and also served as Chair of the Housestaff Quality Council leading operational initiatives to improve efficiencies. From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Venker was a Clinical Pharmacist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Venker also serves on the boards of directors of Arbutus Biopharma Corporation and Immunovant, Inc. He received his Pharm.D. from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his M.D. from Yale School of Medicine. We believe that Dr. Venker’s medical background and experience in the biopharmaceutical industry qualify him to serve on the Board.


We do not currently expect to compensate Dr. Venker for his service on our Board or committees thereof, other than for reimbursement of out of pocket expenses incurred in the course of his service.


We expect to enter into our standard indemnification agreement for directors with Dr. Venker, the form of which was previously filed as Exhibit 10.4 to our Registration Statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-204073), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 22, 2015.







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: February 19, 2020

  By: /s/ David Nassif
    David Nassif
    Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer