Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARWR) today announced that as an inducement to entering into employment with the Company, on December 4, 2020, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors approved “inducement” grants to 27 new employees under Rule 5635(c)(4) of the NASDAQ Marketplace Rules. The option grants entitle employees, in aggregate, to purchase up to 145,000 shares of common stock and receive up to 96,000 restricted stock units. The strike price of the options is set at an exercise price of $65.29, the last reported closing price of the Company’s common stock on December 4, 2020, the date of grant, except for certain shares which will be priced at the last reported closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of hire of 11 new employees anticipated to be within two months of the date of the approval. The grants are outside the Company’s stockholder-approved equity incentive plans. The options vest and become exercisable over a period of four years. The RSUs vest annually over either one or four years.
About Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals develops medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them. Using a broad portfolio of RNA chemistries and efficient modes of delivery, Arrowhead therapies trigger the RNA interference mechanism to induce rapid, deep, and durable knockdown of target genes. RNA interference, or RNAi, is a mechanism present in living cells that inhibits the expression of a specific gene, thereby affecting the production of a specific protein. Arrowhead’s RNAi-based therapeutics leverage this natural pathway of gene silencing.
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