SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): June 6, 2023
AKEBIA THERAPEUTICS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|Delaware|| ||001-36352|| ||20-8756903|
|(State or other jurisdiction|
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245 First Street
|(Address of principal executive offices)|| ||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 871-2098
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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|Common Stock, par value $0.00001 per share|| ||AKBA|| |
The Nasdaq Capital Market
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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.
Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) held its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on June 6, 2023 (the “Annual Meeting”). The Company’s stockholders approved the Company’s 2023 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2023 Plan”), which had previously been adopted by the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) subject to stockholder approval. The description of the 2023 Plan contained on pages 23 to 38 of the Company’s proxy statement for the Annual Meeting, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 28, 2023, is incorporated herein by reference. A complete copy of the 2023 Plan is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
At the Annual Meeting, the stockholders (i) elected three Class III directors to the Board to serve until the 2026 annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified, subject to their earlier death, resignation or removal; (ii) approved the 2023 Plan; (iii) approved, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers; and (iv) ratified the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023.
(i) The Class III directors elected to the Board, as well as the number of votes for, votes withheld and broker non-votes with respect to each of these individuals, are set forth below:
|Director||Votes For||Votes Withheld||Broker Non-Votes|
|LeAnne M. Zumwalt||60,778,528||23,736,071||38,562,661|
(ii) The proposal to approve the 2023 Plan received the following votes:
(iii) The advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers received the following votes:
(iii) The proposal to ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 received the following votes:
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
|AKEBIA THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|Date: June 8, 2023||By:|| /s/ John P. Butler|
|Name: John P. Butler|
|Title: President and Chief Executive Officer|