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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 15, 2018
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Departure of Chief Operating Officer
On August 15, 2018 (the “Separation Date”), Evolus, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the departure of J. Christopher Marmo, Ph.D. from his role as the Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective as of that date. Dr. Marmo’s departure was not the result of any disagreement with the Company, ALPHAEON, the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) or management, or any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.
Dr. Marmo had an employment agreement (the “Marmo Employment Agreement”) with ALPHAEON Corporation (“ALPHAEON”), the Company’s controlling stockholder. Prior to the Separation Date, Dr. Marmo dedicated all of his time to the Company. ALPHAEON compensated Dr. Marmo for his time dedicated to the Company pursuant to the Marmo Employment Agreement and the Company reimbursed ALPHAEON for such expenses at cost.
Pursuant to the Marmo Employment Agreement, Dr. Marmo is entitled, subject to certain conditions including signing and not revoking a release of claims, to receive the following severance payments, which are expected to be payable by ALPHAEON and reimbursable by the Company: (i) six months of base salary, which will be paid periodically pursuant to ALPHAEON’s regularly scheduled pay periods and subject to customary payroll deductions, (ii) a lump sum cash payment of $190,096.96 (representing a prorated portion of Dr. Marmo’s 2018 annual cash bonus for the year ended December 31, 2018 assuming all applicable performance metrics and objectives have been obtained, pro rated as of the Separation Date), which will be paid no later than March 15, 2019 and subject to customary payroll deductions and (iii) the continued provision of health benefits through the end of the six-month anniversary of the Separation Date.
ALPHAEON and the Company intend to enter into a separation and release agreement with Dr. Marmo to reflect his entitlement to certain benefits under the Marmo Employment Agreement.
Expansion of Chief Medical Officer’s Role to Head of Research & Development and Entry into Employment Agreement
On August 15, 2018, the Board expanded the role of Rui Avelar, M.D., currently the Company’s Chief Medical Officer, and appointed him Head of Research & Development, effective as of that date. Dr. Avelar will retain his title and responsibilities as Chief Medical Officer as his role expands to lead the Company’s research and development initiatives.
On the same date as Dr. Avelar’s appointment as Head of Research & Development of the Company, Dr. Avelar entered into an employment agreement with the Company (the “Avelar Employment Agreement”) which amended and restated the terms of his employment set forth in a Transfer Letter dated as of January 22, 2018 by and between the Company and Dr. Avelar. Among other things, the Avelar Employment Agreement changes Dr. Avelar’s title from Chief Medical Officer to Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research & Development, incorporates the increase in his base salary to $400,000, and provides for an annual incentive bonus, as determined by the Board in its reasonable discretion, equal to 40% of his base salary based on 100% achievement of key performance indicators for Dr. Avelar and the Company as determined by the Board in its sole discretion and communicated to Dr. Avelar (the “Annual Bonus”).
The Avelar Employment Agreement also provides, in the event that, other than during the time period within 12 months after a Change in Control (as defined in the Company’s 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan), the Company terminates his employment without Cause (as defined in the Avelar Employment Agreement), or he resigns from his employment for Good Reason (as defined in the Avelar Employment Agreement) and he enters into a release as set forth therein, Dr. Avelar will be entitled to (i) salary and benefits continuation for a period of 6 months and (ii) a pro-rata share of the Annual Bonus. In the event that the Company terminates his employment without Cause or he resigns for Good Reason and he enters into a release as set forth therein, within 12 months after a Change in Control, then Dr. Avelar will be entitled to (i) a lump sum cash severance payment equal to 12 months of base salary and (ii) a pro-rata share of the Annual Bonus.
The foregoing description of the terms of the Avelar Employment Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete Avelar Employment Agreement, a copy of which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On August 15, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing certain of the matters described in Item 5.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K. A copy of the press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
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.
Dated: August 17, 2018
/s/ David Moatazedi
President and Chief Executive Officer
Evolus Expands Role of Chief Medical Officer Rui Avelar, MD with Appointment as Head of R&D
Irvine, Calif., August 15, 2018 - Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS), a company dedicated to aesthetic medicine, today announced the appointment of Chief Medical Officer Rui Avelar, MD, as Head of Research & Development (“R&D”), effective immediately. Dr. Avelar will retain his title and responsibilities as Chief Medical Officer as his role expands to lead the Company’s R&D initiatives.
David Moatazedi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Evolus, commented, “I am pleased to announce the expansion of Rui’s responsibilities. Rui has extensive experience in developing medical aesthetic products covering both devices and pharmaceuticals. His wide breadth of clinical expertise as a physician along with his depth of knowledge surrounding the aesthetic category will further position Evolus to continue to drive innovation in the category. Most recently, our R&D team refiled our Biologics License Application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ahead of our planned timeline and I am confident that Rui’s contributions will continue to allow us to deliver on future projects as we look to grow our R&D portfolio.”
Dr. Avelar’s appointment is concurrent with the transition of Evolus founder J. Christopher Marmo, Ph.D., out of Evolus from his role as Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Marmo was previously responsible for leading the Company’s R&D team.
About Evolus, Inc.
Evolus is a company dedicated to aesthetic medicine focused on providing physicians and their patients with expanded choices in aesthetic treatments and procedures. Evolus’ lead candidate DWP-450, also known by the chemical name prabotulinumtoxinA, is a 900 kDa purified botulinum toxin type A complex that is being evaluated for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines in adult patients.
Statements made in this press release that relate to future plans, events, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including statements containing the words “planned,” “expect,” “believes,” “strategy,” “opportunity,” “anticipates,” “outlook,” “designed,” and similar words. While these forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and beliefs of management, such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in this press release, including the risks and uncertainties disclosed in Evolus’ periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including factors described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017; its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter ended June 30, 2018, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2018, May 10, 2018 and August 2, 2018, respectively, all of which are available online at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, Evolus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, changed circumstances or unanticipated events.
Brian Johnston, The Ruth Group
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Kirsten Thomas, The Ruth Group