SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
CURRENT REPORT Pursuant
to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 14, 2021
Bionik Laboratories Corp.
|(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
|(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
|483 Bay Street, N105
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (416) 640-7887
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol||Name of each exchange on which|
|Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Item 1.01||Entry Into A Material Definitive Agreement|
Bionik Laboratories Corp. (the “Company”) entered into a Separation Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated as of July 14, 2021, with Dr. Eric Dusseux, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to which, among other things, the Company and Dr. Dusseux agreed to end their employer-employee relationship.
Pursuant to the Agreement, Dr. Dusseux resigned from all employment and officer positions with the Company and its subsidiaries, including as a director of the Company.
The Company’s May 31, 2019 option grant to Dr. Dusseux is exercisable through, and the termination date is extended through, July 26, 2026. In addition, all other options granted to Dr. Dusseux shall continue in accordance with their terms, except that all unvested options as of the separation date have lapsed and shall not be exercisable.
The Agreement provides for customary mutual general releases and confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions. In addition, the restrictive covenants in Dr. Dusseux’s employment agreement dated September 1, 2017, as amended, shall continue in accordance with their respective terms. Except as specifically set forth in and pursuant to the Separation Agreement, the Company has no obligation to pay any other salary, wages, bonuses, commissions, incentive compensation, vacation or severance to Dr. Dusseux.
The Company shall retain certain indemnity obligations in favor of Dr. Dusseux, as specified in the Separation Agreement.
The foregoing is a brief description of the Agreement and the material terms of the Agreement and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreement.
|Item 5.02||Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers|
As of July 14, 2021, Dr. Dusseux resigned from all employment and officer positions with the Company and its subsidiaries, including as CEO and as a director of the Company. Dr. Dusseux’s resignation as a director was not due to a disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.
Rich Russo Jr., Bionik’s current Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role of Interim CEO. The Board of Directors of the Company has begun a search for Dr. Dusseux’s successor.
The information set forth in Item 1.01 is incorporated by reference into this Item 5.02.
|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure|
On July 19, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing that Dr. Dusseux has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and stepped down from the board, to pursue an opportunity outside the rehabilitation robotic device industry. Rich Russo Jr., Bionik’s current Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role of Interim CEO. The Board of Directors of the Company has begun a search for Dr. Dusseux’s successor.
A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference. The information in this report (including Exhibit 99.1) is being furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. This report will not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information herein (including Exhibit 99.1).
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||Press release, dated July 19, 2021|
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 thereunto duly authorized.
Date: July 19, 2021
|BIONIK LABORATORIES CORP.|
|By:||/s/ Richard Russo|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|