Form 8-K












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 10, 2019



Translate Bio, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-38550   61-1807780

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

29 Hartwell Avenue

Lexington, Massachusetts

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 945-7361

Not applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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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.

(d) On April 10, 2019, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Translate Bio, Inc. (the “Company”), the Board increased the authorized number of directors constituting the Board from seven (7) to eight (8) and appointed Robert M. Plenge, M.D., Ph.D. as a director to serve on the Board, effective immediately. Dr. Plenge shall serve as a class II director to serve until the Company’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders and until his successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. Dr. Plenge will be serving on the Board as a non-employee, independent director. The Board has determined Dr. Plenge is an “independent” director under applicable U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Nasdaq Marketplace Rules.

The Board expects to appoint Dr. Plenge to one or more committees of the Board at a later date. The Company will provide the foregoing information by filing an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K after the information is determined or becomes available.

Dr. Plenge will receive compensation for his service as a non-employee director in accordance with the Company’s previously disclosed director compensation policy, including the automatic grant upon his election of a nonqualified stock option to purchase 37,800 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price equal to $12.36 per share, the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant, which option will vest and become exercisable in equal monthly installments over the next three years, subject to Dr. Plenge’s continued service. Dr. Plenge will also be entitled to receive annual cash retainers for his board and committee service and annual equity grants in accordance with the director compensation policy.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Dr. Plenge and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as a director. Dr. Plenge has no family relationships with any of the Company’s directors or executive officers. There are no transactions and no proposed transactions between Dr. Plenge and the Company that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Dr. Plenge will enter into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement. The form of the indemnification agreement was filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on June 1, 2018.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: April 10, 2019     By:  

/s/ Paul Burgess

      Paul Burgess
      Chief Legal Officer and Secretary