Lpath (LPTN) Scientific Chief Woodnutt Resigns

October 18, 2016 4:23 PM EDT
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Lpath (NASDAQ: LPTN) disclosed the following in a U.S. SEC filing on Tuesday:

Item 5.02 - Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(b) On October 14, 2016, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Lpath, Inc. (the “Company”) accepted the resignation of Gary Woodnutt, Ph.D. as the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer, effectively immediately, in anticipation of the previously announced merger between the Company and Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. (the “Merger”). Dr. Woodnutt’s resignation will be deemed a “termination without cause” for purposes of his employment agreement with the Company. In connection with Dr. Woodnutt’s resignation, on October 14, 2016 (the “Separation Date”), the Company and Dr. Woodnutt entered into a separation agreement and general release of all claims (the “Separation Agreement”). Pursuant to the terms of the Separation Agreement, Dr. Woodnuttst will receive (i) $344,000, less applicable payroll deductions and required withholdings, representing one year of base salary, (ii) payment of 12 months of COBRA premiums, and (iii) upon closing of the Merger, will be eligible to receive a transition bonus of up to $114,000 pursuant to the Company’s executive compensation program, with the amount of such bonus subject to the discretion and approval of the Company’s Compensation Committee. Additionally, (i) certain of Dr. Woodnutt’s unvested stock options totaling 13,467 options will immediately vest in full and Dr. Woodnutt will have until October 14, 2017 to exercise such options, and (ii) Dr. Woodnutt’s 1,339 unvested restricted stock units will immediately vest in full. As part of the Separation Agreement, Dr. Woodnutt agreed to a general release of all claims. The description of the Separation Agreement set forth above does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Separation Agreement attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

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