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Form 10-Q IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS For: Mar 31

May 5, 2021 2:59 PM EDT

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Exhibit 10.1

CERTAIN IDENTIFIED INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THIS EXHIBIT BECAUSE IT IS BOTH (I) NOT MATERIAL AND (II) WOULD BE COMPETITIVELY HARMFUL IF PUBLICLY DISCLOSED. SUCH EXLUDED INFORMATION HAS BEEN MARKED WITH "[***]".


October 21, 2020

Pfizer Inc.
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY  10017
Attention: James Rusnak, M.D., Ph.D.


Re:
AKCEA-ANGPTL3-LRx License Agreement

Dear Dr. Rusnak:

This letter agreement (“Letter Agreement”) is in reference to the License Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated October 4, 2019, by and between Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (“Akcea”) and Pfizer Inc. (“Pfizer”). Any capitalized terms not defined in this Letter Agreement will have the meanings set forth in the Agreement, unless expressly specified otherwise.

1.            Akcea’s Right to Participate in Funding of Development of the Product.  Akcea and Pfizer desire to modify Section 2.3.4 of the Agreement. Accordingly, Section 2.3.4 of the Agreement is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following provision:
 

2.3.4
Akcea’s Right to Participate in the Funding of Development of the Product. At any time beginning on the Closing Date until  [***], Akcea will have the conditional right to elect to participate in the funding of the Development of the Product with Pfizer under the Development Plan pursuant to this Section 2.3.4. If Akcea provides written notice of such election to Pfizer prior to [***] (a “Notice of Interest”), then the Parties will negotiate in good faith the terms and conditions of Akcea’s participation in the funding of the Development of the Product with Pfizer under the Development Plan for a period of [***], including certain [***] terms for [***]. If Akcea (a) gives notice that it does not wish to participate in the funding of the Development of the Product with Pfizer under the Development Plan, (b) fails to give a timely Notice of Interest, or (c) gives a timely Notice of Interest but the Parties cannot mutually agree on the terms upon which Akcea will participate in the funding of the Development of the Product with Pfizer under the Development Plan by the [***] following the delivery of such notice, then (i) Akcea’s right to participate in the funding of the Development of the Product with Pfizer under the Development Plan pursuant to this Section 2.3.4 will automatically terminate, and (ii) Pfizer will continue to be solely responsible for the Development of the Product, including all funding, in accordance with the Development Plan.
 
For purposes of this Section 2.3.4, [***].
 

October 21, 2020
Page 2
2.           This Letter Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which taken together shall be deemed to constitute one and the same agreement. The Parties agree that execution of this Letter Agreement by industry standard electronic signature software and/or by exchanging executed signature pages in .pdf format via e-mail shall have the same legal force and effect as the exchange of original signatures, and that in any proceeding arising under or related to this Letter Agreement, each Party hereby waives any right to raise any defense or waiver based upon execution of this Letter Agreement by means of such electronic signatures or maintenance of the executed agreement electronically.

3.            Except as otherwise expressly set forth in this Letter Agreement, the Agreement remains in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.

[Signature page to follow]
 

October 21, 2020
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If the terms of this Letter Agreement are acceptable, please so indicate by executing a copy of this Letter Agreement and returning it to Akcea.

Very truly yours,

AKCEA THERAPEUTICS, INC.

/s/Damien McDevitt

Damien McDevitt, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

AGREED TO AND CONFIRMED BY PFIZER INC.:

By: /s/James Rusnak
Name: James Rusnak
Title: SVP, Chief Development Officer




Exhibit 10.2

Adopted by the Board of Directors March 26, 2021

Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Ionis”) values the contributions made by its Board of Directors.  In recognition of these valuable contributions, Ionis will provide each non-employee Director with the compensation described in this policy.

Cash Compensation
 
Each non-employee Director will receive cash compensation based on his or her role on the Board and Board committees as follows:

Role
Cash Compensation
Board Member (base retainer)
$60,000(1)
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board (additional)
$40,000
Independent Lead Director (additional)
$40,000
Committee Chair (additional):

-Audit
$24,000
-Commercial Compliance
$10,000
-Compensation
$20,000
-Finance
$20,000
-Nominating, Governance and Review
$20,000
-Science/Medical
$20,000
Committee Member (additional):

-Audit
$12,000
-Commercial Compliance
$5,000
-Compensation
$10,000
-Finance
$10,000
-Nominating, Governance and Review
$10,000
-Science/Medical
 $10,000


(1)
Before March 31, 2024 this annual base cash retainer for each non-employee Director (not including fees for Non-Executive Chair, Independent Lead Director, Committee Chair or Committee Member) is limited to a maximum of $70,000 per year.

Equity Compensation

Each non-employee Director will receive an initial stock option award and restricted stock unit award upon joining the Board and an annual stock option award and restricted stock unit award for each year of continued service as follows (subject to the aggregate grant date value limit described below):

Type of Grant
Number of Shares*
Initial Stock Option Grant
24,000
Initial Restricted Stock Unit Grant
10,667
Annual Stock Option Grant
12,000
Annual Restricted Stock Unit Grant
5,333

*These equity awards are to be automatically granted pursuant to the terms of the Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Amended and Restated 2002 Non-Employee Directors Stock Option Plan as approved by our stockholders on June 4, 2020 (the “NED Plan”).  Notwithstanding the terms of the NED Plan, (1) the Compensation Committee, with input from its independent consultant, may reduce the number of shares to be automatically issued on a grant date for each such award so that the awards granted have an aggregate grant date fair value (as determined in accordance with FASB Topic ASC 718 or its successor) that is aligned with the set of peer companies the Compensation Committee uses to evaluate compensation, and (2) the initial equity awards for new directors will be adjusted downward such that they are 1.5X the annual equity awards for any given year.
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Adopted by the Board of Directors March 26, 2021

The exercise price of each stock option will be the Fair Market Value (as defined in the NED Plan) of Ionis’ common stock on the date of grant.

As set forth in the NED Plan, initial grants vest on the annual anniversary of the date of grant and annual grants vest on either (1) the annual anniversary of the date of grant, or (2) the next regularly scheduled annual meeting of stockholders, whichever occurs earlier.

While serving on the Board, each non-employee Director may not sell Ionis shares obtained pursuant to vesting of restricted stock unit awards if selling such shares would reduce the shares owned by such non-employee Director (not including stock options or unvested restricted stock units) below an amount that is equal to four times his or her annual base cash retainer.

Review of Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy

This policy will be reviewed annually by Ionis’ Compensation Committee and Board of Directors.

On at least an annual basis, Ionis will retain an independent consultant to (1) advise the Compensation Committee on recent developments and best practices concerning director compensation, and (2) compare Ionis’ director compensation levels, policies, practices, and procedures to a set of peer companies selected by the Compensation Committee with input from the independent consultant.

Ionis reserves the right to amend this compensation policy at any time so long as the issuance of the equity awards comply with the terms of the NED Plan or any successor thereto.


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EXHIBIT 31.1

CERTIFICATION

I, Brett P. Monia, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;

2.
Based on my knowledge, this quarterly report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this quarterly report;

3.
Based on my knowledge, the condensed consolidated financial statements, and other financial information included in this quarterly report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, condensed consolidated results of operations and condensed consolidated cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this quarterly report;

4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
 
 
Dated: May 5, 2021
 
 
 
/s/ BRETT P. MONIA
 
Brett P. Monia, Ph.D.
 
Chief Executive Officer
 



EXHIBIT 31.2

CERTIFICATION

I, Elizabeth L. Hougen, certify that:

1.
I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;

2.
Based on my knowledge, this quarterly report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this quarterly report;

3.
Based on my knowledge, the condensed consolidated financial statements, and other financial information included in this quarterly report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, condensed consolidated results of operations and condensed consolidated cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this quarterly report;

4.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5.
The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.


Dated: May 5, 2021
 
 
 
/s/ ELIZABETH L. HOUGEN
 
Elizabeth L. Hougen
 
Chief Financial Officer
 



Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATION

Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Brett P. Monia, the Chief Executive Officer of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (the “Company”), and Elizabeth L. Hougen, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, each hereby certifies that, to the best of his or her knowledge:

1.
The Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2021, to which this Certification is attached as Exhibit 32.1 (the “Periodic Report”), fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

2.
The information contained in the Periodic Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition of the Company at the end of the period covered by the Periodic Report and the results of operations of the Company for the period covered by the Periodic Report.


Dated: May 5, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
/s/ BRETT P. MONIA
 
/s/ ELIZABETH L. HOUGEN
Brett P. Monia, Ph.D.
 
Elizabeth L. Hougen
Chief Executive Officer
 
Chief Financial Officer

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 has been provided to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and will be retained by Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.




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