CRESTWOOD, Ky. and WALTHAM Mass., Nov. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apellis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (APLS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, today announced that the Company approved the grant of an equity award to a new employee with a grant date of November 11, 2019 as an equity inducement award outside of the Company's 2017 Stock Incentive Plan and material to the employee’s acceptance of employment with the Company. The equity award was approved on September 20, 2019, in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).
The employee received an option to purchase 80,224 shares of Apellis common stock. The option has an exercise price of $29.03 per share, which is equal to the closing price of Apellis common stock on November 11, 2019, the grant date of the option. One-fourth of the shares underlying the employee option will vest on the one year anniversary of the employee’s date of employment and thereafter 1/48th of the shares underlying the employee option will vest monthly, such that the shares underlying the option granted to the employee will be fully vested on the fourth anniversary of the employee’s date of hire, subject to the employee’s continued employment with Apellis on such vesting dates.
Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds for the treatment of a broad range of life-threatening or debilitating autoimmune diseases based upon complement immunotherapy through the inhibition of the complement system at the level of C3. Apellis is the first company to advance chronic therapy with a C3 inhibitor into clinical trials. For additional information about Apellis and APL-2, please visit http://www.apellis.com.
Apellis Forward-Looking Statement
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