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Washington, D.C. 20549

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): August 12, 2019

Dynavax Technologies Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Commission File Number: 001-34207




(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2100 Powell StreetSuite 900

EmeryvilleCA 94608

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(510) 848-5100

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

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Common Stock, $0.001 par value




The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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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

On August 12, 2019, the board of directors (the “Board”) of Dynavax Technologies Corporation (the “Company”) appointed Andrew A. F. Hack, M.D., Ph.D., to serve as a Class I Director, to serve until the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. It has not yet been determined on which committees of the Board Dr. Hack will serve.

Pursuant to the Company’s non-employee director compensation policy, upon his appointment Dr. Hack automatically was granted an option to purchase 15,000 shares of the Company’s common stock under the Company’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan, with an exercise price equal to $3.36 per share, which is equal to the closing price of the Company’s Common Stock on August 12, 2019, as reported on the Nasdaq Capital Market.  The option vests over three years in equal annual installments on the anniversary of the grant date.  Dr. Hack will also receive an annual cash retainer of $40,000.

The Company will enter into its standard form of indemnification agreement (the “Indemnity Agreement”) with Dr. Hack. The Indemnity Agreement provides, among other things, that the Company will indemnify Dr. Hack, under the circumstances and to the extent provided therein, for certain expenses which he may be required to pay in connection with certain claims to which he may be made a party by reason of his service to the Company as a director, and otherwise to the fullest extent under applicable law.




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 hereunto duly authorized.



Dynavax Technologies Corporation




Date: August 15, 2019





Steven N. Gersten



Senior Vice President