Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

05/19/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/19/2023 14:32

Material Agreement - Form 8-K

Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):May 15, 2023
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Item 1.01
Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement
Information required by Item 1.01 of Form 8-K included in Item 5.02 of this Current Report is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 1.02
Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement
Information required by Item 1.02 of Form 8-K included in Item 5.02 of this Current Report is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 5.02.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Effective as of the close of business on May 15, 2023, Mr. William K. Hornung departed Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the "Company"). Mr. Hornung had served as Diffusion's Chief Financial Officer since September 2018.
In connection with Mr. Hornung's departure, the Company entered into a separation letter agreement and release with Mr. Hornung, dated as of May 15, 2023 (the "Separation Agreement"). Pursuant to the terms of the Separation Agreement, Mr. Hornung is entitled to separation benefits in accordance with the terms of his employment agreement, including a lump-sum payment of nine months current annual base salary and a pro-rated annual cash bonus for the current calendar year based on the number of days served as Chief Financial Officer during 2023. All options to purchase the Company's common stock held by Mr. Hornung that were outstanding and vested as of his last day of employment remain exercisable for a period of three months from the date of separation, in accordance with their respective terms. In addition, Diffusion will also provide a lump-sum payment in respect of continuation health insurance coverage premiums for Mr. Hornung and his eligible dependents for a period of twelve months after the separation date.
As consideration for the separation benefits, pursuant to the Separation Agreement, Mr. Hornung has released the Company and certain related parties, including the Company's stockholders, directors, officers, and employees, from all claims and liabilities arising prior to the date of the Separation Agreement under federal and state laws and has reaffirmed the confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disparagement and certain other customary provisions in his employment agreement, which, except as described above and otherwise set forth in the Separation Agreement, terminated effective as of his separation date.
The foregoing summary of the Separation Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text thereof, which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
Item9.01 - Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits
Exhibit Number
Separation Agreement and General Release, dated May 15, 2023, by and between Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and William K. Hornung
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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.
Dated: May 19, 2023
/s/ William Elder
William Elder
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary