Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 25, 2023



Allakos Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)






(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer
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825 Industrial Road, Suite 500


San Carlos, California



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Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: 650 597-5002



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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 25, 2023, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Allakos Inc. (the Company”), upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board, increased the authorized number of directors on the Board from eight (8) to nine (9) members and appointed Neil Graham, M.D. to the Board and to the Research and Clinical Development Committee of the Board (the “Research and Clinical Development Committee”), effective immediately. Dr. Graham will serve as a Class II director with his term expiring at the Company’s 2026 annual meeting of stockholders, or until his successor is elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. The Board has determined that Dr. Graham satisfies the applicable independence requirements of the Nasdaq Listing Rules.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Dr. Graham and any other person pursuant to which Dr. Graham was selected as a director. In addition, there are no transactions in which Dr. Graham has an interest that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Dr. Graham will receive compensation for his service pursuant to the Company’s outside director compensation policy, as amended by the Board on July 31, 2023 (the “Policy”). This includes an annual cash retainer of $55,000 (paid quarterly in arrears on a prorated basis), consisting of $47,500 per year for service as a non-employee director and $7,500 per year for service as a member of the Research and Clinical Development Committee.

Additionally, as a new non-employee director, Dr. Graham was granted on August 28, 2023, a stock option to purchase 154,786 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.83 a share, which vests as to 1/36th of the total number of shares on each monthly anniversary following the commencement of his service as a board member, subject to his continued service to the Company through such vesting dates. Additionally, under the Policy he will be eligible for equity awards on the same terms as other continuing non-employee members of the Board. The Policy provides that on the date of each annual meeting of stockholders, each non-employee director will be automatically granted a stock option to purchase shares of common stock having a fair value of $296,000, which shall vest on the earlier of (i) the one-year anniversary of such grant date or (ii) the date of the Company’s next annual meeting that occurs following such grant date, in each case subject to continued service to the Company through such date. Pursuant to the Policy, the fair value of each grant shall be based on the 30-day moving average prior to the grant date. In the event of a change in control (as defined in the Company’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan), the stock options will vest in full.

Additionally, the Company entered into an indemnification agreement with Dr. Graham in substantially the same form that the Company has entered into with each of its existing directors.

On August 30, 2023, the Company issued a press release to announce the appointment of Dr. Graham to the Board. A copy of such press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


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Press Release dated August 30, 2023.






Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).



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.




Allakos Inc.






August 30, 2023


/s/ H. Baird Radford, III




H. Baird Radford, III
Chief Financial Officer



Exhibit 99.1


Allakos Appoints Neil Graham to its Board of Directors

SAN CARLOS, Calif., August 30, 2023 – Allakos Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLK), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapeutics which target immunomodulatory receptors present on immune effector cells involved in allergy, inflammatory and proliferative diseases, today announced the appointment of Neil Graham, M.D. to the Allakos board of directors.

Dr. Graham was the Chief Medical Officer of Tiziana Life Sciences Limited and currently serves on the board of directors of Aslan Pharmaceuticals Limited, Pharmaxis Limited and Zura Bio Limited. Among other experiences, Dr. Graham was the Vice President of Strategic Program Direction, Immunology and Inflammation at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and he received his M.D. from the University of Adelaide.

About Allakos


Allakos is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing therapeutics which target immunomodulatory receptors present on immune effector cells involved in allergy, inflammatory and proliferative diseases. Activating these immunomodulatory receptors allows for the direct targeting of cells involved in disease pathogenesis and, in the setting of allergy and inflammation, has the potential to result in broad inhibition of inflammatory cells. The Company’s most advanced antibodies are lirentelimab (AK002) and AK006. Lirentelimab selectively targets both mast cells and eosinophils, two types of white blood cells that are widely distributed in the body and play a central role in the inflammatory response. Inappropriately activated mast cells and eosinophils have been identified as key drivers in a number of severe diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, eyes, skin, lungs and other organs. AK006 targets Siglec-6, an inhibitory receptor expressed selectively on mast cells. In pre-clinical studies, AK006 appears to provide deeper mast cell inhibition than lirentelimab and, in addition to its inhibitory activity, reduce mast cell numbers. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.allakos.com.

Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the clinical potential of Allakos’ antibodies. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from current expectations and beliefs, including but not limited to: Allakos’ stages of clinical drug development; Allakos’ ability to timely initiate and complete clinical trials for lirentelimab and AK006; Allakos’ ability to obtain required regulatory approvals for its clinical trials; uncertainties related to the enrollment of patients in its clinical trials; Allakos’ ability to demonstrate sufficient safety and efficacy of its product candidates in its clinical trials; uncertainties related to the success of clinical trials, regardless of the outcomes of preclinical testing or early-stage trials; Allakos’ ability to obtain regulatory approvals to market its product candidates; market acceptance of Allakos’ product candidates; uncertainties related to the projections of the size of patient populations suffering from the diseases Allakos is targeting; Allakos’ ability to advance additional product candidates beyond lirentelimab; Allakos’ ability to obtain additional capital to finance its operations, research and drug development; general economic and market conditions, both domestic and international; domestic and international regulatory obligations; and other risks. Information regarding the foregoing and additional risks may be found in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in documents that Allakos files from time to time to with the SEC. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for Allakos to differ materially from those contained in Allakos’ forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Allakos specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Allakos’ views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.




Source: Allakos Inc.


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