Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): February 27, 2018



Cytokinetics, Incorporated

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   000-50633   94-3291317

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


280 East Grand Avenue, South San Francisco, California   94080
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (650) 624 - 3000


Not Applicable

Former name or former address, if changed since last report



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


On February 27, 2018, the Compensation & Talent Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Committee”) of Cytokinetics, Incorporated (the “Company”) determined that the Company met 80% of its corporate goals for 2017. This determination was based on the advancement of research development candidates into IND enabling studies; regulatory, drug product manufacturing and launch readiness preparations; achieving capital acquisition goals and financial management objectives.


Also on February 27, 2018, the Committee voted to approve salary increases, payment of a cash bonus and equity awards for the Company’s named executive officers (as defined in Item 402(a)(3) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission) in connection with the performance of the Company and such officers for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. The bonus payments to the named executive officers were based on the individual executive’s performance relative to his or her specified goals, the Company’s performance relative to specified corporate goals, and other factors, including each executive’s compensation relative to the Company’s peer companies. The Committee exercised discretion in determining each individual’s overall achievement level. The salary increases for our named executive officers, which are effective as of March 1, 2018, were based on a review of each officer’s respective 2017 performance relative to both the Company’s and the individual’s goals, the role each executive is expected to play in 2018, competitive salary data provided by third-party executive compensation consultants and other factors.


The 2018 base salaries, 2018 target cash bonus amounts and cash bonus payments for 2017 performance for each of our named executive officers are listed in Exhibit 10.1 attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference.


Additional information regarding compensation of the named executive officers, including the factors considered by the Compensation Committee in determining compensation, will be included in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2017 Annual Meeting.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits




10.1   Compensation Information for the Company’s Named Executive Officers.








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.


Dated: March 1, 2018 By:

/s/ Peter S. Roddy

  Name: Peter S. Roddy
  Title: Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Exhibit 10.1

Compensation Information for the Company’s Named Executive Officers


Robert Blum, President & Chief Executive Officer: base salary $633,450; 2017 bonus award $295,200; 2018 target bonus 60% of salary.


Ching Jaw, Senior Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer: base salary $416,150; 2017 bonus award $67,650; 2018 target bonus 40% of salary.


Fady Malik, Executive Vice President, Research and Development: base salary $477,081; 2017 bonus award $150,535; 2018 target bonus 40% of salary.


Bradley Morgan, Senior Vice President, Research and Non-Clinical Development: base salary $352,460; 2017 bonus award $98,809; 2018 target bonus 35% of salary.


Andrew Wolff, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer: base salary $403,675; 2017 bonus award $100,000; 2018 target bonus 35% of salary.