Posted 04 December, 2023

Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc. appointed new CEO

CEO Change detected for ticker Nasdaq:CYCN in a 8-K filed on 04 December, 2023.

  She replaces Peter Hecht, Ph.D., who resigned on November 30, 2023 as President and Chief Executive Officer to pursue his responsibilities as President of Tisento.  

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Overview of Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc.
Health Care/Life Sciences • Biotechnology
Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of human therapeutics. Its product pipeline includes several sGC stimulators, small molecules that act synergistically with nitric oxide on sGC to boost production of cyclic guanosine monophosphate. The company was founded on September 6, 2018 and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
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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 November 30, 2023, the Board of Directors of Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc. (the "Company") unanimously elected Regina Graul Ph.D., as President of the Company, effective December 1, 2023. She replaces Peter Hecht, Ph.D., who resigned on November 30, 2023 as President and Chief Executive Officer to pursue his responsibilities as President of Tisento. Mr. Hecht will continue to both serve as a strategic consultant to the Company and as a member of the Company's Board of Directors. 

Ms. Graul most recently served as Vice President, Program Executive at EQRx, from February 2021 through November 2023, when EQRx, Inc. was acquired by Revolution Medicines. At EQRx, she led cross-functional development teams in oncology, using the latest in clinical innovation to create and deliver sustainable solutions. Previously, she served as olinciguat program lead at Cyclerion from April 2019 to February 2021, where she oversaw all aspects of olinciguat research and development. She previously served for over 15 years at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (formerly Microbia Inc.) after completing a postdoctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Rice University and her B.A. in chemistry from Saint Anselm College.

Ms. Graul employment compensation consists of a base salary of $372,000 per year, as well as certain minimum bonuses totaling up to $125,000 in the aggregate payable in two tranches in 2024, tied to continuing employment. In addition, Ms. Graul is eligible for restricted stock awards totaling up to 100,000 shares of Common Stock issuable in two equal tranches on December 1, 2023 and January 1, 2024, under the Company's 2019 Equity Incentive Plan. Each 50,000 share tranche vests as follows: 10,000 shares vest on the date of issuance with the remaining 40,000 shares vesting ratably over the 48 months following each issuance date, tied to continuing employment and other terms contained in the Company's standard form of restricted stock agreement. Ms. Graul is also entitled to severance pay of three months base salary, the payment of any unpaid portion of the guaranteed bonus payments described above if her employment is terminated without cause, and an additional three months of vesting of any then unvested shares under the then outstanding restricted stock grants. 

Ms. Graul has also entered into the Company's standard form of directors' indemnification agreement with the Company, pursuant to which the Company agrees to indemnify its officers and directors to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law and, subject to certain conditions, to advance expenses in connection with proceedings as described in the indemnification agreement.