Washington, DC 20549












Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 27, 2020




Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-36020   22-3627252
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization)
File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


375 Pheasant Run

Newtown, PA 18940

(267) 759-3680

(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Registrant’s Principal Executive



Not Applicable

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




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


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share   ONTX   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Common Stock Warrants   ONTXW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company  ¨





Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.


On May 27, 2020, Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) held its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders voted on the following proposals:


Proposal 1. To elect the eight nominees named in the Company’s proxy statement to serve for one-year terms as directors of the Company, with such terms expiring as of the Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and, in each case, until a successor is elected and qualified. Each nominee for director was elected by a vote of the stockholders as follows:


Name  For   Withheld   Broker Non-Votes 
Steven M. Fruchtman   34,372,553    7,655,834    63,046,927 
Jerome E. Groopman   35,358,898    6,669,489    63,046,927 
Michael B. Hoffman   36,390,556    5,637,831    63,046,927 
James J. Marino   35,456,525    6,571,862    63,046,927 
Viren Mehta   35,561,850    6,466,537    63,046,927 
E. Premkumar Reddy   36,275,353    5,753,034    63,046,927 
Terri Shoemaker   35,991,681    6,036,706    63,046,927 
Jack E. Stover   34,946,218    7,082,169    63,046,927 


Proposal 3. To consider and vote upon an amendment and restatement of the 2018 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan, as amended and restated, to increase the number of shares available under the plan and to make certain other changes. The proposal was not approved by a vote of the stockholders as follows:


For  Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes
18,491,944  18,531,672  5,004,771  63,046,927


The final vote result for Proposal 3 differs from the preliminary vote result for Proposal 3 announced at the Annual Meeting because certain votes were cast but not tabulated at the closing of the polls for Proposal 3.


Proposal 4. To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers. The proposal was approved by a vote of the stockholders as follows:


For  Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes
19,494,712  18,719,553  3,814,122  63,046,927



Proposal 5. To ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020. The proposal was approved by a vote of the stockholders as follows:


For  Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes
89,588,775  9,298,258  6,188,281  None


Proposal 6. To consider and vote upon a proposal to adjourn the Annual Meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in the event that there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Annual Meeting to approve the reverse stock split. The proposal was approved by a vote of the stockholders as follows:


For  Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes
54,922,674  45,499,776  4,652,864  None


With regard to Proposal 4, the Company’s Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors takes note of the results of the advisory “say-on-pay” proposal and expects to consider these results and feedback from stockholder engagement among the factors considered in connection with continuing to discharge its responsibilities in setting the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.




Item 8.01 Other Events.


With respect to Proposal 2 to consider and vote upon an amendment to the Company’s Tenth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, to combine outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock into a lesser number of outstanding shares, or a “reverse stock split”, by a ratio of not less than one-for-five and not more than one-for-twenty-five, with the exact ratio to be set within this range by the Company’s Board of Directors in its sole discretion, in accordance with Proposal 6 which was approved by the stockholders, the Annual Meeting was adjourned to June 26, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.


The adjourned Annual Meeting will be held at the same virtual meeting location, www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/ONTX2020. This will enable the Company’s stockholders of record as of the record date, which was March 30, 2020, additional time to consider and vote on Proposal 2, and enable the Company’s proxy solicitor, MacKenzie Partners, Inc., more time to assist the Company with the solicitation of stockholder votes on Proposal 2.


At the adjourned Annual Meeting on June 26, 2020, stockholders will be deemed to be present in person and vote at such adjourned meeting in the same manner as disclosed in the definitive proxy statement the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2020 and mailed to the stockholders. Valid proxies submitted prior to the reconvened Annual Meeting will continue to be valid for the upcoming reconvened Annual Meeting, unless properly changed or revoked prior to votes being taken at such reconvened Annual Meeting.


The Company's Board of Directors expects to communicate with stockholders in the near future in connection with the adjourned Annual Meeting.






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: June 2, 2020 Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.
  By:  /s/ MARK GUERIN
    Name: Mark Guerin
    Title: Chief Financial Officer