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Washington, DC 20549












Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 7, 2022




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.)


12 Penns Trail

Newtown, PA 18940
(267) 759-3680

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


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


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  o





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


On February 7, 2022, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) of Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) approved (i) stock option awards to purchase the Company’s common stock (the “Options”) and (ii) restricted stock unit awards covering the shares of the Company’s common stock (the “RSUs” and, together with the Options, the “Equity Awards”) for the Company’s employees, including each of the Company’s named executive officers, pursuant to the Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. 2021 Incentive Compensation Plan (the “2021 Plan”). In determining the number of shares subject to each named executive officer’s Equity Awards, the Compensation Committee considered recommendations from Radford, the Company’s independent compensation consultant. To support its recommendations, Radford utilized data from the Company’s peer group and competitive market survey data.


The Compensation Committee awarded the following Equity Awards to the Company’s named executive officers:


      Number of Shares underlying   Number of Shares subject to 
Executive Officer  Position  the Options   the RSUs 
Steven M Fruchtman, M.D.  President and Chief Executive Officer   191,880    63,960 
Mark Guerin  Chief Financial Officer   62,100    20,700 
Abraham N. Oler  Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel   54,050    17,633 


The Options will vest over three years, one-third on the first anniversary of the date of grant and thereafter in 24 equal monthly installments over the following two years, subject to the named executive officer’s continued employment or service through the applicable vesting dates and are in all cases subject to the terms and conditions of the Company’s form of nonqualified stock option award agreement and the 2021 Plan.


The RSUs will vest 33% on the first anniversary of the date of grant, 33% on the second anniversary of the date of grant, and 34% on the third anniversary of the date of grant, subject to the named executive officer’s continued employment or service through the applicable vesting dates and are in all cases subject to the terms and conditions of the Company’s form of restricted stock unit agreement and the 2021 Plan.


Exhibit No.   Exhibit
104   The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL.





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: February 9, 2022  Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.
  By:  /s/ MARK GUERIN
    Name: Mark Guerin
    Title: Chief Financial Officer