HAYWARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pulse Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLSE), a medical technology company developing a proprietary therapeutic tissue treatment based on its Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) platform, today announced that the Compensation Committee of the company’s Board of Directors granted non-qualified stock options covering an aggregate of 300,000 shares of Pulse Biosciences common stock to one new employee under the Pulse Biosciences 2017 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan on April 16, 2018.
The 2017 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan is used exclusively to grant equity awards to individuals who were not previously an employee or non-employee director of Pulse Biosciences as an inducement material to such individual's entering into employment with Pulse Biosciences in accordance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5635(c)(4).
The options have an exercise price of $19.35 per share, which is equal to the closing price of Pulse Biosciences common stock on April 16, 2018. 150,000 shares underlying the option grant will vest and become exercisable as to 25% of the shares on the first anniversary of the recipient’s start date, and will vest and become exercisable as to the remaining 75% of the shares in 36 equal monthly installments following the first anniversary of the recipient’s start date, subject to the recipient’s continued employment with Pulse Biosciences on these vesting dates. The remaining 150,000 shares underlying the option grant will vest and become exercisable upon the achievement of certain performance objectives, with vesting targets of no less than 25% per year upon achievement of the performance objectives established each year in good faith by the Compensation Committee of the company’s board of directors. The options are subject to the terms and conditions of the 2017 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan and the award agreements entered into with each recipient.
About Pulse Biosciences
Pulse Biosciences is a clinical stage electroceutical, an electrical energy based therapeutic, company pursuing commercial applications of its proprietary Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) technology. NPS is a non-thermal, precise, focal, drug-free tissue treatment technology utilizing nanosecond (billionth of a second) range pulsed electric fields that directly affect the cell membrane and intracellular structures and initiates programmed cell death in treated cells. The unique ability of NPS to initiate cell death has the potential to significantly benefit patients in a wide variety of medical applications including applications in immuno-oncology and dermatology, and other potential applications we may pursue in the future. The initiation of programmed cell death by NPS results in a minimal inflammatory response, which improves healing outcomes and supports the replacement of treated tissue cells with healthy tissue cells. In cancerous lesions, NPS has been shown in preclinical models to induce immunogenic cell death (ICD), which exposes the unique antigens of the treated cells to the immune system and enrolls immune system cells, such as cytotoxic T-cells to mount an adaptive immune response. Pulse Biosciences is investigating a variety of applications for its technology that exploits the technology’s unique biologic effect, including immuno-oncology and dermatology. More information is available at www.pulsebiosciences.com.