Washington, DC 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 21, 2020



Clearside Biomedical, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer
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900 North Point Parkway, Suite 200

Alpharetta, GA 30005

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(678) 270-3631

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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 April 21, 2020, the board of directors (the “Board”) of Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Nancy J. Hutson to serve as a director of the Company.  Dr. Hutson will serve as a Class II director whose term will expire at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.  There is no arrangement or understanding between Dr. Hutson and any other person pursuant to which she was selected as a director of the Company, and there is no family relationship between Dr. Hutson and any of the Company’s other directors or executive officers.  The Company is not aware of any transaction involving Dr. Hutson requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Additional information about Dr. Hutson is set forth below.


Nancy J. Hutson, Ph.D., age 70, retired in 2006 as the senior vice president of global research and development at Pfizer Inc. Dr. Hutson has served on the boards of directors of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since January 2012, Endo International plc since February 2014 and PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since March 2018. Dr. Hutson received a B.A. in general biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in physiology and biochemistry from Vanderbilt University.


In accordance with the Company’s compensation policy for non-employee directors, upon her commencement of service as a director, Dr. Hutson will be granted a nonqualified stock option to purchase 30,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.  The stock option will have an exercise price per share equal the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant.  This option will vest and become exercisable in 36 equal monthly installments subject to Dr. Hutson’s Continuous Service (as defined in the Company’s 2016 Equity Incentive Plan) through such vesting dates.  Additionally, Dr. Hutson will be entitled to receive a $40,000 annual retainer for her service as director.  At each annual stockholder meeting following which Dr. Hutson’s term as a director continues, Dr. Hutson will be entitled to receive an additional nonqualified stock option to purchase 20,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, which option will vest in full and become exercisable on the earlier of the date immediately prior to the next annual stockholder meeting or 12 months following the date of grant.  Dr. Hutson has also entered into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement.    


Item 7.01  Regulation FD Disclosure.


On April 22, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Hutson to the Board.  A copy of this press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report. The information contained in the press release furnished as Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and is not incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in any such filing.


Item 9.01 Exhibits. 


(d) Exhibits












Exhibit Description



Press Release dated April 22, 2020, “Clearside Biomedical Appoints Nancy J. Hutson, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors.”



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.





Date: April 22, 2020













/s/ Charles A. Deignan



Charles A. Deignan



Chief Financial Officer



Exhibit 99.1


Clearside Biomedical Appoints Nancy J. Hutson, Ph.D.
to its Board of Directors


- Pfizer veteran brings global R&D expertise to Board of Directors -


ALPHARETTA, Ga., April 22, 2020 -- Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLSD), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and delivering treatments that restore and preserve vision for people with serious back of the eye diseases, announced today that Nancy J. Hutson, Ph.D. has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors, effective April 21, 2020.


“The addition of Nancy Hutson to our Board of Directors comes at a key time as we are expanding our research and development pipeline and preparing to initiate a clinical program targeting the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration with CLS-AX,” said William Humphries, Chairman of the Clearside Board of Directors. “Nancy brings a deep understanding of the business coupled with an in-depth knowledge of research, drug development and dynamic business situations from her years of R&D leadership at Pfizer and extensive board service in a number of biopharmaceutical companies. We welcome Nancy and look forward to making further progress in achieving our strategic goals.”  


“I look forward to working with the Clearside team to leverage the Company’s proprietary suprachoroidal space injection platform,” said Dr. Hutson. “With a flexible treatment approach, unique R&D pipeline, multiple global partnerships, and a robust patent portfolio, Clearside has a compelling opportunity to make a difference for patients with back of the eye diseases and deliver value for shareholders.”


Nancy J. Hutson, Ph.D., age 70, is a highly accomplished healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience as a seasoned research and development expert and leader within the biopharmaceutical industry. Dr. Hutson retired from Pfizer, Inc. in 2006 after spending 25 years in various research and leadership positions, serving as Senior Vice President, Pfizer Global Research and Development and Director of Pfizer's pharmaceutical R&D site, known as Groton/New London Laboratories. At Pfizer, she led 4,500 colleagues and managed a budget in excess of $1 billion. Dr. Hutson is currently a board member of Endo International, plc (ENDP), BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BCRX) and PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc (PHAS). She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. Hutson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. She completed a Postdoctoral fellowship in Biochemistry at University of Oxford.



About Clearside Biomedical


Clearside Biomedical, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and delivering treatments that restore and preserve vision for people with serious back of the eye diseases. Clearside’s proprietary SCS Microinjector® targeting the suprachoroidal space (SCS®) offers unique access to the macula, retina and choroid where sight-threatening disease often occurs. The Company’s SCS injection platform is an inherently flexible, in-office, non-surgical procedure, intended to provide targeted delivery to the site of disease and to work with both established and new formulations of medications, as well as future therapeutic innovations such as gene therapy. For more information, please visit


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