Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): December 1, 2022

iBio, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)


(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)



(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

8800 HSC Parkway

Bryan, Texas 77807

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

(979) 446-0027

(Registrant’s telephone number including area code)


(Former Name and Former Address)

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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, $0.001 par value per share


NYSE American

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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 December 1, 2022, Mr. Thomas F. Isett, the Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”) of iBio, Inc., (the “Company”) and a member of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), and the Company, agreed for Mr. Isett to resign as a member of the Board and relinquish his duties, rights and obligations as an officer and the CEO of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Isett’s agreement to resign from his positions within the Company was not the result of any disagreement relating to the Company’s strategy, operations, policies or practices or any issues regarding the Company’s accounting policies, procedures, estimates or judgements.

In connection with Mr. Isett’s resignation, the Company entered into a separation agreement and general release with Mr. Isett effective December 1, 2022 (the “Agreement).

Pursuant to the Agreement, Mr. Isett resigned as CEO of the Company effective December 1, 2022, and will remain an employee of the Company until on December 31, 2022, on which date his employment with the Company will automatically terminate.

Following Mr. Isett’s termination of employment with the Company, pursuant to the Agreement, Mr. Isett will receive the severance benefits set forth in his employment agreement, as previously disclosed by the Company, including (i) an amount equal to his current base salary in equal bi-monthly installments for twenty-four (24) months; (ii) an amount equal to a pro rata share of his target bonus for the current fiscal year; (iii) an amount equal to the target bonus in equal bi-monthly installments for the twenty-four (24) month severance period and (iv) provided that he elects continuation coverage for health insurance under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”), the Company will pay the full cost of this benefit for up to eighteen (18) months, or if he has not obtained alternative employer-provided health coverage by the end of the eighteen (18) month COBRA subsidy period, the Company will provide him with a lump sum cash payment equal to six (6) times the monthly amount paid by the Company for the COBRA subsidy (collectively, the “Severance Benefits”).

Pursuant to the Agreement, Mr. Isett will, among other things, (i) provide reasonable assistance from time to time as the Company may request related to the sale of its contract development and manufacturing organization or its assets through March 31, 2023 in consideration for which the Company agreed to extend Mr. Isett’s eligibility to receive 200,000 restrictive stock units awarded contingent upon the execution of a definitive agreement for the sale of such assets; and (ii) provide reasonable assistance from time to time as the Company may request related to litigation, administrative proceedings, or any government investigations through December 2024. Non-compete and non-solicitation provisions as well as confidentiality and assignment of intellectual property obligations from prior agreements entered into between Mr. Isett and the Company will continue to apply pursuant to such prior agreements. The Agreement includes a general release of claims by Mr. Isett.

The foregoing description of the Agreement with the Company is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

On December 2, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the departure of Mr. Isett as the CEO of the Company. A copy of the related press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1

On December 2, 2022, during the interim period while the Company continues its search of a new Chief Executive Officer, the Board approved the creation of the office of the Chief Executive Officer, whereby Mr. Robert Lutz, the Company’s Chief Financial and Business Officer and Dr. Martin Brenner, the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer will fill such role.

Mr. Lutz has served as our Chief Financial Officer since March 2021. Previously, Mr. Lutz served as the Chief Financial Officer of Strongbridge Biopharma plc (“Strongbridge”), a global, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, since September 2019. He previously served as the Chief Business Officer of Strongbridge from October 2014 to September 2019. Prior to joining Strongbridge, Mr. Lutz worked from December 2004 to April 2014 at Shire Plc, a publicly traded specialty biopharmaceutical company prior to being purchased by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd., where he most recently served as Vice President and held key leadership positions in the Specialty Pharmaceutical division. Prior to Shire Plc, Mr. Lutz worked in a variety of roles, including Vice President of Finance, for Cinergy Corp., an electric and gas utility company. Mr. Lutz also worked as a Senior Analyst at Alan B. Slifka and Co., a hedge fund, after having started

his career at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., where he served as a Financial Analyst in its principal investment area. He holds a B.A. in economics and computer science from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Brenner has a strong history of success heading drug discovery and development teams at several of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca (“AstraZeneca”), Eli Lilly and Company (“Lilly”), Pfizer Inc.(“Pfizer”), and Merck Research Laboratories (“Merck Research Labs”). Most recently, Dr. Brenner served as Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer of Pfenex Inc. from March 2019 until its acquisition by Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated in October 2020. From 2017 to 2018, Dr. Brenner served as Chief Scientific Officer at Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 2016 to 2017, Dr. Brenner served as Vice President and Head of Research and Early Development at Stoke Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Brenner served as Executive Director, Diabetes & NASH, and Chair of Diabetes & NASH Early Discovery Unit at Merck Research Lab. From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Brenner served as Senior Director, Head of Bioscience, CVMD at AstraZeneca. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Brenner served as an Associate Research Fellow for the Diabetes Prevention and Remission Group at Pfizer. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Brenner served as Senior Research Scientist for the Diabetes Drug Hunting Team at Lilly. Dr. Brenner holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Veterinary School of Hannover in Hannover, Germany a DVM from Veterinary School of Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.

Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.



The following exhibits are furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K.



Exhibit Description


Separation Agreement and General Release, dated December 1, 2022, by and between iBio, Inc. and Thomas Isett


Press Release dated December 2, 2022


Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


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: December 2, 2022


/s/ Marc A. Banjak


Marc A. Banjak


General Counsel and Corporate Secretary