Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 2, 2020



Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Delaware   001-38137   47-2608175

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


22 Boston Wharf Road

9th Floor

Boston, MA

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)     (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (617) 207-0202

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





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common stock    AKCA    NASDAQ

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).

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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.

Resignation of Chief Financial Officer

On January 2, 2020, Michael MacLean, Chief Financial Officer of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) delivered to the Company a 90-day notice of resignation from his position as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. MacLean’s resignation is effective April 1, 2020.

In accordance with the letter agreement dated October 11, 2019 (the “Letter Agreement”) entered between Mr. MacLean and the Company, Mr. MacLean will be entitled to receive medical benefit continuation, a lump sum severance payment equal to 12 months of his base salary, and an amount equal to his target annual cash performance bonus for 2019.

The description of the Letter Agreement set forth above is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full and complete terms set forth in such agreement, which was filed as an exhibit to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 17, 2019.


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 thereunto duly authorized.




Date: January 6, 2020




/s/ Damien McDevitt

        Damien McDevitt
        Interim Chief Executive Officer