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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 9, 2020



Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Delaware   001-38137   47-2608175

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

  (Commission 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

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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On January 9, 2020, Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Strategic Advisory Services Agreement (the “Agreement”) with B. Lynne Parshall, the Company’s Chair of the Board of Directors, under which Ms. Parshall will provide the Company strategic advisory services. Pursuant to the Agreement, Ms. Parshall will receive compensation of $139,500 for services provided in the fiscal year ending 2020, paid in four equal installments of $34,875 on a quarterly basis. Payment for services after 2020 will be set by mutual written agreement between the Company and Ms. Parshall. The Agreement will continue until termination by the Company or Ms. Parshall upon 90 days advance written notice.

Ms. Parshall will also continue to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Company. Ms. Parshall will receive for her Board service the same compensation as the Company provides its other nonemployee directors and additional compensation as Chair of the Board.

The foregoing summary of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, which will be attached as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending March 31, 2020.


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 10, 2020   By:   /s/Damien McDevitt
    Damien McDevitt
    Interim Chief Executive Officer