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): June 12, 2019



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-32839   95-3698422
(State of other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)
2642 Michelle Drive, Suite 200, Tustin, California 92780
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 508-6100
(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 Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share CDMO The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC 
Preferred Stock Purchase Rights  
10.50% Series E Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share CDMOP The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC


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o            Emerging growth company


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Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On June 12, 2019, Avid Bioservices, Inc. (the “Company”) and Roger Lias, Ph.D, the Company’s former President and Chief Executive Officer, entered into a Separation Agreement and Release of Claims (the “Separation Agreement”), setting forth the terms of Dr. Lias’s previously-announced resignation from the Company. Pursuant to the terms of the Separation Agreement, following a revocation period provided for by the Separation Agreement, Dr. Lias will be entitled to receive, among other things, (i) continuation of his base salary less any applicable payroll taxes and withholdings on the Company’s regular paydays for a period of twelve months from May 7, 2019; (ii) Company provided and paid for COBRA continuation coverage for Dr. Lias and his family for a period of twelve months until May 7, 2020 or until Dr. Lias is eligible for coverage with another employer, whichever is earlier; (iii) reimbursement of up to $50,000 in relocation expenses; and (iv) a relocation bonus of $50,000. The Separation Agreement also provides that Dr. Lias will have a period of twelve (12) months following May 7, 2019 to exercise vested stock options to purchase the Company’s shares of common stock held as of that date. The Separation Agreement contains a customary a release of claims, as well other covenants, including confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation obligations.


The foregoing description of the Separation Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Separation Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s next Annual Report on Form 10-K and is incorporated herein by reference.





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: June 14, 2019 By:  /s/ Daniel R. Hart
         Daniel R. Hart
         Chief Financial Officer