SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 16, 2023
bluebird bio, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
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455 Grand Union Boulevard,
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(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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|Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share||BLUE||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
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Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
On June 16, 2023, bluebird bio, Inc. (the "Company") held its 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting"), at which the Company's stockholders approved an amendment (the "Amendment") to the Company's Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the "Certificate of Incorporation") to increase the number of authorized shares of the Company's common stock, par value $0.01 per share, from 125,000,000 shares to 250,000,000 shares, as described in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 28, 2023.
The Company's Board of Directors previously approved the Amendment and, on June 16, 2023, the Company filed the Certificate of Amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation (the "Certificate of Amendment") with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware to effect the Amendment, which became effective upon filing with the Secretary of State.
The foregoing description of the Certificate of Amendment does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Certificate of Amendment, which is filed herewith as Exhibit 3.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
On June 16, 2023, the Company held its previously announced Annual Meeting, at which a quorum was present. At the Annual Meeting, the stockholders of the Company voted on the following proposals: (i) to elect Charlotte Jones-Burton and Mark Vachon as Class I members of the Board of Directors to serve until the Company’s 2026 annual meeting of stockholders (“Proposal 1”); (ii) to approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation paid to the Company's named executive officers (“Proposal 2”); (iii) to approve an amendment to the Company's Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of the Company's common stock (“Proposal 3"); (iv) to approve the Company's 2023 Incentive Award Plan (“Proposal 4"); (v) to ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 (“Proposal 5”); and (vi) to approve an adjournment of the Annual Meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies if there are not sufficient votes at the time of the Annual Meeting to approve Proposal 3 or Proposal 4 (“Proposal 6”).
The Company’s stockholders elected the two persons listed below as Class I directors pursuant to Proposal 1. The voting results were as follows:
The Company’s stockholders approved Proposal 2 in a non-binding advisory vote. The voting results were as follows:
The Company’s stockholders approved Proposal 3. The voting results were as follows:
The Company’s stockholders approved Proposal 4. The voting results were as follows:
The Company’s stockholders approved Proposal 5. The voting results were as follows:
The Company’s stockholders approved Proposal 6. The voting results were as follows:
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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 20, 2023||bluebird bio, Inc.|
|By:||/s/ Joseph Vittiglio|
Chief Legal & Business Officer and Secretary
CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT
AMENDED AND RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
BLUEBIRD BIO, INC.
Pursuant to Section 242 of the
General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware
bluebird bio, Inc. (the “Corporation”), a corporation organized and existing under and by virtue of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware,
DOES HEREBY CERTIFY THAT:
1. The Board of Directors of the Corporation duly adopted resolutions at a meeting recommending and declaring advisable that the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation be amended and that such amendment be submitted to the stockholders of the Corporation for their consideration, as follows:
RESOLVED, that the first sentence of Article IV of the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation be amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:
“The total number of shares of capital stock which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is two hundred fifty-five million (255,000,000) of which (i) two hundred fifty million (250,000,000) shares shall be a class designated as common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), and (ii) five million (5,000,000) shares shall be a class designated as undesignated preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Undesignated Preferred Stock”).”
2. The stockholders of the Corporation duly approved such amendment at an annual meeting of the stockholders of the Corporation.
3. Such amendment has been duly adopted in accordance with Section 242 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Certificate of Amendment to Amendment and Restated Certificate of Incorporation has been executed by a duly authorized officer of the Corporation on this 16th day of June, 2023.
|By:||/s/ Andrew Obenshain|
|Title:||President and Chief Executive Officer|