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

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): September 17, 2019




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Delaware   001-38459   46-5543980

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50 Hampshire Street, 8th Floor

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Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share   SURF   Nasdaq Global Market

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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 September 17, 2019, upon the recommendation of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Surface Oncology, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Ramy Ibrahim, M.D. as a director of the Company’s Board, effective immediately. Dr. Ibrahim will serve as a Class I director, to serve until the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders in 2022.

Dr. Ibrahim has served as Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Development at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy since July 2016. Dr. Ibrahim previously served from February 2014 to July 2016 as the Vice President of Clinical Development for Immuno-Oncology at AstraZeneca plc, and led the development of the early checkpoint inhibitor antibodies durvalumab (Imfinzi®) and tremelimumab. Mr. Ibrahim also served from April 2011 to February 2014 as the Senior Medical Director of Clinical Development Oncology at MedImmune, LLC. Dr. Ibrahim also served from October 2005 to April 2011 as the Group Director of Oncology Global Clinical Research at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where he played a key role in the clinical development of ipilimumab (Yervoy®), the first FDA-approved immune checkpoint inhibitor, from early phase II through multiple global launches. Dr. Ibrahim also played a key role in the early development of nivolumab (Opdivo®), as well as the development of anti-PD-L1 and anti-CD137 antibody programs. Dr. Ibrahim is actively involved in global cancer immunotherapy networks such as the Society of Immunotherapy for Cancer (SITC), Ludwig Institute, the Cancer Research Institute and the Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network. Dr. Ibrahim trained in medicine and medical oncology at Cairo University then conducted bench and clinical immunotherapy research at the cancer vaccine branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Ibrahim will be compensated for his service as a non-employee director pursuant to the Company’s Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy (the “Policy”). In lieu of the initial award described in the Policy, however, the Board determined it would be appropriate to determine the size of Dr. Ibrahim’s initial award as a fixed number of shares, rather than a dollar value, and granted Dr. Ibrahim an initial option to purchase 24,200 shares of the Company’s common stock pursuant to the Company’s 2018 Stock Option and Incentive Plan, such option to vest in equal monthly installments over a three-year period. As a non-employee director, Dr. Ibrahim is also entitled to receive an annual cash retainer of $35,000 and additional annual stock option awards, subject to his continued service on the Board. Dr. Ibrahim may elect to receive stock options in lieu of such annual cash retainer.

The Company also entered into an indemnification agreement with Dr. Ibrahim in connection with his appointment to the Board, which is in substantially the same form as that entered into with the other directors of the Company. There are no other arrangements or understandings between Dr. Ibrahim and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as a director, and Dr. Ibrahim has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.




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: September 20, 2019     SURFACE ONCOLOGY, INC.
    By:   /s/ J. Jeffrey Goater
      J. Jeffrey Goater
      President and Chief Executive Officer