Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a clinical stage biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients, today announced that, due to the public health and safety concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to support the health and well-being of the Company’s directors, employees and stockholders, and to comply with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ stay at home order, the location of the Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (including any adjournments or postponements, the “Annual Meeting”) has been changed to a virtual format only.
As previously announced, the Annual Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Stockholders will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person, but instead will be able to attend virtually as noted below.
As described in the proxy materials for the Annual Meeting that were previously distributed, stockholders are entitled to participate in the Annual Meeting if they were a stockholder of the Company as of the close of business on March 2, 2020, the record date, or hold a legal proxy for the Annual Meeting provided by the stockholder’s bank, broker, or nominee.
In order to attend the Annual Meeting virtually via the Internet, stockholders must register in advance at www.proxydocs.com/MRNA prior to the deadline of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 27, 2020. Stockholders will be required to enter the control number as described in the notice or proxy card that stockholders will receive prior to the Annual Meeting at www.proxydocs.com/MRNA. Upon completing the stockholder registration, stockholders will receive further instructions via email, including unique links that will allow stockholders to access the meeting and will permit stockholders to submit questions during the meeting.
If a stockholder encounters any difficulties accessing the virtual meeting during the check-in or meeting time, please call the technical support number provided.
If a stockholder has not already voted their shares in advance, the stockholder may vote during the Annual Meeting by following the instructions available on the meeting website during the Annual Meeting. Whether or not a stockholder plans to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge all stockholders to vote and submit their proxy in advance of the Annual Meeting by one of the methods described in the proxy materials for the Annual Meeting that were previously provided to the stockholders. The proxy card included with the proxy materials previously distributed will not be updated to reflect the change in location and may continue to be used to vote stockholder shares in connection with the Annual Meeting.
A notice regarding this change to a virtual meeting format is being filed as additional proxy materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission together with this press release.
Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. mRNA medicines are designed to direct the body’s cells to produce intracellular, membrane or secreted proteins that can have a therapeutic or preventive benefit and have the potential to address a broad spectrum of diseases. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators. Moderna has 24 mRNA development candidates in its portfolio across all modalities, with 13 in clinical studies. Four of these programs are in or preparing for Phase 2 studies and the Company is preparing for its first Phase 3 study.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. (Nasdaq: AZN) and Merck, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRK), as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense; the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past five years.