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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 20, 2020


Urovant Sciences Ltd.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)








(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer

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Suite 1, 3rd Floor

11-12 St. James’s Square

London SW1Y 4LB

United Kingdom




Not Applicable

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)




(Zip Code)


+44 (0) 207 400 3347

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Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Common Shares, $0.000037453 par value


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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.


Appointment of James Hindman as a Director


On May 20, 2020, in accordance with bye-law 41.3 of the Second Amended and Restated Bye-laws of the Company (the “Bye-laws”), which empowers the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) to fill any vacancies by a majority vote, the Board appointed Mr. James M. Hindman to serve as a member of the Board until our next annual general meeting or his earlier resignation or removal in accordance with the Bye-laws. Mr. Hindman’s appointment to the Board became effective on May 20, 2020.


Mr. Hindman has over 30 years of global and strategic financial experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, including in the urology, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology and medical aesthetics therapeutic areas. He enjoyed a three-decade long career at Allergan, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance and Business Development from August 2014 until Allergan’s $70.5B sale to Actavis plc in March 2015.  In addition to serving as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hindman held various senior leadership positions during his tenure at Allergan, including Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller.  He also led and was responsible for several strategic functions at the company, including treasury, investor relations, risk, controller, financial reporting, SEC compliance, audits, acquisitions and divestitures, and strategic planning. Additionally, he served as President of the Allergan Foundation from 2009-2015.


Mr. Hindman earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in accounting from Loyola Marymount University. He currently serves on the boards of Millendo Therapeutics, Inc., Accuray, Inc, and Aatru Medical, LLC and is a member of the Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees.


The Board has determined that Mr. Hindman qualifies as (i) an independent director of the Company pursuant to the listing rules (the “Listing Rules”) of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) and Rule 10A-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and (ii) an “audit committee financial expert” pursuant to Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K.  Accordingly, the Board has appointed Mr. Hindman to serve as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board (the “Audit Committee”), as well as the Nominating, Corporate Governance and Compliance Oversight Committee.  As a result of Mr. Hindman’s appointment to the Audit Committee, the Company has regained compliance with the audit committee composition requirements set forth in Rule 5605(c)(1) of the Nasdaq Listing Rules.  The Company has communicated with Nasdaq regarding Mr. Hindman’s appointment and expects to receive a letter from Nasdaq confirming that we are in compliance with the audit committee composition requirements set forth in Rule 5605(c)(1).


In connection with Mr. Hindman’s appointment, Mr. Hindman will be entitled to receive cash compensation consistent with the Company’s standard arrangement for non-employee directors, which is described under the heading “Director Compensation” in the definitive proxy statement for the Company’s 2019 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on July 29, 2019.  In addition, on June 1, 2020 Mr. Hindman will be granted an option to purchase 61,000 of our common shares under our 2017 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (the “Initial Equity Award”). Subject to Mr. Hindman’s continued service as a director on the Board through each applicable vesting date, one-third of the Initial Equity Award will vest after one year, and the remaining two thirds will vest in equal annual installments thereafter over two years.


In connection with Mr. Hindman’s appointment, we also entered into our standard indemnification agreement with Mr. Hindman, the form of which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to our Current Report on Form 8-K which was filed with the SEC on April 6, 2020.


There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Hindman and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as a director, and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure


On May 27, 2020, we issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Hindman as a member of the Board. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.


The information being furnished in this Item 7.01 of Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall it be incorporated by reference into a filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the



Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.










Press Release, dated May 27, 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 hereunto duly authorized.




Urovant Sciences Ltd.






Dated: May 27, 2020









/s/ Christine G. Ocampo





Christine G. Ocampo





Principal Accounting Officer




Exhibit 99.1



5281 California Avenue

Suite 100

Irvine, California 92617



Urovant Sciences Appoints James Hindman to Board of Directors


James Hindman, a veteran global and strategic senior financial executive, brings extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, biologics and medical device industries to the Urovant Board


Mr. Hindman most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at Allergan until its $70.5B sale to Actavis


IRVINE, Calif. and BASEL, Switzerland May 27, 2020/Business Wire – Urovant Sciences (Nasdaq: UROV) today announced the appointment of Jim Hindman to the company’s Board of Directors. A veteran of the pharmaceutical, biologics and medical device industries, Mr. Hindman brings more than 30 years of financial and strategic experience to his new role.

“Jim Hindman will undoubtedly add to the extraordinary breadth and depth of experience represented on our Board,” said Myrtle Potter, Chairman of the Urovant Board of Directors and CEO of Sumitovant Biopharma. “His strong record as a biopharmaceutical leader will be extremely valuable as Urovant moves into its next growth phase as a commercial company.”

“We are delighted to welcome Jim Hindman to the Urovant Board,” said James Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Urovant. “Our company will surely benefit from Jim’s deep financial, business development and industry expertise as well as his experience in urology.  

“I am pleased to join the Urovant Board at this promising juncture in the Company’s history following its filing of the vibegron new drug application with the FDA,” said Mr. Hindman. “Exciting times lie ahead, and I look forward to leveraging my experience to support Urovant as we work together to realize the commercial promise of vibegron and the rest of the Company’s clinical pipeline.”

Mr. Hindman joins the Urovant Board after a long career with Allergan, where he most recently served as Chief Financial Officer until Allergan’s $70.5B sale to Actavis in 2015. During his Allergan tenure, Mr. Hindman also held the positions of Executive Vice President, Finance and Business Development, Senior Vice President, Treasury, Risk and Investor Relations, and Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.




About Urovant Sciences

Urovant Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for urologic conditions. The Company’s lead product candidate, vibegron, is an oral, once-daily small molecule beta-3 agonist that is being evaluated for overactive bladder (OAB).  Urovant Sciences reported positive data from the vibegron 12-week, Phase 3 pivotal EMPOWUR study and demonstrated favorable longer-term efficacy, safety, and tolerability in a 40-week extension study.  The Company submitted a New Drug Application to the FDA seeking approval of vibegron for the treatment of patients with OAB in December 2019.  Vibegron is also being evaluated for treatment of OAB in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (OAB+BPH) and for abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Urovant’s second product candidate, URO-902, is a novel gene therapy being developed for patients with OAB who have failed oral pharmacologic therapy. Urovant Sciences, a subsidiary of Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., intends to develop novel treatments for additional urologic diseases.  Learn more about us at www.urovant.com.


About Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd.

Sumitovant is a global biopharmaceutical company with offices in New York City and London. Sumitovant is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. Sumitovant is the majority shareholder of Urovant and Myovant, and wholly owns Enzyvant, Spirovant, and Altavant. Sumitovant's promising pipeline is comprised of early-through late-stage investigational medicines across a range of disease areas targeting high unmet need. For further information about Sumitovant, please visit https://www.sumitovant.com.


About Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is among the top-ten listed pharmaceutical companies in Japan, operating globally in major pharmaceutical markets, including Japan, the U.S., China, and the European Union. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is based on the 2005 merger between Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. Today, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has more than 6,000 employees worldwide. Additional information about Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is available through its corporate website at https://www.ds-pharma.com.



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