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): April 9, 2018



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction of


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


840 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139



Cambridge, MA



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code): (617) 498-0020


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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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 April 9, 2018, each of Elaine V. Jones and Sara Nayeem notified Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) that she will not seek reelection as a director of the Company upon expiration of her current term at the Company’s 2018 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). Drs. Jones and Nayeem each stated that her decision to not seek reelection did not result from any disagreement with the Company.


Item 8.01 Other Events.


Annual Meeting and Record Date Set


The Board of Directors of the Company has approved June 27, 2018 as the date for the Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors also approved the record date for stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting, which is fixed as the close of business on April 30, 2018. Because the Company did not hold an annual meeting of stockholders in 2017, in accordance with Rule 14a-8(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), the Company has set a deadline for the receipt of any stockholder proposals submitted pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act (“Rule 14a-8”) for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials relating to the Annual Meeting. In order for a proposal under Rule 14a-8 to be timely, it must be received by the Company’s Secretary at the principal executive offices of the Company by April 16, 2018, which the Company has determined to be a reasonable time before the Company’s proxy statement is due to be printed and sent. Such proposals must also comply with the Company’s Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”) and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the inclusion of stockholder proposals in proxy materials, and any such proposal may be omitted if not in compliance with applicable requirements.


The address of the Company’s principal executive offices is 840 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.


Stockholders wishing to nominate a director or propose matters to be considered at the Annual Meeting in the manner contemplated by the Bylaws must submit timely notice thereof to the Company in order for such matters to be considered at the Annual Meeting. Because the Company did not hold an annual meeting of stockholders in 2017, in accordance with Section 1.2(c) of the Bylaws, to be timely, such notice must be received by the Secretary by April 20, 2018. Such proposals must also comply with all other requirements set forth in the Bylaws and other applicable laws.






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.
















/s/ Anna Protopapas



Anna Protopapas
President and Chief Executive Officer


Date: April 10, 2018