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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 August 25, 2021, Jane Gross (“Gross”) resigned as the Chief Scientific Officer of Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (the “Company”) effective September 14, 2021 (“Separation Date”) and agreed to transition into a consulting relationship with the Company through December 31, 2021, as described in an Executive Transition Services Agreement (the “Transition Agreement”) signed by Gross and the Company.  

Under the terms of the Transition Agreement, Gross will continue to serve as the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer through the Separation Date, unless terminated earlier by the Company for cause, and will continue to (i) receive her full annual base salary through the Separation Date; and (ii) be a participant in the Company’s employee benefits plans through the Separation Date or as otherwise provided in the relevant benefit plan(s).  After the Separation Date, Gross will provide a certain number of transition service hours to the Company’s leadership team through December 31, 2021.  

In addition to the compensation and benefits noted above, and in exchange for Gross’ entry into the Transition Agreement, her covenants, promises and waiver and release of claims described therein, the Company has agreed to pay Gross a lump sum cash payment of $166,000 by January 7, 2022 and any stock options vested as of the Separation Date under the Company’s 2018 Stock Incentive Plan will be exercisable for a period of 90 days from January 1, 2022.  Gross will also be paid an hourly rate for transition service hours that exceed those stated in the Transition Agreement.  Gross is subject to non-compete and non-solicitation obligations as described in her executed agreement for a period of 12 months following her last day of employment with the Company. The Company has commenced the search for a new Chief Scientific Officer.

The foregoing description of the Transition Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Transition Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.  






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:  August 27, 2021


/s/ Marvin L. White




Marvin L. White



President and Chief Executive Officer