This excerpt taken from the AOLS DEF 14A filed Jan 30, 2006.
Base Salary/Consulting Fee
The Compensation Committee reviews the base salary or consulting fee of each executive officer. In determining appropriate salary or fee levels, the Compensation Committee considers individual performance, experience, level of responsibility, internal equity and external pay practices for comparable positions. Traditional measures of corporate performance, such as earnings and sales growth, are not as applicable to early stage pharmaceutical companies as they are to mature companies because of the lack of revenues. Consequently, the Compensation Committee considers other measures of performance to evaluate compensation.