Genomic Health DEF 14A 2007
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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May 4, 2007
You are cordially invited to attend the 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Genomic Health, Inc. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Time, on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at Seaport Center, 459 Seaport Court, Redwood City, California 94063.
The formal notice of the Annual Meeting and the Proxy Statement has been made a part of this invitation.
Whether or not you attend the Annual Meeting, it is important that your shares be represented and voted at the Annual Meeting. After reading the Proxy Statement, please promptly vote and submit your proxy by dating, signing and returning the enclosed proxy card in the enclosed postage-prepaid envelope. Your shares cannot be voted unless you submit your proxy or attend the Annual Meeting in person.
We have also enclosed a copy of our 2006 Annual Report.
The board of directors and management look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Randal W. Scott, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Genomic Health, Inc.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
To our Stockholders:
Genomic Health, Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Time, on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at Seaport Center, 459 Seaport Court, Redwood City, California 94063.
We are holding this Annual Meeting:
Stockholders of record at the close of business on April 17, 2007, are entitled to notice of and to vote at this meeting and any adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting. For ten days prior to the meeting, a complete list of stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available at the Secretarys office, 301 Penobscot Drive, Redwood City, California 94063.
It is important that your shares be represented at this meeting. Even if you plan to attend the meeting, we hope that you will promptly vote and submit your proxy by dating, signing and returning the enclosed proxy card. This will not limit your rights to attend or vote at the meeting.
By Order of the Board of Directors
G. Bradley Cole
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Redwood City, California
May 4, 2007
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Genomic Health, Inc.
301 Penobscot Drive
Redwood City, California 94063
This Proxy Statement is being furnished to you in connection with the solicitation by the board of directors of Genomic Health, Inc., a Delaware corporation (we, us, Genomic Health or the Company), of proxies in the accompanying form to be used at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held at Seaport Center, 459 Seaport Court, Redwood City, California 94063 on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Time, and any postponement or adjournment thereof (the Annual Meeting).
This Proxy Statement and the accompanying form of proxy are being mailed to stockholders on or about May 8, 2007.
Questions and Answers About
the Proxy Materials and the Annual Meeting
Two proposals will be voted on at the Annual Meeting:
Our board recommends that you vote:
We do not expect any other items of business because the deadline for stockholder proposals and nominations has already passed. Nonetheless, in case there is an unforeseen need, the accompanying proxy gives discretionary authority to the persons named on the proxy with respect to any other matters that might be brought before the meeting. Those persons intend to vote that proxy in accordance with their best judgment.
Stockholders of record at the close of business on April 17, 2007 (the Record Date) may vote at the Annual Meeting. Each stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of the Companys common stock held as of the Record Date.
Stockholder of Record. If your shares are registered directly in your name with Genomic Healths transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company, Inc., you are considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. The Proxy Statement, Annual Report and proxy card have been sent directly to you by Genomic Health.
Beneficial Owner. If your shares are held in a brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name. The Proxy Statement and Annual Report have been forwarded to you by your broker, bank or nominee who is considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker, bank or nominee how to vote your shares by using the voting instruction form included in the mailing.
You may vote using any of the following methods:
If you vote by telephone or via the Internet you do not need to return your voting instruction form to your bank or broker.
You may change your vote or revoke your proxy at any time prior to the vote at the Annual Meeting. If you submitted your proxy by mail, you must file with the Secretary of the Company a written notice of revocation or deliver, prior to the vote at the Annual Meeting, a valid, later-dated proxy. If you submitted your proxy by telephone or the Internet, you may change your vote or revoke your proxy with a later telephone or Internet proxy, as the case may be. Attendance at the Annual Meeting will not have the effect of revoking a proxy unless you give written notice of revocation to the Secretary before the proxy is exercised or you vote by written ballot at the Annual Meeting.
In the election of directors, you may vote FOR all of the nominees or your vote may be WITHHELD with respect to one or more of the nominees. For the other items of business, you may vote FOR, vote AGAINST or ABSTAIN. If you ABSTAIN, the abstention has the same effect as a vote AGAINST. If you provide specific instructions, your shares will be voted as you instruct. If you sign your proxy card or voting instruction form with no further instructions, your shares will be voted in accordance with the recommendations of the board (FOR all of the nominees to the board, FOR ratification of the independent registered public accounting firm, and in the discretion of the proxy holders on any other matters that properly come before the meeting).
In the election of directors, the nine persons receiving the highest number of FOR votes at the Annual Meeting will be elected. All other proposals require the affirmative FOR vote of a majority of the shares present and voting at the Annual Meeting in person or by proxy. If you hold shares beneficially in street name and do not
provide your broker or nominee with voting instructions, your shares may constitute broker non-votes. Generally, broker non-votes occur on a matter when a broker is not permitted to vote on that matter without instructions from the beneficial owner and instructions are not given. In tabulating the voting result for any particular proposal, shares that constitute broker non-votes are not considered entitled to vote on that proposal. Thus, broker non-votes will not affect the outcome of any matter being voted on at the Annual Meeting, assuming that a quorum is obtained. Abstentions have the same effect as votes against the matter.
Stockholders may not cumulate votes in the election of directors, which means that each stockholder may vote no more than the number of shares he or she owns for a single director candidate.
The presence at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders of a majority of common stock outstanding on the Record Date will constitute a quorum. As of the close of business on the Record Date, there were 24,582,528 shares of our common stock outstanding. Both abstentions and broker non-votes are counted for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum.
Our employees, officers and directors may solicit proxies. We will bear the cost of soliciting proxies and will reimburse brokerage houses and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for forwarding proxy and solicitation material to the owners of common stock.
Please promptly vote and submit your proxy by signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card in the postage-prepaid return envelope so that your shares can be voted. This will not limit your rights to attend or vote at the Annual Meeting.
Election of Directors
We currently have authorized nine directors. At the Annual Meeting, nine persons will be elected as members of your board of directors, each for a one-year term or until their successors are elected and qualified. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the board of directors has recommended, and the board of directors has designated, the nine persons listed below for election at the Annual Meeting. The proxies given to the proxy holders will be voted or not voted as directed and, if no direction is given, will be voted FOR each of the nominees. Your board of directors knows of no reason why any of these nominees should be unable or unwilling to serve. However, if for any reason any nominee should be unable or unwilling to serve, the proxies will be voted for any nominee designated to fill the vacancy by your board of directors, taking into account the recommendations of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
The names of the board of directors nominees, their ages as of March 15, 2007, and certain biographical information about the nominees are set forth below.
Randal W. Scott, Ph.D. has served as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in August 2000 and served as President from August 2000 to February 2002, Chief Financial Officer from December 2000 to April 2004, and Secretary from August 2000 to December 2000 and from May 2003 to February 2005. Dr. Scott was a founder of Incyte Corporation, which at the time was a genomic information company, and served Incyte in various roles, including Chairman of the Board from August 2000 to December 2001, President from January 1997 to August 2000, and Chief Scientific Officer from March 1995 to August 2000. Dr. Scott holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Emporia State University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas.
Kimberly J. Popovits has served as our President and Chief Operating Officer since February 2002. From November 1987 to February 2002, Ms. Popovits served in various roles at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales from February 2001 to February 2002, and as Vice President, Sales from October 1994 to February 2001. Prior to joining Genentech, she served as Division Manager, Southeast Region, for American Critical Care, a Division of American Hospital Supply, a supplier of healthcare products to hospitals. Ms. Popovits is a director of Nuvelo, Inc. Ms. Popovits holds a B.A. in Business from Michigan State University.
Julian C. Baker is a Managing Member of Baker Bros. Advisors, LLC, which he and his brother, Felix Baker, Ph.D., founded in 2000. Mr. Bakers firm manages Baker Brothers Investments, a family of long-term investment funds for major university endowments and foundations, which are focused on publicly traded life sciences companies. Mr. Bakers career as a fund-manager began in 1994 when he co-founded a biotechnology investing partnership with the Tisch Family. Previously, Mr. Baker was employed from 1988 to 1993 by the private equity investment arm of Credit Suisse First Boston. He is also a director of Incyte Corporation, Neurogen
Corporation, Theravance, Inc. and Trimeris, Inc. Mr. Baker holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University.
Brook H. Byers is a general partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm which he joined in 1977. He was the founding president and chairman of four life science companies: Hybritech Inc., IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation, InSite Vision Inc. and Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Byers currently serves as a director of a number of privately held technology, healthcare and biotechnology companies. Mr. Byers holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Fred E. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. joined TPG Ventures, a venture capital firm, as a Managing Director in 2001. Dr. Cohen is also a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he has taught since July 1988. Dr. Cohen is a director of Matrix Laboratories Limited, Quintiles Transnational and a number of privately held companies. Dr. Cohen holds a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University, and an M.D. from Stanford University.
Samuel D. Colella co-founded Versant Ventures, a healthcare and biotechnology venture capital firm, in 1999. Mr. Colella is also a general partner of Institutional Venture Partners, a venture capital firm he joined in 1984. Mr. Colella currently serves as a director of Symyx Technologies, Inc., Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Thermage, Inc., and a number of privately held technology and biotechnology companies. Mr. Colella has a B.S. in Business and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Michael D. Goldberg joined Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm, as a general partner in 2005. From October 2000 to December 2004, Mr. Goldberg served as the Managing Director of Jasper Capital, a management and financial consultancy business. In 1995, Mr. Goldberg founded OnCare, Inc., an oncology practice management company, and served as Chairman until August 2001 and as Chief Executive Officer until March 1999. Previously, Mr. Goldberg was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Axion Inc., a cancer-focused healthcare service company. Prior to Axion, Mr. Goldberg was director of Corporate Development and a member of the Operating Committee at Cetus Corporation. He is also a director of several privately held companies. Mr. Goldberg holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Randall S. Livingston has served as Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of Stanford University since 2001. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Livingston served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of OpenTV Corp., a provider of interactive television services. From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Livingston served as a consultant and part-time executive for several Silicon Valley technology companies. Prior to 1996, Mr. Livingston worked for Heartport, Inc., Taligent, Apple Computer, Ingres Corporation and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Livingston holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D. has served as Managing Director of Myers Ventures LLC, which concentrates on opportunities in healthcare and education, since December 2005. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of WellPoint, Inc., a commercial health benefits company, from September 2000 to January 2005. Dr. Myers holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
The nine nominees for director receiving the highest number of affirmative votes will be elected as directors. Unless marked to the contrary, proxies received will be voted FOR the nominees.
Your board of directors recommends a vote FOR the election of the nominees set forth above as directors of Genomic Health.
Our board of directors has determined that, except for Dr. Scott and Ms. Popovits, each individual who currently serves as a member of the board is, and each individual who served as a member of the board in 2006 was, an independent director within the meaning of Rule 4200 of The NASDAQ Stock Market. Dr. Scott and Ms. Popovits are not independent because they are employed by the Company. All of the nominees are members of the board standing for reelection as directors. For Messrs. Byers, Colella, Goldberg and Livingston and Drs. Cohen and Myers, the board of directors considered their relationship and transactions with the Company as directors and securityholders of the Company. For Mr. Baker, the board of directors considered Mr. Bakers status as a director and securityholder, and ordinary course transactions between the Company and another company for which Mr. Baker serves as a director.
Our board of directors held eight meetings in 2006. Each director attended at least 75% of the aggregate number of meetings of the board of directors held during the period for which such director served on our board of directors and of the committees on which such director served. The independent directors meet in regularly scheduled executive sessions at in-person meetings of the board of directors without the participation of the Chief Executive Officer or the other members of management. We do not have a policy that requires the attendance of directors at the Annual Meeting. Two board members attended our 2006 annual meeting.
Our board of directors has appointed an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee and a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The board of directors has determined that each director who serves on these committees is independent, as that term is defined by applicable listing standards of The NASDAQ Stock Market and rules of the SEC. The board of directors has adopted written charters for each of these committees. Copies of these charters are available on the investor section of our website (www.genomichealth.com).
The board of directors nominates directors for election at each annual meeting of stockholders and elects new directors to fill vacancies when they arise. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has the responsibility to identify, evaluate, recruit and recommend qualified candidates to the board of directors for nomination or election.
The board of directors has as an objective that its membership be composed of experienced and dedicated individuals with diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will select candidates for director based on their character, judgment, diversity of experience, business acumen, and ability to act on behalf of all stockholders. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee believes that nominees for director should have experience, such as experience in management or accounting and finance, or industry and technology knowledge, that may be useful to Genomic Health and the board of directors, high personal and professional ethics, and the willingness and ability to devote sufficient time to carry out
effectively their duties as directors. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee believes it appropriate for at least one, and, preferably, multiple, members of the board of directors to meet the criteria for an audit committee financial expert as defined by rules of the SEC, and for a majority of the members of the board of directors to meet the definition of independent director under the rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee also believes it appropriate for key members of our management to participate as members of the board of directors.
Prior to each annual meeting of stockholders, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee identifies nominees first by evaluating the current directors whose term will expire at the annual meeting and who are willing to continue in service. These candidates are evaluated based on the criteria described above, including as demonstrated by the candidates prior service as a director, and the needs of the board of directors with respect to the particular talents and experience of its directors. In the event that a director does not wish to continue in service, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee determines not to re-nominate the director, or a vacancy is created on the board of directors as a result of a resignation, an increase in the size of the board or other event, the Committee will consider various candidates for board membership, including those suggested by the Committee members, by other board of directors members, by any executive search firm engaged by the Committee or by stockholders. The Committee recommended all of the nominees for election included in this Proxy Statement.
A stockholder who wishes to suggest a prospective nominee for the board of directors should notify Genomic Healths Secretary or any member of the Committee in writing with any supporting material the stockholder considers appropriate.
In addition, our Bylaws contain provisions that address the process by which a stockholder may nominate an individual to stand for election to the board of directors at our annual meeting of stockholders. In order to nominate a candidate for director, a stockholder must give timely notice in writing to Genomic Healths Secretary and otherwise comply with the provisions of our Bylaws. To be timely, our Bylaws provide that we must have received the stockholders notice not earlier than 90 days nor more than 120 days in advance of the date the proxy statement was released to the stockholders in connection with the previous years annual meeting of stockholders; however, if we have not held an annual meeting in the previous year or the date of the annual meeting is changed by more than 30 days from the prior year, we must have received the stockholders notice not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day prior to the annual meeting or the 7th day following the first public announcement of the annual meeting date. Information required by the Bylaws to be in the notice includes the name and contact information for the candidate and the person making the nomination and other information about the nominee that must be disclosed in proxy solicitations under Section 14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the related rules and regulations under that Section.
Stockholder nominations must be made in accordance with the procedures outlined in, and include the information required by, our Bylaws and must be addressed to: Secretary, Genomic Health, Inc., 301 Penobscot Drive, Redwood City, California 94063. You can obtain a copy of our Bylaws by writing to the Secretary at this address.
If you wish to communicate with the board of directors, you may send your communication in writing to: Secretary, Genomic Health, Inc., 301 Penobscot Drive, Redwood City, California 94063. You must include your name and address in the written communication and indicate whether you are a stockholder of Genomic Health. The Secretary will review any communication received from a stockholder, and all material communications from stockholders will be forwarded to the appropriate director or directors or committee of the board of directors based on the subject matter.
It is our policy that all employees, officers and directors must avoid any activity that is or has the appearance of conflicting with the interests of the Company. This policy is included in our Code of Business Conduct. We conduct a review of all related party transactions for potential conflict of interest situations on an ongoing basis and all such
transactions relating to executive officers and directors must be approved by the independent and disinterested members of our board of directors or an independent and disinterested committee of the board.
The following table sets forth cash amounts and the value of other compensation paid to our outside directors for their service in 2006:
Directors who are our employees do not receive any fees for their service on our board of directors. During 2006, Dr. Scott and Ms. Popovits were our only employee directors.
Our outside directors receive an annual retainer of $20,000 and Mr. Livingston, as chairman of our audit committee, receives an annual retainer of $30,000. We also reimburse our non-employee directors for reasonable expenses in connection with attendance at board of director and committee meetings.
In addition to cash compensation for services as a member of the board, non-employee directors also are eligible to receive nondiscretionary, automatic grants of stock options under our 2005 Stock Incentive Plan. An outside director who joins our board is automatically granted an initial option to purchase 16,500 shares upon first becoming a member of our board of directors. The initial option vests and becomes exercisable over four years, with the first 25% of the shares subject to the initial option vesting on the first anniversary of the date of grant and the remainder vesting monthly thereafter. Immediately after each of our regularly scheduled annual meetings of stockholders, each outside director is automatically granted a nonstatutory option to purchase 8,250 shares of our common stock, provided the director has served on our board of directors for at least six months. These options vest and become exercisable on the first anniversary of the date of grant or immediately prior to our next annual meeting of stockholders, if earlier. The options granted to outside directors under our 2005 Stock Incentive Plan have a per share exercise price equal to 100% of the fair market value of the underlying shares on the date of grant, a term of 10 years, and become fully vested in the event of a change in control.
We believe that compensation of our executive officers should encourage creation of stockholder value and achievement of strategic corporate objectives, attract and retain qualified, skilled and dedicated executives on a long-term basis, reward past performance, and provide incentives for future performance. Our philosophy is to align the interests of our stockholders and management by integrating compensation with our annual and long-term corporate and financial objectives, including through equity ownership by management. In order to attract and retain qualified personnel, we strive to offer a total compensation package competitive with companies in the life sciences industry, taking into account relative company size, performance and geographic location as well as individual responsibilities and performance. Our compensation philosophy with respect to our executive officers currently focuses more on the use of equity-based compensation rather than cash-based compensation.
In setting the level of cash and equity compensation for our executive officers, the Compensation Committee of our board of directors and the independent members of our board consider various factors, including the performance of the Company and the individual executive during the year, the uniqueness and relative importance of the executives skill set to the Company, the executives expected future contributions to the Company, the percentage of vested versus unvested options held by the executive, the level of the executives stock ownership and the Companys compensation philosophy for all employees. While the Compensation Committee and independent members of the board did not use market benchmarks to determine executive compensation for 2006, the Compensation Committee reviewed survey data with respect to companies in the San Francisco Bay Area with revenues in a broadly similar range as the Companys revenues and data with respect to a peer group of biotechnology, life sciences and diagnostic companies, which included competitive information relating to compensation levels for comparable positions in those industries. The Compensation Committee and the independent members of the board, who have a broad range of experience relating to executive compensation matters for similarly situated companies, consider as well the compensation levels of other employees of the Company. When establishing each element of an executive officers compensation, the Compensation Committee and independent members of the board also take into consideration the executives historical cash and equity compensation, level of equity ownership, and total current and potential compensation.
We do not enter into employment or severance contracts with our executive officers as we do not believe these types of arrangements facilitate our compensation goals and objectives. We do not have a stock ownership or stock retention policy that requires executive officers to own stock in Genomic Health or retain options they exercise. We do not have an employee stock purchase plan, nor have we made contributions to our executive officers 401(k) plans. In 2007, we will make up to a $1,000 matching 401(k) contribution for all eligible employees and executive officers.
We generally intend to qualify executive compensation for deductibility without limitation under section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 162(m) provides that, for purposes of the regular income tax and the alternative minimum tax, the otherwise allowable deduction for compensation paid or accrued with respect to a covered employee of a publicly-held corporation (other than certain exempt performance-based compensation) is limited to no more than $1 million per year. None of the non-exempt compensation we paid to any of our executive officers for 2006 as calculated for purposes of section 162(m) exceeded the $1 million limit.
Our compensation structure for executive officers consists of a combination of salary and stock options; because of our egalitarian culture, we do not have programs providing for personal-benefit perquisites to officers. The Compensation Committee makes recommendations with respect to executive officer compensation, to be approved by the independent members of the board of directors. For 2007, executive officers will be eligible to receive cash bonuses as well.
Base Salary. Our Compensation Committee reviews base salaries for executive officers on an annual basis, considering recommendations by the Chief Executive Officer for executive officers other than the Chief Executive Officer, and adjusting salaries based on individual and company performance. The Compensation Committee also considers market information and the base salaries and other incentives paid to executive officers of other similarly sized companies within our industry. However, the Compensation Committee does not limit its decision to or target any particular range or level of total compensation paid to executive officers at these companies. The Chief Executive Officer is involved in the decisions on base salary adjustments for executives other than the Chief Executive Officer.
Annual Bonus. While we have had a bonus pool that is tied to corporate and operational goals for our non-executives, we have not in the past paid cash bonuses to our executive officers. For 2007, our executive officers will be eligible to participate in our cash bonus program. The eligible bonus pool for all employees will be 10% of the Companys total salary base, but there will be no preset limitations on minimum or maximum bonus amounts. While bonuses for non-executive employees will be based in part on achievement of corporate goals established by our executive officers, bonuses for executive officers will be determined by the Compensation Committee and independent members of our board of directors at the time of their annual compensation review based on their assessment of corporate and individual achievements.
Equity-Based Compensation. Our Compensation Committee administers our stock option plan for executive officers, employees, consultants and outside directors, under which it grants options to purchase our common stock with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of a share of our common stock on the date of grant, which is the closing price on the date of grant. Option grants to Randal W. Scott that were intended to qualify as incentive stock options while he owned more than 10% of our common stock were made at an exercise price of 110% of fair market value on the date of grant and have a five-year term.
We believe that providing executive officers who have responsibility for our management and growth with an opportunity to increase their stock ownership aligns the interests of the executive officers with those of our stockholders. Accordingly, the Compensation Committee also considers stock option grants to be an important aspect in compensating and providing incentives to management. Each executive officer is initially granted an option when he or she begins working for us. The amount of the grant is based on his or her position with us, relevant prior experience and market conditions. These initial grants generally vest over four years and no shares vest before the one-year anniversary of the option grant. We spread the vesting of our options over four years to compensate executives for their contribution over a period of time and to provide an incentive to focus on our longer term goals. The Compensation Committee also sets annual grants as part of its and the independent members of the boards annual compensation review process. The Compensation Committee determines the number of shares underlying each stock option grant based upon the executive officers and the Companys performance, the executive officers role and responsibilities, the executive officers base salary, and comparison with comparable awards to individuals in similar positions in our industry. Additionally, in the future our Compensation Committee and independent members of our board of directors may consider awarding additional or alternative forms of equity incentives, such as grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units and other performance based awards. We do not coordinate the
timing of equity award grants with the release of financial results or other material announcements by the Company; our annual equity grants are made at regularly scheduled board and Compensation Committee meetings.
Other Compensation. All of our full-time employees, including our executive officers, may participate in our health programs, such as medical, dental and vision care coverage, and our 401(k) and life and disability insurance programs.
The following report of the Compensation Committee shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or filed with the SEC or to be incorporated by reference into any other filing by Genomic Health under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into a document filed under those Acts.
The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth above with Genomic Healths management. Based on its review and those discussions, the Compensation Committee recommended to the board of directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in our Form 10-K and in this proxy statement.
Samuel D. Colella
Brook H. Byers
Fred E. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D.
The tables that follow provide compensation information for our named executive officers, including Randal W. Scott, Chief Executive Officer, G. Bradley Cole, Chief Financial Officer, and our three most highly compensated executive officers who were serving as executive officers at the end of 2006, which were Kimberly J. Popovits, Joffre B. Baker and Steven Shak.
The following table sets forth information on grants of options to purchase shares of our common stock in 2006 to our named executive officers:
Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End 2006
Other than the grants to Dr. Scott noted in footnote (2) above that have a term of five years, all of the options have a term of ten years, subject to earlier termination in specified events related to termination of employment.
Security Ownership of
Certain Beneficial Owners and Management
The following table sets forth certain information as of April 17, 2007, as to shares of our common stock beneficially owned by: (1) each person who is known by us to own beneficially more than 5% of our common stock, (2) each of our named executive officers listed in the summary compensation table, (3) each of our directors and (4) all of our directors and executive officers as a group.
We have determined beneficial ownership in accordance with the rules of the SEC. Except as indicated by the footnotes below, we believe, based on the information furnished to us, that the persons and entities named in the table below have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares of common stock that they beneficially own, subject to applicable community property laws.
In computing the number of shares of common stock beneficially owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, we deemed outstanding shares of common stock subject to options held by that person that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days after April 17, 2007. We did not deem these shares outstanding, however, for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
The Audit Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the board of directors. A link to a copy of the Audit Committee Charter is available on our website at www.genomichealth.com. All members of the Audit Committee meet the independence standards established by The NASDAQ Stock Market.
The Audit Committee assists the board of directors in fulfilling its responsibility to oversee managements implementation of Genomic Healths financial reporting process. It is not the duty of the Audit Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or to assess the Companys internal control over financial reporting. Management is responsible for the financial statements and the reporting process, including the system of internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls. The independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for expressing an opinion on the conformity of those financial statements with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.
In discharging its oversight role, the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements contained in the 2006 Annual Report with Genomic Healths management and the independent registered public accounting firm.
The Audit Committee met privately with the independent registered public accounting firm, and discussed issues deemed significant by the independent registered public accounting firm, including those required by Statements on Auditing Standards No. 61 and No. 90 (Audit Committee Communications). In addition, the Audit Committee discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm the firms independence from Genomic Health and its management, including the matters in the written disclosures required by Independence Standards board Standard No. 1 (Independence Discussions with Audit Committees), and considered whether the provision of nonaudit services was compatible with maintaining the independent registered public accounting firms independence.
The Audit Committee has discussed with Genomic Healths independent registered public accounting firm, with and without management present, their evaluations of Genomic Healths internal control over financial reporting and the overall quality of Genomic Healths financial reporting.
In reliance on the reviews and discussion with management and the independent registered public accounting firm referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the board of directors, and the board approved, the inclusion of the audited financial statements in Genomic Healths Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, for filing with the SEC. The Audit Committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP to serve as Genomic Healths independent registered public accounting firm for the 2007 fiscal year.
Randall S. Livingston
Samuel D. Colella
Michael D. Goldberg
The Audit Committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007. Representatives of Ernst & Young LLP are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting. They will have an opportunity to make a statement, if they desire to do so, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions. Although stockholder ratification of our independent registered public accounting firm is not required by our Bylaws or otherwise, we are submitting the selection of Ernst & Young LLP to our stockholders for ratification to permit stockholders to participate in this important corporate decision.
Ernst & Young LLP has audited our financial statements since our inception in 2000. Aggregate fees for professional services rendered for us by Ernst & Young LLP for the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2005, were as follows:
Audit fees. For the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2005, audit fees were for the audits of our financial statements. For the year ended December 31, 2006, audit fees also included the audit of our internal control over financial reporting. For the year ended December 31, 2005, audit fees also included services provided in connection with our initial public offering, including review of quarterly financial information contained in our registration statement on Form S-1, work related to our S-8, comfort letters and consents, and review of our filings with the SEC.
Audit-Related fees. For the year ended December 31, 2005, audit-related fees were for review of our documentation of internal control over financial reporting under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Tax fees. For the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2005, tax fees were for the preparation of our tax returns, tax planning and tax consulting services.
The Audit Committee has implemented pre-approval policies and procedures related to the provision of audit and non-audit services. Under these procedures, the Audit Committee pre-approves both the type of services to be provided by Ernst & Young LLP and the estimated fees related to these services. All of the services in 2006 were pre-approved.
During the approval process, the Audit Committee considers the impact of the types of services and the related fees on the independence of the independent registered public accounting firm. The services and fees must be deemed compatible with the maintenance of that firms independence, including compliance with rules and regulations of the SEC.
Throughout the year, the Audit Committee will review any revisions to the estimates of audit and non-audit fees initially approved.
Ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present and voting at the Annual Meeting in person or by proxy. Unless marked to the contrary, proxies received will be voted FOR ratification of the appointment. In the event ratification is not obtained, the Audit Committee will
review its future selection of our independent registered public accounting firm but will not be required to select a different independent registered public accounting firm.
Your board of directors recommends a vote FOR ratification of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm.
If a stockholder wishes to present a proposal to be included in our proxy statement for the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the proponent and the proposal must comply with the proxy proposal submission rules of the SEC. One of the requirements is that the proposal be received by Genomic Healths Secretary no later than January 4, 2008. Proposals we receive after that date will not be included in the proxy statement. We urge stockholders to submit proposals by Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested.
A stockholder proposal not included in our proxy statement for the 2008 Annual Meeting will not be eligible for presentation at the meeting unless the stockholder gives timely notice of the proposal in writing to our Secretary at our principal executive offices and otherwise complies with the provisions of our Bylaws. To be timely, the Bylaws provide that we must have received the stockholders notice not earlier than 90 days nor more than 120 days in advance of the date the proxy statement was released to the stockholders in connection with the previous years annual meeting of stockholders; however, if the date of the annual meeting is changed by more than 30 days from the prior year, we must have received the stockholders notice not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day prior to the annual meeting or the 7th day following the first public announcement of the annual meeting date. The stockholders notice must set forth, as to each proposed matter: a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the meeting; the text of the proposal or business and reasons for conducting such business at the meeting; the name and address, as they appear on our books, of the stockholder proposing such business and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the proposal is made; the class and number of shares of our securities that are owned beneficially and of record by the stockholder and the beneficial owner; any material interest of the stockholder in such business; and any other information that is required to be provided by such stockholder pursuant to proxy proposal submission rules of the SEC. The presiding officer of the meeting may refuse to acknowledge any matter not made in compliance with the foregoing procedure.
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our executive officers and directors, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities, to file reports of ownership on Forms 3, 4 and 5 with the SEC. Officers, directors and greater than 10% stockholders are required to furnish us with copies of all Forms 3, 4 and 5 they file.
Based solely on our review of the copies of such forms we have received and written representations from certain reporting person that they filed all required reports, we believe that all of our officers, directors and greater than 10% stockholders complied with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them with respect to transactions during 2006, except that Forms 4 related to automatic annual option grants to each of Messrs. Baker, Byers, Colella, Goldberg and Livingston and Dr. Cohen on May 24, 2006, the day after our 2006 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, were inadvertently not filed until September 2006.
Your board of directors does not know of any other business that will be presented at the Annual Meeting. If any other business is properly brought before the Annual Meeting, your proxy holders will vote on it as they think best unless you direct them otherwise in your proxy instructions.
Whether or not you intend to be present at the Annual Meeting, we urge you to submit your signed proxy promptly.
By Order of the Board of Directors.
G. Bradley Cole
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Redwood City, California
May 4, 2007
Our 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K as initially filed with the SEC on March 16, 2007 has been mailed with this Proxy Statement. We amended our 10-K after its initial filing. We will provide, on request and without charge, copies of Amendment No. 1 and Amendment No. 2 to our 10-K. We will also provide copies of exhibits to our Annual Report on Form 10-K, but will charge a reasonable fee per page to any requesting stockholder. Stockholders may make such requests in writing to Secretary, Genomic Health, Inc., 301 Penobscot Drive, Redwood City, California 94063. The request must include a representation by the stockholder that as of April 17, 2007, the stockholder was entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Our 10-K, the amendments and exhibits are also available at www.genomichealth.com.
6 IF YOU HAVE NOT VOTED VIA THE INTERNET OR TELEPHONE, FOLD ALONG THE PERFORATION, DETACH AND RETURN THE BOTTOM PORTION IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. 6
6 IF YOU HAVE NOT VOTED VIA THE INTERNET OR TELEPHONE, FOLD ALONG THE PERFORATION, DETACH AND RETURN THE BOTTOM PORTION IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. 6