HELICOS BIOSCIENCES CORP 8-K 2008
Washington, D.C. 20549
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 14, 2008
HELICOS BIOSCIENCES CORPORATION
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(b) Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, PhD and Steven St. Peter, MD provided notification, on April 14, 2008, that they will not stand for re-election when their terms as directors of Helicos BioSciences Corporation (the Company) expire at the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 22, 2008 (the Annual Meeting). Until the Annual Meeting, both individuals will continue to serve as directors of the Company. In addition, until the Annual Meeting, Dr. St. Peter will continue to serve as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Dr. Fraser-Liggett will continue to serve as a member of the Compensation Committee. Neither Dr. Fraser-Liggetts nor Dr. St. Peters decision not to stand for re-election was the result of a disagreement with the Company on any matter related to its operations, policies or practices.
Elisabeth K. Allison, PhD and Brian G. Atwood will continue to serve as Class I directors, with terms expiring at the Annual Meeting, and will stand for re-election. If elected, Dr. Allison and Mr. Atwood will serve until the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until a successor has been elected and qualified. Dr. Allison and Mr. Atwood serve alongside Peter Barrett, PhD, Robert F. Higgins and Theo Melas-Kyriazi, each who currently serves as a Class II director until the 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until a successor has been elected and qualified, and Noubar B. Afeyan, PhD, Stanley N. Lapidus and Ronald A. Lowy, each who currently serves as a Class III director until the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until a successor has been elected and qualified. Both Dr. Allison and Mr. Lowy joined the Companys Board of Directors since the Companys initial public offering in May 2007. Dr. Allison and Mr. Lowy were appointed to the Board as part of the Companys philosophy to complement the qualifications and skills of our existing Board members with the qualifications and skills of new Board members. We believe this will assure that the interests of securityholders are properly represented through diverse perspectives.
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.
Dated: April 18, 2008