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BOSTON and LONDON, Sept. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orchard Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ORTX), a global gene therapy leader, today announced that the Compensation Committee of Orchard’s Board of Directors approved the grant of non-statutory stock options to four new employees to purchase an aggregate of 278,500 ordinary shares under Orchard’s 2020 Inducement Equity Plan. The awards were granted as an inducement material to the employees’ acceptance of employment with Orchard in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).
The options have an exercise price of $3.09 per share, which is equal to the closing price of Orchard’s American Depositary Shares as reported by Nasdaq on September 1, 2021. The options have a ten-year term and vest over four years, with 25% vesting on the one-year anniversary of the employee’s date of hire and the remainder vesting in equal monthly installments for three years thereafter, subject to the employee’s continued service with Orchard on each such vesting date. The options are subject to the terms and conditions of Orchard’s 2020 Inducement Equity Plan and the terms and conditions of share option agreements covering the grants.
About Orchard Therapeutics
Orchard Therapeutics is a global gene therapy leader dedicated to transforming the lives of people affected by severe diseases through the development of innovative, potentially curative gene therapies. Our ex vivo autologous gene therapy approach harnesses the power of genetically modified blood stem cells and seeks to correct the underlying cause of disease in a single administration. In 2018, Orchard acquired GSK’s rare disease gene therapy portfolio, which originated from a pioneering collaboration between GSK and the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan, Italy. Orchard now has one of the deepest and most advanced gene therapy product candidate pipelines in the industry spanning multiple therapeutic areas where the disease burden on children, families and caregivers is immense and current treatment options are limited or do not exist.
Orchard has its global headquarters in London and U.S. headquarters in Boston. For more information, please visit www.orchard-tx.com, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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