ardx_Current Folio_8k



Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 14, 2019


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)












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of incorporation)



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(IRS Employer

Identification Number)

34175 Ardenwood Blvd., Suite 200

Fremont, CA 94555

(Address of principal executive offices, including Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (510) 745‑1700

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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 March 14,  2019,  Ardelyx, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Geoffrey A. Block, M.D. as a member of its board of directors (the “Board”), effective immediately, to serve in Class II until the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his successor is duly elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal. In connection with Dr. Block’s appointment, the Board increased the authorized number of members of the Board from eight to nine members. Following Dr. Block’s appointment, Class II will consist of David Mott,  Michael Raab and Dr. Block.

Dr. Block was also appointed to serve as a member of the Nominating and Goverance Committee of the Board effective June 13, 2019.  Following the effective date of Dr. Block’s appointment, the Nominating and Governance Committee will consist of Gordon Ringold, Ph.D., as chairman, David Mott, Annalisa Jenkins, MBBS, FRCP, and Dr. Block.

The Board has determined that Dr. Block is independent as defined in Listing Rule 5605 of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC for purposes of serving on the Board.   Pursuant to the Company’s compensation program for its non-employee directors, (the “Director Compensation Program”), Dr. Block will receive an option to purchase 75,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. Dr. Block’s options will have a per share exercise price equal to the last reporting sale price reported by The Nasdaq Stock Market on the date of grant, and the option will vest over three years in substantially equal installments on each monthly anniversary of the grant date so long as Dr. Block remains on the Board through each such vesting date. In addition, Dr. Block will be entitled to receive annual cash retainers in the amount of $40,000 per year for his service on the Board and $5,000 per year for his service on our Nominating and Governance Committee and any other compensation provided pursuant to the Director Compensation Program.

The Company intends to enter into its standard form of indemnification agreement with Dr. Block.




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.















Date: March 18, 2019















/s/ Mark Kaufmann







Mark Kaufmann







Chief Financial Officer