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): May 22, 2019



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



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1180 Veterans Boulevard

South San Francisco, CA 94080

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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.


Approval of 2018 Equity Incentive Plan, as Amended


On May 22, 2019, at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”), the Company’s stockholders approved the Company’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended (the “Amended 2018 Plan”), to increase the aggregate number of shares of common stock authorized for issuance under the 2018 Plan by 4,000,000 shares.


The Amended 2018 Plan previously had been approved, subject to stockholder approval, by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”). The Amended 2018 Plan became effective immediately upon stockholder approval at the Annual Meeting.


A more detailed summary of the material features of the Amended 2018 Plan is set forth in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for the Annual Meeting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 9, 2019 (the “Proxy Statement”). That summary and the foregoing description are qualified in their entirety by reference to the text of the Amended 2018 Plan, which is attached as Appendix A to the Proxy Statement.


Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.


The following is a brief description of each matter voted upon at the Annual Meeting, as well as the number of votes cast for or against each matter and the number of abstentions and broker non-votes with respect to each matter. A more complete description of each matter is set forth in the Proxy Statement.


· Each of the three nominees for director, to serve until the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until his or her respective successor has been elected and qualified, was elected as follows:




Voted For




Bradford S. Goodwin






Keith A. Katkin






Jane Wasman







There were 26,875,823 broker non-votes for this matter.


· The Company’s stockholders approved the Amended 2018 Plan.


The tabulation of votes on this matter was as follows: shares voted for: 103,676,616; shares voted against: 9,736,323; shares abstaining: 105,307; and broker non-votes: 26,875,823.


· The Company’s stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.


The tabulation of votes on this matter was as follows: shares voted for: 111,657,396; shares voted against: 1,743,370; shares abstaining: 117,480; and broker non-votes: 26,875,823.


· The Company’s stockholders ratified the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.


The tabulation of votes on this matter was as follows: shares voted for: 137,309,818; shares voted against: 2,961,955; and shares abstaining: 122,296.






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: May 24, 2019










/s/ Dolly A. Vance



Dolly A. Vance



Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary