Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 17, 2020


Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


Delaware   001-37467   26-3687168
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


100 High Street, 28th Floor

Boston, Massachusetts

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 349-1971



(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)




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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share   CATB   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


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Item 5.02Departure of Directors of Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensation Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On September 17, 2020, the Board of Directors of Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Noah Clauser to the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Clauser, age 47, had served as the Company’s Vice President, Finance since August 2017, leading the Company’s finance and operations functions. Previously, he served as Senior Director, Finance and Controller of the Company from January 2016 to August 2017 and as Controller of the Company from April 2011 to December 2015. Mr. Clauser is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and holds an M.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Management from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.


In connection with Mr. Clauser’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Clauser’s annualized base salary was increased to $320,000 and his target annual bonus opportunity was increased to 35% of his base salary. In addition, Mr. Clauser was granted an incentive stock option to purchase 35,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), with an exercise price of $6.94 per share, equal to the closing price of the Common Stock on the Nasdaq Global Market on the grant date of September 17, 2020. Subject to Mr. Clauser’s continued service, 25% of the shares will vest on the first anniversary of the grant date and the remainder will vest over the ensuing three years at a rate of 2.0833% per month.







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.


Date: September 21, 2020. By: /s/ Ben Harshbarger

 Ben Harshbarger

SVP, General Counsel