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Washington, D.C. 20549






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


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 18, 2023




(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)


Massachusetts   001-38185   04-2652826

(State or other jurisdiction

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14 Norfolk Avenue

South Easton, MA 02375

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(508) 230-1828

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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 October 18, 2023, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (the “Company”) approved an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Pressure BioSciences, Inc. 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan originally provided that no one person could be granted awards pursuant to the Plan during any one fiscal year to purchase more than 300,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”). Pursuant to the amendment, the yearly limit for any one person was raised to 500,000 shares of Common Stock.


On the same date, the Board granted stock options to a number of employees and consultants along with the stock options detailed below to four members of the Board (Jeffrey Peterson, Kevin Pollack, Vito Mangiardi, and Mickey Urdea) and to each of the Company’s named executive officers (Richard Schumacher, Edmund Ting, and Alexander Lazarev) with each option having an exercise price of $0.25 per share (one cent higher than the $0.24 closing price of the Common Stock on October 17, 2023). Each award of options expires on October 18, 2033. The options for the members of the Board vest in equal amounts over twelve (12) months. The options for Mr. Schumacher and Drs. Ting and Lazarev were each vested 25% on the date of issuance and 25% of the options vest each year for the next three (3) years.


The Board members were granted the following options to purchase shares of Common Stock: Mr. Peterson – 162,980; Mr. Pollack – 86,103; Mr. Mangiardi – 79,953; and Mr. Urdea – 73,802. The named executive officers were granted the following options to purchase shares of Common Stock: Mr. Schumacher – 338, 261; and each of Drs. Ting and Lazarev – 92,253.


In addition, on the same date, the Board approved the repricing of all outstanding options (including those held by the Board members and the named executive officers) to $0.25. The previous exercise prices of the outstanding stock options held by the Board members and the named executive officers ranged from $0.69 to $1.50.






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: October 23, 2023 By: /s/ Richard T. Schumacher
    Richard T. Schumacher
    President and Chief Executive Officer