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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 20, 2024

Cassava Sciences, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
6801 N Capital of Texas Highway, Building 1; Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78731
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(512) 501-2444
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2 below):
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.001 par value
Nasdaq Capital Market
Warrants, exercisable for shares of Common Stock*   SAVAW*   Nasdaq Capital Market*
* In connection with the redemption of the Warrants on May 7, 2024, Nasdaq Stock Market LLC has filed a Form 25 relating to their removal from listing and deregistration under Section 12(b) of the Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On May 20, 2024, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the "Compensation Committee") of Cassava Sciences, Inc. (the "Company") approved discretionary cash bonus awards for each of the executive officers in recognition of their contributions to the Company as follows:
Bonus Amount
Remi Barbier 
President, Chief Executive Officer 
$                 500,000
R. Christopher Cook
Sr. VP and General Counsel
$                   50,000
James W. Kupiec, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer 
$                   50,000
Eric J. Schoen
Chief Financial Officer
$                 250,000
In addition, the Compensation Committee approved an amendment to Mr. Schoen's employment agreement. Under the amended employment agreement, if Mr. Schoen is terminated without cause after a “Change in Control” of the Company, Mr. Schoen will be paid his regular base salary, and he will continue to receive employment benefits, for a period of 12 months following his last date of employment with the Company.
The foregoing description is only a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the employment agreement amendment, which is filed as an exhibit to this Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit No.
10.1   Employment agreement amendment, dated May 20, 2024, by and between Cassava Sciences, Inc. and Eric J. Schoen
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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 thereunto duly authorized.
a Delaware corporation
Date: May 22, 2024
Eric J. Schoen
Chief Financial Officer

Exhibit 10.1


[Cassava Sciences, Inc. letterhead]


Amendment to Employment Agreement



On May 20, 2024, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Cassava Sciences, Inc. directed that the employment agreement for Eric Schoen (“the Executive”) shall be immediately amended to include a ‘change-in-control’ clause. This amendment (the “Amendment”) is therefore made between the Executive and Cassava Sciences, Inc. (the “Company” and together with Executive hereinafter referred to as the “Parties”) as of this May 20, 2024.




WHEREAS, the Parties previously entered into an employment agreement, executed on October 9, 2018 (the “Employment Agreement”); and


WHEREAS, the Company now wishes to amend the Employment Agreement as set forth below, and the Executive agrees to such amendment.


NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, the Parties mutually agree that the Employment Agreement is hereby amended as follows:




The following section is inserted immediately following item 13. of the Employment Agreement and shall constitute item 14. of the Employment Agreement:


“In the event your employment with Cassava Sciences is terminated without cause after a Change in Control (as defined herein) you will be paid your regular base salary, and you will continue to receive employment benefits, for a period of 12 months following your last date of employment with the Company. A Change-in-Control means the acquisition of 51% or more of Cassava Sciences then outstanding shares at the time of a Change-in-Control transaction, provided, however, that you sign and do not revoke an employment separation and release agreement, and further provided, however, that for purposes of this Paragraph 14, raising capital through the issuance of equity by the Company shall not constitute a Change-in-Control.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the Parties has executed this Amendment, in the case of the Company by its duly authorized officer, as of the day and year set forth above.



Cassava Sciences, Inc.    Executive
By: /s/ Remi Barbier   By: /s/ Eric Schoen  
Name: Remi Barbier                                                           Eric Schoen  
Title: President and CEO