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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 24, 2023



Kezar Life Sciences, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)






(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)






4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300


South San Francisco, California



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: 650 822-5600



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


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Title of each class




Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.001 par value




The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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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 July 24, 2023, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. (the “Company”) approved a stock option repricing where the exercise price of certain outstanding options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Common Stock”) under the Company’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”) was reduced to $2.28 per share, the closing price of the Common Stock on the approval date (the “Option Repricing”). Options that were granted under the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan and 2022 Inducement Plan were not eligible for and were not included in the Option Repricing. The Option Repricing includes options granted pursuant to the 2018 Plan that are held by, among others, members of the Board (other than options granted in June 2023) and the Company’s named executive officers and principal financial officer. No other terms of the options were modified, and the options will continue to vest according to their original vesting schedules and will retain their original expiration dates. After evaluating several alternatives, the Board determined that the Option Repricing, which is permitted under the terms of the 2018 Plan, was in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders and provides the most effective means of retaining and incentivizing the Company’s key contributors while preserving cash resources and without incurring stock dilution from significant additional equity grants.

The following options held by the Company’s named executive officers and principal financial officer under the 2018 Plan were included in the Option Repricing:

Name and Position


Option Shares


Exercise Price Range of Original Options

John Fowler




$3.29 to $22.85

Chief Executive Officer





Noreen Roth Henig, M.D.




$4.56 to $14.55

Chief Medical Officer





Christopher Kirk, Ph.D.




$3.29 to $22.85

Strategic Advisor and Former President and Chief Scientific Officer





Marc Belsky




$3.29 to $22.85

Chief Financial Officer








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.




Kezar Life Sciences, Inc.






July 26, 2023


/s/ Marc L. Belsky




Marc L. Belsky
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary