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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 26, 2019, upon the recommendation of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Unum Therapeutics Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Matthew Ros and Arlene Morris (the “New Directors”) to join the Board, effective immediately. The Board determined that each of the New Directors are independent under the listing standards of Nasdaq and the Company’s corporate governance guidelines. Ms. Morris will serve as a Class II director with a term expiring at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2020. Ms. Morris was also appointed to serve as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Ros will serve as a Class I director with a term expiring at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2022. Mr. Ros was also appointed to serve as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating Committee.

As non-employee directors, the New Directors will receive cash compensation and an equity award for their Board service in accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation policy. The New Directors are not a party to any transaction with the Company that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K, and there are no arrangements or understandings between either of the New Directors and any other persons pursuant to which they were selected as a director. In addition, the New Directors will enter into indemnification agreements with the Company consistent with the form of the existing indemnification agreement entered into between the Company and its non-employee directors.

Following the New Directors’ election to the Board, the Company’s Audit Committee consists of Mr. Jorn Aldag (Chair), Mr. Bruce Booth and Ms. Morris, the Company’s Compensation Committee consists of Ms. Morris (Chair), Mr. Ros and Dr. Karen Ferrante and the Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee consists of Dr. Ferrante (Chair), Mr. Booth and Mr. Ros.

On July 29, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing the changes to the composition of its Board of Directors. A copy of this press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.







99.1    Press release issued by Unum Therapeutics Inc. on July 29, 2019 furnished herewith.


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: July 29, 2019






/s/ Charles Wilson


Charles Wilson, Ph.D.


Chief Executive Officer and President


Exhibit 99.1

Unum Therapeutics Announces New Appointments to its Board of Directors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unum Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: UMRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of cellular immunotherapies to treat cancer based on its novel T cell technology platforms, ACTR and BOXR, today announced the appointments of Arlene Morris and Matthew Ros to its Board of Directors. Ms. Morris and Mr. Ros will replace Robert Perez and Liam Ratcliffe, who are both transitioning from Unum’s Board of Directors in conjunction with their new positions within the biotechnology industry.

“We are delighted with the appointments of Arlene and Matt to our Board of Directors. Both Arlene and Matt bring significant commercial, clinical and operational experience within the oncology field and will be of tremendous value to our organization as we continue to invest in our ACTR and BOXR platforms by advancing our preclinical and clinical programs for hematologic and solid tumor cancers,” said Chuck Wilson, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Unum. “I also want to thank Liam and Rob for their service and commitment to Unum over the past several years and congratulate them on their new roles.”

Ms. Morris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Willow Advisors, a consultancy advising biotech companies on financing, strategy and business development. She brings extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries from numerous management and board roles. Previously, she spent over a decade leading public biotechnology companies, as Chief Executive Officer of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of an epigenetic therapy for treatment-resistant cancers, and prior, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Affymax, where she led the company through the development of peginesatide (Omontys®). Ms. Morris also held various management and executive positions at Clearview Projects, Coulter Pharmaceutical, Scios Inc., and Johnson & Johnson. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Viveve, Palatin Technologies, and Neovacs, SA.

Mr. Ros currently serves as Chief Strategy and Business Officer at Epizyme, Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel epigenetic therapies. He has more than 25 years of experience with global pharmaceutical and early-stage biotechnology companies, building and leading teams across sales, marketing, franchise strategy and operations. Prior to joining Epizyme, Mr. Ros served as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of the Oncology Business Unit at Sanofi-Genzyme and held leadership positions at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Ros began his career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in its Oncology division, contributing to the successful launches of TAXOL, ERBITUX®, SPRYCEL® and IXEMPRA®. Mr. Ros previously served on the Board of Trustees of CancerCARE, a leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services to people affected by cancer.

About Unum Therapeutics

Unum Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company providing potentially curative T cell therapies to treat a broad range of cancer patients. Unum’s novel proprietary technologies include Antibody-Coupled T cell Receptor (ACTR), a universal, engineered cell therapy intended to be used in combination with a wide range of tumor-specific antibodies to target different tumor types, and Bolt-On Chimeric Receptor (BOXR), an approach for improving T cell functionality in solid tumor cancer applications. Unum has multiple programs in Phase 1 clinical testing, including ACTR707 used in combination with rituximab in adult patients with r/r NHL and used in combination with trastuzumab in adult patients with HER2+ advanced cancer, and ACTR087 used in combination with the novel antibody SEA-BCMA in r/r multiple myeloma. The Company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements regarding our future expectations, plans and prospects, and the development of our product candidates, including the lead ACTR product candidates and the BOXR platform and product candidates, as well as other statements containing the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” or “would” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. We may not actually achieve the forecasts disclosed in our forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from the projections disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make as a result of a variety of risks and uncertainties, including risks related to the accuracy of our estimates regarding expenses, future revenues, capital requirements, and the need for additional financing, the success, cost and timing of our product development activities and clinical trials, actions of regulatory agencies, which may affect the timing and progress of clinical trials, and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval for our product candidates, and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” sections of our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date hereof. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.

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