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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.

The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Kinnate Biopharma Inc. (the “Company”) and a special committee of the Board have approved, and the Company has entered into, agreements (each, a “Transaction Bonus Agreement”) with each of Nima Farzan, Neha Krishnamohan and Mark Meltz (the Company’s “named executive officers”) and two other members of its senior leadership team, which provide for the payment of a transaction bonus in the event of a transaction involving either (i) a Change in Control (as defined in each executive’s existing Change in Control and Severance Agreement (each, a “CIC Severance Agreement”)), or (ii) the sale of material assets of the Company (as reasonably determined by the Board) that does not constitute a Change in Control, in each case subject to the applicable executive’s continued service to the Company through the closing of such transaction, or termination of such service within six months prior to the occurrence of such transaction, either by the Company other than for Cause or by the executive for Good Reason (each as defined in each executive’s CIC Severance Agreement).  Any transaction bonus payable under these agreements will be in an amount equal to a specified percentage of an aggregate pool representing 5% of the deal value.  The specified percentage of this pool is 40% for Mr. Farzan, 15% for each other named executive officer, and 15% for each of the other two members of the senior leadership team, subject to potential adjustment for each executive eligible for payment if any of the other executives is not eligible for payment.

In addition, each of these agreements serves to amend each executive’s CIC Severance Agreement to extend the “Change in Control Period” (during which a CIC Qualifying Termination (as defined in each CIC Severance Agreement) may occur which would entitle the applicable executive to certain enhanced severance benefits under such executive’s CIC Severance Agreement) to begin on the date that is six months prior to a Change in Control and end on the first anniversary of such Change in Control.  Mr. Farzan’s CIC Severance Agreement was further amended to provide that, in the event of his CIC Qualifying Termination or Non-CIC Qualifying Termination (as defined in his CIC Severance Agreement), he will receive up to 24 months of Company-paid health and welfare benefits pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended, or similar state law.

The foregoing description of the terms of the Transaction Bonus Agreements does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of such agreements, which will be filed as exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2023.


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: November 22, 2023
/s/ Nima Farzan
Nima Farzan
Chief Executive Officer and President