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Form 8-K for AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS INC


19-Mar-2014

Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Financial Statements and Exh


Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors;
Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Executive Compensation

On March 13, 2014, the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the "Company") approved certain compensation matters for the Company's executive officers as set forth below.

Equity Awards

The Board approved the following grants of stock options (each a "Grant") under
the Company's 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the "Plan") to the Company's
executive officers:



                                                                 Number of Shares of
                                                                    Common Stock
                                                                     Underlying
Name and Title                                                      Stock Options
Vicente Anido, Jr., Chief Executive Officer &
Chairman of the Board                                                         300,000
Thomas A. Mitro, Chief Operating Officer                                      126,000
Richard J. Rubino, Chief Financial Officer                                     89,000
Brian Levy, Chief Medical Officer                                             115,000
Casey C. Kopczynski, Chief Scientific Officer                                 121,000

The grant date for each Grant is March 13, 2014 and each is scheduled to vest 25% on March 13, 2015 and ratably thereafter on each of the 36 monthly anniversaries of March 13, 2015. All vesting is subject to continued employment with the Company during the vesting period. The exercise price for each share of common stock underlying each Grant is $20.70, which is the last reported sale price of the Company's common stock as reported on The NASDAQ Global Market on March 13, 2014.

Under the Plan, in the event of a Corporate Transaction (as such term is defined in the Plan), options will either: (x) continue following such Corporate Transaction, which may include, in the discretion of the Committee (as such term is defined in the Plan) or the parties to the Corporate Transaction, the assumption, continuation or substitution of the options, in each case with appropriate adjustments to the number, kind of shares, and exercise prices of the options; or (y) terminate.

Pursuant to the stock option award agreement, upon a termination for any reason other than Cause (as such term is defined in the executive's employment agreement), the vested portion of the executive's option shall remain exercisable until the earlier of (i) the expiration of the three-month period
(in the case of termination due to death or disability, the twelve-month period)
beginning on the day following the termination date and (ii) the option expiration date. In the event of termination for Cause, the option may not be exercised after the date on which the executive's employment terminates.

The description of the stock options contained herein is a summary of material terms and is qualified in its entirety by (i) reference to the 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan, a form of which was filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Company's Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on October 3, 2013 and is hereby incorporated herein by reference and (ii) the full text of the form of incentive stock option agreement, which is included as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

2014 Changes in Compensation for the Chief Executive Officer

On March 13, 2014, after a review of the overall compensation package of the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Vicente Anido, Jr., the Board approved (i) an increase in Dr. Anido's base salary from $475,000 to $515,000 and (ii) an increase in his target bonus opportunity, which is expressed as percentage of his base salary, from 50% to 60%.

The foregoing description of the 2014 target bonus is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of Dr. Anido's Employment Agreement, which was filed as Exhibit 10.18 to the Company's Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on October 3, 2013, and is hereby incorporated herein by reference.


Amendments to Non-Employee Director Compensation Program

On March 13, 2014, the Board approved certain amendments to the Company's Non-Employee Director Compensation Program (the "Director Compensation Program"). Effective March 13, 2014, the Director Compensation Program provides for the following:

Each non-employee director shall receive an annual retainer of $35,000.

The Lead Director shall be eligible to receive an annual fee of $15,000.

The Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee shall be eligible to receive an annual fee of $18,000 and other members of the Audit Committee shall be eligible to receive an annual committee fee of $9,000.

The Chairman of the Company's Compensation Committee shall be eligible to receive an annual fee of $12,000 and other members of the Compensation Committee shall be eligible to receive an annual committee fee of $6,000.

The Chairman of the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be eligible to receive an annual fee of $9,000 and other members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be eligible to receive an annual committee fee of $4,500.



Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit Description

10.1 Form of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Incentive Stock Option Agreement


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