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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 2, 2023



Metacrine, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-39512   47-2297384

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


4225 Executive Square, Suite 600

San Diego, California

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 369-7800

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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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, par value $0.0001 per share   MTCR   The Nasdaq Capital Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company 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.

As previously disclosed, on January 24, 2023, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Metacrine, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Michael York, the Company’s Chief Business Officer, to the additional positions of President, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, and designated Mr. York as the Company’s principal executive officer, in each case effective as of February 1, 2023. Mr. York continues to serve as the Company’s Chief Business Officer, Treasurer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer.

On February 2, 2023, in connection with Mr. York’s promotion to the positions of President, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, the Compensation Committee of the Board approved (i) an $80,000 base salary increase, effective as of February 1, 2023, (ii) a one-time bonus of $100,000 payable upon the Company’s entry into an asset purchase agreement to sell the assets related to its farnesoid X receptor program, and (iii) a target bonus percentage for fiscal year 2023 of 40%.


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.


    Metacrine, Inc.
Date: February 3, 2023     By:  

/s/ Michael York

      Michael York
      President and Chief Executive Officer