On February 13, 2018, Private Vaxart completed a reverse merger (the “Merger”) with Aviragen Therapeutics, Inc. (“Aviragen”), pursuant to which Private Vaxart survived as a wholly owned subsidiary of Aviragen. Under the terms of the Merger, Aviragen changed its name to Vaxart, Inc. and Private Vaxart changed its name to Vaxart Biosciences, Inc. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to “Vaxart,” “we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company” in this proxy statement mean Vaxart, Inc., the combined company.
Why did I receive a notice regarding the availability of proxy materials on the Internet?
Pursuant to rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), we have elected to provide access to our proxy materials over the Internet. Accordingly, we have sent you a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (“Notice”), because the board of directors of Vaxart, Inc. is soliciting your proxy to vote at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), including at any adjournment or postponement of the meeting. All stockholders will have the ability to access the proxy materials on the website referred to in your Notice or request to receive a printed set of the proxy materials. Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the internet or to request a printed copy may be found in your Notice.
We intend to mail the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials on or about May 4, 2021, to all stockholders of record entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.
Will I receive any other proxy materials by mail?
No, you will not receive any other proxy materials by mail unless you request a paper copy of proxy materials. To request that a full set of the proxy materials be sent to your specified postal address, please go to www.proxyvote.com or call (800) 690-6903. Please have your proxy card in hand when you access the website or call and follow the instructions provided therein.
How do I attend the Annual Meeting?
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. local time at the offices of Vaxart located at 170 Harbor Way, Suite 300, South San Francisco, California 94080. Directions to the Annual Meeting may be found on the Investors section of our website at www.vaxart.com. Information on how to vote in person at the Annual Meeting is discussed below. You will also be able to listen and participate in the Annual Meeting as well as vote and submit your questions during a live webcast of the meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/VXRT2021 and entering the 16-digit control number included in your Notice, on your proxy card or in the instructions that accompanied your proxy materials. As part of our precautions regarding COVID-19, we are planning for the possibility that the meeting may be held virtually only over the Internet. If we take this step, we will announce the decision to do so via a press release and posting details on our website that will also be filed with the SEC as proxy material. As always, we encourage you to vote your shares prior to the Annual Meeting.
Who can vote at the Annual Meeting?
Only stockholders of record at the close of business on April 23, 2021, will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. On this record date, there were 117,963,912 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote.
Stockholder of Record: Shares Registered in Your Name
If on April 23, 2021, your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, then you are a stockholder of record. As a stockholder of record, you may vote in person at the meeting or vote by proxy. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, we urge you to fill out and return the enclosed proxy card to ensure your vote is counted.
Beneficial Owner: Shares Registered in the Name of a Broker or Bank
If on April 23, 2021, your shares were held, not in your name, but rather in an account at a brokerage firm, bank, dealer or other similar organization, then you are the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name” and your Notice is being forwarded to you by that organization. The organization holding your account is considered to be the stockholder of record for purposes of voting at the Annual Meeting. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to direct