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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): December 6, 2022 (December 5, 2022)



Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Delaware   001-36014   26-0662915

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


88 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA   02139
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 649-8600

(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 $0.001 per share   AGIO   Nasdaq Global Select 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

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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.

Appointment of Chief Commercial Officer

On December 6, 2022, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company appointed Tsveta Milanova as the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer, effective as of January 3, 2023 (the “Effective Date”).

Ms. Milanova, age 45, served as SVP, Head of US Commercial of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alexion”), a biopharmaceutical company, from December 2020 to September 2022, as SVP, Head of Global Commercial Strategy of Alexion from January 2019 to December 2020 and SVP, Head of Global Value, Access & Policy of Alexion from April 2018 to December 2018. Prior to joining Alexion, Ms. Milanova worked at Celgene Corporation (“Celgene”), a biopharmaceutical company, from October 2008 to April 2018, where she held a variety of roles, most recently as Global Head, Pricing and Market Access Haematology/Oncology. Before Celgene, Ms. Milanova served as Global Health Outcomes Manager at GlaxoSmithKline R&D, a healthcare company, from October 2004 to October 2008. Ms. Milanova holds a master of science (MSc) degree in international health policy and health economics from the London School of Economics, a master of science (MSc) degree in pharmacy from the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

In connection with her appointment as Chief Commercial Officer, Ms. Milanova entered into an employment agreement with the Company (the “Employment Agreement”) on December 5, 2022, with her employment effective as of the Effective Date. Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Ms. Milanova will be paid an annual base salary of $510,000. Following the end of each calendar year, Ms. Milanova will be eligible to receive a discretionary annual performance and retention bonus with a target of 45% of her then annual base salary based upon the Board’s assessment of the Company’s achievement of its performance goals and Ms. Milanova’s achievement of her performance goals. Ms. Milanova will receive a sign-on bonus of $150,000 in connection with the commencement of her employment with the Company. Ms. Milanova will not be entitled to receive a bonus for the year ended December 31, 2022. Ms. Milanova will be entitled to severance benefits in accordance with the Company’s Amended and Restated Severance Benefits Plan (the “Severance Plan”), which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-36014) on October 7, 2022.

The Company will grant Ms. Milanova a nonstatutory stock option to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock with a Black-Scholes value of $2,100,000, based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on the grant date. The stock options will have an exercise price per share equal to the closing price on the grant date and will vest as to 25% of the shares underlying the stock options on the first anniversary of the Effective Date and, as to the remaining shares, monthly thereafter until the fourth anniversary of the Effective Date. The Company will also grant Ms. Milanova (i) restricted stock units (“RSUs”) for a number of shares of common stock equal to $700,000 divided by the closing price on the grant date and (ii) performance stock units (the “PSUs”) for a number of shares of common stock equal to $300,000 divided by the closing price on the grant date. Each RSU will entitle Ms. Milanova to receive one share of the Company’s common stock for each RSU that vests. The RSUs will vest in equal annual installments on each anniversary of the grant date, until the third anniversary of such date. Each PSU represents a contingent right to receive one share of the Company’s common stock upon the achievement of specified performance milestones.

The stock options, RSUs and PSUs will be granted outside the Company’s 2013 Stock Incentive Plan, as an inducement material to Ms. Milanova’s entry into employment with the Company in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

In addition, Ms. Milanova will enter into an indemnification agreement with the Company, the form of which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as Exhibit 10.12 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-189216) on July 11, 2013, pursuant to which the Company may be required, among other things, to indemnify Ms. Milanova for certain expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and settlement amounts actually and reasonably incurred by her in any action or proceeding arising out of her service as an officer of the Company.


There are currently no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Milanova and any other person pursuant to which Ms. Milanova will be appointed as Chief Commercial Officer. There are currently no transactions in which Ms. Milanova has an interest requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

The foregoing description of the Employment Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Employment Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2022.

A copy of the Company’s press release announcing Ms. Milanova’s appointment as Chief Commercial Officer is furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Departure of Chief Commercial Officer

Also on December 6, 2022, the Company announced that Richa Poddar will depart the Company as an employee and Chief Commercial Officer, effective as of December 31, 2022 (the “Departure Date”). In connection with her departure, Ms. Poddar will be entitled to the following severance benefits: (i) $450,000, which is an amount equal to her current monthly base salary for a period of 12 months, (ii) 100% of her target annual cash incentive for the year ending December 31, 2022 in a lump sum, and (iii) COBRA coverage, subject to certain limitations, for a period of 12 months, each in accordance with a termination without “Cause” or for “Good Reason” under the Severance Plan. In addition, in connection with her departure, Ms. Poddar will be entitled to her actual annual cash incentive earned for the year ending December 31, 2022, to be paid in a lump sum. Following the Departure Date, the Company will enter into a consulting agreement (the “Consulting Agreement”) with Ms. Poddar, pursuant to which she will assist the Company with the leadership transition of the Company’s commercial function. The Consulting Agreement will have a term beginning on the Departure Date and ending on March 31, 2023. Pursuant to the Consulting Agreement, Ms. Poddar will be compensated at a rate of $18,750 per month during the term of the Consulting Agreement.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits:

The following exhibit is furnished herewith:




99.1    Press Release, dated December 6, 2022
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)



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: December 6, 2022     By:  

/s/ Brian Goff

      Brian Goff
      Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 99.1



Agios Appoints Tsveta Milanova as Chief Commercial Officer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 6, 2022 – Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGIO), a leader in the field of cellular metabolism pioneering therapies for rare diseases, today announced the appointment of Tsveta Milanova to the role of chief commercial officer, effective Jan. 3, 2023. Ms. Milanova will succeed Richa Poddar, who has been with Agios since 2016 and will continue to serve as the company’s chief commercial officer until the end of the year.

“Tsveta brings deep expertise in launching and commercializing medicines in rare disease and hematology, as well as international operations and global market access experience that will be a tremendous asset for Agios as we expand the reach and impact of our rare disease portfolio and work toward approvals in new indications and geographies,” said Brian Goff, chief executive officer at Agios. “Her leadership and strategic insights have contributed to the exponential growth of leading global biopharmaceutical companies and have helped to maximize the positive impact of innovative products for patient communities. I am thrilled she is joining the Agios team and look forward to her contributions to shaping our bright future.”

“I am tremendously grateful to Richa for her work at Agios over the past six years,” continued Mr. Goff. “During her time with the company, she has displayed remarkable versatility, effectively taking on roles in corporate strategy and business development, oncology portfolio management and commercial leadership. She seamlessly led the transition of the company’s oncology assets following the divestiture of our oncology business and has been leading the launch of our first rare disease medicine. She has been instrumental in helping make Agios what it is today.”

Ms. Milanova joins Agios with two decades of experience in commercial leadership and global market access in the biopharmaceutical industry. She spent five years at Alexion in high-impact commercial and market access roles, including senior vice president, head of U.S. commercial; senior vice president, global commercial strategy; and senior vice president, global value, access and policy. Prior to Alexion, she spent more than ten years at Celgene in roles of increasing responsibility in global pricing and market access, most recently as global head, pricing and market access for the hematology and oncology division. She holds a master of science (MSc) degree in international health policy and health economics from the London School of Economics, a master of science (MSc) degree in pharmacy from the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

“With the approval of its first-in-class PK activator in adults with pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency in the U.S. and EU, and the ongoing pivotal trials of the same medicine in thalassemia, pediatric PK deficiency and sickle cell disease, Agios has a special opportunity to make a transformative impact in multiple rare blood disorders with profound unmet need,” said Ms. Milanova. “I look forward to working with the Agios team to continue advancing the PK deficiency launch while building and expanding commercial capabilities to support potential expansion into additional indications. PK activation is a promising therapeutic approach for a number of rare hemolytic and acquired anemias, and I am excited to work toward improving the lives of people with these conditions.”



About Agios

Agios is a biopharmaceutical company that is fueled by connections. The Agios team cultivates strong bonds with patient communities, healthcare professionals, partners and colleagues to discover, develop and deliver therapies for rare diseases. In the U.S., Agios markets a first-in-class pyruvate kinase (PK) activator for adults with PK deficiency, the first disease-modifying therapy for this rare, lifelong, debilitating hemolytic anemia. Building on the company’s leadership in the field of cellular metabolism, Agios is advancing a robust clinical pipeline of investigational medicines with programs in alpha- and beta-thalassemia, sickle cell disease, pediatric PK deficiency and MDS-associated anemia. In addition to its clinical pipeline, Agios has multiple investigational therapies in preclinical development and deep scientific expertise in classical hematology. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.agios.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include those regarding the expected benefits of Ms. Milanova’s appointment and Agios’ strategic plans and focus. The words “anticipate,” “expect,” “goal,” “hope,” “milestone,” “plan,” “potential,” “possible,” “strategy,” “will,” “vision,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from Agios’ current expectations and beliefs. Management’s expectations and, therefore, any forward-looking statements in this press release could also be affected by risks and uncertainties relating to a number of other important factors, including, without limitation risks and uncertainties related to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Agios’ business, operations, strategy, goals and anticipated milestones, including its ongoing and planned research activities, ability to conduct ongoing and planned clinical trials, clinical supply of current or future drug candidates, commercial supply of future approved products, and launching, marketing and selling future approved products; Agios’ results of clinical trials and preclinical studies, including subsequent analysis of existing data and new data received from ongoing and future studies; the content and timing of decisions made by the U.S. FDA, the EMA or other regulatory authorities, investigational review boards at clinical trial sites and publication review bodies; Agios’ ability to obtain and maintain requisite regulatory approvals and to enroll patients in its planned clinical trials; unplanned cash requirements and expenditures and competitive factors; Agios’ ability to obtain, maintain and enforce patent and other intellectual property protection for any product candidates it is developing; Agios’ ability to establish and maintain collaborations; the failure of Agios to receive milestone or royalty payments related to the sale of its oncology business, the uncertainty of the timing of any receipt of any such payments, and the uncertainty of the results and effectiveness of the use of proceeds from the transaction with Servier; and general economic and market conditions. These and other risks are described in greater detail under the caption “Risk Factors” included in Agios’ public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. While the list of factors presented here is considered representative, this list should not be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof and disclaim any obligation to do so other than as may be required by law.



Investor & Media Contact:

Jessica Rennekamp, 857-209-3286

Senior Director, Corporate Communications