Indemnification Agreement effective as of February 14, 2022, by and between Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. and Daniel Clark
KIROMIC BIOPHARMA, INC.
OFFICER INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT
This INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is made as of February 14, 2022 by and between Kiromic Biopharma, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), and Dan Clark (“Indemnitee”). This Agreement supersedes and replaces any and all previous agreements between the Company and Indemnitee covering the subject matter of this Agreement, except this Agreement does not affect any prior agreements regarding the subject matter of this Agreement entered into in connection with Indemnitee’s role as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors (collectively, “Director Indemnification Agreements”), which shall remain in full force and effect pursuant to their terms.
WHEREAS, highly competent persons have become more reluctant to serve publicly held corporations as directors or officers or in other capacities unless they are provided with adequate protection through insurance or adequate indemnification against inordinate risks of claims and actions against them arising out of their service to and activities on behalf of the corporation;
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has determined that, in order to attract and retain qualified individuals, the Company will attempt to maintain on an ongoing basis, at its sole expense, liability insurance to protect persons serving the Company from certain liabilities. The By-Laws (the “By-Laws”) of the Company and the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company (“the Certificate of Incorporation”) require indemnification of the officers and directors of the Company. Indemnitee may also be entitled to indemnification pursuant to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”). The By-Laws and the Certificate of Incorporation and the DGCL expressly provide that the indemnification provisions set forth therein are not exclusive, and thereby contemplate that contracts may be entered into between the Company and members of the board of directors, officers and other persons with respect to indemnification;
WHEREAS, the uncertainties relating to such insurance and to indemnification have increased the difficulty of attracting and retaining such persons;
WHEREAS, the Board has determined that the increased difficulty in attracting and retaining such persons is detrimental to the best interests of the Company and its stockholders and that the Company should act to assure such persons that there will be increased certainty of such protection in the future;
WHEREAS, it is reasonable, prudent and necessary for the Company to contractually obligate itself to indemnify, and to advance expenses on behalf of, such persons to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law so that they will serve or continue to serve the Company free from undue concern that they will not be so indemnified;
WHEREAS, this Agreement is a supplement to and in furtherance of the By-Laws and the Certificate of Incorporation and any resolutions adopted pursuant thereto, and shall not be deemed a substitute therefor, nor to diminish or abrogate any rights of Indemnitee thereunder;
WHEREAS, Indemnitee does not regard the protection available under the By-Laws and insurance as adequate in the present circumstances, and may not be willing to serve as an officer or director without adequate protection, and the Company desires Indemnitee to serve in such capacity. Indemnitee is willing to serve, continue to serve and to take on additional service for or on behalf of the Company on the condition that he be so indemnified; and
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the covenants contained herein, the Company and Indemnitee do hereby covenant and agree as follows:
For purposes of this Section 2(b), the following terms shall have the following meanings:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the term “Independent Counsel” shall not include any person who, under the applicable standards of professional conduct then prevailing, would have a conflict of interest in representing either the Company or Indemnitee in an action to determine Indemnitee’s rights under this Agreement. The Company agrees to pay the reasonable fees and expenses of the Independent Counsel referred to above and to fully indemnify such counsel against any and all Expenses, claims, liabilities and damages arising out of or relating to this Agreement or its engagement pursuant hereto.
Kiromic Biopharma, Inc.
7707 Fannin, Suite 140
Houston, TX 77054
Attention: Chief Executive Officer
or to any other address as may have been furnished to Indemnitee by the Company.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be signed as of the day and year first above written.
ACCEPTED AND AGREED TO:
KIROMIC BIOPHARMA INC.
/s/ Daniel Clark .
By: /s/ Pietro Bersani