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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) August 2, 2023



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-36279   75-3175693

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


4 Stamford Plaza

107 Elm Street, 9th Floor

Stamford, Connecticut

(Address of principal executive
      (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code (203) 406-3700


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share CARA The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


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).


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


On August 2, 2023, upon the recommendation of its nominating and corporate governance committee, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Helen M. Boudreau, M.B.A. to serve as a member of the Board effective immediately with a term expiring at the Company’s 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Ms. Boudreau was appointed to serve as a member of audit committee of the Board. There is no arrangement or understanding between Ms. Boudreau and any other person pursuant to which she was selected as a director, and there is no family relationship between Ms. Boudreau and any of the Company’s other directors or executive officers. The Company is not aware of any transaction involving Ms. Boudreau requiring disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Helen M. Boudreau, age 57, currently serves as managing director at Estuary Ventures LLC, a board and advisory services company. From June 2018 to July 2019, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, a non-profit biotechnology company. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer from July 2017 to June 2018 and as a member of the board of directors from February 2016 to July 2017 for Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company that subsequently merged with Yumanity Therapeutics. Ms. Boudreau currently serves as a board member of Premier, Inc., a publicly traded healthcare improvement company, Shattuck Labs Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, and Rallybio Corp, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, positions she has held since June 2020, July 2020 and September 2020, respectively. Ms. Boudreau also previously served on the board of directors of Reunion Neuroscience, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that was publicly traded prior to its acquisition by MPM BioImpact, from April 2020 to August 2023 and Evaxion Biotech A/S, a publicly traded AI-immunology platform company, from June 2020 to May 2021. Ms. Boudreau earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Ms. Boudreau is Directorship CertifiedTM by the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and NACD. The Board believes that Ms. Boudreau is qualified to serve on the Board based on her financial expertise and extensive experience with biopharmaceutical companies.


In accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation policy (the “Policy”), upon commencement of her service as a member of the Board, Ms. Boudreau received an initial stock option grant with a Black-Scholes value of $350,000. This option will vest over a period of three years, in twelve equal quarterly installments, from the date of Ms. Boudreau’s appointment to the Board, subject to Ms. Boudreau’s continued service as a director through the applicable vesting dates. Additionally, in accordance with the Policy, Ms. Boudreau will receive an annual cash retainer of $50,000 for her service as a director and an annual cash retainer of $10,000 for her service on the audit committee, to be pro-rated for her 2023 service and subject to her continued service through the applicable payment dates.


The Company entered into its standard indemnification agreement for directors with Ms. Boudreau, the form of which was previously filed by the Company as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-192230), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 17, 2014.


Item 7.01       Regulation FD Disclosure.


On August 3, 2023, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ms. Boudreau to the Board. A copy of the press release is being furnished to the SEC as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference to this Item 7.01.


The information furnished pursuant to this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed to be “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 to be incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings with the SEC under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such a filing.





Item 9.01       Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


99.1 Press Release dated August 3, 2023
104 Cover page interactive data file (formatted as Inline XBRL)




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.


    Christopher Posner
    Chief Executive Officer


Date: August 3, 2023





Exhibit 99.1


Cara Therapeutics Appoints Helen M. Boudreau to

Board of Directors


STAMFORD, Conn., August 3, 2023 – Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CARA), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company leading a new treatment paradigm to improve the lives of patients suffering from pruritus, today announced the appointment of Helen M. Boudreau to its Board of Directors. Ms. Boudreau has more than 30 years of operating experience in a variety of industries, including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, in addition to serving as a director on numerous public boards.


“We are pleased to welcome Helen to the Cara board,” said Christopher Posner, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Cara Therapeutics. “We look forward to leveraging her expertise in finance, commercial operations, and R&D portfolio management as we continue to work to maximize the commercial and therapeutic potential of difelikefalin.”


“I’m excited to join the Cara board at this stage of the company’s development,” said Ms. Boudreau. “As the company continues executing on its commercial strategy for KORSUVA® (difelikefalin) injection while driving the clinical development of oral difelikefalin, I look forward to working with the management team and board to help fulfill the company’s mission to be the leader in the treatment of chronic pruritus.”


Prior to her retirement, Ms. Boudreau served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute. Over the course of her career, Ms. Boudreau held financial leadership positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries including Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Proteostasis Therapeutics; CFO of Novartis Corporation in the U.S.; global CFO of Novartis Oncology; and senior finance positions at Pfizer Inc. Prior to joining the biopharmaceutical sector, she held roles at PepsiCo, McKinsey & Company, and Bank of America. She currently serves on the board of directors of Premier, Inc., Shattuck Labs, and Rallybio. Ms. Boudreau received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.


About Cara Therapeutics


Cara Therapeutics is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company leading a new treatment paradigm to improve the lives of patients suffering from pruritus. The Company’s KORSUVA® (difelikefalin) injection is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for moderate-to-severe pruritus associated with chronic kidney disease in adults undergoing hemodialysis. The Company is developing an oral formulation of difelikefalin and has Phase 3 programs ongoing for the treatment of pruritus in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and atopic dermatitis. In addition, the Company has initiated a Phase 2/3 program of oral difelikefalin for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pruritus in patients with notalgia paresthetica. For more information, visit www.CaraTherapeutics.com and follow the company on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.






Forward-looking Statements


Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Examples of these forward-looking statements include statements concerning the Company’s ability to successfully execute its commercialize strategy with respect to KORSUVA injection and its future development of oral difelikefalin for treatment of pruritus. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Risks are described more fully in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and its other documents subsequently filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2023. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Cara Therapeutics undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.



Annie Spinetta

6 Degrees





Iris Francesconi, Ph.D.

Cara Therapeutics