Form 8-K
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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):  September 9, 2022


BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

4505 Emperor Blvd., Suite 200

Durham, North Carolina 27703

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(919) 859-1302

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


(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 classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common StockBCRXNasdaq 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).

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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.

On September 9, 2022, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) approved certain changes to its Leadership Team. Effective September 15, 2022, William P. Sheridan, MBBS, will serve as Chief Development Officer of the Company. Dr. Sheridan has served as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer since joining the Company in July 2008, and in his new role, he will focus on advancing the Company’s significant pipeline of development candidates.

Also effective September 15, 2022, Dr. Ryan Arnold will serve as the Company’s new Chief Medical Officer. He has served as Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs of the Company since March 2022 and has more than 20 years of industry experience, including prior roles with increasing levels of responsibility in the medical affairs function at multiple companies.

Dr. Arnold joins Dr. Sheridan and Dr. Helen Thackray, the Company’s Chief Research and Development Officer, as physicians on the Company’s Leadership Team.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On September 14, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the events described in Item 5.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.

The information in this Item 7.01 shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing made by the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No. Description
99.1 Press release dated September 14, 2022 entitled “BioCryst Names Dr. Bill Sheridan Chief Development Officer and Appoints Dr. Ryan Arnold Chief Medical Officer”
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.

 BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Date: September 14, 2022By: /s/ Alane Barnes        
  Alane Barnes
  Chief Legal Officer




BioCryst Names Dr. Bill Sheridan Chief Development Officer and Appoints Dr. Ryan Arnold Chief Medical Officer

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Dr. Bill Sheridan will become chief development officer and will focus on advancing the company’s significant pipeline of development candidates. Dr. Ryan Arnold has been appointed as the company’s new chief medical officer.

Dr. Arnold joins Dr. Sheridan and Dr. Helen Thackray, the company’s chief research and development officer, as physicians on the company’s leadership team.

“Our research and development platform continues to generate exciting opportunities across multiple rare disease targets and Bill’s deep knowledge of our portfolio and dedicated focus on our pipeline strategy will add efficiency and expertise as we advance these programs to the patients who are waiting for them. Combined with Ryan’s work with investigators and key opinion leaders to share our science and integrate their input to drive patient outcomes, we have outstanding medical leadership to help us achieve our goals,” Thackray said.

Dr. Sheridan joined BioCryst from Amgen in July 2008 as chief medical officer. During his 15-year tenure at Amgen, Dr. Sheridan led the company’s medical affairs functions in the U.S. and Europe, making significant contributions to the successful launch of many compounds, including Aranesp®, Enbrel®, Kineret®, Neulasta®, and Sensipar®. He organized the global health economics and outcomes research function, supervised product development team leaders and led several clinical development phase product development teams. Dr. Sheridan earned his MB BS degree (MD equivalent) at the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. He is a board-certified Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, with a subspecialty in medical oncology, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr Arnold joined BioCryst in March 2022 as senior vice president of global medical affairs. He has more than 20 years of industry experience, including prior roles with increasing levels of responsibility in the medical affairs function at multiple companies, including Amgen (where he worked on Dr. Sheridan’s team), Genzyme, Biogen, Sage Therapeutics and Annexon Biosciences. Throughout his career, Dr. Arnold has helped build and lead medical functions, including support for the development and launch of multiple products in specialty and rare disease indications across neurology, hematology, immunology, oncology and other specialty areas. He has a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training including clinical responsibilities in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery.

About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals discovers novel, oral, small-molecule medicines that treat rare diseases in which significant unmet medical needs exist and an enzyme plays a key role in the biological pathway of the disease. Oral, once-daily ORLADEYO® (berotralstat) is approved in the United States and multiple global markets. BioCryst has several ongoing development programs including BCX9930, an oral Factor D inhibitor for the treatment of complement-mediated diseases, BCX9250, an ALK-2 inhibitor for the treatment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, and galidesivir, a potential treatment for Marburg virus disease and yellow fever. RAPIVAB® (peramivir injection) is approved in the U.S. and multiple global markets, with post-marketing commitments ongoing. For more information, please visit the company’s website at


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