Form 8-K












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): February 20, 2015



Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-36276   27-2546083

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

60 Leveroni Court, Novato, California   94949
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (415) 483-8800

Not Applicable

Former name or former address, if changed since last report



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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 February 24, 2015, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Michael Narachi was appointed a Class II director effective February 20, 2015, to serve until the expiration of his term at the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders. Concurrent with Mr. Narachi’s appointment, the size of the Board was fixed at six directors, consisting of one Class I director, three Class II directors and two Class III directors.

Mr. Narachi currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Orexigen Therapeutics Inc., a position he has held since March 2009. Previously, Mr. Narachi served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ren Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private biotechnology company, from November 2006 to March 2009. From August 2002 to January 2008, Mr. Narachi served as chairman of the board of directors of Naryx Pharma, Inc., a private pharmaceutical company. In 2004, Mr. Narachi retired as an officer and Vice President of Amgen Inc., a leading therapeutics company, where he served as General Manager of Amgen’s Anemia Business from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Narachi joined Amgen in 1984 and held various senior positions throughout the organization over a 20 year career including: Vice President of Development and Representative Director for Amgen Japan; Head of Corporate Strategic Planning; Chief Operations Officer of Amgen BioPharma; and Vice President, Licensing and Business Development. He served as General Manager of Amgen’s Anemia Business from 1999 to 2003 until his retirement in 2004 as an officer and Vice President of Amgen, Inc. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Celladon Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company. Mr. Narachi also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Mr. Narachi received a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. degree in Biology and Genetics from the University of California at Davis. He received an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles.

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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: February 24, 2015 Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.

/s/ Shalini Sharp

Shalini Sharp
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer


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