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): November 20, 2017




(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)



British Columbia, Canada

(State of Incorporation)



(Commission File Number)



(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)


8201 E Riverside Dr. Bldg 4, Ste 100

Austin, Texas

(Address of principal executive offices)


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(512) 386-2900

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(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Item 8.01 Other Events.


Appointment of Chief Scientific Officer


On November 20, 2017, the Board of Directors of XBiotech Inc. (the “Company”) elected Sushma Shivawsamy, Ph.D. to serve as the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer (CSO).


Dr. Shivaswamy, age 40, has previously served as the Company’s Vice President of Research and Development since January 2015 and has been with the Company since 2009 holding positions of Director of Research & Development (2011-2015) and Senior Scientist (2009-2011). As CSO, Dr. Shivaswamy will have all scientific and technical operations with respect to research and development and GMP production of antibody reporting to her.


This Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements, including declarations regarding management's beliefs and expectations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “expects,” “plans,” “contemplate,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “intend” or “continue” or the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are subject to the disclosures set forth in "Risk Factors" in our SEC filings.














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: November 22, 2017   XBIOTECH INC.
    By:  /s/ John Simard
      John Simard
      Chief Executive Officer and President