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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No.    )

Filed by the Registrant  

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Preliminary Proxy Statement

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Definitive Proxy Statement

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Soliciting Material under §240.14a-12

COLLEGIUM PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.

(Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if Other Than the Registrant)

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON MAY 20, 2021


To the Shareholders of Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.:

The 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., a Virginia corporation (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”), will be held virtually via live webcast on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time), for the following purposes:

1.To elect four directors to terms expiring in 2022;
2.To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement;
3.To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021; and
4.To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Our board of directors unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR” the election of its director nominees and “FOR” Proposals 2 and 3.

The meeting can be accessed by visiting www.meetingcenter.io/277168861, where you will be able to listen to the meeting live, submit questions and vote online. There will be no physical location for shareholders to attend.

Instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to all of our shareholders, we provide access to these materials via the Internet. This reduces the amount of paper necessary to produce these materials as well as the costs associated with mailing these materials to all shareholders. Accordingly, on or about April 7, 2021, we will begin mailing a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to all shareholders of record on our books at the close of business on March 31, 2021, the record date for the Annual Meeting, and will post our proxy materials on the website referenced in the Notice. As more fully described in the Notice, shareholders may choose to access our proxy materials on the website referred to in the Notice or may request to receive a printed set of our proxy materials. In addition, the Notice and website provide information regarding how you may request to receive proxy materials in printed form by mail, or electronically by email, on an ongoing basis.

If you are a shareholder of record, you may vote in one of the following ways:

Vote over the Internet, by going to www.envisionreports.com/COPI (have your Notice or proxy card in hand when you access the website);
Vote by telephone, by calling the toll-free number 1-800-652-8683 (have your Notice or proxy card in hand when you call);


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Vote by mail, if you received (or requested and received) a printed copy of the proxy materials, by returning the enclosed proxy card (signed and dated) in the envelope provided; or
Attend the Annual Meeting at www.meetingcenter.io/277168861 and vote online during the live webcast.

If your shares are held in “street name,” meaning that they are held for your account by a broker, bank or other nominee, you will receive instructions from the holder of record that you must follow for your shares to be voted.

Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge you to take the time to vote your shares.

By Order of the Board of Directors,

/s/ SHIRLEY KUHLMANN

Shirley Kuhlmann

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Stoughton, Massachusetts

April 7, 2021


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

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PROPOSAL 1: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS 

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT 

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PROPOSAL 2: ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION 

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS 

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PROPOSAL 3: RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT 

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SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE 

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SECURITIES AUTHORIZED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER EQUITY COMPENSATION PLANS 

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SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS AND DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS 

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DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS TO SHAREHOLDERS SHARING AN ADDRESS 

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ANNUAL REPORT 

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OTHER MATTERS 

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PROXY STATEMENT

FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON MAY 20, 2021


IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE 2021
ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021

Copies of this proxy statement and the form of proxy card, and the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 (the “2020 Annual Report”) are available without charge at www.envisionreports.com/COPI, by telephone at 1-866-641-4276, or by notifying our Corporate Secretary, in writing, at Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., 100 Technology Center Drive, Suite 300, Stoughton, MA 02072.

The board of directors (“Board”) of Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. (“Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is soliciting the enclosed proxy for use at its 2021 Annual Meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held virtually via live webcast on May 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). The meeting can be accessed by visiting www.meetingcenter.io/277168861. There will be no physical location for shareholders to attend.

On April 7, 2021, we mailed a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to our shareholders (other than those who previously requested electronic or paper delivery of proxy materials), directing shareholders to a website where they can access our proxy materials, including this proxy statement and the 2020 Annual Report, and view instructions on how to vote online or by telephone. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of our proxy materials, please follow the instructions included in the Notice. If you have previously elected to receive our proxy materials electronically, you will continue to receive access to those materials via e-mail unless you elect otherwise.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The following questions and answers present important information pertaining to the Annual Meeting:

Q: Why are we holding the Annual Meeting?

A: As a matter of good corporate practice, and in compliance with applicable corporate law and the Marketplace Rules (the “NASDAQ Listing Rules”) of The NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”), we hold a meeting of shareholders annually. This year’s meeting will be held on May 20, 2021. There will be at least three items of business that must be voted on by our shareholders at the Annual Meeting, and our Board is seeking your proxy to vote on these items. This proxy statement contains important information about us and the matters that will be voted on at the Annual Meeting. Please read these materials carefully so that you have the information you need to make informed decisions.

Q: How can I participate in the Annual Meeting?

A: This year our Annual Meeting will be a completely virtual meeting conducted via live webcast. There will be no physical meeting location. We have adopted a virtual format for the Annual Meeting to make participation accessible for shareholders from any geographic location with Internet connectivity. We have worked to offer the same participation opportunities as would be provided at an in-person meeting while further enhancing the online experience available to all shareholders regardless of their location.

To participate in the virtual meeting, visit www.meetingcenter.io/277168861. The password for the meeting is COPI2021. You will need to enter the 16-digit control number included on your Notice or on your proxy card. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. ET on May 20, 2021. We encourage you to access the meeting prior to the start time leaving ample time for the check in.

The virtual meeting platform is fully supported across browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) and devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, and cell phones) running the most updated version of applicable software and plugins. Participants should ensure that they have a strong WiFi connection wherever they intend to participate in the meeting. Participants should also give themselves plenty of time to log in prior to the start of the meeting.

This year’s shareholders question and answer session will include questions submitted in advance of, and questions submitted live during, the Annual Meeting. Questions may be submitted through www.meetingcenter.io/277168861. We will post questions and answers if applicable to our business on our Investor Relations website shortly after the meeting.

Q: Why did I receive a notice in the mail regarding the Internet availability of proxy materials instead of a full set of proxy materials?

A: In accordance with rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), we may furnish proxy materials, including this proxy statement and our 2020 Annual Report, to our shareholders by providing access to such documents on the Internet instead of mailing printed copies. Most shareholders will not receive printed copies of the proxy materials unless they request them. Instead, the Notice, which is being mailed to our shareholders on or about April 7, 2021 will instruct you as to how you may access and review all of the proxy materials on the Internet. The Notice also instructs you as to how you may submit your proxy on the Internet. If you would like to receive a paper or email copy of our proxy materials, you should follow the instructions for requesting such materials in the Notice.

Q: Who is entitled to vote?

A: Only shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2021 (the “Record Date”) will be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting. Beginning two days after notice of our Annual Meeting is given, a list of shareholders eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available for inspection at our principal office at any time up to the Annual Meeting. If you would like to inspect the list, please call our Corporate Secretary at (781) 713-3699 to arrange a visit to our office.

Q: How many shares of common stock can vote?

A: There were 35,203,824 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of the close of business on the Record Date. Each shareholder entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting may cast one vote for each share of common stock owned by him, her or it which has voting power upon each matter considered at the Annual Meeting.

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Q: What may I vote on?

A: You may vote on the following matters:

1.The election of four directors to terms expiring in 2022;
2.The approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers;
3.The ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021; and
4.Any other business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Q: Will any other business be presented for action by shareholders at the Annual Meeting?
A: Management knows of no business that will be presented at the Annual Meeting other than Proposals 1, 2, and 3. If any other matter properly comes before the Annual Meeting, the persons named as proxies in the proxy card intend to vote the proxies (which confer discretionary authority to vote on such matters) in accordance with their judgment on the matter.

Q: How does the Board recommend that I vote on each of the proposals?

A: Our Board recommends a vote “FOR” the election of its director nominees and “FOR” Proposals 2 and 3.

Q: How do I vote my shares?

A: The answer depends on whether you own your shares of common stock directly (that is, you hold shares that show your name as the registered shareholder) or if your shares are held in a brokerage account or by another nominee holder.

If you own your shares directly (i.e., you are a “registered shareholder”): your proxy is being solicited directly by us, and you can vote by mail, telephone or Internet, or you can vote at the Annual Meeting.

If you wish to vote by mail, please do the following: (i) sign and date the proxy card, (ii) mark the boxes indicating how you wish to vote, and (iii) return the proxy card in the prepaid envelope provided. If you sign your proxy card but do not indicate how you wish to vote, the proxies will vote your shares “FOR” the director nominees and “FOR” Proposals, 2 and 3, and, in their discretion, on any other matter that properly comes before the Annual Meeting. Unsigned proxy cards will not be counted.

If you wish to vote by telephone or over the Internet, you will find instructions on the proxy card that you should follow. There may be costs associated with telephonic or electronic access, such as usage charges from Internet access providers and telephone companies that must be paid by the shareholder. The telephone and Internet voting procedures are designed to authenticate a shareholder’s identity to allow a shareholder to vote his, her or its shares and confirm that his, her or its instructions have been properly recorded. Voting by telephone or over the Internet authorizes the named proxies to vote your shares in the same manner as if you had submitted a validly executed proxy card.

If you wish to vote at the meeting, you will need to access the meeting by visiting www.meetingcenter.io/277168861, where you will be able to listen to the meeting live, submit questions and vote. The password for the meeting is COPI2021, and you will need the 16-digit control number provided on your proxy card or Notice.

If you hold your shares through a broker, bank or other nominee: a voting instruction card has been provided to you by your broker, bank or other nominee describing how to vote your shares. If you receive a voting instruction card, you can vote by completing and returning the voting instruction card. Please be sure to mark your voting choices on your voting instruction card before you return it. You may also be able to vote by telephone or via the Internet. Please refer to the instructions provided with your voting instruction card for information about voting in these ways. See also “Will my shares be voted if I do not return my proxy?” below.

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If you wish to vote at the meeting, you will need to register in advance to attend the Annual Meeting online and you may not vote your shares at the Annual Meeting unless you obtain a “legal proxy” from the bank, broker or nominee that holds your shares, giving you the right to vote the shares at the Annual Meeting. To register to attend the Annual Meeting online, you must submit proof of your legal proxy reflecting your holdings along with your name and email address to Computershare Trust Company, N.A. Requests for registration must be labeled as “Legal Proxy” and be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 19, 2021. You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email after we receive your registration materials. Requests for registration should be directed by (i) email to legalproxy@computershare.com, with a forward of the email from your broker or attachment of an image of your legal proxy, or (ii) by mail to Computershare Trust Company, N.A., Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. Legal Proxy, P.O. Box 43001, Providence, RI 02940-3001.

Q: What is a proxy?

A: A proxy is a person you appoint to vote on your behalf. By using any of the methods discussed above, you will be appointing as your proxies Joseph Ciaffoni, our President and Chief Executive Officer, and Paul Brannelly, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. They may act together or individually on your behalf and will have the authority to appoint a substitute to act as proxy. Whether or not you expect to attend the Annual Meeting, we request that you please use the means available to you to vote by proxy so as to ensure that your shares of common stock may be counted towards a quorum and voted.

Q: Will my shares be voted if I do not return my proxy?

A: If your shares are registered directly in your name, your shares will not be voted if you do not vote over the Internet, by telephone, by returning your proxy by mail or by ballot at the Annual Meeting.

If your shares are held in “street name,” your brokerage firm may under certain circumstances vote your shares if you do not timely return your voting instructions. Brokers can vote their customers’ unvoted shares on discretionary matters but cannot vote such shares on non-discretionary matters. If you do not timely return voting instructions to your brokerage firm to vote your shares, your brokerage firm may, on discretionary matters, either vote your shares or leave your shares unvoted.

Proposal 1 (election of directors) and Proposal 2 (the advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers) are non-discretionary matters. If you do not instruct your brokerage firm how to vote with respect to these proposals, your brokerage firm may not vote with respect to these proposals and those shares that would have otherwise been entitled to be voted will be treated as “broker non-votes.” “Broker non-votes” are shares that are held in “street name” by a bank or brokerage firm that indicates on its proxy that it does not have or did not exercise discretionary authority to vote on a particular matter.

Proposal 3 (ratification of the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm) is considered a discretionary matter, and your brokerage firm will be able to vote on this proposal even if it does not timely receive instructions from you, so long as it holds your shares in its name. We encourage you to timely provide voting instructions to your brokerage firm or other nominee. This ensures that your shares will be voted at the Annual Meeting

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according to your instructions. You should receive directions from your brokerage firm or other nominee about how to submit your voting instructions to them.

Q: What if I want to change my vote or revoke my proxy?

A: If your shares are registered directly in your name, you may revoke your proxy and change your vote at any time before the Annual Meeting. To do so, you must do one of the following:

1.

Vote over the Internet or by telephone as instructed above. Only your latest Internet or telephone vote is counted. You may not revoke or change your vote over the Internet or by telephone after 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 19, 2021.

2.

Sign a new proxy and submit it by mail to Computershare Trust Company, N.A., 250 Royall Street, Canton, MA 02021, Attention: Proxy Tabulation, who must receive the proxy card no later than May 19, 2021. Only your latest dated proxy will be counted.

3.

Attend the Annual Meeting and vote as instructed above. Attending the Annual Meeting alone will not revoke your Internet vote, telephone vote or proxy submitted by mail, as the case may be.

4.

Give our Corporate Secretary written notice before or at the meeting that you want to revoke your proxy. If your shares are held in “street name,” you should contact your broker, bank or nominee for information on how to change your voting instructions. You may also vote in person at the Annual Meeting, which will have the effect of revoking any previously submitted voting instructions, if you obtain a “legal proxy” from your broker, bank or nominee as described in the answer to the question “How do I vote my shares?” above.

Q: What is a quorum?

A: The holders of a majority of the 35,203,824 shares of common stock outstanding as of the Record Date, either present or represented by proxy, constitute a quorum. A quorum is necessary in order to conduct the Annual Meeting. If you choose to have your shares represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting, you will be considered part of the quorum. Broker non-votes and abstentions will be counted as present for the purpose of establishing a quorum. If a quorum is not present by attendance or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting, the shareholders present by attendance at the meeting or by proxy may adjourn the Annual Meeting until a quorum is present.

Q: What vote is required to approve each matter and how are votes counted?

A: Directors are elected by a majority of the votes cast in an uncontested election. Because the number of nominees properly nominated for the Annual Meeting is the same as the number of directors to be elected at the Annual Meeting, the election of directors is an uncontested election. As a result, a nominee for director must receive a greater number of votes cast “FOR” election than votes cast “AGAINST” such nominee’s election to be elected to the Board (or re-elected, in the case of any nominee who is an incumbent director). To approve Proposal 2 or Proposal 3, the votes cast “FOR” must exceed the votes cast “AGAINST” such proposal.

Proposals 1 and 2 are non-discretionary matters. Therefore, if your shares are held by your brokerage firm in “street name” and you do not timely provide voting instructions with respect to your shares, your brokerage firm cannot vote your shares on such Proposals. Broker non-votes – shares held in “street name” by banks, brokerage firms, or nominees who indicate on their proxies that they do not have authority to vote the shares on such proposals – will not be counted as votes “FOR” or “AGAINST” these proposals. If you “ABSTAIN” from voting on Proposals 1 or 2, your shares will not be voted “FOR” or “AGAINST” such proposal and will also not be counted as votes cast or shares voting on the proposal. As a result, such “broker non-votes” and abstentions will have no effect on the voting on Proposal 1 or Proposal 2.

Proposal 2 is an advisory vote and the results of this vote will not be binding on the Board or the Company. However, the Board values the opinions of our shareholders, and will consider the outcome of the vote when making future decisions on the compensation of our named executive officers and our executive compensation philosophy, policies and procedures.

Proposal 3 is considered a discretionary matter. If your shares are held by your brokerage firm in “street name” and you do not timely provide voting instructions with respect to your shares, your brokerage firm may vote your unvoted shares on Proposal 3. If you “ABSTAIN” from voting on Proposal 3, your shares will not be voted “FOR” or

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“AGAINST” the proposal and will also not be counted as votes cast or shares voting on the proposal. As a result, voting to “ABSTAIN” will have no effect on the outcome of Proposal 3.

Although shareholder approval of Proposal 3 is not required, we believe that it is advisable to give shareholders an opportunity to ratify this appointment. If this proposal is not approved at the Annual Meeting, the audit committee will reconsider its appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

Q: What if additional proposals are presented at the Annual Meeting?

A: We do not intend to bring any other matter for a vote at the Annual Meeting, and we do not know of anyone else who intends to do so. However, with respect to any other business that properly comes before the Annual Meeting, your proxies are authorized to vote on your behalf using their judgment.

Q: Do the directors and officers of the Company have an interest in the outcome of the matters to be voted on?

A: Our directors and officers will not receive any special benefit as a result of the outcome of the matters to be voted on, except that our non-employee directors will receive compensation for their service as described later in this Proxy Statement under the heading “Proposal 1: Election of Directors—Corporate Governance—Compensation of Non-Employee Directors.”

Q: How many shares do the directors and officers of the Company beneficially own, and how do they plan to vote their shares?

A: Directors and executive officers, who, as of the Record Date, had beneficial ownership (or had the right to acquire beneficial ownership within sixty days following the Record Date) of approximately 5.18% of our outstanding common stock, are expected to vote, or direct the voting of their shares, “FOR” the director nominees and “FOR” Proposals 2 and 3.

Q: Who will count the votes?

A: Our inspector of elections, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., will count the votes cast by proxy and online during the Annual Meeting.

Q: Who can attend the Annual Meeting?

A: All shareholders are invited to attend the Annual Meeting.

Q: Are there any expenses associated with collecting the shareholder votes?

A: We will reimburse brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for forwarding proxy and other materials to our shareholders. We do not anticipate hiring an agency to solicit votes from shareholders at this time; however, if we determine that such action would be appropriate or necessary, we would pay the cost of such service. Our officers and other employees may solicit proxies in person or by telephone but will receive no special compensation for doing so.

Q: Where can you find the voting results?

A: Voting results will be reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K, which we will file with the SEC within four business days following the Annual Meeting.

Q: Who is our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, and will they be represented at the Annual Meeting?

A: Deloitte & Touche LLP served as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and audited our financial statements for such fiscal year. Deloitte & Touche LLP has been appointed by the audit committee to serve in the same role and to provide the same services for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021. We expect that one or more representatives of Deloitte & Touche LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting. They will have an opportunity to make a statement, if they desire, and will be available to answer appropriate questions at the end of the Annual Meeting.

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Q: How do I obtain an Annual Report on Form 10-K?

A: If you would like a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 that we filed with the SEC, we will send you one without charge. Please write to:

Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.

100 Technology Center Drive, Suite 300

Stoughton, MA 02072

Attn: Investor Relations

All of our SEC filings are also available free of charge under the heading “SEC Filings” in the “Investors” section of our website at www.collegiumpharma.com.

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PROPOSAL 1:

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

Our Articles of Incorporation historically provided that the Board would be divided into three classes of directors, with each class elected every three years for a three-year term.

In 2020, after considering the advantages and disadvantages of declassification, including feedback from shareholders, the Board recommended, and our shareholders approved, an amendment and restatement of our Articles of Incorporation that declassifies the Board on a phased basis over three years. This phased declassification will proceed as follows:

At the Annual Meeting, (a) Rita Balice-Gordon, who was appointed by our Board effective September 24, 2020 to fill a vacancy resulting from an increase in the number of directors, and (b) Garen Bohlin, Gwen Melincoff and Theodore Schroeder, who were formerly designated as Class III directors, will stand for election for a one-year term expiring in 2022;

At our 2022 annual meeting of shareholders, (a) the four directors referenced above and (b) John Fallon, M.D. and John Freund, M.D., who were formerly designated as Class I directors, will stand for election for a one-year term expiring in 2023; and

At our 2023 annual meeting of shareholders, and at each annual meeting thereafter, all directors will stand for election for one-year terms.

Upon the recommendation of the nominating and corporate governance committee, each of Dr. Balice-Gordon, Mr. Bohlin, Ms. Melincoff and Mr. Schroeder have been nominated to serve as directors, and each has agreed to stand for election. If the director nominees are elected at the Annual Meeting, then each nominee will serve for a one-year term expiring at the 2022 annual meeting of shareholders and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified.

Our nominating and corporate governance committee is aware that some institutional investors and some institutional shareholder advisory firms have policies and standards regarding “overboarding,” which refers to a director who sits on multiple boards, due to concerns that “overboarded” directors face excessive time commitments and challenges in fulfilling their duties. In evaluating whether Mr. Schroeder should continue to serve on the Board, our nominating and corporate governance committee carefully considered the number of other boards on which he serves, as well as his contribution to the Board and his attendance, preparedness and engagement at Board and committee meetings, all of which have been exemplary. Furthermore, and consistent with our commitment to corporate governance that reflects our values, our Nominating and Corporate Governance took into account Mr. Schroeder’s commitment to resolve his “overboarded” status by no later than December 31, 2021. After taking these different considerations into account, and in reliance upon Mr. Schroeder’s commitment to aligning his board responsibilities with accepted standards, the nominating and corporate governance committee determined to nominate him for continued service on our Board.

Elected directors hold office until their death, resignation or removal or their successors are duly elected and qualified. In accordance with our articles of incorporation and bylaws, our directors may fill existing vacancies on our Board (including vacancies resulting from an increase in the number of directors) by appointment. Pursuant to the Virginia Stock Corporation Act, the term of office of a director elected by our Board to fill a vacancy expires at the next shareholders’ meeting at which directors are elected.

Our directors are elected by a majority of the votes cast. Pursuant to our bylaws, a majority of votes cast means that if the votes cast “FOR” such nominee’s election exceed the votes cast “AGAINST” such nominee’s election, such nominee is elected.

If a choice is specified on the proxy card by a shareholder, the shares will be voted as specified. If no contrary indication is made, proxies are to be voted “FOR” Dr. Balice-Gordon, Mr. Bohlin, Ms. Melincoff and Mr. Schroeder, or, if any such individual is not a candidate or is unable to serve as a director at the time of the election (which is not currently expected), for any nominee who is designated by our Board to fill the vacancy.

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Recommendation of our Board

OUR BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT THE SHAREHOLDERS VOTE FOR THE ELECTION OF DR. BALICE-GORDON, MR. BOHLIN, MS. MELINCOFF AND MR. SCHROEDER AS DIRECTORS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING.

Nominees for Election to the Board

Nominee

    

Age

    

Position

Rita Balice-Gordon

60

Director

Garen Bohlin

73

Director

Gwen Melincoff

69

Director

Theodore Schroeder

66

Director

Rita Balice-Gordon, Ph.D., Director. Dr. Balice-Gordon has served as a member of our Board since September 2020. Dr. Balice-Gordon has served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Muna Therapeutics, a newly formed biotech company focused on developing novel therapeutics for patients with neurodegenerative diseases, since May 2020, and has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at Novo Seeds since August 2020. Previously, Dr. Balice-Gordon served in scientific roles of increasing responsibility at Sanofi, Inc., most recently as Global Head of Rare and Neurological Diseases. Prior to joining Sanofi, Dr. Balice-Gordon led the psychiatry and pain drug discovery portfolios as Vice President in the Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit at Pfizer, Inc. Earlier in her career, Dr. Balice-Gordon was Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Neuroscience Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neuroscience.

Dr. Balice-Gordon has authored more than 100 scientific papers, received numerous accolades for her work in the field of neuroscience and has chaired or served on many NIH, national and international committees. She received her B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin.

We believe that Dr. Balice-Gordon’s scientific expertise and industry experience, including in the neurology and pain therapeutic areas, provide her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Garen Bohlin, Director. Mr. Bohlin has served as a member of our Board since January 2015. Mr. Bohlin has almost 30 years’ experience serving in executive roles at several biotechnology companies, including Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he served as an Executive Vice President from January 2010 to his retirement in April 2012.

Prior to that, Mr. Bohlin served as Chief Operating Officer at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Sirtris”), which was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc. Prior to joining Sirtris, Mr. Bohlin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Syntonix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Syntonix”), which was acquired by Biogen Idec. Prior to Syntonix, Mr. Bohlin spent 14 years in executive management at Genetics Institute, Inc. (“Genetics Institute”), which was acquired by Wyeth. Prior to Mr. Bohlin’s tenure at Genetics Institute, he was a partner at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he spent 13 years.

Since his retirement, Mr. Bohlin has served on the boards of directors of several companies. Mr. Bohlin currently serves on the board of directors of Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: KPTI) (2013 to present) and Curadel Surgical Innovations, Inc, a privately held company (2020 to present). Previously, he served on the board of directors of Acusphere, Inc. (OTC: ACUS) (2005 to 2015), Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTPH) (2010 to 2020), Proteon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTO) (2014 to 2020) and several other publicly traded and privately held biotechnology companies. Mr. Bohlin graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance in 1970.

We believe that Mr. Bohlin’s perspective and experience as a senior executive in our industry, as well as his board and audit committee experience with publicly traded and privately held biotechnology companies, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

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Gwen Melincoff, Director. Ms. Melincoff has served as a member of our Board since August 2017. Ms. Melincoff has over 25 years of leadership experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Ms. Melincoff is currently managing director at Gemini Advisors LLC, a biopharmaceutical consultancy (since 2013) and an advisor to Verge Genomics, a startup drug discovery company (since 2016) and Agent Capital (since 2017). From August 2014 to September 2016, she served as Vice President of Business Development at BTG International Inc., a specialist medical products company; she also served as an advisor to Phase 1 Ventures, a startup accelerator from 2015 through 2018. From September 2004 to December 2013, Ms. Melincoff was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Shire Plc (acquired by Takeda). In addition, from 2010 to 2013, she led the Shire Strategic Investment Group, the venture capital arm of Shire Plc. Prior to joining Shire Plc, Ms. Melincoff held managerial and business development positions at various pharmaceutical companies, including Adolor Corporation, Sterling Drug and NanoSystems (a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak).

Ms. Melincoff currently serves on the board of Gain Therapeutics, Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE: PLX) and Soleno Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SLNO) (2019 to present). Previously, she served as a board member or observer on the boards of Tobira Therapeutics (acquired by Allergan), DBV Technologies, AM Pharma, ArmaGen Technologies, Promethera Biosciences, Naurex Inc. (acquired by Allergan), Kamada Ltd. (NASDAQ: KMDA), Photocure ASA and Enterome. Ms. Melincoff holds a B.S. in Biology from The George Washington University and an M.S. in Management and Health Care Administration from Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Melincoff has also attained the designation of Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™). Ms. Melincoff was named one of the “Top Women in Biotech 2013” by Fierce Biotech as well as being named to the Powerlist 100 of Corporate Venture Capital in 2012 and 2013.

We believe that Ms. Melincoff’s extensive experience in business development and general management in the life sciences industry and her valuable experience in corporate governance and acquisitions provide her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Theodore Schroeder, Director. Mr. Schroeder has served as a member of our Board since January 2016. Mr. Schroeder currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Nabriva Therapeutics, Plc. (“Nabriva”), a public biopharmaceutical company, a position he has held since July 2018. From June 2015 to July 2018 Mr. Schroeder was the President, CEO and member of the board of Zavante Therapeutics, a private biopharmaceutical company that he co-founded until its acquisition by Nabriva. Mr. Schroeder co-founded Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a formerly public pharmaceutical company, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the board of directors, from May 2004 until its acquisition in March 2014 by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From August 2002 to February 2004, Mr. Schroeder served as Senior Vice President, North American Sales and Marketing, of Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a neuroscience-based pharmaceutical company, and from February 2001 to August 2002, as General Manager of the Hospital Products Business Unit. From May 1999 until its acquisition by Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in November 2000, Mr. Schroeder served as Senior Director of Marketing Hospital Products at Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty respiratory pharmaceutical and pulmonary drug delivery company. Prior to joining Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mr. Schroeder held a number of hospital-related sales and marketing positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global pharmaceutical company.

Mr. Schroeder currently serves on the board of directors of Cidara Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX) (2014 to present) and Otonomy Inc. (NASDAQ: OTIC) (August 2015 to present). From August 2011 until its acquisition by Horizon Pharma, Inc. in May 2015, Mr. Schroeder served on the board of directors of Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc., a formerly public company focused on treating ultra-rare diseases. From December 2009 until its acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in September 2013, he served on the board of directors of Trius Therapeutics, Inc., a formerly public biopharmaceutical company. From June 2010 until its acquisition by the Medicines Company in January 2013, Mr. Schroeder served on the board of directors of Incline Therapeutics, a formerly private biopharmaceutical company focused in the acute pain space. Mr. Schroeder has also served on the board of directors and the executive committee of Biocom, a California life science trade association, where he is a past Chairman of the Board. In 2014, Mr. Schroeder was named the Ernst & Young LLP “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the San Diego region and was named a national finalist. Mr. Schroeder received a B.S. in management from Rutgers University.

We believe that Mr. Schroeder’s extensive knowledge of operations, marketing, sales and general management of a life sciences company and his valuable experience in corporate governance, acquisitions, strategic planning and leadership development provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

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Continuing Directors with Terms Expiring at the

2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Nominee

    

Age

    

Position

John Fallon, M.D. 

73

Director

John Freund, M.D. 

67

Director

John Fallon, M.D., Director. Dr. Fallon has served as a member of our Board since June 2016. Dr. Fallon served as Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (“BCBS”), a health insurance company, from 2004 through 2015. Prior to his role at BCBS, Dr. Fallon served as Chief Executive Officer for clinical affairs at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, including University Hospital of Brooklyn and the clinical faculty practice plan. His professional experience also includes the Partners Healthcare System, where he was Chairman of the physician network. Dr. Fallon was also the CEO of Charter Professional Services Corporation and the founder and CEO of North Shore Health System, a large physician-hospital organization in Massachusetts. He serves on the board of directors of Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD) (2012 to present), a medical devices company. Dr. Fallon was formerly the Chairman of the board of directors of NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation). In the past, he also served as a member the board of directors of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAG) (2014 to 2020), a specialty pharmaceutical company, Exact Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAS) (2016 to 2019), a molecular diagnostics company, as well as several not-for-profit boards, including: Alliance for Healthcare Improvement, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Massachusetts E-Health Collaborative and Neighborhood Health Plan. He also co-chaired, with the Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative. Dr. Fallon practiced internal medicine for more than 20 years, fulfilled his residency at Boston City Hospital, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an MBA from the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine.

We believe that Dr. Fallon’s perspective and experience as an executive and board member in the life sciences industry, as well as his strong medical and scientific background, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

John Freund, M.D., Director. Dr. Freund has served as a member of our Board since February 2014. Dr. Freund founded Skyline Ventures (“Skyline”), a venture capital firm, in 1997 and has served as Managing Director at Skyline since its founding. Prior to joining Skyline, Dr. Freund served as Managing Director in the private equity group of Chancellor Capital Management, LLC. In 1995, Dr. Freund co-founded Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and served on its board of directors until 2000. From 1988 to 1994, Dr. Freund served in various positions at Acuson Corporation (“Acuson”), most recently as Executive Vice President. Prior to joining Acuson, Dr. Freund was a General Partner of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners from 1987 to 1988. From 1982 to 1988, Dr. Freund worked at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he co-founded the Healthcare Group in the Corporate Finance Department in 1983.

Dr. Freund currently serves on the board of directors of Sutro Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRO) (2014 to present), and SI-Bone, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIBN) (2013 to present). Dr. Freund also serves on the board of directors of six U.S. registered investment funds managed by The Capital Group Companies. He previously served on the board of directors of several publicly traded companies, including, Proteon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTO) (2014 to 2020), Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTPH) (2012 to 2020), XenoPort, Inc. (NASDAQ: XNPT) (1999 to 2016), where he was Chairman, Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNCE) (2014 to 2015), MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAPP) (2004 to 2011), and MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ: MAKO) (2008 to 2013). Dr. Freund is a member of the Advisory Board for the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative. Dr. Freund graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in History in 1975, received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1980 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1982.

We believe that Dr. Freund’s extensive finance and investment experience, his experience as an executive, and his service on the board of directors of numerous public and privately held companies in our industry provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

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Continuing Directors with Terms Expiring at the

2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Name

    

Age

    

Position

Joeseph Ciaffoni

50

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Heffernan, R.Ph.

56

Chairman

Gino Santini

64

Director

Joseph Ciaffoni, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ciaffoni has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2018, and prior to that, served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2017. Prior to joining us, Mr. Ciaffoni served as President, U.S. Branded Pharmaceuticals of Endo International plc, a specialty pharmaceutical company, from August 2016 to December 2016. Before that, from April 2012 to August 2016, Mr. Ciaffoni held various positions of increasing responsibility at Biogen Idec, including Senior Vice President, Global Specialty Medicines Group, Senior Vice President, U.S. Commercial and Vice President, U.S. Neurology Field Operations and Marketing. Prior to joining Biogen Idec, Mr. Ciaffoni was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Shionogi Inc. and President of Shionogi Pharmaceuticals from July 2008 to October 2010. Mr. Ciaffoni also previously served as Vice President, Sales for Schering-Plough (now Merck) from May 2004 to June 2008, where he was responsible for the cholesterol franchise, and has held several commercial leadership roles at Sanofi-Synthelabo (now Sanofi) from January 2002 to April 2004 and Novartis from January 1994 to December 2001. Mr. Ciaffoni received a B.A. in Communications in 1993 and an M.B.A. in 2000, both from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

We believe that Mr. Ciaffoni’s perspective and experience as a senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the depth of his operations and board experience, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Michael Heffernan, R.Ph., Chairman. Mr. Heffernan has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2003 and served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2003 to June 2018. Since then, Mr. Heffernan has served as a consultant to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Mr. Heffernan has over twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical and related healthcare industries. He was previously the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Onset Therapeutics, LLC, a dermatology-focused company that developed and commercialized products for the treatment of skin-related illnesses and was responsible for the spin-off of the business from the Company to create PreCision Dermatology, Inc. which was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Mr. Heffernan has held prior positions as Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clinical Studies Ltd., a pharmaceutical contract research organization that was sold to PhyMatrix Corp., and as President and Chief Executive Officer of PhyMatrix. Mr. Heffernan started his career at Eli Lilly and Company, where he served in numerous sales and marketing roles.

Mr. Heffernan serves on the board of directors of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKBA) (2018 to present), Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NSYE: BHVN) (2020 to present), Synlogic, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYBX) (2020 to present) and Trevi Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVI) (2017 to present). Mr. Heffernan previously served on the board of directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company prior to its merger with Akebia, Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCAT), Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (now known as Chiesi USA, Inc.) (NASDAQ: CRTX), and Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S, prior to its acquisition by Asahi Kasei. Mr. Heffernan is a current member of the boards of several privately held companies. Mr. Heffernan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1987 and is a Registered Pharmacist.

We believe that Mr. Heffernan’s perspective and experience as a senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the depth of his operations and board experience, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

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Gino Santini, Director. Mr. Santini has served as a member of our Board since July 2012 and has served as our lead independent director since May 2015. Since December 2010, Mr. Santini has been a senior advisor providing financing and business consulting services to venture capital, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Previously, Mr. Santini held various positions at Eli Lilly and Company (“Lilly”) from 1983 until his retirement from Lilly in December 2010, most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, a position he held since 2007. Mr. Santini also served as a member of Lilly’s Executive Committee from January 2004 to his retirement and as President of U.S. Operations. He joined Lilly in 1983 as a financial planning associate in Italy.

Mr. Santini currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT) (2015 to present), Horizon Pharma plc (NASDAQ: HZNP) (2012 to present) and Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNA) (2012 to present), as well as several privately held companies. Previously, Mr. Santini served on the board of directors of AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAG) (2012 to 2020), Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: VTAE) (2014 to 2016) and Sorin S.p.A., a company traded on the Italian Stock Exchange (2012 to 2015). He graduated from the University of Bologna, Italy with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 and received an M.B.A. from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 1983.

We believe that Mr. Santini’s perspective and experience as a senior executive at Lilly, as well as his extensive domestic and international commercial, corporate strategy, business development and transaction experience, provide him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

General

We believe that good corporate governance is important to ensure that our Company is managed for the long-term benefit of our shareholders. This section describes key corporate governance practices that we have adopted. We have adopted a Code of Ethics, which applies to all of our officers, directors and employees, Corporate Governance Guidelines and charters for our audit committee, our compensation committee, our nominating and corporate governance committee and our compliance committee. We have posted copies of our Code of Ethics and Corporate Governance Guidelines, as well as each of our committee charters, on the Corporate Governance page of the Investors section of our website, www.collegiumpharma.com, which you can access free of charge. Information contained on the website is not incorporated by reference in, or considered part of, this proxy statement. We intend to disclose on our website any amendments to, or waivers from, our Code of Ethics that are required to be disclosed by law or NASDAQ Listing Rules. We will also provide copies of these documents as well as our other corporate governance documents, free of charge, to any shareholder upon written request to Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., 100 Technology Center Drive, Suite 300, Stoughton, MA 02072, Attn: Investor Relations.

Key Corporate Governance Changes

Under the leadership of our nominating and corporate governance committee, we continually evaluate our corporate governance practices to ensure that these practices provide shareholders with the transparency, accountability and access that they deserve while enabling our management team and Board to conduct our business in a manner that is oriented towards creating long-term and sustainable growth.

In addition to the declassification of the Board of Directors beginning this year, in 2020 the Board and, as necessary, the shareholders approved the following changes:

elimination of the supermajority voting requirement for bylaws amendments, which now require the approval of a simple majority of outstanding shares;
stock ownership guidelines applicable to all of our directors and executive officers that impose certain ownership requirements for each of these individuals; and

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a Clawback Policy that enables the compensation committee to require certain officers to repay or forfeit cash and equity-based incentive compensation that the Committee determines was in excess of compensation to which such officers were entitled based on restated financial statements.

We believe that each of these corporate governance changes represents an important step in the evolution of the Company, and taken together, accurately demonstrate our commitment to continuing to improve and enhance our governance and alignment with the interests of our shareholders.

Director Independence

The NASDAQ Listing Rules require a majority of a listed company’s board of directors to be comprised of independent directors. In addition, the NASDAQ Listing Rules require that, subject to specified exceptions, each member of a listed company’s audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees be independent and that audit committee members also satisfy independence criteria set forth in Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act.

Our Board undertook a review of the composition of our Board and its committees and the independence of each director. Based upon information requested from and provided by each director concerning his background, employment and affiliations, including family relationships, our Board has determined that each of our directors, with the exception of Messrs. Ciaffoni and Heffernan, is an “independent director” as defined under the NASDAQ Listing Rules. Our Board also determined that Mr. Bohlin and Drs. Fallon and Freund, who comprise our audit committee; Dr. Freund and Messrs. Santini and Schroeder, who comprise our compensation committee; and Ms. Melincoff and Drs. Balice-Gordon and Fallon, who comprise our nominating and corporate governance committee, satisfy the independence standards for such committees established by the SEC and the NASDAQ Listing Rules, as applicable. Additionally, our Board determined that David Hirsch, M.D., who served as a director and as a member of our compensation committee until July 2020, qualified as an “independent director” as defined under the NASDAQ Listing Rules and satisfied the independence standards for such committee established by the SEC and the NASDAQ Listing Rules. In making the independence determinations set forth above, our Board considered the relationships that each such non-employee director has with our Company and all other facts and circumstances our Board deemed relevant in determining independence, including the beneficial ownership of our capital stock by each non-employee director. There are no family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers.

Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight

Our Board separated the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board effective July 1, 2018 in connection with Mr. Ciaffoni’s promotion to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Heffernan, our prior President and Chief Executive Officer, remains our Chairman, and Mr. Santini remains our Lead Independent Director. Our Board believes that the separation of the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, combined with a strong Lead Independent Director when we have a non-independent Chairman, reinforces the independence of the Board from management, creates an environment that encourages objective oversight of management’s performance and enhances the effectiveness of our Board as a whole. Though it does not have current plans to do so, our Board may combine the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board again in the future if it believes that would be in the best interest of the company and its shareholders.

Mr. Heffernan, our current Chairman, presides over meetings of our Board and holds such other powers and carries out such other duties as are customarily carried out by the chairman of the board of directors of a company. Mr. Heffernan provides valuable insight to our Board due to the perspective and experience he brings as our former Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Santini currently serves as our Lead Independent Director and presides over portions of regularly scheduled meetings at which only our independent directors are present. As Lead Independent Director, Mr. Santini serves as a liaison between management and the independent directors, works in conjunction with the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer to plan and set schedules and agendas for Board meetings, and performs such additional duties as our Board may otherwise determine and delegate.

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One of the key functions of our Board is informed oversight of our risk management process. Our Board does not have a standing risk management committee, but rather administers this oversight function directly through our Board as a whole, as well as through various standing committees of our Board that address risks inherent in their respective areas of oversight. In particular, our Board is responsible for monitoring and assessing strategic risk exposure and our audit committee has the responsibility to consider and discuss our major financial risk exposures and the steps our management has taken to monitor and control these exposures, including adopting guidelines and policies to govern the process by which risk assessment and management is undertaken. The audit committee also monitors compliance with certain legal, regulatory and cybersecurity requirements. Our nominating and corporate governance committee monitors the efficacy of our corporate governance practices, including whether they are successful in preventing illegal or improper liability-creating conduct. Our compensation committee assesses and monitors whether any of our compensation policies and programs has the potential to encourage excessive risk-taking. Our compliance committee monitors our programs regarding compliance with laws, regulations, and industry standards that, if breached, may cause significant business, regulatory, or reputational damage.

Board Meetings

During the year ended December 31, 2020, our Board held a total of five meetings. Each of our directors attended at least 75% of the aggregate number of meetings of our Board and meetings of any committee of which he or she was a member, which were held during the time in which he or she was a director or a committee member, as applicable.

Board Committees

Our Board has established an audit committee, a compliance committee, a compensation committee, and a nominating and corporate governance committee. Each committee operates under a charter that has been approved by our Board and is available on our website, www.collegiumpharma.com, under the Investors section. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, our website is not part of this proxy statement. The table below provides the membership of each of the committees as of December 31, 2020, with further discussion on each committee and its function below the table.

Nominating &

Audit

Compliance

Compensation

Corporate Governance

Name

Committee

Committee

Committee

Committee

Rita Balice-Gordon, Ph.D.

X

Garen Bohlin

X*

X

John Fallon, M.D.

X

X*

John Freund, M.D. 

X

X*

Michael Heffernan

Gwen Melincoff

X

Gino Santini

X*

X

Theodore Schroeder

X

X

* Committee Chairperson

Audit Committee

Our audit committee consists of Mr. Bohlin and Drs. Fallon and Freund and is chaired by Mr. Bohlin. Our audit committee met five times in 2020. The primary purpose of our audit committee is to assist our Board in the oversight of our accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of our financial statements, and the qualifications and independence of our independent auditor and to prepare any reports required of the audit committee under the rules of the SEC. The audit committee has the following responsibilities, among other things:

hiring our independent registered public accounting firm and pre-approving the audit, audit related and permitted non-audit and tax services to be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm;
reviewing and approving the planned scope of the annual audit and the results of the annual audit;

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reviewing the significant accounting and reporting principles to understand their impact on our financial statements;
reviewing quarterly with management its assessment of the effectiveness and adequacy of our internal control structure and procedures for financial reporting and reviewing annually with our independent registered public accounting firm the attestation to and report on the assessment made by management;
reviewing with management and our independent registered public accounting firm, as appropriate, our financial reports, earnings announcements and financial information and earnings guidance provided to analysts and other third parties;
reviewing with our General Counsel or outside counsel any legal matters that may have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements, accounting policies and compliance policies and programs, including corporate securities trading policies, and engaging in direct communications with our General Counsel or outside counsel on any topic as it may deem necessary from time to time;
establishing procedures for the treatment of complaints received by us regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters and confidential submissions by our employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;
periodically reviewing and recommending appropriate changes to our Code of Ethics;
reviewing and approving related-party transactions; and
reviewing and evaluating, at least annually, our audit committee’s charter.

Our audit committee reviews related-party transactions for potential conflicts of interests or other improprieties in accordance with our related party transactions policy. See “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions—Policies and Procedures for Transactions with Related Persons.”

The financial literacy requirements of the SEC require that each member of our audit committee be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements. Our Board has determined that Mr. Bohlin qualifies as an audit committee financial expert, as defined in Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and has financial sophistication in accordance with the NASDAQ Listing Rules.

Both our independent registered public accounting firm and management periodically meet privately with our audit committee.

Compliance Committee

Our compliance committee consists of Messrs. Bohlin, Santini, and Schroeder, and is chaired by Mr. Santini. Our compliance committee met three times in 2020. The compliance committee has oversight regarding government investigations and litigation relating to our compliance with laws, regulations, and industry standards and oversees management’s development and implementation of our compliance and ethics policies and practices. The functions of our compliance committee include, among other things:

overseeing our activities in the area of compliance with laws, regulations and industry standards, except where the oversight responsibility is with the audit committee;
reviewing and monitoring significant compliance risk areas and the steps management takes to monitor, control, and report such compliance risk exposures;
monitoring and assessing the development and effectiveness of our compliance program and recommending improvements as necessary or appropriate, including the allocation of sufficient funding, resources and staff to the compliance program;

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periodically reviewing and recommending to the full Board any changes to our Code of Ethics, which review and recommendations will be coordinated with those of the audit committee;
ensuring proper communication of significant compliance issues to the full Board;
reviewing and monitoring efforts to promote an ethical culture;
overseeing the mechanisms for employees to seek guidance and report concerns regarding matters of compliance with laws, regulations and industry standards;
receiving and evaluating reports and assessing risk regarding internal investigations or government or regulatory actions that may indicate a significant compliance or regulatory issue within the Company that may cause significant financial or reputational damage;
receiving and evaluating reports from our General Counsel regarding any data suggesting significant non-compliance with laws, regulations and industry standards that could affect the compliance program or the Company; and
reviewing and evaluating at least annually our compliance committee’s charter.

Compensation Committee

Our compensation committee consists of Dr. Freund and Messrs. Santini and Schroeder and is chaired by Dr. Freund. Prior to Dr. Freund joining the compensation committee in July 2020, the third member of the compensation committee was Dr. Hirsch, who resigned from the Board effective July 9, 2020. Our compensation committee met three times in 2020. The primary purpose of our compensation committee is to review the performance and development of our management in achieving corporate goals and objectives and to assure that our executive officers are compensated effectively in a manner consistent with the strategy of our company, competitive practice, sound corporate governance principles and shareholder interests. In carrying out these responsibilities, this committee oversees, reviews and administers all of our compensation, equity and employee benefit plans and programs. The functions of our compensation committee include, among other things:

reviewing and approving the corporate goals and objectives relevant to executive compensation, evaluating performance in light of those goals and objectives and setting the compensation for our executive officers;
reviewing and recommending the terms of employment agreements and other employment-related arrangements with our executive officers;
reviewing and approving our compensation strategy for our employees;
overseeing and periodically reviewing the operation of all of our employee benefit plans;
reviewing and recommending to our Board the compensation of our directors;
administering our equity incentive plans and benefit plans and approving the grant of equity awards to our employees and directors under these plans;
reviewing and discussing with management our Compensation Discussion and Analysis and recommending to our full Board its inclusion in our periodic reports and proxy statement to be filed with the SEC;
preparing the report of the compensation committee to be included in our annual proxy statement;
monitoring the compliance of our directors and executive officers with our stock ownership guidelines;
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reviewing and evaluating, at least annually, our compensation committee’s charter.

The agenda for each meeting of the compensation committee is usually developed by the chair of the compensation committee, in consultation with our Chief Executive Officer. The compensation committee meets regularly in executive session. However, from time to time, various members of management and other employees as well as outside advisors or consultants may be invited by the compensation committee to make presentations, to provide financial or other background information or advice or to otherwise participate in compensation committee meetings. No officer may participate in, or be present during, any deliberations or determinations of the compensation committee regarding the compensation for such officer or employee. Our Chief Executive Officer provides recommendations to our compensation committee with respect to executive and employee compensation, other than his own compensation, including with regard to individual performance levels. The compensation committee often takes into consideration the Chief Executive Officer’s input in granting annual cash incentives or equity awards and setting compensation levels.

The charter of the compensation committee grants the compensation committee full access to all of our books, records, facilities and personnel, as well as authority to obtain, at our expense, advice and assistance from internal and external legal, accounting or other advisors and consultants and other external resources that the compensation committee considers necessary or appropriate in the performance of its duties. In particular, the compensation committee has the authority to retain compensation consultants to assist in its evaluation of executive and director compensation, including the authority to approve the consultant’s reasonable fees and other retention terms.

The compensation committee engaged W.T. Haigh & Company (“W.T. Haigh”), an independent compensation consultant, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 to provide comparative data on executive and non-employee director compensation practices in our industry and to advise on our executive, non-executive and non-employee director compensation and equity plan programs generally. The Company pays the cost for W.T. Haigh’s services. However, the compensation committee retains the sole authority to direct, terminate or engage W.T. Haigh’s services. Compensation for all services provided by W.T. Haigh did not exceed $120,000 during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

The compensation committee is responsible for making determinations, or making recommendations to our Board, regarding compensation of executive officers, making changes to pre-approved salary ranges, salary increases, equity awards, incentive payments and pre-approved equity ranges for new hires and making material changes to benefits offered to our employees. In addition, the compensation committee makes recommendations to our Board regarding the compensation of directors and the initiation of offerings under our 2015 Employee Stock Purchase Plan. The compensation committee also administers our equity-based plans and determines whether to approve smaller increases in the number of shares reserved under our Amended and Restated 2014 Stock Incentive Plan and 2015 Employee Stock Purchase Plan than those that automatically occur each year pursuant to the “evergreen” provisions of such plans.

Under the charter of the compensation committee, the compensation committee may form and delegate any or all of its duties or responsibilities to a subcommittee of the compensation committee, to the extent consistent with our articles of incorporation, bylaws and applicable laws and rules of markets in which our securities then trade. The compensation committee has also delegated authority for certain actions to certain of our executive officers. For example, the compensation committee has delegated the authority (i) to amend our 401(k) Retirement Plan (the “401(k) Plan”) to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and (ii) to enter into employment agreements with all employees other than employees that directly report to the Chief Executive Officer and/or are executive officers, to the Chief Executive Officer.

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Our nominating and corporate governance committee consists of Ms. Melincoff and Drs. Fallon and Balice-Gordon and is chaired by Dr. Fallon. Prior to September 24, 2020, when Dr. Balice-Gordon joined the Board, the third member of the committee was Dr. Freund. Our nominating and corporate governance committee met three times in 2020, in addition to numerous informal meetings in connection with the recruitment of Dr. Balice-Gordon to fill the vacancy on the Board. The primary purpose of our nominating and corporate governance committee is to assist our Board by identifying individuals qualified to become members of our Board, recommending a slate of nominees to be proposed by our Board to shareholders for election to our Board, developing and recommending corporate governance principles and

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guidelines of our company and monitoring compliance therewith and to recommend directors to serve on the committees of our Board.

The functions of our nominating and corporate governance committee include, among other things:

assisting our Board in identifying prospective director nominees and recommending nominees for each annual meeting of shareholders to our Board;
reviewing developments in corporate governance practices and developing and recommending governance principles applicable to our Board;
reviewing independence of our Board;
evaluating and making recommendations as to the size and composition of the Board;
recommending members for each board committee of our Board;
determining qualifications for service on our board;
reviewing and recommending to our board any changes to our corporate governance principles and guidelines;
reviewing the adequacy of our articles of incorporation and bylaws and recommending to our Board, as conditions dictate, amendments for consideration by our shareholders; and
periodically reviewing and evaluating, at least annually, our nominating and corporate governance committee’s charter.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

Dr. Freund and Messrs. Santini and Schroeder served as members of our compensation committee as of the close of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and Dr. Hirsch served as a member of the compensation committee until July 9, 2020.

No member of our compensation committee is or has ever been an executive officer or employee of ours. In addition, none of our executive officers currently serves, or has served during the last completed year, on the board of directors, compensation committee or other committee serving an equivalent function, of any other entity that has, or had at the time of such executive officer’s service, one or more officers serving as a member of our Board or compensation committee.

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Employees, Executive Officers and Directors

Our Board has adopted a Code of Ethics applicable to all of our employees, executive officers and directors. The Code of Ethics is available on our website at www.collegiumpharma.com. Our Board is responsible for overseeing compliance with the Code of Ethics, and our Board or an appropriate committee thereof must approve any waivers of the Code of Ethics for employees, executive officers or directors. Disclosure regarding any amendments to the Code of Ethics, or any waivers of its requirements, will be made on our website.

Director Nomination Process

Identification and Evaluation of Nominees for Directors

Our nominating and corporate governance committee is of the view that the continuing service of qualified incumbents promotes stability and continuity in the board room, contributing to our Board’s ability to work as a collective body, while providing us the benefit of the familiarity and insight into our affairs that our directors have accumulated during their tenure. Accordingly, our nominating and corporate governance committee recommends to our Board the re-nomination of incumbent directors for election who continue to satisfy our nominating and corporate

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governance committee’s criteria for membership on our Board, whom our nominating and corporate governance committee believes continue to make important contributions to our Board and who consent to continue their service on our Board. Consistent with this policy, in considering candidates for election at our annual meeting of shareholders, the nominating and corporate governance committee will first determine the incumbent directors whose terms expire at the upcoming meeting and who consent to continue their service on our Board. If our nominating and corporate governance committee determines that an incumbent director consenting to re-nomination continues to be qualified and has satisfactorily performed his or her duties as director during the preceding term, and there exist no reasons, including considerations relating to the composition and functional needs of our Board as a whole, why in our nominating and corporate governance committee’s view the incumbent should not be re-nominated, the nominating and corporate governance will, absent special circumstances, propose the incumbent director for nomination by our Board for re-election at our annual meeting of shareholders.

If any member of our Board does not wish to continue in service or if our Board decides not to re-nominate a member for re-election, the nominating and corporate governance committee will identify a new nominee that meets the nominating and corporate governance committee’s criteria for membership on our Board. The committee may, in its sole discretion, solicit recommendations for nominees from persons that the nominating and corporate governance committee believes are likely to be familiar with qualified candidates. These persons may include members of our Board, including members of the nominating and corporate governance committee, and our management team. The nominating and corporate governance committee may, in its sole discretion, determine to engage a professional search firm to assist in identifying qualified candidates. If a search firm is engaged, the nominating and corporate governance committee will set its fees and scope of engagement. The nominating and corporate governance committee may, in its sole discretion, solicit the views of the Chief Executive Officer, other members of our senior management and other members of our Board regarding the qualifications and suitability of candidates to be nominated as directors. The nominating and corporate governance committee may, in its sole discretion, designate one or more of its members (or the entire nominating and corporate governance committee) or other members of our Board to interview any proposed candidate. Based on all available information and relevant considerations, the nominating and corporate governance committee will select a candidate who, in the view of the committee, is most suited for membership on our Board. Prior to 2020, except in connection with the nomination of Dr. Fallon, the nominating and corporate governance committee had not utilized professional search firms to identify candidates to serve on our Board; however, a professional search firm was engaged to assist in filling the Board’s most recent vacancy with a candidate who, in addition to bringing needed skills and new expertise to the Board, also increased the Board’s gender diversity.

We received one director candidate recommendation from our shareholders prior to the Annual Meeting. We have a formal policy regarding consideration of such recommendations. In making its selection of director nominees, the nominating and corporate governance committee evaluates any candidates proposed by shareholders under criteria similar to the evaluation of other candidates and in accordance with our bylaws and as is otherwise required pursuant to the Exchange Act. However, the nominating and corporate governance committee may consider, as one of the factors in its evaluation of shareholder-recommended nominees, the size and duration of the ownership by the recommending shareholder or shareholder group in our capital stock. The nominating and corporate governance committee may also consider the extent to which the recommending shareholder intends to continue holding its interest in the Company, including, in the case of nominees recommended for election at an annual meeting of shareholders, whether the recommending shareholder intends to continue holding its interest at least through the time of such annual meeting.

Shareholders wishing to suggest a candidate for director must write to our Corporate Secretary in accordance with our procedures detailed in the section below entitled “Shareholder Communications with Our Board.”

Shareholder nominations should be made according to the procedures set forth in our bylaws and detailed in the section below entitled “Shareholder Proposals and Director Nominations for 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.” Such submissions must state the nominee’s name and address, together with information with respect to the shareholder or group of shareholders making the recommendation, including the number of shares of common stock owned by such shareholder or group of shareholders, as well as other information required by our bylaws. We may require any proposed nominee to furnish such other information as we may reasonably require to determine the eligibility of such proposed nominee to serve as an independent director or that could be material to a reasonable shareholder’s understanding of the independence, or lack thereof, of such proposed nominee.

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Director Qualifications

The nominating and corporate governance committee has adopted guidelines and procedures for identifying and evaluating candidates for director that provide for a fixed set of specific minimum qualifications for its candidates for membership on our Board. At a minimum, each director is expected to:

understand our business and relevant industries in general;
regularly attend meetings of our Board and of any committees on which the director serves;
review in a timely fashion and understand materials circulated to our Board regarding us or our industry;
participate in meetings and decision-making processes in an objective and constructive manner; and
be reasonably available, upon request, to advise our officers and management.

The nominating and corporate governance committee will also consider factors such as the likelihood that he or she will be able to serve on our Board for a sustained period, global experience, experience as a director of a public company and knowledge of our industry. Consideration will be given to our Board’s overall balance of diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. Our nominating and corporate governance committee considers personal diversity, including gender, national origin, ethnic and racial diversity, as an additional benefit to our Board as a whole. The nominating and corporate governance committee considers the requirement that at least one member of our Board meet the criteria for an “audit committee financial expert” as that phrase is defined under the regulations promulgated by the SEC, and that a majority of the members of our Board be independent as required under the NASDAQ Listing Rules. The nominating and corporate governance committee believes it is appropriate for our Chief Executive Officer to serve as a member of our Board. Our directors’ performance and qualification criteria are reviewed periodically by the nominating and corporate governance committee.

In evaluating director nominees, the nominating and corporate governance committee will consider, among other things, the following factors:

the background and qualifications of the candidate, including information concerning the candidate required to be disclosed in our proxy statement under the rules of the SEC and any relationship between the candidate and the person or persons recommending the candidate;
if the candidate satisfies certain minimum qualifications and other criteria that we have set for membership on our Board;
if the candidate possesses any of the specific qualities or skills that under the nominating and corporate governance policies must be possessed by one or more members of our Board;
the contribution that the candidate can be expected to make to the overall functioning of our Board;
the extent to which the membership of the candidate on our Board will promote diversity among the directors; and
other factors such as independence under applicable NASDAQ Listing Rules, relationships with our shareholders, competitors, customers, suppliers or other persons with a relationship to the Company.

The nominating and corporate governance committee’s goal is to assemble a Board that brings to the Company a variety of perspectives and skills derived from high quality business and professional experience. Moreover, the nominating and corporate governance committee is of the view that the composition of our Board, as a whole, should reflect a mix of skills and expertise that are appropriate for our company given our circumstances and that, collectively, enables our

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Board to perform its oversight function effectively. Nominees are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis proscribed by law.

Director Attendance at Annual Meetings

Our Board has a policy of encouraging director attendance at our annual meetings of shareholders, but attendance is not mandatory. Our Board and management team encourage all of our directors to attend the Annual Meeting. All of our directors attended the 2020 annual meeting of shareholders in May 2020.

Shareholder Communications with our Board

Shareholders seeking to communicate with our Board must submit their written comments to our Corporate Secretary, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., 100 Technology Center Drive, Suite 300, Stoughton, MA 02072. The Corporate Secretary will forward such communications to each member of our Board, except in cases where, in the opinion of our Corporate Secretary it would be inappropriate to send a particular shareholder communication to a specific director, in which cases such communication will only be sent to the remaining directors (subject to the remaining directors concurring with such opinion).

Compensation of Non-Employee Directors

Effective following the 2020 annual meeting of shareholders, our Board approved an amended non-employee director compensation policy, which was substantively identical to our 2019 policy except that the calculation of the number of shares underlying grants of options was adjusted to use the average closing price of our common stock over a 30-day period ending on the trading day immediately preceding the data of grant, rather than the 50-day period used previously. The amended non-employee director policy provides for cash compensation to the directors as follows:

Position

Cash Fees ($)

Annual Base Cash Retainer for Each Director

50,000

Additional Compensation for Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

60,000

Additional Compensation for Lead Independent Director

25,000

Additional Committee Chair Compensation

Audit Committee

20,000

Compensation Committee

18,000

Compliance Committee

18,000

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

10,000

Additional Committee Membership Compensation

Audit Committee

10,000

Compensation Committee

9,000

Compliance Committee

9,000

Nominating and Corporate Governance

5,000

In addition to the foregoing cash compensation, upon joining the Board, under the policy in effect in 2020, each non-employee director would receive (i) an initial grant of options to purchase shares of common stock, with the number of stock options to be issued being calculated by dividing $225,000 by the product of (A) the average closing price of our common stock for the 30-day period ending on the trading day immediately preceding the date of grant, (B) the Black-Scholes valuation factor used for calculating stock option values pursuant to ASC Topic 718 for the most recently completed fiscal quarter (the “Valuation Factor”), and (C) 2, and (ii) a number of restricted stock units equal to one half of the number of options issued as part of the foregoing option grant, with each award vesting in full on the one-year anniversary of the grant date, subject to continued service as a director. Each non-employee director would also be granted, at each annual meeting of shareholders, (i) options to purchase shares of common stock, with the number of stock options to be issued being calculated by dividing $180,000 by the product of (A) the average closing price of our common stock for the 30-day period ending on the trading day immediately preceding the date of grant, (B) the

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Valuation Factor, and (C) 2, and (ii) a number of restricted stock units equal to one half of the number of options issued as part of the foregoing grant, with each award vesting in full on the one-year anniversary of the grant date, subject to continued service as a director.

The following table sets forth in summary form information concerning the compensation that we paid or awarded for services rendered during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 to our independent, non-employee directors.

    

    

    

Option

    

Fees Earned or

Stock

Awards

Name

Paid in Cash ($)

Awards ($)(1)

($)(2)

Total ($)

Rita Balice-Gordon, Ph.D. (3)

1,058

89,330

105,175

195,563

Garen G. Bohlin

79,000

89,236

104,506

272,742

John A. Fallon, M.D.

70,000

89,236

104,506

263,742

John G. Freund, M.D.

69,008

89,236

104,506

262,750

Michael T. Heffernan, R.Ph.

110,000

89,236

104,506

303,742

David Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D. (4)

52,495

89,236

104,506

246,237

Gwen Melincoff

55,000

89,236

104,506

248,742

Gino Santini

107,000

89,236

104,506

300,742

Theodore R. Schroeder

68,000

89,236

104,506

261,742


(1)Amounts represent the grant date fair value of stock awards granted during 2020, as calculated in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation. See Note 15 of the financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 for assumptions used in calculating this amount. The grant date fair value of stock awards granted during 2020 for each non-employee director were as follows; Dr. Balice-Gordon: $17.77; and all other non-employee directors: $22.05. As of December 31, 2020, the aggregate number of shares underlying stock awards held by each non-employee director were as follows; Dr. Balice-Gordon: 5,027; Mr. Bohlin: 8,754; Dr. Fallon: 4,047; Dr. Freund: 8,754; Mr. Heffernan: 4,047; Dr. Hirsch: zero; Ms. Melincoff: 8,754; Mr. Santini: 8,754; and Mr. Schroeder: 8,754.
(2)Amounts represent the grant date fair value of stock options granted during 2020, as calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation. See Note 15 of the financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 for assumptions used in calculating this amount. The grant date fair value of option awards granted during 2020 for each non-employee director were as follows; Dr. Balice-Gordon: $10.46 per share; and all other non-employee directors: $12.91 per share. As of December 31, 2020, the aggregate number of shares underlying stock options held by each non-employee director were as follows; Dr. Balice-Gordon: 10,055 (of which none were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); Mr. Bohlin: 79,553 (of which 71,458 were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); Dr. Fallon: 56,868 (of which 48,773 were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); Dr. Freund: 65,568 (of which 57,473 were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); Mr. Heffernan: 456,707 (of which 448,612 were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); Dr. Hirsch: zero (of which none were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); Ms. Melincoff: 47,082 (of which 38,987 were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); Mr. Santini: 65,568 (of which 57,473 were exercisable as of December 31, 2020); and Mr. Schroeder 65,568 (of which 57,473 were exercisable as of December 31, 2020).
(3)Dr. Balice-Gordon was appointed to our Board on September 24, 2020.
(4)Dr. Hirsch resigned from our Board effective July 9, 2020. Following Dr. Hirsch’s resignation, 4,407 shares underlying stock awards and 17,509 shares underlying option awards were forfeited.

In December 2020, the Board further amended the non-employee director compensation policy to adjust the terms

of such policy for service on the Board during fiscal year 2021 as follows:

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The initial equity grant and annual equity grants awarded to non-employee directors shall consist entirely of restricted stock units of the Company, with the number of such units determined by dividing $225,000 by the average closing price of our common stock for the 30-day period ending on the trading day immediately prior to the date of grant.

Human Capital, Employee Culture and Engagement

Our employees are foundational to our current and future success, and we believe that their engagement and commitment are among our most valuable assets. As we seek to build and sustain a challenging, inspiring, and inclusive environment for our employees, have focused on safety and wellness; talent acquisition and retention; employee engagement, development, and training; diversity and inclusion; and compensation and pay equity. In May 2020, Collegium was named one of Boston Business Journal’s 2020 Best Places to Work, and in February 2021, Collegium was also recognized nationally among the 2021 Top Workplaces. Both awards are based on an anonymous employee survey concerning engagement, leadership, connection, company values, benefits, and other topics. We believe these recognitions reflect our dedication to our four Core Values: maintaining uncompromising Integrity in everything we say and do; embracing the Differences among us to make our ideas richer and better serve our patients; encouraging Expression to push ourselves to think big and make our voices heard; and being Accountable to each other, our customers and our community. We consider our employee relations to be good.

We are unwavering in our expectations that we will treat our colleagues with equal humanity, and we will be open-minded and inclusive in our dealings with one other, both because these expectations flow from our Core Values and because creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment improves our performance and our business. When people feel appreciated and included, they can be more creative, innovative and successful, which in turn drives commercial success and enhances shareholder value. Leveraging the contributions of a diverse employee population creates an environment in which individual differences and capabilities are valued. Collegium therefore is committed to employing people whose diverse backgrounds contribute to innovation and allow the company to approach the complex issues that face our industry from many different perspectives. Consistent with this belief, we are committed to ensuring that our employees are treated with respect and dignity to drive a culture of inclusion that values the broad perspective of each employee and fully harnesses the contributions they can make.

As in everything we do, we are committed to continuous improvement in this area. In 2020, we:

launched a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Council comprised of a cross-functional group of employees, and chaired by our CEO, that focuses on listening to and learning from our lived experiences and aligning on actions that we can take to improve the diversity and inclusivity of our organization. The Council is, among other activities, working to enhance our training curriculum with ongoing, mandatory diversity, equity and inclusion education.
engaged in a review of our recruitment and hiring practices with the intention of improving the diversity of Collegium at all levels. While we are proud of the diversity of backgrounds and identities that our workforce exhibits, we will make the necessary investments of time, resources and engagement to make sustained improvements in this area.
established a service initiative, which includes financial donations supporting local and national nonprofits with a focus on STEM initiatives, community service, and a Collegium charitable matching gift program, which enables employees to make charitable donations to any registered 501(c)(3) charity.

AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

The primary purpose of the audit committee is to oversee our financial reporting processes on behalf of our Board. The audit committee’s functions are more fully described in its charter, which is available on our website at www.collegiumpharma.com.

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Touche LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. In addition, the audit committee has discussed with Deloitte & Touche LLP the matters required to be discussed by Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) Auditing Standard No. 1301, Communications with Audit Committees, and all other communications required under the PCAOB. The audit committee has met with Deloitte & Touche LLP, with and without management present, to discuss the results of its examination, its evaluation of our internal control over financial reporting and the overall quality of our financial reporting. The audit committee has also received and reviewed the written disclosures and the letter from Deloitte & Touche LLP required by PCAOB Rule 3526, Communication with Audit Committees Concerning Independence, and has discussed with Deloitte & Touche LLP their independence from us.

Based on the review and discussions referenced above, the audit committee recommended to our Board that our audited consolidated financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Audit Committee:

Garen Bohlin, Chairman

John Fallon, M.D.

John Freund, M.D.

The foregoing report of the audit committee does not constitute soliciting material and will not be deemed filed, incorporated by reference into or a part of any other filing by the Company (including any future filings) under the Exchange Act, except to the extent the Company specifically incorporates such report by reference therein.

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PROPOSAL 2: ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION

Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) and Section 14A of the Exchange Act, we are conducting a shareholder advisory vote on the compensation paid to our named executive officers. This proposal, commonly known as “say-on-pay,” gives our shareholders the opportunity to express their views on our named executive officers’ compensation. The vote is advisory, and, therefore, it is not binding on the Board, the compensation committee, or the Company. Nevertheless, the compensation committee will take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation decisions. At the 2019 Annual Meeting, the shareholders indicated their preference that we solicit a “say-on-pay” vote annually. The Board has adopted a policy that is consistent with that preference.

As described in detail in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this Proxy Statement, our executive compensation program is designed to attract, motivate and retain our named executive officers who are critical to our success. Our Board believes that our executive compensation program is well tailored to retain and motivate key executives while recognizing the need to align our executive compensation program with the interests of our shareholders and our “pay-for-performance” philosophy. We encourage our shareholders to read the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section as well as the “Summary Compensation Table” table below and other related compensation tables and narrative disclosures, which describe our executive compensation philosophy, programs, and practices and the 2020 compensation of our named executive officers.

We are asking our shareholders to indicate their support for the compensation of our named executive officers as described herein. This vote is not intended to address any specific item of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of our named executive officers and our executive compensation philosophy, programs, and practices as described in this Proxy Statement.

Recommendation of our Board

OUR BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL OF, ON AN ADVISORY BASIS, THE COMPENSATION OF OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING.

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

The following are biographical summaries of our executive officers and their ages, except for Mr. Ciaffoni, whose biography is included under the heading “Proposal 1: Election of Directors” set forth above:

Name

Age

Position(s)

Joseph Ciaffoni

50

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Brannelly

48

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Scott Dreyer

49

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

46

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

Shirley Kuhlmann

37

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Richard Malamut, M.D.

61

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Paul Brannelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Brannelly has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2015. Prior to joining us, Mr. Brannelly served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Treasurer of Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2013 to August 2014. From August 2014 to November 2014, Mr. Brannelly served as a consultant to Karyopharm. Prior to joining Karyopharm, Mr. Brannelly served as Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Secretary at Verastem, Inc. from August 2010 to May 2013. From January 2010 to September 2011, Mr. Brannelly held the position of Chief Financial Officer at the Longwood Fund, a venture capital firm aimed at investing in, managing and building healthcare companies, where he set up the financial and operational infrastructure following the closing of its first fund and eventually served as Chief Financial Officer of its first two startup companies, Verastem and OvaScience, Inc. From November 2005 to September 2009, he served as Vice President, Finance at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company which GlaxoSmithKline plc purchased for $720 million in 2008, where he managed the Form S-1 preparation and due diligence process for Sirtris’ initial public offering and managed the company’s transition to being a public company. Mr. Brannelly started his biopharmaceutical career at Dyax Corporation from September 1999 to May 2002, and subsequently moved on to positions of increasing responsibility at CombinatoRx Inc. from May 2002 to November 2005, including as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer, where he led the initial public offering process. Mr. Brannelly graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1995.

Scott Dreyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Dreyer has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer since July 2018, and joined us in January 2018 as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Training. Prior to his service with us, Mr. Dreyer served as the Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Commercial Operations at The Medicines Company, a biopharmaceutical company, from September 2016 to December 2017; Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer – US at Biogen, a biotechnology company, from June 2014 to September 2016; and Vice President, Business Development at Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, a healthcare commercialization company, from September 2013 to June 2014. Mr. Dreyer began his career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co., where he held roles of increasing responsibility from 1994 to 2013, including Vice President of Hospital and Oncology Sales from 2011 to 2012, and Vice President of Primary Care Sales from 2012 until 2013. Mr. Dreyer holds a B.S. in Biology from Messiah College in 1994.

Alison Fleming, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. Dr. Fleming has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer since January 2017. Prior to being our Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Fleming led our development team as our Vice President, Product Development since October 2002. Prior to joining us, Dr. Fleming’s academic research focused on implantable drug delivery systems for cancer therapy. Dr. Fleming is an inventor on several U.S. patents and pending patent applications and has authored numerous scientific publications and poster presentations in the field of novel drug delivery systems. In 2001, Dr. Fleming was the recipient of the Jorge Heller Journal of Controlled Release Outstanding Paper Award. Dr. Fleming graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1997 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and received a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University in 2002.

Shirley Kuhlmann, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Kuhlmann has served as our Executive Vice President and General Counsel since March 2018. Prior to joining us, Ms. Kuhlmann was a corporate and securities attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP from September 2007 until March 2018. At Pepper Hamilton, where she was made a partner effective January 2017, Ms. Kuhlmann advised private and public companies on a range of commercial

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and transactional matters, including financings, corporate governance and disclosure matters, and mergers and acquisitions and other business combination transactions. Ms. Kuhlmann holds a B.A. in Economics/Political Science from Columbia University in 2004 and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2007.

Richard Malamut, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Malamut has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer since April 2019. Prior to joining us, Dr. Malamut was Chief Medical Officer, Head of Research and Development and Senior Vice President for Braeburn Pharmaceuticals from June 2018 until March 2019. Prior to joining Braeburn, he was Chief Medical Officer at Avanir Pharmaceuticals from November 2016 until June 2018 and, from April 2013 until November 2016, he was Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Development at Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd where he was responsible for Pain, Neuropsychiatry, Oncology and New Therapeutic Entities. He also previously held roles of increasing responsibility focusing on early clinical development and translational medicine in neurology and analgesia at Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. Dr, Malamut earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University and completed both a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neuromuscular disease. He worked as a board-certified academic and clinical neurologist for 17 years and has more than 50 publications in the fields of pain medicine, neuromuscular disease, autonomic disease and neurodegenerative disease.

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) describes our compensation strategy, philosophy, policies and practices underlying our executive compensation programs for 2020. It also provides information regarding the manner and context in which compensation was earned by and awarded to our 2020 named executive officers listed below, whom we refer to collectively as “named executive officers” or “NEOs.”

Joseph Ciaffoni, our President and Chief Executive Officer;
Paul Brannelly, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer;
Alison Fleming, Ph.D., our Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer;
Shirley Kuhlmann, our Executive Vice President and General Counsel; and
Richard Malamut, M.D., our Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Executive Summary

2020 Performance Highlights

In 2020, and despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which among other things impaired our field organization’s ability to call on pain physicians and complete other tasks as originally planned prior to the emergence of the pandemic, we delivered a financially transformative year for the organization. Some of the key highlights include:

Achieving our first full-year of profitability driven by Xtampza ER revenue growth and the Nucynta franchise acquisition

Delivering record full-year revenue of $310.0 Million, which included Xtampza ER net revenues of $128.0 million and Nucynta franchise net revenues of $182.0 million.

Resolving the Teva Xtampza ER ANDA litigation pursuant to a settlement agreement, under which we will grant Teva a license to market its generic version of Xtampza ER in the United States beginning on or after September 2, 2033 (subject to U.S. FDA approval, and acceleration under certain circumstances).

Completing the build-out of new dedicated suites to manufacture Xtampza ER, making them commercially operational and enabling us to increase manufacturing capacity and flexibility.

Strengthening Xtampza ER’s formulary positions, making Xtampza ER the exclusive branded ER oxycodone for more than 92 million lives and securing the path to market leadership in 2023.

Reinforcing the strength of our culture with recognition from the Boston Business Journal as one of their 2020 Best Places to Work, and nationally as a 2021 Top Workplaces USA Company.

COVID-19 Impact

Although our 2020 financial and operational performance was strong, the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on our business. Federal and state governments, as well as numerous foreign countries, have reacted to the pandemic by instituting quarantines, mandating business and school closures and restricting travel. The travel restrictions and “social distancing” recommendations resulting from the spread of COVID-19, as well as the closure or limited operations of many physicians’ offices, have impacted our sales professionals’ ability to travel to and meet with healthcare providers in person. In 2020, and as reported in our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and actions taken to contain it impacted revenue (due to fewer new patients beginning therapy with our products and the pandemic’s adverse impact on our ability to promote products) and decreased certain operating expenses, including travel, marketing and expenses associated with participation in congresses and other activities that have been postponed. We believe that the disruptions caused by COVID-19 will continue in the near term, and there remains substantial uncertainty as to when such disruptions will cease (or ease).

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2020 Compensation

In 2020, we continued to work to align our executive compensation programs with shareholder interests as compensation earned under these programs was substantially linked to the achievement of our corporate performance goals. In the judgment of the compensation committee, the financial and operational performance of the company, after taking into account the unforeseen and adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, created substantial value for shareholders during 2020. Accordingly, and consistent with our pay-for-performance philosophy, the payouts under these programs for 2020 were substantially at target payout levels.

Overview of Our Executive Compensation Program

We have designed our executive compensation program to motivate our management team to create long-term value for our shareholders through the achievement of strategic business objectives, while effectively managing the risks and challenges inherent to a growing specialty pharmaceutical company. Specifically, our executive compensation program is designed to promote the achievement of key strategic objectives by linking executives’ short- and long-term cash and equity incentives to the achievement of measurable performance goals. Our corporate goals for 2020 were focused on commercial execution across our portfolio, as well as expanding and enhancing our manufacturing capabilities and building organizational strength and depth.

Our executive compensation programs are designed to be competitive with our peer group to enable us to attract, motivate, reward, and retain outstanding talent. Our compensation programs are based on the following key principles:

Link a significant portion of executive pay with performance and the achievement of our annual and long-term strategic goals;
Align our executives’ interests with those of our shareholders through equity compensation;
Ensure our overall compensation is competitive in the industry and market in which we compete for executive talent; and
Recognize corporate performance, individual contributions, teamwork and corporate performance.

Say-on-Pay Voting

In 2020, the annual say-on-pay vote reflected overwhelming support of our executive compensation program – with approximately 98% of votes cast supporting such program. We look forward to continuing to receive feedback from our shareholders through the annual say-on-pay advisory vote and to incorporating the feedback we receive as we evolve our executive compensation program.

Roles and Responsibilities of Participants in our Executive Compensation Process

Role of the Compensation Committee

Our compensation committee, which consists of three independent directors, has primary responsibility for overseeing and administering a compensation program for our named executive officers. In making executive compensation decisions, our compensation committee considers a variety of factors and data, most importantly our corporate performance and individual executives’ performance, and takes into account the totality of compensation that may be paid and compensation trends amongst our peer group. Our compensation committee retains the right to hire outside advisors as needed to assist it in reviewing and revising our executive compensation programs.

The responsibilities of the compensation committee are set forth in detail starting on page 17 of this Proxy Statement and in the compensation committee charter, which can be found on our website at www.collegiumpharma.com under the caption “Investors—Corporate Governance—Committee Charters.” In particular,

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the compensation committee annually reviews the base salaries, cash incentives and equity compensation of our named executive officers and periodically reviews other elements of our compensation program.

Role of the Independent Compensation Consultant

Our compensation committee believes that independent advice is critical in developing the Company’s executive compensation programs. W.T. Haigh is currently engaged as our compensation committee’s independent compensation consultant. W.T. Haigh does not provide any other services to the Company and reports directly to the Committee. Our compensation committee assesses W.T. Haigh’s independence annually and, in accordance with applicable SEC and Nasdaq rules, confirmed that W.T. Haigh’s work did not raise any conflicts of interest and that W.T. Haigh remains independent under applicable rules.

W.T. Haigh provides guidance on trends in executive and non-employee director compensation, the development of specific executive compensation programs and the composition of the Company’s compensation peer group. W.T. Haigh also engages in other matters as needed and as directed solely by our compensation committee. In 2020, W.T. Haigh used information from the 2019 Radford Global Life Sciences survey (the “Radford survey”) and comparable executive compensation information published in publicly available proxy statements for a peer group of companies of similar size and market capitalization in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries to develop a competitive analysis report.

During 2020, fees paid to W.T. Haigh did not exceed $120,000 related to these services.

 

Role of the Chief Executive Officer

Each year our Chief Executive Officer provides an assessment of the performance of each executive officer, other than himself, during the prior year and makes recommendations to our compensation committee about the compensation of each executive. Our Chief Executive Officer’s recommendations are based on numerous factors including:

Company, team and individual performance;
Leadership competencies;
External market competitiveness; and
Internal pay comparisons.

Our Chief Executive Officer also provides a self-assessment of his achievements for the prior year. Our compensation committee reviews and considers the Chief Executive Officer’s recommendations, as well as his self-assessment, together with all of the other information presented, including the input and recommendations of W.T. Haigh, in determining the elements of compensation and target compensation levels for each named executive officer.

Executive Compensation Philosophy and Strategy

Our executive compensation programs are designed to reward the achievement of our short- and long-term strategic objectives and to drive the creation of long-term shareholder value by successfully executing our business strategy. We aim to achieve this by designing programs that are:

Mission and Performance Focused. Our executive compensation programs provide our executives with incentives to achieve the near- and long-term objectives of our business. All of our executive incentive compensation programs are tied directly, and meaningfully, to Company performance. None of our corporate goals entail or anticipate growth in the opioid market, and each of our corporate goals that pertain to product sales is consistent with our goal of being the leader in responsible pain management.

Competitive Within Our Industry. We strive to ensure the total value of our compensation package is fully competitive within our industry and is consistent with our performance. We benchmark our executive compensation programs against a peer group of pharmaceutical companies that are of similar size and complexity, and that are representative of the companies with which we compete for talent.

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Balanced for Short-Term and Long-Term Performance. We structure our executive compensation programs to emphasize the importance of achieving short-term goals while building and sustaining a foundation for long-term success. Striking the right balance between short-term and long-term incentives is a critical component of our risk management strategy, for which our Board has oversight responsibility and which is described in more detail on page17 of this Proxy Statement.

Shareholder Aligned. Every Collegium employee has a vested interest in our Company’s long-term success through participation in our equity compensation programs. To reinforce this alignment with our shareholders, we strongly encourage stock ownership through our equity-based compensation programs. For our named executive officers, who set and lead the future strategic direction of our Company, we ensure that a significant portion of their total compensation is delivered in the form of equity to maintain alignment between their interests and those of our shareholders. To further reinforce our shareholder alignment philosophy, we updated our performance share unit program to use annual and three-year relative total shareholder return as its performance measure.

Components of our Executive Compensation Program

Base Salary, Annual Cash Incentive, and Long-Term Equity Incentive

We strive to recognize the efforts involved in managing our business by compensating our named executive officers for the demands and risks associated with our business through three core elements that are designed to reward performance in a simple and straightforward manner:

(1)Base Salaries;
(2)Annual Cash Incentives; and
(3)Long-Term Equity Incentives.

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compensation philosophy and objectives described above to enable us to attract, motivate and retain a strong and capable leadership team.

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In 2020, the long-term equity incentive component of our executive compensation program was comprised of stock options, with an exercise price equal to the closing price of our common stock on the date of grant; restricted stock units (“RSUs”); and performance share units (“PSUs”).

The stock option component of the long-term equity incentive aligns our named executive officers’ interests with those of our shareholders by rewarding them for appreciation in our stock price in excess of the exercise price of their stock options. The stock options awarded as part of our long-term equity incentives vest over a four-year period following the grant date, subject to continued employment with the Company. We believe that this vesting schedule is consistent with our focus on long-term, sustainable growth and plays an important retention role.

The RSU component of the long-term equity incentive further incentivizes our named executive officers to contribute to value creation, with the advantage that RSUs retain value in the face of stock price volatility common to growing pharmaceutical companies. The RSUs, like the stock option component of the long-term equity incentive, have a four-year vesting period that reinforces our focus on long-term, sustainable growth and serves as a key retention tool.

Beginning in 2019, our compensation committee added a third equity instrument – PSUs – to the long-term equity incentive for our named executive officers. PSUs granted in 2019 originally vested following a three-year performance period, subject to the satisfaction of the annual or cumulative performance criteria based on Xtampza revenue goals and the executive’s continued employment through the performance period. In 2020, we increased the mix of PSUs to further align our equity grants with our pay for performance philosophy, with performance criteria related to the relative ranking of the total stockholder return (“TSR”) and a combination of the Company’s common stock in 2020, 2021, 2022 and the cumulative three-year performance period return relative to the TSR of companies within the S&P Pharmaceutical Select

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Industry Index. In December 2020, the compensation committee approved a modification of the 2019 PSUs to align them to the 2020 PSU grants, by changing the 2020, 2021 and cumulative performance metrics from Xtampza revenue goals to relative TSR and changing the cumulative performance period to cover 2020 through 2021. In January 2021, the compensation committee approved a modification to the 2019 PSU grants to further align them to the 2020 PSU grants by changing the vesting terms to remove the three-year performance period except with respect to the cumulative performance metric. Going forward, we expect that PSU vesting will be based exclusively on relative TSR performance.

The chart below illustrates our changing mix of equity over time to continue to further align our equity grants with our pay for performance philosophy. In 2020, we increased the mix of PSUs for our chief executive officer and other executive officers. For 2021, we removed the stock options from the mix of equity for our chief executive officer and other executive officers and increased the mix of RSUs.

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2019

2020

2021

All NEOs

All NEOs

NEOs

Chief Executive Officer

NEOs

Chief Executive Officer

2020 Compensation Mix at Target

Our compensation mix is structured to ensure that a significant portion of the total compensation opportunity for our named executive officers is directly related to our performance and other factors that influence shareholder value. For 2020, the table below shows, for our named executive officers, the mix of fixed compensation, composed of base salary, compared to performance and stock price-variable compensation, comprised of target annual cash incentive and long-term equity incentives (valued based on the average closing price over 30 days):

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We also believe our executive compensation should be structured to appropriately balance cash compensation with equity-based compensation. For 2020, the table below shows, for each of our named executive officers, the mix of cash-based compensation, comprised of base salary and target annual cash incentive, compared to equity-based compensation, comprised of the long-term equity incentives (valued based on the average closing price over 30 days).

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Peer Group Determination

Market practices are one of the considerations taken into account by our compensation committee when determining executive compensation levels and compensation program design. In evaluating market practices, we do not target a specific market percentile, nor do we seek to duplicate any particular market practice. Rather, we review external market practices as a reference point to assist us in developing programs designed to attract, motivate, and retain a strong executive team.

Our compensation committee uses a peer group to provide context for its executive compensation decision-making. Each year, the compensation committee’s independent compensation consultant reviews the external market landscape and evaluates the composition of our peer group for appropriateness. Our compensation committee reviews the information provided from internal sources as well as the information provided by our independent compensation consultant to select our peer group based on comparable companies that approximate (1) our scope of business, including revenues, scope of commercial operations, and market capitalization, (2) our employee base, and (3) a comparable pool of talent for which we compete.

When determining the 2020 peer group, our compensation committee considered pharmaceutical companies that are of similar size to the Company in terms of market capitalization, revenues and commercial expansion, and number of employees.

The peer group for determining our 2020 compensation decisions consisted of the following companies:

Acorda Therapeutics

Corcept Therapeutics

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Akebia

Dermira

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

AMAG Pharmaceuticals

Eagle Pharmaceuticals

Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Amicus Therapeutics

Enanta Pharmaceuticals

Retrophin

ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Flexion Therapeutics

Supernus Pharmaceuticals

Anika Therapeutics

Halozyme

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.

Heron Therapeutics

For each of the companies in our peer group, where available, we analyze the company’s Compensation Discussion and Analysis, Summary Compensation Table and other data publicly filed during the prior year to identify the executives at such companies whose positions are comparable to those held by our executive officers. We then compile and analyze the data for each comparable position. We also supplement the data for our peer group with published compensation surveys where appropriate. For 2020, consistent with past years, the compensation committee considered information from the Radford survey.

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Process for Determining Executive Compensation

Our Practices

Our compensation committee reviews and establishes, annually, the pay levels of each element of total compensation for our named executive officers.

Compensation decisions are based primarily on the following:

(1)Annual Performance Reviews—Our Chief Executive Officer conducts and presents an assessment of our corporate performance and the performance reviews of the other named executive officers to the compensation committee after the end of each fiscal year. In reviewing and determining the compensation of each named executive officer, the compensation committee also considers individual factors, such as: potential for future contributions to our growth, industry experience and retention concerns.
(2)Peer and Industry Data—Our compensation committee considers peer and industry data provided by its independent compensation consultant, W.T. Haigh, as a reference in setting base salaries and target cash compensation, determining appropriate levels and mix of equity compensation and determining the type and portion of compensation tied to performance goals.
(3)Chief Executive Officer Recommendations—The compensation committee seeks input from our Chief Executive Officer for setting the salary and target cash compensation levels for the other executive officers, and also for purposes of setting annual performance metrics and target incentive amounts for awards granted to the other executive officers.

To achieve the objectives described above, our compensation committee evaluates our compensation program with the goal of setting compensation at levels that are based on each executive’s level of experience, performance and responsibility and that are competitive with those of other companies in our industry that we compete with for executive talent. The compensation committee seeks to ensure that our executive compensation program contains an appropriate amount of compensation for each of our executive officers that is “at risk” and subject to the achievement of critical business objectives.

Process for Establishing 2020 Compensation

Peer Group Selection

Our compensation committee begins its annual review cycle with an evaluation and, if appropriate, updating of our compensation peer group. For the 2020 cycle, this review resulted in an updated peer group that is identified on page 35, under the heading “Compensation Discussion & Analysis – Peer Group Determination.”

When determining the 2020 peer group, our compensation committee considered pharmaceutical companies headquartered in the United States (or focused on United States operations) that are of similar size to the Company in terms of market capitalization, revenues and commercial expansion, and number of employees. At the time our 2020 peer group was selected in October 2019, our market capitalization was at approximately the 25th percentile of the peer group, our revenue was at approximately the 75th percentile of the peer group and our number of employees was at approximately the 45th percentile of our peer group.

Process for Determining Components of Executive Compensation

Our compensation committee reviewed market practices and compensation information from our 2020 peer group, together with information from the Radford survey, in identifying and designing the components of our 2020 executive compensation program. In particular, our compensation committee evaluated how our named executive officers’ compensation elements compare to the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles of the Radford survey and our peer companies’ comparably situated executives. Our compensation committee reviewed this information as reference points in its overall decision making and as indicative of the types and level of compensation necessary to attract, motivate and retain our executive officers. Our compensation committee set the actual amount of each element of compensation and

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the total compensation opportunity of each executive officer based in part on its review of peer group data and in part on the other factors discussed above and below.

Base Salary Determinations

In determining the base salaries of our then-serving named executive officers, our compensation committee reviewed the base salaries of comparable executive officers in our 2020 peer group and considered our named executive officers’ compensation mix, capabilities, performance and future expected contributions. Based on this review, the 2020 base salaries for our named executive officers positioned them, on average, slightly above the market median compared to persons with comparable jobs within our 2020 peer group. Changes in the 2020 base salaries for our named executive officers as compared to 2019 are discussed on page 39, under the caption “Base Salary.”

Annual Cash Incentive Determinations

Our executive compensation programs place a heavy emphasis on performance-based compensation, and a critical component of that is our annual cash incentive program, in which all of our employees, including our named executive officers, are eligible to participate. Awards made under our annual cash incentive are directly tied to the achievement of our corporate performance goals, which are aligned with the Company’s short- and long-term strategic plans, as well as, in some cases, individual performance goals.

In setting our corporate performance goals for the annual cash incentive plans, we strive to identify a range of metrics that address both the near-term performance of our business, and the actions needed to create and sustain a solid foundation for long-term growth. We believe that our 2020 corporate performance goals align directly with the creation of near- and long-term value for our shareholders. We strive to establish challenging targets within each metric that motivate our named executive officers to achieve and exceed our corporate performance goals, while carefully considering that goals should not encourage inappropriate risk-taking.

Our compensation committee is responsible for reviewing and approving our annual corporate goals, targets and levels of payout (e.g., threshold, target and maximum) for our executive compensation programs and for reviewing and determining actual performance results at the end of the applicable performance period. Our compensation committee reviews the annual cash incentive opportunities for our named executive officers each year to ensure such opportunities are competitive. The 2020 annual cash incentives for our named executive officers are discussed on page 40.

Long-Term Equity Incentive Determinations

Long-term equity incentive awards granted to our named executive officers annually are designed to incentivize our executives to contribute to our Company’s long-term growth and success.

The size of each named executive officer’s long-term equity incentive award is based on the executive’s individual performance, potential future contributions and market competitiveness, as well as other factors. In determining long-term equity incentive awards, our compensation committee reviews the long-term equity incentive grant practices of our peer group as well as the 50th and 75th percentile ranges of long-term equity incentive awards of companies participating in the Radford survey. On average, annual long-term equity incentive grant values for our named executive officers serving at the beginning of 2020 position their overall compensation at or around the median values of our peer group in cases where there are comparable positions at the peer companies.

Long-term equity incentive grants are made following the completion of the internal performance reviews of our executive officers as well as our external market review of equity practices of our peer group, including the data from the Radford survey described above. In 2019, we introduced PSUs to the mix of equity instruments granted as part of our long-term equity incentives, as described in greater detail on page 40 under the caption “Long-Term Equity Incentives.” The 2020 long-term equity incentive grants issued to our named executive officers are discussed on page 40.

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2020 Executive Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers

2020 Corporate Goals

For purposes of determining 2020 Annual Cash Incentive, the following represents a summary of our corporate performance categories and goals, achievements with respect to each category, respective relative weightings assigned to each category and actual ratings determined based on performance during 2020.

Corporate Category

2020 Goal

2020 Performance

Relative Weighting

2020 Achievement Rating

Commercial: Xtampza ER

Net Revenue of $155.1M

Net Revenue of $128.0M

40.0%

23.0%

Commercial: Non-GAAP Net Income

Non-GAAP Net Income of $137.9M

Non-GAAP Net Income of $133.4M

20.0%

18.0%

Operations

Ensure supply and enhance manufacturing capacity and flexibility for Xtampza ER

Achieved, including commercial readiness of dedicated facility for Xtampza ER manufacturing

30.0%

30.0%

Organizational Health

Define and nurture positive, innovative, and inclusive culture

Achieved.

10.0%

10.0%

Business Development

Complete at least 1 BD transaction meeting certain criteria

Achieved, through closing of Nucynta franchise acquisition in February 2020

+10.0%

10.0% (1)

Total:

91.0%

Total, as adjusted by Comp. Committee:

100.0%

(1)Business development goal was not part of the weighting to achieve target 100% weighting but was intended to increase the overall 2020 Achievement Rating potential by up to 10%.

No cash incentive is available with respect to any category of corporate goal that is less than 80% of the target approved by our compensation committee.

Our compensation committee evaluated our performance against our 2020 corporate goals in early 2021, established a percentage rating for each goal based on the extent to which the goal was achieved and then determined an overall corporate rating based on the cumulative weightings of the ratings for all the goals. The compensation committee reviewed its assessment of the Company’s achievement of 2020 corporate goals with our Board. The overall percentage rating as indicated above was 91%. The compensation committee determined in its sole discretion to set the overall percentage rating at 100% of target in recognition of the Company’s strong performance, despite the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business, which impact was not contemplated by the 2020 corporate objectives, which were finalized and approved in early 2020, prior to the emergence of COVID-19 in the United States.

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Base Salary

In January 2020, our compensation committee reviewed the base salaries of our then-serving named executive officers and determined to increase those base salaries, after taking into account individual performance; the expansion of responsibilities and scope of duties; and the competitive market for talent, as well as data provided by its independent compensation consultant, W.T. Haigh, regarding the annual base salaries of similarly situated executives of companies in the Radford survey and our 2020 peer group. The table below sets forth such increases.

  

2019 Base

2020 Base

Named Executive Officer

  

Title

Salary ($ )

Salary ($ )

Joseph Ciaffoni

  

President and Chief Executive Officer

  

620,000

657,200

Paul Brannelly

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  

415,000

439,900

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

  

367,500

378,500

Shirley Kuhlmann

  

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

  

393,800

411,500

Richard Malamut, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

311,250

(1)

423,300

(1)The 2019 base salary represents Dr. Malamut’s base salary prorated based upon his appointment as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer on April 1, 2019.

Annual Cash Incentives

After a review of corporate and individual performance for 2020, the compensation committee approved a corporate performance rating of 100.0% of target, as described in greater detail on page 38, under the caption “2020 Corporate Goals.” This determination determined the size of the Company-wide annual cash incentive pool, as well as informing the annual cash incentive payouts for each of our named executive officers, whose 2020 annual cash incentive payments were based on corporate and, in the case of all of our named executive officers other than Mr. Ciaffoni, individual performance ratings.

Each named executive officer has a target annual cash incentive amount, which is expressed as a percentage of his or her salary. This target is set forth in each named executive officer’s employment agreement and evaluated by our compensation committee annually based upon a review of the peer and industry data provided by W.T. Haigh. In 2020, our compensation committee determined that annual cash incentive targets for the named executive officers should be as shown below, reflecting no change from 2019 annual cash incentive targets, which percentages were selected to align our executives with similarly situated executives at peer companies and to further align our named executive officers’ compensation with Company performance and the creation of shareholder value by providing a significant percentage of performance-based compensation relative to total compensation.

2020

Annual Cash

  

Incentive Target

Named Executive Officer

  

Title

(% of Base Salary)

Joseph Ciaffoni

  

President and Chief Executive Officer

  

70%

Paul Brannelly

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  

50%

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

  

50%

Shirley Kuhlmann

  

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

  

50%

Richard Malamut, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

50%

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The actual amounts, paid to our named executive officers in February 2021, for performance in 2020, are set forth in the following table:

Actual Annual

Actual Annual

Cash Incentive

Cash Incentive

Named Executive Officer

Title

(% of Base Salary)

($)

Joseph Ciaffoni

  

President and Chief Executive Officer

  

70%

460,000

Paul Brannelly

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  

50%

220,000

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

  

50%

189,300

Shirley Kuhlmann

  

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

  

50%

205,800

Richard Malamut, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

50%

211,700

Long-Term Equity Incentives

As part of the annual compensation review process, after reviewing the achievement of 2019 corporate goals for the prior fiscal year, as well as individual performance goals for our named executive officers, our compensation committee granted long-term equity awards in February 2020 to each of our then-serving named executive officers.

The 2020 long-term equity incentive awards for each named executive officer were comprised of a combination of stock options, RSUs and PSUs. Our compensation committee sought to reward the executive team’s performance in 2019, incentivize continued performance in 2020 and align equity compensation with peer practices. To do so, the compensation committee, in consultation with W.T. Haigh, first determined the value of each named executive officer’s long-term equity incentive award by reference to these factors, and then allocated the total value of such award amongst three equity instruments – stock options, RSUs, and PSUs and using a 30-day average stock price of $21.35 (for the period ending January 28, 2020) to derive the numbers of stock options, RSUs and PSUs comprising each award. The compensation committee determined that the total value of each award should be allocated among stock options, RSUs, and PSUs as follows: 25%, 25% and 50%, respectively, for Mr. Ciaffoni, and 25%, 45%, and 30%, respectively, for the other executive officers. The actual 2020 long-term equity incentive awards issued in 2020 were as set forth below.

  

Total

Named Executive Officer

  

Title

Stock Options

RSUs

PSUs

Equity Units

Joseph Ciaffoni (1)

  

President and Chief Executive Officer

  

90,000

45,000

90,000

225,000

Paul Brannelly

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  

31,500

28,125

18,750

78,375

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

  

25,000

22,500

15,000

62,500

Shirley Kuhlmann

  

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

  

27,500

24,750

16,500

68,750

Richard Malamut, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

22,500

20,250

13,500

56,250

The 2020 PSU awards have performance criteria related to the relative ranking of the total stockholder return (“TSR”) of the Company’s common stock in 2020, 2021, 2022 and the cumulative three-year performance period return relative to the TSR of peer companies within the S&P Pharmaceutical Select Industry Index. TSR is measured based on the 30-day average stock price on the first day of each period compared to the 30-day average stock price on the last day of each period. The PSUs subject to the annual performance criteria vest annually, subject to the satisfaction of the performance criteria and the executive’s continued employment through the performance period. The cumulative PSUs will vest following the three-year performance period, subject to the satisfaction of the performance criteria and the executive’s continued employment through the performance period. PSUs may vest in a range between 0% and 200%, based on the satisfaction of performance, and no shares will be issued if the minimum applicable performance metric is not achieved.

In January 2021, the compensation committee reviewed the performance of the 2020 performance segment of the 2019 PSU award (as amended) and 2020 PSU award. TSR performance for the 2020 performance segment was at the 40.5th percentile, resulting in an award at 81% of target. The following table shows the number of shares earned and

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vested for each of our named executive officers for the 2019 PSU award (as amended). As noted above, the 2019 segment of the 2019 PSUs determined to be earned for 2019 performance was deemed vested in connection with amendment of the terms of the 2019 PSUs in 2021.

Named Executive Officer

Title

Total 2019 PSUs
Granted

2019
Segment of 2019 PSUs
(20%)

2019
Segment of 2019 PSUs
Earned*

2020
Segment of 2019 PSUs
(20%)

2020
Segment of 2019 PSUs
Earned*

Joseph Ciaffoni

  

President and Chief Executive Officer

  

45,000

9,000

7,119

9,000

7,290

Paul Brannelly

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  

16,000

3,200

2,531

3,200

2,592

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

  

12,800

2,560

2,025

2,560

2,074

Shirley Kuhlmann

  

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

  

12,800

2,560

2,025

2,560

2,074

Richard Malamut, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

-

-

-

-

-

* Number of shares rounded to nearest whole share.

The following table shows the numbers of shares earned and vested for each of our named executive officers for the 2020 PSU award.

Named Executive Officer

Title

Total 2020 PSUs
Granted

2020
Segment of 2019 PSUs
(20%)

2020
Segment of 2019 PSUs
Earned*

Joseph Ciaffoni

  

President and Chief Executive Officer

  

90,000

18,000

14,580

Paul Brannelly

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  

18,750

3,750

3,038

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

  

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

  

15,000

3,000

2,430

Shirley Kuhlmann

  

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

  

16,500

3,300

2,673

Richard Malamut, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

13,500

2,700

2,187

* Number of shares rounded to nearest whole share.

In 2020, the compensation committee also awarded additional RSUs to Dr. Fleming as a retention award. Dr. Fleming received 18,616 RSUs which vested in full on April 1, 2021. Dr. Fleming also received 7,978 RSUs that will vest upon the achievement of certain performance criteria related to Xtampza manufacturing process goals.

Employment Agreements

The Company has entered into employment agreements with each of its named executive officers. These employment agreements outline the base salary, annual cash incentive, and long-term equity incentive components of our executive compensation program, as well as the impact of termination and change of control on the executive compensation programs in which our named executive officers participate. In December 2020, the compensation committee approved amendments and restatements of each of our named executive officers’ employment agreements to enhance and standardize certain provisions, primarily relating to severance entitlements.

Compensation Risk Assessment

Our executive compensation program and policies are driven by our business environment and designed to enable us to achieve our mission and adhere to our values. The compensation committee and senior management continually evaluate the relationship between risk and reward as it relates to our executive compensation program. Our compensation committee has determined that the structure of our executive compensation programs does not put our patients, investors, other stakeholders, or the Company at any material risk.

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Tax Deductibility of Compensation

Our intent is to maximize the deductibility of compensation. However, under certain circumstances that are in the best interest of the Company and our shareholders, the compensation committee may authorize compensation that is not deductible if it is determined to be appropriate.

Clawback Policy

We have adopted a Clawback Policy so that if the Company is required to prepare an accounting restatement due to our material non-compliance with any financial reporting requirements, then the compensation committee may require certain officers, including our named executive officers, to repay or forfeit any “erroneously awarded compensation.” “Erroneously awarded compensation” refers to the portion of cash and equity-based incentive compensation received by a covered officer during the three-year period preceding the publication of the restated financial statements that the compensation committee determines was in excess of the amount that such officer would have received had such incentive compensation been determined based on the financial results reported in the restated financial statements.

Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging Policy

Our insider trading policy prohibits employees, officers and directors from engaging in any hedging or monetization transactions or similar arrangements (including transactions involving zero-cost collars, prepaid variable forward sale contracts, equity swaps and exchange funds) that are designed to hedge or speculate on any change in the market value of our securities. It also explicitly prohibits employees, officers and directors from effecting short sales of our securities, which are inherently speculative in nature and contrary to the best interests of the Company and our shareholders. Our insider trading policy also prohibits employees, officers and directors from buying or selling puts or calls or other derivative securities on our securities and from pledging our securities as collateral for a loan or holding our securities in a margin account.

Stock Ownership Guidelines

In 2020 we adopted stock ownership guidelines to assist in focusing officers and non-employee directors on the long-term success of the Company and on shareholder value by requiring them to hold shares of Company common stock.

Our stock ownership guidelines apply to our Chief Executive Officer and each Executive Vice President (each a “Covered Officer”) and each non-employee director (each a “Covered Director”). The stock ownership guidelines require all Covered Officers other than our Chief Executive Officer, to hold shares of our common stock with a value equal to one times the amount of their then-current annual base salary. Our Chief Executive Officer is required to hold shares of our common stock with a value equal to three times the amount of his then-current annual base salary. Covered Directors are required to hold shares of our common stock with a value equal to three times the base cash retainer for board service (excluding committee and chair additional retainers). These ownership guidelines are calculated annually based on ownership as of January 1 of each year based on the applicable annual base salary in effect on such calculation date. The value of a share will be measured on such date based on the average closing price over the 30 calendar days preceding the date of calculation. Such calculated ownership levels will be reported to the compensation committee.

Covered Officers and Covered Directors are required to achieve the applicable level of ownership within five years of the later of the date the guidelines were adopted and the date the person first became subject to the guidelines. In the event that a Covered Officer or Covered Director does not meet the foregoing stock ownership guidelines, such individual may be required to hold 50%-100%, as determined by the compensation committee, of common stock issued following the exercise of options, the vesting of restricted stock units or the vesting of performance share units, after payment for applicable statutory withholding taxes or exercise price, until the required ownership level has been met.

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Shares that count toward satisfaction of the guidelines include (i) shares owned outright by the individual or his or her immediate family members residing in the same household, including restricted shares and shares deliverable upon settlement of vested and unvested restricted stock units and vested in-the-money options, excluding restricted stock units that remain subject to achievement of performance goals, such as performance share units; provided, however, the shares underlying performance share units for partial periods for which performance goals have been achieved but not yet vested are included and (ii) shares owned through savings plans, such as the our 401(k) plan, or acquired through the our employee stock purchase plan.

Our stock ownership guidelines may be waived, at the discretion of the compensation committee, if compliance would create undue hardship or prevent an individual from complying with a court order, as in the case of a divorce settlement. It is expected that these instances will be rare.

As of January 1, 2021, all directors and executive officers were in compliance with the ownership requirements of our stock ownership guidelines, with the exception of Dr. Balice-Gordon, who will be required to meet the ownership requirement by September 24, 2025, the fifth anniversary of her appointment to our board.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

The compensation committee of our Board of Directors has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis required by Item 402(b) of Regulation S-K, which appears in this proxy statement, with our management. Based on this review and discussion, the compensation committee recommended to our Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

 

Compensation Committee:

 

John Freund, M.D., Chairman

 

Gino Santini

 

Theodore Schroeder

The foregoing report of the compensation committee does not constitute soliciting material and will not be deemed filed, incorporated by reference into or a part of any other filing by the Company (including any future filings) under the Exchange Act, except to the extent the Company specifically incorporates such report by reference therein.

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Summary Compensation Table

The following table shows the annual compensation paid to or earned by our named executive officers, for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018:

Non-Equity

    

    

    

    

Stock

    

Option

    

Incentive Plan

    

All Other

    

Name and

Salary

Bonus

Awards

Awards

Compensation

Compensation

Total

Principal Position

Year

($)

($)

($) (1)

($) (2)

($) (3)

($) (4)

($)

Joseph Ciaffoni

2020

654,338

-

3,755,681

1,154,970

460,000

17,650

6,042,639

President and Chief Executive Officer

2019

618,461

-

2,146,500

859,738

390,600

17,329

4,032,628

2018

535,577

50,000

1,208,339

1,353,193

340,900

17,294

3,505,303

Paul Brannelly

2020

437,985

50,000

(5)

1,212,421

401,031

220,000

17,650

2,339,087

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

2019

413,077

-

763,200

305,685

214,800

17,012

1,713,774

2018

387,692

-

608,750

739,268

222,500

17,294

1,975,504

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

2020

377,654

-

1,537,453

320,825

189,300

13,250

2,438,482

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

2019

366,154

-

610,560

244,548

165,400

12,929

1,399,591

2018

346,154

-

608,750

739,268

199,700

15,294

1,909,166

Shirley Kuhlmann

2020

410,138

50,000

(5)

1,061,161

352,908

205,800

16,174

2,096,181

Executive Vice President and
General Counsel

2019

392,354

-

610,560

244,548

186,100

15,807

1,449,369

2018

297,114

50,000

480,600

602,344

171,200

5,770

1,607,028

Richard Malamut, M.D.

2020

422,662

-

821,016

288,743

211,700

17,686

1,761,807

Executive Vice President
and Chief Medical Officer

2019

311,250

-

642,600

765,176

186,800

16,996

1,922,822

2018

-

-

-

-

-

-

-


(1)The amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of stock awards computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are included in Note 15 to our financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

(2)The amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of option awards computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Assumptions used in the calculation of these amounts are included in Note 15 to our financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

(3)Amounts represent the annual cash incentive payments earned by our named executive officers, for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively, pursuant to the achievement of certain company and individual performance objectives for those years. Please see the descriptions of the annual cash incentives in the section entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis— 2020 Executive Compensation of Our Named Executive Officers—Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation.”

(4)This amount reflects our contributions to our 401(k) Plan and life/disability insurance.

(5)Amounts represent a transaction bonus paid to each of Ms. Kuhlmann and Mr. Brannelly in recognition of their efforts in connection with the closing of the Company’s acquisition of the Nucynta product assets in 2020.

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards

The following table presents information concerning grants of equity awards to each of the named executive officers during 2020.

All Other

All Other

Grant Date

Estimated Future Payouts

Estimated Future Payouts

Stock Awards:

Option Awards:

Exercise or

Fair Value of

Under Non-Equity Incentive

Under Equity Incentive

Number of Shares

Number of Securities

Base Price of

Stock and

Plan Awards (1)

Plan Awards (2)

of Stock or

Underlying

Option

Option

Threshold

Target

Maximum

Threshold

Target

Maximum

RSUs

Options

Awards

Awards

Name

Grant Date

$

$

$

#

#

#

# (3)

# (4)

$/Sh (5)

$ (6)

Joseph Ciaffoni

138,000

460,000

782,000

President and Chief Executive Officer

2/5/2020

9,000

18,000

36,000

-

479,700

2/5/2020

9,000

18,000

36,000

-

496,620

2/5/2020

9,000

18,000

36,000

-

495,900

2/5/2020

18,000

36,000

72,000

-

1,120,320

2/5/2020

45,000

-

960,300

2/5/2020

90,000

21.34

1,154,970

12/14/2020

(7)

18,000

36,000

72,000

-

202,841

Paul Brannelly

66,000

220,000

374,000

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial

2/5/2020

1,875

3,750

7,500

-

99,938

2/5/2020

1,875

3,750

7,500

-

103,463

2/5/2020

1,875

3,750

7,500

-

103,313

2/5/2020

3,750

7,500

15,000

-

233,400

2/5/2020

28,125

-

600,188

2/5/2020

31,250

21.34

401,031

12/14/2020

(7)

6,400

12,800

25,600

-

72,121

Alison Fleming, Ph.D.

56,790

189,300

321,810

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

2/5/2020

1,500

3,000

6,000

-

79,950

2/5/2020

1,500

3,000

6,000

-

82,770

2/5/2020

1,500

3,000

6,000

-

82,650

2/5/2020

3,000

6,000

12,000

-

186,720

2/5/2020

-

7,978

7,978

-

170,251

2/5/2020

41,116

-

877,415

2/5/2020

25,000

21.34

320,825

12/14/2020

(7)