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

Effective as of June 29, 2022, the Board of Directors of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (the “Company”) appointed Jason Haas to the Company’s Board of Directors. The appointment was made based upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Haas was also appointed to be a member of the Audit Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Haas, 55, has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since October 2021. Prior to this role, he served as Co-Head of Americas, Healthcare Investment Banking at Barclays from June 2016 to October 2021. Previously, he served as Head of Americas, Healthcare Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank from 2012 to June 2016. Prior to his role at Deutsche Bank, he was a Managing Director on the Healthcare Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. Haas holds an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Colgate University.

In connection with his appointment to the Board, pursuant to the Company’s independent director compensation policy, Mr. Haas has been granted restricted stock units representing 1,750 shares of the Company’s common stock and options to purchase 5,907 shares of the Company’s common stock. The options have an exercise price per share equal to $88.48, the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. The foregoing awards will vest in three equal annual installments on each of the first three anniversaries following the date of grant. Mr. Haas will also receive cash compensation for his service on the Board in accordance with the Company’s independent director compensation policy, as such policy may be amended from time to time.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Haas and any other person pursuant to which he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors. There are no transactions in which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party and in which Mr. Haas has a material interest subject to disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure
On June 29, 2022, the Company issued a press release relating to the appointment of Mr. Haas to the Company’s Board of Directors. A copy of this press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2. of Form 8-K, the information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)    Exhibits.
Exhibit No.
Press release dated June 29, 2022.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: June 29, 2022
By: /s/ Charles S. Berkman
Name: Charles S. Berkman
Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary