Veracyte, Inc.
VERACYTE, INC. (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 04/21/2017 16:14:32)

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Veracyte, Inc.
6000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 243-6300
April 21, 2017
Dear Stockholder:
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Veracyte, Inc. that will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, at 6000 Shoreline Court, Conference Room, 3rd Floor, South San Francisco, California 94080.
The formal notice of the Annual Meeting and the Proxy Statement have been made a part of this invitation.
After reading the Proxy Statement, please vote promptly to ensure that your shares will be represented. Your shares cannot be voted unless you sign, date and return the enclosed proxy, submit your proxy by telephone or the internet, or attend the Annual Meeting in person.
A copy of the Company’s 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K is also enclosed.
We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
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Bonnie H. Anderson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer




Veracyte, Inc.
6000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders
to be held Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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To the Stockholders of Veracyte, Inc.:
The Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Veracyte, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), will be held at 6000 Shoreline Court, Conference Room, 3rd Floor, South San Francisco, California 94080, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, for the following purposes:
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To elect three Class I directors to serve until the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified;
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To ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2017; and
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To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting of Stockholders and any postponement or adjournment of the Annual Meeting.
Stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 11, 2017 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting and any postponement or adjournment thereof.
It is important that your shares be represented at this meeting. Even if you plan to attend the meeting, we hope that you will vote as soon as possible. Voting now will ensure your representation at the Annual Meeting regardless of whether you attend in person. You may vote on the internet, by telephone or by mailing the enclosed proxy card or voting instruction form. Please review the instructions on page 2 of the Proxy Statement and your proxy card or voting instruction form regarding each of these voting options.
 
By Order of the Board of Directors
 
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Julie A. Brooks
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
South San Francisco, California
April 21, 2017
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON JUNE 6, 2017.
The Proxy Statement and Annual Report are available at https://materials.proxyvote.com.






Veracyte, Inc.
6000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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Proxy Statement
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This Proxy Statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation by the Board of Directors of Veracyte, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“we,” “us,” “our,” “Veracyte” or the “Company”), of proxies in the accompanying form to be used at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held at 6000 Shoreline Court, Conference Room, 3rd Floor, South San Francisco, California 94080, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, and any postponement or adjournment thereof (the “Annual Meeting”).
This Proxy Statement and the accompanying form of proxy are being mailed to stockholders on or about April 21, 2017.
Questions and Answers about
the Proxy Materials and the Annual Meeting
What proposals will be voted on at the Annual Meeting?
Two proposals will be voted on at the Annual Meeting:
The election of three Class I directors to serve until the 2020 Annual Meeting or until their successors are duly elected and qualified; and
The ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2017.
What are the Board’s recommendations?
Our board of directors recommends that you vote:
“FOR” election of each of the nominated Class I directors; and
“FOR” ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2017.
Will there be any other items of business on the agenda?
We do not expect any other items of business because the deadline for stockholder proposals and nominations has already passed. Nonetheless, in case there is an unforeseen need, the accompanying proxy gives discretionary authority to the persons named on the proxy with respect to any other matters that might be brought before the meeting. Those persons intend to vote that proxy in accordance with their best judgment.
Who is entitled to vote?
Stockholders of record at the close of business on April 11, 2017 (the “Record Date”) may vote at the Annual Meeting. Each stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of our common stock held as of the Record Date.

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What is the difference between holding shares as a stockholder of record and as a beneficial owner?
Stockholder of Record. If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc., you are considered, with respect to those shares, the “stockholder of record.” The Proxy Statement, Annual Report and proxy card have been sent directly to you by Veracyte.
Beneficial Owner. If your shares are held in a brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you are considered the “beneficial owner” of shares held in street name. The Proxy Statement and Annual Report have been forwarded to you by your broker, bank or nominee who is considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker, bank or nominee how to vote your shares by using the voting instruction form included in the mailing.
How do I vote?
You may vote using any of the following methods:
By Mail  - Stockholders of record may submit proxies by completing, signing and dating each proxy card received and returning it in the prepaid envelope. Sign your name exactly as it appears on the proxy. If you return your signed proxy but do not indicate your voting preferences, your shares will be voted on your behalf “FOR” the election of the nominees for Class I director and “FOR” the ratification of the independent registered public accounting firm for 2017. Stockholders who hold shares beneficially in street name may provide voting instructions by mail by completing, signing and dating the voting instruction forms provided by their brokers, banks or other nominees.

By Telephone  - Stockholders of record may submit proxies by following the telephone voting instructions on their proxy cards. Most stockholders who hold shares beneficially in street name may provide voting instructions by telephone by calling the number specified on the voting instruction form provided by their brokers, banks or nominees. Please check the voting instruction form for telephone voting availability. Please be aware that if you submit voting instructions by telephone, you may incur costs such as telephone access charges for which you will be responsible. The telephone voting facilities will close at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, the day before the meeting date.

By Internet  - Stockholders of record may submit proxies by following the internet voting instructions on their proxy cards. Most stockholders who hold shares beneficially in street name may provide voting instructions by accessing the website specified on the voting instruction form provided by their brokers, banks or nominees. Please check the voting instruction form for internet voting availability. Please be aware that if you vote over the internet, you may incur costs such as internet access charges for which you will be responsible. The internet voting facilities will close at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, the day before the meeting date.

In Person at the Annual Meeting  - Shares held in your name as the stockholder of record may be voted at the Annual Meeting. Shares held beneficially in street name may be voted in person only if you obtain a legal proxy from the broker, bank or nominee that holds your shares giving you the right to vote the shares. Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we recommend that you also submit your proxy or voting instructions or vote by telephone or the internet so that your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend the meeting.
Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?
You may change your vote or revoke your proxy at any time prior to the vote at the Annual Meeting. If you are a stockholder of record and submitted your proxy by mail, you must file with the Secretary of the Company a written notice of revocation or deliver, prior to the vote at the Annual Meeting, a valid, later‑dated proxy. If you submitted your proxy by telephone or the internet, you may change your vote or revoke your proxy with a later telephone or internet proxy, as the case may be. Attendance at the Annual Meeting will not have the effect of revoking a proxy unless you give written notice of revocation to the Secretary before the proxy is exercised or you vote by written ballot at the Annual Meeting.
If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name and you wish to change or revoke your vote, please consult the voting instructions provided with this proxy statement or contact your broker, bank or nominee.
How are votes counted?
In the election of directors, you may vote “FOR” all of the Class I nominees or your vote may be “WITHHELD” with respect to one or more of the nominees. For Proposal 2, the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered

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public accounting firm for 2017, you may vote “FOR,” vote “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN.” An abstention has the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the proposal.
If you provide specific instructions, your shares will be voted as you instruct. If you sign your proxy card or voting instruction form with no further instructions, your shares will be voted in accordance with the recommendations of the board of directors (“FOR” each of the Class I nominees to the board of directors and “FOR” the ratification of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm, and in the discretion of the proxy holders on any other matters that may properly come before the meeting).
What vote is required to approve each item?
For Proposal 1, the election of directors, the three persons receiving the highest number of “FOR” votes at the Annual Meeting will be elected.
Proposal 2 requires the affirmative “FOR” vote of the holders of a majority of the shares present at the Annual Meeting in person or by proxy and entitled to vote. Abstentions have the same effect as votes “AGAINST” this proposal.
If you hold shares beneficially in street name and do not provide your broker or nominee with voting instructions, your shares may constitute “broker non-votes.” Generally, broker non-votes occur on a matter when a broker is not permitted to vote on that matter without instructions from the beneficial owner and instructions are not given. In tabulating the voting result for any particular proposal, shares that constitute broker non-votes are not considered entitled to vote on that proposal. Thus, broker non-votes will not affect the outcome of any matter being voted on at the Annual Meeting, assuming that a quorum is obtained.
Is cumulative voting permitted for the election of directors?
Stockholders may not cumulate votes in the election of directors, which means that each stockholder may vote no more than the number of shares he or she owns for a single director candidate.
What constitutes a quorum?
The presence at the Annual Meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders of a majority of the shares of common stock outstanding on the Record Date will constitute a quorum. As of the close of business on the Record Date, there were 33,869,922 shares of our common stock outstanding. Both abstentions and broker non-votes are counted for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum.
How are proxies solicited?
Our employees, officers and directors may solicit proxies. We will pay the cost of printing and mailing proxy materials, and will reimburse brokerage houses and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for forwarding proxy material to the owners of our common stock. At this time, we have not engaged a proxy solicitor. If we do engage a proxy solicitor, we will pay the customary costs associated with such engagement.
PROPOSAL 1
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Directors and Nominees
The number of directors is currently set at nine. Our board of directors is divided into three classes, each serving staggered, three-year terms:
Our Class I directors are Bonnie H. Anderson, Robert S. Epstein, M.D., M.S., and Evan Jones and their terms will expire at the Annual Meeting;
Our Class II directors are John L. Bishop, Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil. and Tina S. Nova, Ph.D. and their terms will expire at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2018; and
Our Class III directors are Karin Eastham, Kevin K. Gordon and Jesse I. Treu, Ph.D. and their terms will expire at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2019.

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Three Class I directors will be elected at the Annual Meeting to serve until the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2020 or until their successors are duly elected and qualified, with the other classes of directors continuing to serve for the remainder of their respective terms. The three nominees receiving the highest number of affirmative votes will be elected as Class I directors. The nominating and corporate governance committee of the board of directors has recommended, and the board of directors has designated, Bonnie H. Anderson, Robert S. Epstein, M.D., M.S., and Evan Jones as the nominees for Class I directors to serve until the 2020 annual meeting. If any nominee is unable or declines to serve as a director at the time of the Annual Meeting, an event that we do not currently anticipate, proxies will be voted for any nominees designated by the board of directors, taking into account any recommendations of the nominating and corporate governance committee, to fill the vacancies.
Names of the Class I nominees and the other members of the board of directors and certain biographical information as of April 21, 2017 are set forth below:
Name
Age
Position with the Company
Director Since

Bonnie H. Anderson
59

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
2008

John L. Bishop
72

Lead Independent Director
2014

Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil.
60

Director
2007

Karin Eastham
67

Director
2012

Robert S. Epstein, M.D., M.S.
62

Director
2015

Kevin K. Gordon
54

Director
2016

Evan Jones
60

Director
2008

Tina S. Nova, Ph.D.
63

Director
2015

Jesse I. Treu, Ph.D.
70

Director
2010


Bonnie H. Anderson has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since February 2008. From August 2013 to February 2017, she also served as our President, and in December 2016, she was appointed Chairman of our board of directors. Prior to joining us, Ms. Anderson was an independent strategic consultant from April 2006 to January 2008, including as a strategic consultant for us from July 2007 to January 2008. Ms. Anderson was a Vice President at Beckman Coulter, Inc., a manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies, from September 2000 to March 2006. She currently serves as a director of Castle Biosciences, Inc. and as a trustee emeritus of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. Ms. Anderson holds a B.S. in Medical Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

John L. Bishop was the Chief Executive Officer and served as a director of Cepheid from April 2002, and became its Chairman of the Board in February 2013. Mr. Bishop retired from Cepheid and resigned from the board of directors following the acquisition of Cepheid by Danaher Corporation in November 2016. Mr. Bishop served as President and a director of Vysis, Inc., a genomic disease management company that was acquired by Abbott Laboratories, from 1993 to 2002, and as Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2002. From 1991 until 1993, Mr. Bishop was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MicroProbe Corporation, a biotechnology company, and, from 1987 until 1991, of Source Scientific Systems, a biomedical instrument manufacturing company. From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Bishop was President and Chief Operating Officer of Gen‑Probe, Inc. From 1968 to 1984, Mr. Bishop held various management positions with American Hospital Supply Company and its affiliates, including a three‑year assignment in Japan as an Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of International Reagents Corp., a joint venture between American Hospital Supply Company and Green Cross Corporation. He served as a director of Conceptus, Inc. and a member of its compensation committee until its acquisition by Bayer HealthCare LLC in June 2013 and was previously the chairman of the board of directors of AdvaMedDx, a medical diagnostics industry advocacy group. Mr. Bishop holds a B.S. from the University of Miami.
Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil., is a senior advisor to TPG where he served as a partner and founder of TPG Biotechnology, a life sciences focused investment effort from October 2001 to December 2016. From 1988 through December 2014, Dr. Cohen was an Adjunct Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cohen currently serves as a director of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., CareDx, Inc., Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc., Genomic Health, Inc., Roka Bioscience, Inc. and Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc., and a number of privately held companies. In addition, Dr. Cohen served as a director of Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. from May 2007 until November 2015. Dr. Cohen holds a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, a D.Phil. in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an M.D. from Stanford University.

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Karin Eastham serves on the boards of directors of several life sciences companies. From May 2004 to September 2008, Ms. Eastham served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and as a member of the Board of Trustees, of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit corporation engaged in biomedical research. From April 1999 to May 2004, Ms. Eastham served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Diversa Corporation, a biotechnology company. She previously held similar positions with CombiChem, Inc., a computational chemistry company, and Cytel Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company. Ms. Eastham also held several positions, including Vice President, Finance, at Boehringer Mannheim Corporation, a diagnostics company, from 1976 to 1988. Ms. Eastham currently serves as a director of Geron Corporation, Illumina, Inc., and MorphoSys AG. Ms. Eastham served as a director of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from September 2005 until its acquisition in August 2012, Genoptix, Inc. from August 2008 until its acquisition in March 2011, Tercica, Inc. from December 2003 until its acquisition in October 2008, and Trius Therapeutics, Inc. from February 2007 until its acquisition in September 2013. Ms. Eastham received a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Robert S. Epstein, M.D., M.S. has served as a strategic consultant to life sciences companies since 2013. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Epstein served as President of the Medco-UBC Division and as Chief Research and Development Officer of Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a managed healthcare company. Prior to that, Dr. Epstein served as Medco’s Chief Medical Officer from 1997 to 2010. Dr. Epstein currently serves as a director of Fate Therapeutics, Inc. and Illumina, Inc. Dr. Epstein is the former president of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and served on the board of directors of the Drug Information Association and the International Society of Quality of Life. He has also served on the federal CDC EGAPP (Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice & Prevention) Stakeholder Committee and the AHRQ CERTs (Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics) Committee. Dr. Epstein holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science and an M.D. from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in Preventive Medicine from the University of Maryland.
Kevin K. Gordon , served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc., from October 2015 until its merger with IMS Health in October 2016 at which time he retired from Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc.  From July 2010 to December 2015, Mr. Gordon served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Quintiles.  From March 2007 to January 2010, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Teleflex Incorporated. From January 1997 to March 2007, he held various senior corporate development positions at Teleflex Incorporated. From March 1992 to January 1997, he held various senior positions, including general manager, chief financial officer and secretary at Package Machinery Company. From August 1984 to March 1992, he held senior manager and other various finance positions at KPMG.  Mr. Gordon holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Evan Jones has served since 2007 as Managing Member of jVen Capital, LLC, a life sciences investment company. He also has served as Chief Executive Officer of Opgen, Inc., a privately held genetic analysis company, since 2013 and has served as a director since 2009. He was a co-founder of Digene Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company focused on women’s health and molecular diagnostic testing, serving as chairman of the board from 1995 until its acquisition in 2007 and serving as Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2006 and as President from 1990 to 1999. Mr. Jones also serves as a director of Fluidigm Corporation and Foundation Medicine, Inc. Mr. Jones served as a director of CAS Medical Systems, Inc. from May 2008 until October 2013. Mr. Jones received a B.A. in Biotechnology from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tina S. Nova, Ph.D. has served since October 1, 2015 as president and chief executive officer of Molecular Stethoscope, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company. From July 2014 to August 2015, Dr. Nova was senior vice president and general manager of Illumina Inc.’s oncology business unit. From March 2000 to April 2014, Dr. Nova was a director, president and chief executive officer of Genoptix, Inc., a medical laboratory she co-founded, which was purchased by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in 2011. She has also held senior positions with Nanogen, Inc., Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Hybritech, Inc. Dr. Nova currently serves on the board of directors of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is vice chairman of the board of directors of the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute, which is part of Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Nova received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside.
Jesse I. Treu, Ph.D., has been a partner at Domain Associates, a venture capital firm, since its inception in 1985. Dr. Treu has been a director of 38 early-stage healthcare companies, of which 23 have been public companies. Dr. Treu currently serves as a director of Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. and Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc., and a number of privately-held life sciences and biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to the formation of Domain Associates, Dr. Treu was vice president of the predecessor organization to The Wilkerson Group, and its venture capital arm, CW Ventures. While at CW Ventures, he served as president and CEO of Microsonics, a pioneer in computer image processing for cardiology. Previous to that, Dr. Treu held executive positions at Technicon Instruments and General Electric Company. Dr. Treu holds a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University.

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The Board of Directors Recommends a Vote “FOR” Election as Director for Each of the Class I Nominees Set Forth Above.
Director Nominations
The board of directors nominates directors whose term is scheduled to expire at the next annual meeting of stockholders and elects new directors to fill vacancies when they arise. The board of directors has as an objective that its membership be composed of experienced and dedicated individuals with diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The nominating and corporate governance committee has the responsibility to identify, evaluate, recruit and recommend qualified candidates to the board for nomination or election.
The nominating and corporate governance committee evaluates and selects candidates for director based on their character, judgment, diversity of experience, business acumen, and ability to act on behalf of all stockholders. The nominating and corporate governance committee believes that nominees for director should have experience, such as experience in management, accounting, finance, or marketing, or industry and technology knowledge, that may be useful to the Company and the board of directors, high personal and professional ethics, and the willingness and ability to devote sufficient time to effectively carry out his or her duties as a director. The nominating and corporate governance committee also believes that service as a director of other public companies provides experience and perspective that may be useful to the Company and the board of directors. Although the Company has no formal diversity policy for board members, the board and the nominating and corporate governance committee consider diversity of backgrounds and experiences and other forms of diversity when selecting nominees.
The nominating and corporate governance committee believes it appropriate for at least one, and, preferably, multiple, members of the board of directors to meet the criteria for an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, rules, and that a majority of the members of the board meet the definition of “independent director” under the rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market. The nominating and corporate governance committee believes it appropriate for certain key members of our management - currently, our chief executive officer - to participate as members of the board of directors.
Prior to each annual meeting of stockholders, the nominating and corporate governance committee identifies nominees first by evaluating the current directors whose term will expire at the annual meeting and who are willing to continue in service. These candidates are evaluated based on the criteria described above, including as demonstrated by the candidate’s prior service as a director, and the needs of the board of directors with respect to the particular talents and experience of its directors. In the event that a director does not wish to continue in service, the nominating and corporate governance committee determines not to re-nominate the director, or if a vacancy is created on the board as a result of a resignation, an increase in the size of the board or other event, then the nominating and corporate governance committee will consider various candidates for board membership, including those suggested by the committee members, by other board members, by any search firm engaged by the nominating and corporate governance committee and by stockholders. Each of the nominees is a member of the board of directors standing for re-election as a director.
A stockholder who wishes to suggest a prospective nominee for the board of directors should notify the Secretary of the Company or any member of the nominating and corporate governance committee in writing with any supporting material the stockholder considers appropriate. In addition, our Bylaws contain provisions that address the process by which a stockholder may nominate an individual to stand for election to the board of directors at our annual meeting of stockholders. In order to nominate a candidate for director, a stockholder must give timely notice in writing to the Secretary of the Company and otherwise comply with the provisions of our Bylaws. To be timely, our Bylaws provide that we must have received the stockholder’s notice not more than 120 days nor less than 90 days prior to the first anniversary of the preceding year’s annual meeting of stockholders. However, in the event that no annual meeting was held in the preceding year or the annual meeting is called for a date that is more than 30 days before or more than 60 days after the first anniversary date of the preceding year’s annual meeting of stockholders, notice by the stockholder to be timely must be so received by our Secretary not later than the close of business on the later of (1) the 90th day prior to the date of the scheduled annual meeting and (2) the 10th day following the earlier to occur of the day on which notice of the date of the scheduled annual meeting was mailed or the day on which public announcement of the date of such scheduled annual meeting was first made. An adjournment or postponement of an annual meeting will not commence a new time period or extend any time period for the giving of the stockholder’s notice described above. Information required by the Bylaws to be in the notice include the name and contact information for the candidate and the person making the nomination and other information about the nominee that must be disclosed in proxy solicitations under Section 14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the related rules and regulations under that Section.
Stockholder nominations must be made in accordance with the procedures outlined in, and include the information required by, our Bylaws and must be addressed to: Secretary, Veracyte, Inc., 6000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300, South San Francisco,

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California 94080. You may obtain a copy of the full text of this provision of the Bylaws by writing to our Secretary at the above address.
Director Qualifications
Set forth below is a summary of the specific experience, qualifications, attributes or skills of the members of our board of directors that, in addition to the experience of those individuals described in their biographies above, led our nominating and corporate governance committee and board to conclude that the director should serve as a member of the board of directors.
Our board of directors has concluded that Ms. Anderson should serve on our board of directors due to her extensive industry experience, strategic perspective of our development, historic knowledge of our company and key leadership position as our Chief Executive Officer and our former President.
Our board of directors has concluded that Mr. Bishop should serve on our board of directors due his significant experience as the chief executive officer of a publicly traded molecular diagnostics company, his experience in senior management positions in life sciences companies, his experience as a director of publicly traded life sciences companies and his extensive experience in the clinical diagnostics, life science and biotechnology industries.
Our board of directors has concluded that Dr. Cohen should serve on our board of directors due to his significant leadership experience in the medical and finance fields through his background as an M.D. and a venture capitalist, his extensive technical expertise relevant to our business, and his experience as an investor in and on the boards of numerous life sciences and healthcare companies.
Our board of directors has concluded that Ms. Eastham should serve on our board of directors due to her experience as a director of numerous life sciences companies, as well as her extensive senior management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, particularly in key corporate finance and accounting positions.
Our board of directors has concluded the Dr. Epstein should serve on our board of directors due to his extensive experience in senior and strategic roles in healthcare companies, his expertise in reimbursement and FDA regulation, and his experience as a director of publicly traded companies in the life sciences industry.
Our board of directors has concluded that Mr. Gordon should serve on our board of directors due his significant experience in senior management positions in publicly traded life sciences companies, as well as his extensive senior management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including key corporate finance and accounting positions.
Our board of directors has concluded that Mr. Jones’s knowledge of the life sciences industry and his experience as a chief executive officer and as a board member of other publicly traded and privately held life sciences companies qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Our board of directors has concluded that Dr. Nova’s knowledge of the life sciences industry and her experience as a chief executive officer and as a board member of other publicly traded and privately held life sciences companies qualifies her to serve on our board of directors.
Our board of directors has concluded that Dr. Treu should serve on our board of directors due to his extensive management experience in the healthcare industry, and his experience as an investor in and director of numerous publicly traded and private life sciences and healthcare companies.
Director Independence
The board of directors has determined that, except for Ms. Anderson, each individual who currently serves as a member of the board is, and each individual who served as a member of the board in 2016 was, an “independent director” within the meaning of Rule 5605 of The NASDAQ Stock Market. Ms. Anderson is not considered independent as she is employed as our Chief Executive Officer and also served as our President in 2016. For Mr. Bishop, Dr. Cohen, Ms. Eastham, Dr. Epstein, Mr. Gordon, Mr. Jones, Dr. Nova and Dr. Treu, the board of directors considered their relationship and transactions with the Company as directors and security holders of the Company.

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Board Meetings
The board of directors held seven meetings during 2016. Each director attended at least 75% of the aggregate number of meetings held by the board of directors and of the committees on which such director served, except John L. Bishop, who attended 43% of such meetings. The independent directors meet in executive sessions at regularly scheduled meetings of the board of directors without the participation of the Chief Executive Officer or other members of management. We do not have a policy that requires the attendance of directors at the Annual Meeting. Three directors attended the 2016 annual meeting.
Board Committees
Below is a description of each committee of the board of directors. The board of directors has determined that each director who serves on the audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees is “independent,” as that term is defined for such committee by applicable listing standards of The NASDAQ Stock Market and rules of the SEC, and has adopted written charters for each of these committees. The charters of the audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees are available on the investor section of our website (www.veracyte.com) under the corporate governance tab.
Audit Committee and Financial Expert
The current members of the audit committee are Karin Eastham (Chair), Fred E. Cohen and Kevin K. Gordon. The audit committee held four meetings during 2016. Our audit committee oversees our corporate accounting and financial reporting process and assists our board of directors in oversight of the integrity of our financial statements, our compliance with certain legal and regulatory requirements, our independent auditor’s qualifications, independence and performance, and our internal accounting and financial controls. Our audit committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of our independent auditor. The board of directors has determined that Ms. Eastham is qualified as an “audit committee financial expert” under the definition outlined by the SEC.
Compensation Committee
The current members of the compensation committee are Evan Jones (Chair), John L. Bishop and Karin Eastham. The compensation committee held five meetings during 2016. Our compensation committee oversees our compensation policies, plans and benefits programs and assists our board of directors in meeting its responsibilities with regard to oversight and determination of executive compensation. In addition, our compensation committee reviews and makes recommendations to our board of directors with respect to our major compensation plans, policies and programs and assesses whether our compensation structure establishes appropriate incentives for officers and employees. The compensation committee also reviews and recommends directors’ compensation to the full board of directors. The compensation committee has the sole authority to select, retain, terminate and approve the fees and other retention terms of consultants as it deems appropriate to perform its duties.
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
The current members of the nominating and corporate governance committee are Robert S. Epstein (Chair), Fred E. Cohen and Jesse I. Treu. The nominating and corporate governance committee held six meetings in 2016. Our nominating and corporate governance committee is responsible for making recommendations to our board of directors regarding candidates for directorships and the size and composition of the board of directors and its committees. In addition, our nominating and corporate governance committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to our board of directors on matters concerning corporate governance and conflicts of interest.
Regulatory and Compliance Committee
The current members of the regulatory and compliance committee are Tina S. Nova (Chair), Robert S. Epstein and Evan Jones. The regulatory and compliance committee held three meetings in 2016. Our regulatory and compliance committee assists our board in meeting its responsibilities with regard to oversight of our compliance with healthcare legal and regulatory requirements applicable to our business.
Non-management Equity Award Committee
The board of directors has established a non-management equity award committee and the members are our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer. The non-management equity award committee is a secondary committee responsible for granting and issuing awards of options under our 2013 Stock Incentive Plan to eligible new employees, other than to members of

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the board of directors, to individuals designated by the board of directors as “Section 16 officers,” and to employees who hold the title of vice president or above. In addition, the non-management equity award committee may not make any awards or grants to any new employee that total more than 50,000 shares of common stock.
Corporate Governance
Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight
We have a lead independent director of the board of directors separate from our chief executive officer. Ms. Anderson is our chairman and chief executive officer and Mr. Bishop is the lead independent director of the board. The board of directors believes that this leadership structure reflects the role and responsibilities of the chief executive officer in our business and operations with significant involvement and authority vested in a separate lead independent director of the board. The board of directors retains the authority to modify this structure as it deems appropriate.
Our board of directors is responsible for overseeing the overall risk management process at our Company. The responsibility for managing risk rests with executive management while the committees of the board and the board of directors as a whole participate in the oversight process. The board’s risk oversight process builds upon management’s risk assessment and mitigation processes, which include reviews of long-term strategic and operational planning, executive development and evaluation, regulatory and legal compliance, and financial reporting and internal controls. The board of directors considers strategic risks and opportunities and regularly receives reports from executive management regarding specific aspects of risk management.
Communications with the Board of Directors
If you wish to communicate with the board of directors, you may send your communication in writing to: Secretary, Veracyte, Inc., 6000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300, South San Francisco, California 94080. You must include your name and address in the written communication and indicate whether you are a stockholder of the Company. The Secretary will review any communications received from a stockholder and all material communications from stockholders will be forwarded to the appropriate director or directors or committee of the board based on the subject matter.
Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
In addition to the compensation arrangements of our directors and named executive officers discussed elsewhere in this Proxy Statement, the following is a description of transactions since January 1, 2016, to which we have been or will be a party, and in which the amount involved exceeded or will exceed $120,000 and in which any of our directors, executive officers, beneficial holders of more than 5% of our capital stock, or entities affiliated with, or immediate family members of, any of the foregoing, had or will have a direct or indirect material interest.
Indemnification Agreements
We have entered into indemnification agreements with our directors and executive officers. These agreements require us to indemnify these individuals to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law against liabilities that may arise by reason of their service to us, and to advance expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified.
Related Party Transaction Approval
In October 2013, our board of directors adopted a formal policy that our executive officers, directors, holders of more than 5% of any class of our voting securities, and any member of the immediate family of and any entity affiliated with any of the foregoing persons, are not permitted to enter into a related party transaction with us without the prior consent of the disinterested and independent members of our board of directors. Any request for us to enter into a transaction with an executive officer, director, principal stockholder, or any of their immediate family members or affiliates, in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000 must first be presented to the disinterested and independent members of our board of directors for review, consideration and approval. In approving or rejecting any such proposal, the disinterested and independent members of our board of directors will consider all relevant facts and circumstances reasonably available to them.
Although we did not have a written policy for the review and approval of transactions with related persons prior to October 2013, our board of directors has historically reviewed and approved any transaction where a director or officer had a financial interest. Prior to approving such a transaction, the material facts as to a director’s or officer’s relationship or interest as to the agreement or transaction were disclosed to our board of directors. Our board of directors would take this information into account when evaluating the transaction and in determining whether such a transaction was fair to the Company and in the best

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interests of all of our stockholders. In addition, for each related party transaction, the disinterested directors in the context of each such transaction approved the applicable agreement and transaction.
2016 Director Compensation
The following table sets forth cash amounts and the value of other compensation earned by our outside directors for their service in 2016:
Name
Fees Earned
or Paid in Cash ($)
Option
Awards ($)(1)(2)
Total ($)
Brian G. Atwood (3)
63,677

26,816

90,493

John L. Bishop
41,028

26,816

67,844

Fred E. Cohen
45,898

26,816

72,714

Karin Eastham
56,039

26,816

82,855

Robert S. Epstein
43,240

26,816

70,056

Evan Jones
47,506

26,816

74,322

Kevin K. Gordon (4)

133,200

133,200

Tina S. Nova
39,853

26,816

66,669

Jesse I. Treu
41,292

26,816

68,108

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
Amounts represent the aggregate fair value of the option awards computed as of the grant date of each award in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718 (ASC 718) for financial reporting purposes, rather than amounts paid to or realized by the named individual. Our assumptions with respect to the calculation of these values are set forth in the Notes to Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. There can be no assurance that option awards will be exercised (in which case no value will be realized by the individual) or that the value on exercise will approximate the fair value as computed in accordance with ASC 718.
 
 
 
 
 
(2)
The following sets forth the number of shares of common stock subject to outstanding options held by non-employee directors at December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Name
Number of Shares
 
 
 
Brian G. Atwood
30,000

 
 
 
John L. Bishop
80,000

 
 
 
Fred E. Cohen
30,000

 
 
 
Karin Eastham
70,000

 
 
 
Robert S. Epstein
45,000

 
 
 
Evan Jones
65,000

 
 
 
Kevin K. Gordon
35,000

 
 
 
Tina S. Nova
45,000

 
 
 
Jesse I. Treu
30,000

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(3)
Brian G. Atwood resigned from our board on December 12, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
(4)
Kevin K. Gordon joined our board on December 12, 2016.

Directors who are employees do not receive any fees for their service on the board of directors or any committee. Our non-employee directors receive an annual cash retainer of $35,000 for their service on our board of directors. Members of our audit committee, compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee, other than the chair of each such committee, receive an additional annual cash retainer of $7,500, $6,000 and $4,500, respectively. The chair of our audit committee, compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee each receive an additional annual cash retainer of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500, respectively. Additionally, the individual acting as chairman of the board of directors receives an additional annual cash retainer of $20,000. All annual cash retainers are payable quarterly in arrears and are pro‑rated for partial

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service in any year. We also reimburse our non-employee directors for their reasonable out-of-pocket costs and travel expenses in connection with their attendance at board of directors and committee meetings in accordance with our travel policy.
After our initial public offering in October 2013, any non-employee director who first joins our board of directors will be automatically granted an initial stock option to purchase 35,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price equal to the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant. The option will vest and become exercisable as to 25% of those shares on the first anniversary of the date of grant, and the remaining shares vest and become exercisable in equal monthly installments over the following three years. On the first business day after each annual meeting of stockholders, each non-employee director who continues to serve on our board of directors and who has served as a director for at least six months will be automatically granted an option to purchase 10,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price equal to the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant. Each of these options will vest in full on the first anniversary of the date of grant or, if earlier, the date of the next annual meeting of stockholders. The vesting of the options described above will accelerate in full upon a “change in control” as defined in our 2013 Stock Incentive Plan.
Executive Compensation
The following table sets forth information concerning the total compensation our president and chief executive officer and two other highest paid executive officers, who we refer to as our named executive officers, earned for services rendered to us in all capacities during the year ended December 31, 2016.
Summary Compensation Table
Name and Principal Position
Year
Salary ($)
Option Awards ($)(1)
Restricted Stock Units($) (1)
Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation ($)
Total ($)
Bonnie H. Anderson (2)
2016

500,000

677,813


292,500

1,470,313

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
2015

457,000

1,212,413


200,000

1,869,413

Christopher M. Hall (3)
2016

395,000

293,769


177,750

866,519

Chief Operating Officer
2015

383,000

431,080


115,000

929,080

Shelly D. Guyer (4)
2016

504,007

172,805


146,080

822,892

Former Chief Financial Officer
2015

321,000

404,138


91,500

816,638

Keith S. Kennedy (5)
2016

28,975

577,470

186,750


793,195

Chief Financial Officer
2015






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
Amounts represent the aggregate fair value of the awards computed as of the grant date of each award in accordance with Topic 718 for financial reporting purposes, rather than amounts paid to or realized by the named individual. Our assumptions with respect to the calculation of these values are set forth in the Notes to Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. There can be no assurance that option awards will be exercised (in which case no value will be realized by the individual) or that the value on exercise of options will approximate the fair value as computed in accordance with Topic 718.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2)
Ms. Anderson assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors in December 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(3)
Mr. Hall was was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(4)
Ms. Guyer left the Company effective December 31, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(5)
Mr. Kennedy commenced employment on December 6, 2016, at an annual salary of $400,000.

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Salary
In February 2017, the independent members of the board, on the recommendation of the compensation committee, approved increases in the base salaries of the named executive officers to the following amounts: Ms. Anderson, $550,000 and Mr. Hall, $415,000. The increases were effective as of January 1, 2017. Keith S. Kennedy was appointed to serve as Chief Financial Officer effective December 6, 2016 and his base salary remains at $400,000 for 2017.
Equity Awards
In February 2017, the compensation committee, after determination of overall executive compensation by the independent members of the board, approved grants of equity awards to the named executive officers in the following amounts: Ms. Anderson, 310,000 stock options; Mr. Hall, 80,000 stock options and 20,000 restricted stock units; and Mr. Kennedy, 20,000 stock options. All of the stock options become exercisable as to 25% of the shares on the first anniversary of the grant date, and the remaining options vest at a rate of 1/48th of the total number of shares subject to the options each month thereafter. The options have a term of ten years, subject to earlier termination in certain events relating to termination of employment. If an option holder is terminated without “cause” or resigns for “good reason” (each as defined in the applicable option agreement) within 12 months of a change in control, 100% of the shares subject to the option shall vest immediately prior to such termination or resignation. Mr. Kennedy commenced employment effective December 6, 2016 and was granted options to purchase 100,000 shares of common stock with vesting beginning on the one-year anniversary of commencement of employment with 1/36th of the stock options vesting each month for the following 36 months. Mr. Kennedy was also awarded 25,000 restricted stock units ("RSU"s) that vest on the one-year anniversary of the commencement of employment.
Bonus Plans
For 2015, the independent members of the board of directors, on the recommendation of the compensation committee, approved a corporate bonus plan for the 2015 fiscal year. Under the plan, eligible executive officers and employees were eligible to receive annual incentive compensation if the Company achieved the corporate goals approved by the board. Such bonuses may be paid in cash, fully vested stock options or restricted stock, or any combination thereof, at the discretion of the independent members of the board. Actual awards under the 2015 bonus plan could either exceed or be less than the targets established, as determined by the independent members of the board in their discretion based on the recommendation of the compensation committee and based on corporate and individual performance. Bonus target levels under the 2015 bonus plan for Ms. Anderson, Ms. Guyer and Mr. Hall were 60%, 40% and 40% of base salary, respectively. Funding of the bonus pool for the 2015 plan was dependent upon achieving a minimum level of annual revenue, and achievement in excess of such minimum threshold could have resulted in funding of the bonus pool up to a maximum level of 150%. The size of the bonus pool could also be reduced to the extent that corporate performance goals were not achieved.
In March 2016, the independent members of the board of directors, on the recommendation of the compensation committee, approved corporate goals for 2016 relating to a corporate bonus plan for the 2016 fiscal year. Under the plan, eligible executive officers and employees were eligible to receive annual incentive compensation if the Company achieves the corporate goals approved by the board. Such bonuses were payable in cash, fully vested stock options or restricted stock, or any combination thereof, at the discretion of the independent members of the board. Actual awards under the 2016 bonus plan could have either exceeded or been less than the targets established, as determined by the independent members of the board in their discretion based on the recommendation of the compensation committee and based on corporate and individual performance. Bonus target levels under the 2016 bonus plan for Ms. Anderson, Ms. Guyer and Mr. Hall were 65%, 40% and 50% of base salary, respectively.

Funding of the 2016 bonus pool for the plan was dependent upon achieving a minimum level of annual revenue, and achievement in excess of such minimum threshold could have resulted in funding of the bonus pool up to a maximum level of 150%. The size of the bonus pool could have been reduced to the extent that corporate performance goals were not achieved. These performance goals included commercial objectives, representing 70% of the overall objectives, product development objectives, representing 20% of the overall objectives and financial objectives, representing 10% of the overall objectives.
In February 2017, the independent members of the board, on the recommendation of the compensation committee of the board, approved cash bonus awards for 2016 performance under our bonus plan for the 2016 fiscal year. The independent members of the board considered the achievements of the corporate goals under the plan as well our performance and individual performance in determining the amounts to be paid.


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In February 2017, the independent members of the board, on the recommendation of the compensation committee, approved corporate goals for 2017 relating to a corporate bonus plan for the 2017 fiscal year. Under the plan, eligible employees, including executive officers, are eligible to receive annual incentive compensation if we achieve the corporate goals approved by the board.

Funding of the bonus pool for the plan is dependent upon achieving a minimum threshold of annual revenue, and achievement in excess of such minimum threshold can result in funding of the bonus pool up to a maximum level of 150%.   Should certain commercial, product development and financial goals not be met, the bonus pool may be reduced by up to 20%. Eligible employees, including executive officers, have individual goals, the achievement of which ranges from 80% - 120% of the bonus target allocated within the funded pool amount, although actual awards under the plan could either exceed or be less than the targets established, as determined by the independent members of the Board at their discretion based on the recommendation of the compensation committee and based on corporate and individual performance.

The independent members of the board also approved, on the recommendation of the compensation committee, bonus targets under the 2017 bonus plan for the following named executive officers, which are the following percentages of their 2017 base salaries: Ms. Anderson - 80%, Mr. Hall - 55% and Mr. Kennedy - 50%.

Termination-based Compensation
On May 15, 2015, we entered into Amended and Restated Change of Control and Severance agreements with each of our named executive officers other than Mr. Kennedy. We entered into a Change of Control and Severance agreement with Mr. Kennedy in connection with his consummating employment with the Company in December 2016. Each of these agreements has an initial term of four years, which term automatically renews for additional one-year periods unless either party provides written notice of non-renewal at least 60 days prior to the date of automatic renewal and which term extends for one year from a “change of control,” as defined in the agreement, if such change of control occurs within the final 12 months of the initial term or the term as extended through automatic renewal.
Pursuant to each of the agreements, if the named executive officer is terminated by us without “cause” (as defined in the agreement), or terminates his or her employment for “good reason” (as defined in the agreement), each outside the period beginning two months prior to and ending 12 months following a change of control, or the “change of control period” (as defined in the agreement), he or she is entitled to the following benefits:
Ms. Anderson: (i) 12 months of salary continuation from the termination date, (ii) a lump sum payment equal to her pro-rated annual bonus for performance up to the end of the applicable performance period and (iii) accelerated vesting equal to 50% of any outstanding equity awards along with the extension of the post‑termination exercise period of such awards to 24 months after the termination date.
Our other named executive officers - six months of salary continuation from the termination date.
Pursuant to each of these agreements, if the named executive officer is terminated by us without cause, or terminates his or her employment for good reason each during the change of control period, he or she is entitled to the following benefits:
Ms. Anderson: (i) a lump sum severance payment equal to 24 months of salary from the termination date, (ii) a lump sum payment equal to 100% of the highest of her (A) annual target bonus for the year in which the change of control occurs, (B) annual target bonus for the year in which the termination occurs, or (C) actual bonus for the year prior to the year in which the termination occurs and (iii) accelerated vesting equal to 100% of any outstanding equity awards.
Our other named executive officers: (i) a lump sum severance payment equal to 12 months of salary from the termination date, (ii) a lump sum payment equal to 100% the highest of his or her (A) annual target bonus for the year in which the change of control occurs, (B) annual target bonus for the year in which the termination occurs, or (C) actual bonus for the year prior to the year in which the termination occurs and (iii) accelerated vesting equal to 100% of any outstanding equity awards.
The receipt of the above-described benefits are subject to the named executive officer executing a release of certain claims against us. Further, in either of the above situations the named executive officer will also be reimbursed (or receive payments in lieu of such reimbursements) if he or she elects and pays to continue health insurance under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, or COBRA, for any premiums paid for continued health benefits for the executive and his or her eligible dependents until the earlier of (i) the end of the salary continuation period date or (ii) the date upon which the executive and his or her eligible dependents become covered under similar plans.

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On December 31, 2016, Ms. Guyer’s employment with the Company terminated.  In connection therewith, Ms. Guyer received six months of salary severance and up to six months of COBRA severance benefits pursuant to her Amended and Restated Change of Control and Severance Agreement, as such benefits are described above for a qualifying termination occurring outside of the change of control period.  In addition, Ms. Guyer received a bonus for the 2016 performance year and receive certain additional vesting credit in respect of previously granted stock options.  Ms. Guyer also agreed to provide the Company certain transitional consulting services during a limited post-employment period.

From time to time, our executive officers and directors may enter into written trading plans pursuant to Rule 10b5‑1 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.
2016 Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End
 
Option Awards(1)
 
Stock Awards
Name
Number of Securities
Underlying Unexercised
Options (#) Exercisable
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options (#)
Unexercisable
Option
Exercise
Price ($)
Option
Expiration
Date
 
Number of Shares or Units of Stock That Have Not Vested
Market Value of Shares or Units of Stock That Have Not Vested ($)
Bonnie H. Anderson
11,153
(2)(3)
$0.80
2/2/2020
 
 
 
 
97,000
(2)(4)
$2.36
9/27/2020
 
 
 
 
18,125
(5)
$2.36
2/22/2021
 
 
 
 
32,782
(5)
$2.68
3/9/2022
 
 
 
 
143,750
(2)(6)
$2.68
3/9/2022
 
 
 
 
112,500
(2)(7)
$4.00
2/4/2023
 
 
 
 
24,112
(5)
$4.00
2/4/2023
 
 
 
 
12,500
(8)
$4.00
2/4/2023
 
 
 
 
99,164
40,836
$14.34
2/18/2024
 
 
 
 
98,437
126,563
$8.86
3/1/2025
 
 
 
 
225,000
$5.61
3/13/2026
 
 
 
Shelly D. Guyer
134,249
(9)
$6.04
12/31/2017
 
 
 
 
49,581
(9)
$14.34
12/31/2017
 
 
 
 
32,812
(9)
$8.86
12/31/2017
 
 
 
 
(10)
12,499
$6.45
12/31/2017
 
 
 
Christopher M. Hall
100,000
(2)(11)
$0.80
3/29/2020
 
 
 
 
12,500
(2)(4)
$2.36
9/27/2020
 
 
 
 
11,000
(5)
$2.36
2/22/2021
 
 
 
 
37,500
(2)(6)
$2.68
3/9/2022
 
 
 
 
16,927
(5)
$2.68
3/9/2022
 
 
 
 
31,250
(2)(7)
$4.00
2/4/2023
 
 
 
 
11,767
(5)
$4.00
2/4/2023
 
 
 
 
49,581
20,419
$14.34
2/18/2024
 
 
 
 
22,498
17,502
$10.45
9/15/2024
 
 
 
 
35,000
45,000
$8.86
3/1/2025
 
 
 
 
85,000
$6.45
2/28/2026
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Keith S. Kennedy
100,000
(12)
100,000
$7.47
12/5/2026
 
 
 
 
 
25,000 (13)
193,500(14)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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(1)
Except as otherwise noted, options become exercisable as to 25% of the shares on the first anniversary of the grant date, and the remaining shares vest at a rate of 1/48th of the total number of shares subject to the options each month thereafter. The options have a term of ten years, subject to earlier termination in certain events relating to termination of employment. If an option holder is terminated without “cause” or resigns for “good reason” (each as defined in the applicable option agreement) within 12 months of a change in control, 100% of the shares subject to the option shall vest immediately prior to such termination or resignation.
 
 
(2)
The option may be exercised in full prior to the vesting of the shares underlying the option. Vesting is subject to continued service on the applicable vesting date.
 
 
(3)
The option vested at a rate of 1/24th of the total number of shares subject to the option each month following the vesting commencement date. The vesting commencement date is February 3, 2010.
 
 
(4)
The vesting commencement date is September 28, 2010.
 
 
(5)
The option was fully vested on the date of grant.
 
 
(6)
The vesting commencement date is March 10, 2012.
 
 
(7)
The vesting commencement date is February 5, 2013.
 
 
(8)
The option vested in full upon the closing of our initial public offering.
 
 
(9)
Ms. Guyer resigned from the Company effective December 31, 2016 and the options expire on December 31, 2017.
 
 
(10)
The option vests on March 1, 2017 and expires on December 31, 2017.
 
 
(11)
The vesting commencement date is March 30, 2010.
 
 
(12)
The vesting commencement date is December 6, 2016, with 1/36th of the total number of shares subject to the option vesting each month for the following 36 months.
 
 
(13)
The RSUs vest on December 6, 2017.
 
 
(14)
Market value based on the price of our common stock on December 31, 2016.

Equity Compensation Plan Information
The following table provides information about our common stock that may be issued under our equity compensation plans as of December 31, 2016:

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Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights
Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options, warrants and rights
Number of securities
remaining available for
future issuance under equity
compensation plans (excluding
securities reflected in column (a)
 
 
 
(a)
(b)
(c)
 
Plan Category
 
 
 
 
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders
6,001,832


$7.56

1,496,777

 
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders
0

0

0

 
Total
6,001,832


$7.56

1,496,777

(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) Consists of 887,724 shares available for issuance under our stock options plans and 609,053 shares available for purchase under our Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

Report of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
The Audit Committee acts pursuant to a written charter that was adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2013 and became effective in November 2013. Each member of the Audit Committee qualifies as “independent” under the current listing requirements of The NASDAQ Stock Market.
In performing its functions, the Audit Committee acts in an oversight capacity and necessarily relies on the work and assurances of the Company’s management, which has the primary responsibility for financial statements and reports, and of the independent registered public accounting firm, who, in their report, express an opinion on the conformity of the Company’s annual financial statements with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. It is not the duty of the Audit Committee to plan or conduct audits, to determine that the Company’s financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or to assess or determine the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
Within this framework, the Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Company’s audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Audit Committee has also discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP, the matters required to be discussed by AICPA, Professional Standards , Vol. 1, AU Section 380, as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3200T. In addition, the Audit Committee has received the written disclosures and the letter from the independent registered public accounting firm required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent registered public accounting firm’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence, and has discussed with the independent registered public accounting firm the independent registered public accounting firm’s independence.
Based upon these reviews and discussions, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited financial statements be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.
 
Audit Committee
 
 
 
Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil.
 
Karin Eastham (Chair)
 
Kevin K. Gordon


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Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

The following table sets forth information regarding the number of shares of common stock beneficially owned on April 11, 2017, by:
each person who is known by us to beneficially own 5% or more of our common stock;
each of our named executive officers and directors; and
all of our current executive officers and directors as a group.
We have determined beneficial ownership in accordance with SEC rules. Except as indicated by the footnotes below, we believe, based on the information furnished to us, that the persons and entities named in the table below have sole voting and dispositive power with respect to all shares of common stock that they beneficially own, subject to applicable community property laws.
Applicable percentage ownership is based on 33,869,922 shares of common stock outstanding at April 11, 2017. In computing the number of shares of common stock beneficially owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, we deemed outstanding shares of common stock subject to options held by that person that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017, the Record Date for the Annual Meeting. We did not deem these shares outstanding, however, for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
Except as otherwise set forth below, the address of each beneficial owner is 6000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300, South San Francisco, California 94080.
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner
 
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned(1)
Percentage of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned
5% Stockholders:
 
 
Entities affiliated with Versant Ventures(2)
3,616,221

10.7
%
TPG Biotechnology Partners II, L.P(3)
3,551,929

10.5
%
Acuta Capital Partners LLC(4)
3,513,161

10.4
%
Entities affiliated with Domain Partners(5)
2,806,024

8.3
%
KPCB Holdings, Inc.(6)
2,801,929

8.3
%
Eventide Asset Managemment, LLC(7)
2,252,000

6.6
%
Broadfin Capital, LLC(8)
1,788,266

5.3
%
Directors and Executive Officers:
 
 
Bonnie H. Anderson(9)
866,627

2.5
%
John L. Bishop(10)
21,875

*

Fred E. Cohen, M.D., D.Phil.(11)
20,000

*

Karin Eastham(12)
73,227

*

Robert S. Epstein, M.D., M.S.(10)
20,416

*

Kevin K. Gordon


Evan Jones(13)
403,753

1.2
%
Tina S. Nova(10)
13,125

*

Jesse I. Treu, Ph.D.(5)
2,806,024

8.3
%
Shelly D. Guyer(10)
229,141

*

Christopher M. Hall(10)
376,041

1.1
%
Keith S. Kennedy


All directors and executive officers as a group (12 persons)(14)
4,721,493

13.4
%
 
 
 
 
*
Less than 1%
 
 

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(1)
Unless otherwise indicated, includes shares owned by a spouse, minor children and relatives sharing the same home, as well as entities owned or controlled by the named person. Unless otherwise indicated, shares are owned of record and beneficially by the named person.
 
 
(2)
Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 10, 2016, includes 3,594,989 shares held by Versant Venture Capital III, L.P. and 21,232 shares held by Versant Side Fund III, L.P. Versant Ventures III, LLC, the sole general partner of Versant Venture Capital III, L.P. and Versant Side Fund III, L.P., has voting and dispositive power with respect to these shares. The individual managing directors and/or members of Versant Ventures III, LLC are Brian G. Atwood, Bradley J. Bolzon, Samuel D. Colella, Ross A. Jaffe, William J. Link, Barbara N. Lubash, Donald B. Milder, Robin L. Praeger, Rebecca B. Robertson and Charles M. Warden, all of whom share voting and dispositive power with respect to these shares. The address of the entities and individuals affiliated with Versant Ventures is One Sansome Street, Suite 3630, San Francisco, California 95104.
 
 
(3)
Based on a Schedule 13G filed on February 13, 2014, consists of 3,551,929 shares held by TPG Biotechnology Partners II, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership whose general partner is TPG Biotechnology GenPar II, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, whose general partner is TPG Biotechnology GenPar II Advisors, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, whose sole member is TPG Holdings I, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, whose general partner is TPG Holdings I-A, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, whose sole member is TPG Group Holdings (SBS), L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, whose general partner is TPG Group Holdings (SBS) Advisors, Inc., a Delaware corporation. David Bonderman and James G. Coulter are officers and sole shareholders of TPG Group Holdings (SBS) Advisors, Inc. and may therefore be deemed to be the beneficial owners of the shares held by TPG Biotechnology Partners II, L.P. Messrs. Bonderman and Coulter disclaim beneficial ownership of the shares held by TPG Biotechnology Partners II, L.P. except to the extent of their pecuniary interest therein. The address of TPG Group Holdings (SBS) Advisors, Inc. and Messrs. Bonderman and Coulter is c/o TPG Global, LLC, 301 Commerce Street, Suite 3300, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
 
 
(4)
Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 16, 2017, Acuta Capital Partners LLC has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares. The address of Acuta Capital Partners LLC is 1301 Shoreway Road, Suite 350, Belmont, California, 94002.
 
 
(5)
Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 2, 2015, includes 2,763,294 shares held by Domain Partners VIII, L.P. and 22,730 shares held by DP VIII Associates, L.P. The managing members of One Palmer Square Associates VIII, L.L.C., the general partner of Domain Partners VIII, L.P. and DP VIII Associates, L.P., share voting and dispositive power with respect to these shares. The managing members of One Palmer Square Associates VIII, L.L.C. are Jesse I. Treu, a member of our board of directors, James C. Blair, Brian H. Dovey, Brian K. Halak and Nicole Vitullo. Each of Jesse I. Treu, James C. Blair, Brian H. Dovey, Brian K. Halak and Nicole Vitullo disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares except to the extent of his or her pecuniary interest therein. Also includes an option to purchase 20,000 shares of our common stock which is exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017 by Jesse I. Treu. The address for the entities and individuals affiliated with Domain Partners is One Palmer Square, Suite 515, Princeton, New Jersey 08542.
 
 
(6)
Based on a Form 4 filed on February 14, 2017, the shares of common stock are beneficially owned by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers XII, LLC ("KPCB XII"), KPCB XII Founders Fund, LLC ("KPCB XII FF") and by individuals and entities associated with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. All shares are held for convenience in the name of “KPCB Holdings, Inc. as nominee,” for the accounts of such individuals and entities who each exercise their own voting and dispositive power over such shares. The managing member of KPCB XII and KPCB XII FF is KPCB XII Associates, LLC (“KPCB XII Associates”). Brook H. Byers, L. John Doerr, Joseph Lacob, Raymond J. Lane and Theodore E. Schlein, the managers of KPCB XII Associates, exercise shared voting and dispositive power over the shares directly held by KPCB XII and KPCB XII FF. The address of the entities and individuals affiliated with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is 2750 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025.
 
 
(7)
Based on a Schedule 13G filed on February 12, 2016, Eventide Asset Management, LLC has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares of common stock held by registered investment companies, for which Eventide Asset Management, LLC, acts as investment adviser. The address of Eventide Asset Management, LLC is One International Place, 35th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110.
 
 
(8)
Based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 13, 2017, Broadfin Capital, LLC, Broadfin Healthcare Master Fund, Ltd. and Kevin Kolter, as a control person of Broadfin Capital, LLC, have shared voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares. The address of Broadfin Capital, LLC and Mr. Kolter is 300 Park Avenue, 25th Floor, New York, New York, 10022. The address for Broadfin Healthcare Master Fund, Ltd. is 20 Genesis Close, Ansbacher House, Second Floor, P.O. Box 1344, Grand Cayman KY1-1108, Cayman Islands.
 
 

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(9)
Includes options to purchase 757,542 shares of our common stock which are exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017.
 
 
(10)
Consists of options to purchase shares of our common stock which are exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017.
 
 
(11)
Consists of options to purchase shares of our common stock which are exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017. Does not include 3,551,929 shares held by TPG Biotechnology Partners II, L.P. Dr. Cohen does not have voting or dispositive power with respect to the shares held by TPG Biotechnology Partners II, L.P. and disclaims beneficial ownership of such shares. The address of Dr. Cohen is c/o TPG Global, LLC, 301 Commerce Street, Suite 3300, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
 
 
(12)
Consists of options to purchase 60,000 shares of our common stock which are exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017, 2,813 of which are subject to the right of repurchase, which right lapses over time, and 13,227 shares held by the Karin Eastham Defined Benefit Plan.
 
 
(13)
Consists of options to purchase 55,000 shares of our common stock which are exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017 and 348,753 shares held by jVen Capital, LLC, of which Mr. Jones is Managing Member.
 
 
(14)
Consists of options to purchase 1,460,242 shares of our common stock which are exercisable within 60 days of April 11, 2017, 2,813 of which are subject to the right of repurchase, which lapses over time.


PROPOSAL 2
RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
The audit committee has appointed Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. Ernst & Young LLP audited our financial statements since 2015. Representatives of Ernst & Young LLP are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting. They will have an opportunity to make a statement, if they desire to do so, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.
Principal Accountant Fees and Services
The following table sets forth the fees billed by Ernst & Young LLP for audit and other services rendered:
 
 
Year Ended
December 31,
 
 
2016
2015
Audit Fees(1)

$910,000


$804,400

Audit-related Fees


Tax Fees(2)

$3,200


$36,200

All Other Fees(3)

$1,990


$1,995

Total

$915,190


$842,595

 
 
 
 

 
(1)
Audit fees include fees and out-of-pocket expenses, whether or not yet invoiced, for professional services provided in connection with the audit of our annual financial statements and review of our quarterly financial statements.
 
 
 
 
(2)
Tax fees consist of federal and state tax compliance and planning, tax advice and preparation of tax returns.
 
 
 
 
(3)
Other fees consist of accounting consultations.


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Pre-approval Policies and Procedures
In connection with our initial public offering, our audit committee established a policy to pre‑approve all audit and permissible non-audit services provided by our independent registered public accounting firm. All of the services provided were pre-approved to the extent required. During the approval process, the audit committee considers the impact of the types of services and the related fees on the independence of the independent registered public accounting firm. The services and fees must be deemed compatible with the maintenance of that firm’s independence, including compliance with rules and regulations of the SEC. Throughout the year, the audit committee will review any revisions to the estimates of audit and non-audit fees initially approved.
Required Vote

Ratification will require the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares present and entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Stockholder ratification of the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm is not required by our Bylaws or otherwise. However, the board of directors is submitting the selection of Ernst & Young LLP to the stockholders for ratification as a matter of corporate practice. If the stockholders fail to ratify the selection, the audit committee will reconsider whether or not to retain that firm. Even if the selection is ratified, the audit committee in its discretion may direct the appointment of a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if the audit committee determines that such a change would be in the best interests of our Company and our stockholders.

The Board of Directors Recommends a Vote “FOR” Ratification of Ernst & Young LLP as our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

Section 16(A) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires our executive officers and directors, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities, to file reports of ownership on Forms 3, 4 and 5 with the SEC. Officers, directors and greater than 10% stockholders are required to furnish us with copies of all Forms 3, 4 and 5 they file. Based solely on our review of the copies of such forms we have received and written representations from certain reporting persons that they filed all required reports, we believe that all of our officers, directors and greater than 10% stockholders complied on a timely basis with all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to them with respect to transactions during 2016.

Stockholder Proposals for the 2018 Annual Meeting

If a stockholder wishes to present a proposal to be considered for inclusion in our proxy statement for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the proponent and the proposal must comply with the proxy proposal submission rules of the SEC. One of the requirements is that the proposal be received by our Secretary no later than December 22, 2017. Proposals we receive after that date will not be included in the proxy statement. We urge stockholders to submit proposals by Certified Mail - Return Receipt Requested.

A stockholder proposal not included in our proxy statement for the 2018 Annual Meeting will not be eligible for presentation at the meeting unless the stockholder gives timely notice of the proposal in writing to our Secretary at our principal executive offices and otherwise complies with the provisions of our Bylaws. To be timely, our Bylaws provide that we must have received the stockholder’s notice not more than 120 days nor less than 90 days prior to the first anniversary date of the preceding year’s annual meeting; however, if we have not held an annual meeting in the previous year or the date of the annual meeting is called for a date that is more than 30 days before or more than 60 days after the first anniversary date of the preceding year’s annual meeting, we must have received the stockholder’s notice not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day prior to the date of the scheduled annual meeting or the 10th day following the earlier of the day on which notice of the annual meeting date was mailed or the day of the first public announcement of the annual meeting date. An adjournment or postponement of an annual meeting will not commence a new time period or extend any time period for the giving of the stockholder’s notice described above. The stockholder’s notice must set forth, as to each proposed matter, the information required by our Bylaws. The presiding officer of the meeting may refuse to acknowledge any matter not made in compliance with the foregoing procedure.

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Other Matters
Your board of directors does not know of any other business that will be presented at the Annual Meeting. If any other business is properly brought before the Annual Meeting, the proxy holders will vote in accordance with their judgment unless you direct them otherwise. Whether or not you intend to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge you to vote by telephone, the internet, or by signing and mailing the enclosed proxy or voting instruction form promptly.

 
By Order of the Board of Directors
 
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Julie A. Brooks
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
South San Francisco, California
April 21, 2017
Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 has been provided with this Proxy Statement. We will furnish without charge, upon written request of any person who was a stockholder or beneficial owner of our common stock on the close of business on the Record Date, copies of exhibits to our Annual Report on Form 10-K, but will charge a reasonable per page fee. Written requests should be sent to: Investor Relations, Veracyte, Inc., 6000 Shoreline Court, Suite 300, South San Francisco, California 94080. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K and exhibits are also available at www.veracyte.com .






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