UNITED STATES
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METASTAT, INC.
27 Drydock Ave., 2nd Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
 (617) 531-6500
 
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
To be held June 22, 2015
 
Dear Stockholder:
 
You are cordially invited to attend a special meeting (the “Special Meeting”) of stockholders of MetaStat, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”, “MetaStat,” “we,” “our” or “us”) to be held at the offices of Loeb & Loeb LLP at 345 Park Ave, New York, New York 10154 on Thursday, June 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time (the “Special Meeting”) for the following purposes:
 
 
·
to approve a reverse stock split (the “Reverse Stock Split”) of our common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”), within a range from 1-for-5 to 1-for-15, with the exact ratio to be determined by our board of directors (the “Board”);
 
 
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to approve an amendment to our Amended and Restated 2012 Omnibus Securities and Incentive Plan (the “2012 Incentive Plan”); and
 
 
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to consider and take action upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

    Our board of directors (the “Board”) has authorized and approved the Reverse Stock Split in preparation for a planned up-listing to a national securities exchange, such as the NASDAQ Capital Market or NYSE Market. Under Nevada law we must seek stockholder approval in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. At the Special Meeting, you will be asked to consider and vote upon a proposal to approve the Reverse Stock Split. Our Board recommends that you vote for the proposal to approve the Reverse Stock Split.

    The close of business on May 8, 2015 has been fixed as the record date (the “Record Date”) to determine those holders of Common Stock and series B convertible preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company (the “Series B Preferred Stock”), who are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Special Meeting or any adjournment thereof.
 
    It is important that your shares be represented at the Special Meeting, regardless of the size of your holdings. Accordingly, whether or not you expect to attend the Special Meeting, we urge you to vote promptly by returning the enclosed proxy card. You may revoke your proxy at any time before it has been voted. Voting by proxy will not prevent you from voting your shares in person if you subsequently choose to attend the Special Meeting.
 
    Our proxy statement and proxy are enclosed, along with our 2012 Incentive Plan. These materials are also available on our website: www.metastat.com. Click the “Investors” icon on our home page, then scroll down to the “Financial Information” sub-section and then continue and click on the “Proxy” icon.
 
IMPORTANT

Your vote is very important. The Reverse Stock Split cannot be completed unless the Company obtains the affirmative vote from holders of at least a majority of the combined voting power of our Common Stock and Series B Preferred Stock. Please note that failing to vote has the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the Reverse Stock Split.
 

 
 

 


Whether or not you plan to attend the Special Meeting, please complete, date, sign, and return, as promptly as possible, the enclosed proxy card in the accompanying prepaid reply envelope. If you attend the Special Meeting and vote in person, your vote by ballot will revoke any proxy previously submitted. Each holder of Common Stock is entitled to one (1) vote for each share of Common Stock held as of the close of business on the Record Date. Each holder of Series B Preferred Stock is entitled to one (1) vote for each share of Series B Preferred Stock, on an as converted Common Stock basis or ten thousand (10,000) votes for each share of Series B Preferred Stock held as of the close of business on the Record Date.
 
Please note, if your shares of Common Stock are held in “street name,” your broker, trust, bank or other nominee holder cannot vote your shares of Common Stock in the approval to effect the Reverse Stock Split or amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan unless you direct the nominee holder how to vote by marking your form of proxy.
 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
 

/s/ Richard Berman
Richard Berman
Chairman of the Board
 
May 29, 2015

 
 

 
 
METASTAT, INC.
 
27 Drydock Ave., 2nd Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
(617) 531-6500
 
PROXY STATEMENT
 
SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
 
We are furnishing this proxy statement to the holders of our Common Stock and Series B Preferred Stock in connection with the solicitation of proxies on behalf of our Board for use at our Special Meeting of stockholders to be held at the offices of Loeb & Loeb LLP at 345 Park Ave, New York, New York 10154 on June 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time, and any adjournment thereof. We will bear the cost of soliciting proxies. In addition to solicitation of proxies by mail, our employees, without extra remuneration, may solicit proxies personally or by telephone. We will reimburse brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners and seeking instruction with respect thereto.
 
We mailed these proxy materials on or about June 1, 2015 to our stockholders of record and beneficial owners as of May 8, 2015, the Record Date for the Special Meeting.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING
 
Date, Time and Place
 
The Special Meeting will be held at the offices of Loeb & Loeb LLP at 345 Park Ave, New York, New York 10154 on June 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
 
Record Date; Stockholders Entitled to Vote
 
You can vote your shares of Common Stock and Series B Preferred Stock if our records show that you owned such shares on the Record Date of May 8, 2015.
 
As of the close of business on the Record Date, 27,630,052 shares of Common Stock were issued and outstanding.  The holders of Common Stock are entitled to one (1) vote for each share of Common Stock.
 
As of the close of business on the Record Date, 620.8630 shares of Series B Preferred Stock were issued and outstanding (including issued PIK dividends through March 31, 2015), plus accrued and unpaid dividends of $28,835.65 equivalent to 5.2428 shares of Series B Preferred Stock for an aggregate of 626.1058 shares of Series B Preferred Stock, convertible into 6,261,058 shares of Common Stock. The holders of the Series B Preferred Stock are entitled to one (1) vote for each as converted share of Common Stock for an aggregate of 6,261,058 votes.
 
The aggregate total number of shares of Common Stock and Series B Preferred Stock eligible to vote at the Special Meeting is 33,891,110, and shall be referred to as the “Eligible Voting Shares”.
 
Quorum
 
Consistent with state law and our bylaws, the presence, in person or by proxy, of at least a majority of the Eligible Voting Shares at the Special Meeting will constitute a quorum for purposes of voting on a particular matter at the Special Meeting. Once a share is represented for any purpose at the Special Meeting, it is deemed present for quorum purposes for the remainder of the meeting and any adjournment thereof unless a new record date is set for the adjournment. If a quorum is not present, the Special Meeting will be adjourned until a quorum is obtained.

 
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Votes Required for Approval
 
Assuming the presence of a quorum at the Special Meeting:
 
 
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The approval to effect the Reverse Stock Split requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the issued and outstanding Eligible Voting Shares. Abstentions and broker non-votes are not treated as votes cast, and therefore will have the effect of a vote against this proposal.
 
 
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The approval of an amendment to our 2012 Incentive Plan requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the Eligible Voting Shares present or represented and entitled to vote on the proposal at the Special Meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes are not treated as votes cast, and therefore will have the effect of a vote against this proposal.
 
Voting

All of our registered and beneficial holders of Common Stock and Series B Preferred Stock have received a printed copy of the Proxy Statement, the amended 2012 Incentive Plan, proxy card and a return mail envelope.  You may vote:
 
 
·
by signing and dating each proxy card you receive and returning it in the enclosed prepaid envelope;
 
 
·
by attending the Special Meeting and voting by ballot in person (your attendance at the Special Meeting will not, by itself, revoke your proxy; you must vote by ballot at the Special Meeting); or
 
 
·
if you hold your shares in “street name,” by following the procedures on the voting instruction card provided by your bank, broker or other nominee.
 
If you return your signed and dated proxy card but do not mark the boxes showing how you wish to vote, your shares will be voted:
 
 
1)
FOR approval to effect a Reverse Stock Split of our Common Stock, within a range of 1-for-5 to 1-for-15, with the exact ratio to be determined by our Board; and
 
 
2)
FOR approval of an amendment to our 2012 Incentive Plan.
 
Broker Non-Votes and Abstentions
 
For each of the proposals to be considered and voted upon at the Special Meeting, you may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN.” Shares voted as abstentions will be counted for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum at the Special Meeting, but will be treated as unvoted, although present and entitled to vote, for purposes of determining whether a proposal is approved. As a result, votes of “ABSTAIN” will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the Reverse Stock Split Proposal and the amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan Proposal.
 
Brokers who hold shares in “street name” for customers have the authority to vote on “routine” proposals when they have not received instructions from beneficial owners. However, brokers are precluded from exercising their voting discretion with respect to approving non-routine matters such as the Reverse Stock Split Proposal, the amendment to the 2012 Incentive Plan Proposal and the Adjournment Proposal. As a result, absent specific instructions from the beneficial owner of such shares, brokers are not empowered to vote those shares, which are referred to generally as “broker non-votes.” These “broker non-votes” will be counted for purposes of determining a quorum and will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” the Reverse Stock Split Proposal.
 
We encourage you to provide instructions to your bank, brokerage firm, or other nominee by voting your proxy. This action ensures that your shares of Common Stock will be voted in accordance with your wishes at the Special Meeting.

 
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Revocability of Proxies
 
You may revoke any proxy given in response to this solicitation by notifying the Company in writing at the above address, attention: Vice President, Finance by 5:00 p.m. local time on June 22, 2015, or by voting a subsequent proxy or in person at the Special Meeting.  Attendance by a stockholder at the Special Meeting does not alone serve to revoke a proxy. If a broker, trust, bank or other nominee holds your shares of Common Stock, please follow the instructions you receive from that person.
 
Delivery of Documents to Stockholders Sharing an Address
 
The SEC has adopted rules that permit companies to deliver a single copy of proxy materials to multiple stockholders sharing an address unless a company has received contrary instructions from one or more of the stockholders at that address. Upon request, we will promptly deliver a separate copy of proxy materials to one or more stockholders at a shared address to which a single copy of proxy materials was delivered. Stockholders may request a separate copy of proxy materials by contacting our Vice President, Finance either by calling 1-(617) 531-0870 or by mailing a request to 27 Drydock Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02210. Stockholders at a shared address who receive multiple copies of proxy materials may request to receive a single copy of proxy materials in the future in the same manner as described above.

 
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PROPOSAL NO. 1
 
General
 
Our Board has approved, subject to stockholder approval, a Reverse Stock Split of our issued and outstanding Common Stock within a range from 1-for-5 to 1-for-15, with the exact ratio to be determined by our Board.  The purpose of the Reverse Stock Split is to qualify for the minimum stock price listing requirement for a planned up-listing to a national securities exchange, such as the NASDAQ Capital Markets or NYSE Market.
 
If approved by our stockholders, the Reverse Stock Split proposal would permit (but not require) our Board to effect a Reverse Stock Split of our issued and outstanding Common Stock at any time prior June 22, 2016 by a ratio of not less than 1-for-5 and not more than 1-for-15, with the exact ratio to be set at a whole number within this range as determined by our Board in its sole discretion.  We believe that enabling our Board to set the ratio within the stated range will provide us with the flexibility to implement the Reverse Stock Split in a manner designed to maximize the anticipated benefits for our stockholders.  In determining a ratio, if any, following the receipt of stockholder approval, our Board may consider, among other things, factors such as:
 
 
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the initial listing requirements of various stock exchanges;
 
 
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the historical trading price and trading volume of our Common Stock;
 
 
·
the number of shares of our Common Stock outstanding;
 
 
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the then-prevailing trading price and trading volume of our Common Stock and the anticipated impact of the Reverse Stock Split on the trading market for our Common Stock; and
 
 
·
prevailing general market and economic conditions.
 
Our Board reserves the right to elect to abandon the Reverse Stock Split, including any or all proposed Reverse Stock Split ratios, if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the Reverse Stock Split is no longer in the best interests of MetaStat and its stockholders.
 
Unless specifically stated, share amounts and share prices have not been adjusted in this proxy statement to give effect to the proposed Reverse Stock Split.
 
Reasons for the Reverse Stock Split
 
The Company is listed on the OTCQB venture stage marketplace, which limits liquidity and adds investment restrictions and hurdles for investors. Many institutional investors and brokerage houses have by-laws and internal policies and practices prohibiting them from making investments in companies listed on OTC markets. Such institutional investors or brokerage houses may also be reluctant to recommend these companies to their clients. Retail investors may be required to sign a waiver stating that they understand the risks associated with OTC listed stocks. On-line brokerages may have restrictions with trading OTC listed stocks.
 
The purpose of the Reverse Stock Split is to help the Company become eligible for listing its Common Stock on a national securities exchange such as the NASDAQ Global Market or NYSE Market. The Company intends to apply for listing on a national securities exchange because it expects such listing will broaden the Company’s stockholder base to include more institutional investors and larger retail investors and also improve the liquidity of our Common Stock.
 
From March 1, 2014 to May 8, 2015, our Common Stock has traded between $0.37 and $1.60. The Reverse Stock Split is intended to fulfill one of the national markets listing requirements applicable to MetaStat to maintain a minimum $4.00 stock price for not less than 30 of 60 days.  Following the Reverse Stock Split the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock will be reduced and our Common Stock will initially trade at a higher price per share, which is expected to enable us to satisfy this listing requirement.
 
 
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Up-listing to a national exchange has many advantages including removing investment restrictions and hurdles for for investors to purchase our Common Stock, increasing the visibility of the Company, improving regulatory oversight protections against potential trading violations, ensuring minimum financial and corporate governance standards, and increasing the likelihood of receiving analyst coverage.
 
Certain Risks Associated with the Reverse Stock Split

Reducing the number of outstanding shares of our Common Stock through the Reverse Stock Split is intended, absent other factors, to increase the per share market price of our Common Stock. However, other factors, such as our financial results, market conditions and the market perception of our business may adversely affect the market price of our Common Stock. As a result, there can be no assurance that the Reverse Stock Split, if implemented, will result in the intended benefits described above, that the market price of our Common Stock will increase following the Reverse Stock Split or that the market price of our Common Stock will not decrease in the future. Additionally, we cannot assure you that the market price per share of our Common Stock after a Reverse Stock Split will increase in proportion to the reduction in the number of shares of our Common Stock outstanding before the Reverse Stock Split. Accordingly, the total market capitalization of our Common Stock after the Reverse Stock Split may be lower than the total market capitalization before the Reverse Stock Split. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to meet the other listing requirements for a national securities exchange listing or that a national securities exchange will approve the Company’s application for listing after the Reverse Stock Split is completed.
 
The Reverse Stock Split may result in some stockholders owning “odd lots” of less than 100 shares of our Common Stock on a post-split basis. Odd lots may be more difficult to sell, or require greater transaction costs per share to sell, than shares in “round lots” of even multiples of 100 shares.
 
Effect on Holders of Outstanding Common Stock
 
Depending on the ratio for the Reverse Stock Split determined by our Board, a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of fifteen (15) shares of existing Common Stock (the “Old Shares”) will be combined into one (1) new share of Common Stock (the “New Shares”).  The table below shows, as of the Record Date, the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock that would result from the listed hypothetical Reverse Stock Split ratios (without giving effect to the treatment of fractional shares):
 
Reverse Stock Split Ratio
 
Approximate Number of New Shares Following the Reverse Stock Split
1-for-5
 
5,526,010
1-for-6
 
4,605,009
1-for-7
 
3,947,150
1-for-8
 
3,453,757
1-for-9
 
3,070,006
1-for-10
 
2,763,005
1-for-11
 
2,511,823
1-for-12
 
2,302,504
1-for-13
 
2,125,389
1-for-14
 
1,973,575
1-for-15
 
1,842,003


 
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The Reverse Stock Split will be effected simultaneously for all of our outstanding Common Stock and the exchange ratio of the Reverse Stock Split will be the same for all of our outstanding Common Stock. The Reverse Stock Split will affect all holders of our Common Stock uniformly and will not affect any stockholder’s percentage ownership interest in MetaStat, except that as described below in “Fractional Shares,” record holders of Old Shares otherwise entitled to a fractional share as a result of the Reverse Stock Split will be rounded up to the next whole number.
 
The Reverse Stock Split may result in some stockholders owning “odd lots” of less than 100 shares of Common Stock.  Odd lot shares may be more difficult to sell, and brokerage commissions and other costs of transactions in odd lots are generally somewhat higher than the costs of transactions in “round lots” of even multiples of 100 shares.
 
After the Reverse Stock Split, we will continue to be subject to the periodic reporting and other requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Our Common Stock will continue to be listed on the OTCQB under the symbol “MTST”, subject to any decision of our Board to list our securities on a national securities exchange.
 
Fractional Shares
 
No scrip or fractional share certificates will be issued in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. Stockholders who otherwise would be entitled to receive fractional shares because they hold a number of Old Shares not evenly divisible will be entitled to a number of New Shares rounded up to the nearest whole number. The ownership of a fractional interest will not give the stockholder any voting, dividend or other rights except to have his or her fractional interest rounded up to the nearest whole number when the New Shares are issued.
 
Effect on Options, Warrants, Preferred Stock and other Convertible Securities
 
All outstanding options and warrants to purchase shares of our Common Stock would be adjusted proportionately as a result of any Reverse Stock Split. Holders of options and warrants to purchase shares of our Common Stock, who upon exercise of their options or warrants would otherwise be entitled to receive fractional shares, because they hold options which upon exercise would result in a number of shares of Common Stock not evenly divisible by the Reverse Stock Split ratio determined by the Board, will receive a number of shares of Common Stock rounded up to the nearest whole number. Additionally, proportionate adjustments will automatically be made to the per share strike price or exercise price of such options and warrants, which will result in approximately the same aggregate price being required to be paid for exercise of such options and warrants after the Reverse Stock Split as before the Reverse Stock Split.
 
All outstanding shares of our series A convertible preferred stock, (the “Series A Preferred Stock”) and Series B Preferred Stock convertible into shares of our Common Stock would be adjusted proportionately as a result of any Reverse Stock Split. Holders of the Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock, who upon conversion of their Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock would otherwise be entitled to receive fractional shares, because they hold Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock which upon conversion would result in a number of shares of Common Stock not evenly divisible by the Reverse Stock Split ratio determined by the Board, will receive a number of shares of Common Stock rounded up to the nearest whole number.  Additionally, proportionate adjustments will automatically be made to the per share conversion price of the Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock, which will result in approximately the same aggregate number of shares of Common Stock being issued upon conversion after the Reverse Stock Split as before the Reverse Stock Split.
 
In addition, the number of shares of Common Stock authorized for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan will be reduced based on the Reverse Stock Split exchange ratio.
 
Effect on Authorized but Unissued Shares of Common Stock and Preferred Stock
 
Currently, we are authorized to issue up to a total of 150,000,000 shares of common stock and 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock.  Upon effectiveness of the Reverse Stock Split, the number of authorized shares of Common Stock would remain 150,000,000, although the number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding will decrease. Additionally, upon effectiveness of the Reverse Stock Split, the number of authorized shares of preferred stock would remain 10,000,000, however, the number of shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of issued and outstanding preferred stock will decrease.

 
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Implementation of the Reverse Stock Split would not change the total authorized number of shares of Common Stock. However, the reduction in the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock, and the corresponding adjustment of shares issuable pursuant to warrants and options, which would be decreased by a factor of between five and fifteen, would provide more authorized shares available for future issuance. Because holders of our Common Stock have no preemptive rights to purchase or subscribe for any unissued stock of our company, the issuance of additional shares of authorized Common Stock that will become newly available as a result of the implementation of the Reverse Stock Split will reduce the current stockholders’ percentage ownership interest in the total outstanding shares of common stock.
 
We expect to issue additional equity capital in the future to support our planned research development and general operations. The additional available shares that the proposed Reverse Stock Split will provide will allow us to pursue any such financing.
 
No Appraisal Rights

Under the Nevada Private Corporations Law, stockholders are not entitled to appraisal rights with respect to the Reverse Stock Split.
 
Accounting Matters
 
The Reverse Stock Split will not change the par value of our Common Stock, which will remain at $0.0001. As a result, on the effective date of the Reverse Stock Split, the stated capital on our balance sheet attributable to our Common Stock will be reduced in proportion to the Reverse Stock Split exchange ratio (for example, in a 1-for-5 Reverse Stock Split, the stated capital attributable to our Common Stock will be reduced to one-fifth of its existing amount) and the additional paid-in capital account shall be credited with the amount by which the stated capital is reduced. The per share net income or loss and net book value of our Common Stock will also be increased because there will be fewer shares outstanding. The Reverse Stock Split will not affect total stockholders’ equity on our balance sheet.
 
Procedure for Effecting a Reverse Stock Split and Voluntary Exchange of Stock Certificates

If approved by the stockholders at the Special Meeting, the Reverse Stock Split will become effective at such future date as determined by the Board, as evidenced by a Board resolution, which we refer to as the “Effective Time.” If the Board elects to implement the Reverse Stock Split, the number of issued and outstanding shares of the Common Stock would be reduced in accordance with the exchange ratio of the Reverse Stock Split. The number of authorized shares of the Common Stock would remain unchanged. The Reverse Stock Split would become effective upon Board resolution. No further action on the part of stockholders would be required to either effect or abandon the Reverse Stock Split.

As soon as practicable after the Effective Time, stockholders will be notified that the Reverse Stock Split has been effected. As of the Effective Time of the Reverse Stock Split, the Reverse Stock Split will be automatically recorded and adjusted in the ledger database of our transfer agent, Transhare Corporation (the “Transfer Agent”). The surrender of YOUR current stock certificate(s) after the Reverse Stock Split is NOT mandatory.

Additionally, all shares of Common Stock underlying warrants, options, preferred stock and other convertible securities will be automatically adjusted at the Effective Time on both the Company’s and Transfer Agent’s ledgers, as applicable.

STOCKHOLDERS SHOULD NOT DESTROY ANY STOCK CERTIFICATE(S) AND SHOULD NOT SUBMIT ANY CERTIFICATE(S) UNTIL REQUESTED TO DO SO.

 
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United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Reverse Stock Split

The following is a summary of certain material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Reverse Stock Split to a stockholder (hereinafter a “U.S. stockholder”) that is a “United States person,” as defined in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). It does not purport to be a complete discussion of all of the possible U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Reverse Stock Split and is included for general information only. Further, it does not address any state, local or foreign income or other tax consequences. For example, the state and local tax consequences of the Reverse Stock Split may vary significantly as to each U.S. stockholder, depending upon the state in which such stockholder resides or does business. Also, it does not address the tax consequences to holders that are subject to special tax rules, such as banks, insurance companies, regulated investment companies, personal holding companies, foreign entities, nonresident alien individuals, broker dealers and taxexempt entities. In addition, the discussion does not consider the tax treatment of partnerships or other passthrough entities or persons who hold our shares through such entities. The discussion below is based on the provisions of the U.S. federal income tax law as of the date hereof, which are subject to change retroactively as well as prospectively. This summary also assumes that the Old Shares were, and the New Shares will be, held as “capital assets,” as defined in the Code (generally, property held for investment). The tax treatment of a stockholder may vary depending upon the particular facts and circumstances of such stockholder. The discussion below regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Reverse Stock Split also is not binding on the Internal Revenue Service or the courts. Accordingly, each stockholder is urged to consult with his, her or its own tax advisor with respect to the tax consequences of the Reverse Stock Split.

No gain or loss should be recognized by a U.S. stockholder upon such stockholder’s exchange (or deemed exchange) of Old Shares for New Shares pursuant to the Reverse Stock Split. The aggregate tax basis (and the holding period) of the New Shares received in the Reverse Stock Split (including any fraction of a New Share deemed to have been received) should be the same as such stockholder’s aggregate tax basis (and holding period) in the Old Shares being exchanged. Special tax basis and holding period rules may apply to holders that acquired different blocks of stock at different prices or at different times. Holders should consult their own tax advisors as to the applicability of these special rules to their particular circumstances.
 
Board Recommendation
 
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL TO EFFECT THE REVERSE STOCK SPLIT.

 
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PROPOSAL NO. 2
APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE
AMENDED AND RESTATED 2012 OMNIBUS SECURITIES AND INCENTIVE PLAN

On February 27, 2012, we assumed the 2012 Incentive Plan from MetaStat BioMedical, Inc., our Delaware operating subsidiary. The 2012 Incentive Plan reserved up to an aggregate of 1,116,789 shares of Common Stock for the benefit of our employees, nonemployee directors and consultants, of which we assumed 1,116,500 options to purchase Common Stock with an exercise price of $0.68 per share.  On May 21, 2012, the number of authorized shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance pursuant to the 2012 Incentive Plan was increased to 3,316,789.

As of the Record Date, we have issued a total of 2,662,562 shares of Common Stock pursuant to the 2012 Incentive Plan.  Currently, there are 454,227 shares of Common Stock eligible for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan.

The objective of the 2012 Incentive Plan is to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the Company’s operations by attracting key talent, aligning and incentivizing employees to corporate goals and reducing the risk of voluntary employee turn-over.

The Board believes we need to increase the number of available shares of Common Stock under the 2012 Incentive Plan in order to effectively and efficiently achieve the Company’s operational goals.

On January 29, 2015, the Board unanimously approved amending the 2012 Incentive Plan to increase the number of authorized shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan as follows:
 
 
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the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued under the 2012 Incentive Plan shall not exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock on an as converted primary basis (the “As Converted Primary Shares”) on a rolling basis. For calculation purposes, the As Converted Primary Shares shall include all shares of Common Stock and all shares of Common Stock issuable upon the conversion of outstanding preferred stock and other convertible securities, but shall not include any shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of options, warrants and other convertible securities issued pursuant to the 2012 Incentive Plan. The number of authorized shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance under the 2012 Incentive Plan shall automatically be increased concurrently with the Company’s issuance of fully paid and non- assessable shares of As Converted Primary Shares. Shares shall be deemed to have been issued under the 2012 Incentive Plan solely to the extent actually issued and delivered pursuant to an award.
 
General Description of the Amended 2012 Incentive Plan
 
The following is a summary of the material provisions of the amended 2012 Incentive Plan and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the 2012 Incentive Plan, as amended and restated, a copy of which is attached to this proxy statement as Annex A.
 
Administration. The 2012 Incentive Plan is administered by the compensation committee of the Board, which currently consists of three members of the Board, each of whom is a “non-employee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act and an “outside director” within the meaning of Code Section 162(m). Among other things, the compensation committee has complete discretion, subject to the express limits of the 2012 Incentive Plan, to determine the directors, employees and nonemployee consultants to be granted an award, the type of award to be granted the terms and conditions of the award, the form of payment to be made and/or the number of shares of common stock subject to each award, the exercise price of each option and base price of each stock appreciation right (“SAR”), the term of each award, the vesting schedule for an award, whether to accelerate vesting, the value of the common stock underlying the award, and the required withholding, if any. The compensation committee may amend, modify or terminate any outstanding award, provided that the participant’s consent to such action is required if the action would impair the participant’s rights or entitlements with respect to that award. The compensation committee is also authorized to construe the award agreements, and may prescribe rules relating to the 2012 Incentive Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the compensation committee does not have any authority to grant or modify an award under the 2012 Incentive Plan with terms or conditions that would cause the grant, vesting or exercise thereof to be considered nonqualified “deferred compensation” subject to Code Section 409A.

 
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Grant of Awards; Shares Available for Awards. The 2012 Incentive Plan provides for the grant of stock options, SARs, performance share awards, performance unit awards, distribution equivalent right awards, restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit awards and unrestricted stock awards to non-employee directors, officers, employees and nonemployee consultants of MetaStat or its affiliates. The aggregate number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued under the 2012 Incentive Plan shall not exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock on an as converted primary basis (the “As Converted Primary Shares”) on a rolling basis. For calculation purposes, the As Converted Primary Shares shall include all shares of Common Stock and all shares of Common Stock issuable upon the conversion of outstanding preferred stock and other convertible securities, but shall not include any shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of options, warrants and other convertible securities issued pursuant to the Plan. The number of authorized shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance under the Plan shall automatically be increased concurrently with the Company’s issuance of fully paid and non- assessable shares of As Converted Primary Shares.  Shares shall be deemed to have been issued under the 2012 Incentive Plan solely to the extent actually issued and delivered pursuant to an award. If any award expires, is cancelled, or terminates unexercised or is forfeited, the number of shares subject thereto is again available for grant under the 2012 Incentive Plan.
 
Currently, there are 7 employees and directors who would be entitled to receive stock options and/or shares of restricted stock under the 2012 Incentive Plan. The number of shares of Common Stock for which awards may be granted under the 2012 Incentive Plan to a participant who is an employee in any calendar year is limited to 1,000,000 shares. Future new hires and additional non-employee directors and/or consultants would be eligible to participate in the 2012 Incentive Plan as well. The number of stock options and/or shares of restricted stock to be granted to executives and directors cannot be determined at this time as the grant of stock options and/or shares of restricted stock is dependent upon various factors such as hiring requirements and job performance.
 
Stock Options. The 2012 Incentive Plan provides for either “incentive stock options” (“ISOs”), which are intended to meet the requirements for special federal income tax treatment under the Code, or “nonqualified stock options” (“NQSOs”); provided, however, that ISOs may only be issued if our stockholders approve the 2012 Incentive Plan at the Special Meeting. Stock options may be granted on such terms and conditions as the compensation committee may determine; provided, however, that the per share exercise price under a stock option may not be less than the fair market value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant and the term of the stock option may not exceed 10 years (110% of such value and five years in the case of an ISO granted to an employee who owns (or is deemed to own) more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of capital stock of our Company or a parent or subsidiary of our Company). ISOs may only be granted to employees. In addition, the aggregate fair market value of Common Stock covered by one or more ISOs (determined at the time of grant), which are exercisable for the first time by an employee during any calendar year may not exceed $100,000. Any excess is treated as a NQSO.
 
Stock Appreciation Rights. A SAR entitles the participant, upon exercise, to receive an amount, in cash or stock or a combination thereof, equal to the increase in the fair market value of the underlying Common Stock between the date of grant and the date of exercise. SARs may be granted in tandem with, or independently of, stock options granted under the 2012 Incentive Plan. A SAR granted in tandem with a stock option (i) is exercisable only at such times, and to the extent, that the related stock option is exercisable in accordance with the procedure for exercise of the related stock option; (ii) terminates upon termination or exercise of the related stock option (likewise, the Common Stock option granted in tandem with a SAR terminates upon exercise of the SAR); (iii) is transferable only with the related stock option; and (iv) if the related stock option is an ISO, may be exercised only when the value of the stock subject to the stock option exceeds the exercise price of the stock option. A SAR that is not granted in tandem with a stock option is exercisable at such times as the compensation committee may specify.
 
Performance Shares and Performance Unit Awards. Performance share and performance unit awards entitle the participant to receive cash or shares of Common Stock upon the attainment of specified performance goals. In the case of performance units, the right to acquire the units is denominated in cash values.

 
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Distribution Equivalent Right Awards. A distribution equivalent right award entitles the participant to receive bookkeeping credits, cash payments and/or Common Stock distributions equal in amount to the distributions that would have been made to the participant had the participant held a specified number of shares of Common Stock during the period the participant held the distribution equivalent right. A distribution equivalent right may be awarded as a component of another award under the 2012 Incentive Plan, where, if so awarded, such distribution equivalent right will expire or be forfeited by the participant under the same conditions as under such other award.
 
Restricted Stock Awards and Restricted Stock Unit Awards. A restricted stock award is a grant or sale of Common Stock to the participant, subject to our right to repurchase all or part of the shares at their purchase price (or to require forfeiture of such shares if issued to the participant at no cost) in the event that conditions specified by the compensation committee in the award are not satisfied prior to the end of the time period during which the shares subject to the award may be repurchased by or forfeited to us. Our restricted stock unit entitles the participant to receive a cash payment equal to the fair market value of a share of Common Stock for each restricted stock unit subject to such restricted stock unit award, if the participant satisfies the applicable vesting requirement.
 
Unrestricted Stock Awards. An unrestricted stock award is a grant or sale of shares of our Common Stock to the participant that is not subject to transfer, forfeiture or other restrictions, in consideration for past services rendered to MetaStat or an affiliate or for other valid consideration.
 
Change-in-Control Provisions. In connection with the grant of an award, the compensation committee may provide that, in the event of a change in control, such award will become fully vested and immediately exercisable.
 
Amendment and Termination. The compensation committee may adopt, amend and rescind rules relating to the administration of the 2012 Incentive Plan, and amend, suspend or terminate the 2012 Incentive Plan, but no such amendment or termination will be made that materially and adversely impairs the rights of any participant with respect to any award received thereby under the 2012 Incentive Plan without the participant’s consent, other than amendments that are necessary to permit the granting of awards in compliance with applicable laws. We have attempted to structure the 2012 Incentive Plan so that remuneration attributable to stock options and other awards will not be subject to the deduction limitation contained in Code Section 162(m).
 
Certain Federal Income Tax Consequences of the 2012 Incentive Plan
 
The following is a general summary of the federal income tax consequences under current U.S. tax law to the Company and to participants in the 2012 Incentive Plan who are individual citizens or residents of the United States for federal income tax purposes (“U.S. Participants”) of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, performance shares, performance units, restricted stock units, distribution equivalent rights and unrestricted stock. It does not purport to cover all of the special rules including special rules relating to limitations on the ability of the Company to deduct the amounts for federal income tax purposes of certain compensation, special rules relating to deferred compensation, golden parachutes, participants subject to Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act or the exercise of a stock option with previously-acquired shares of Common Stock.  For purposes of this summary it is assumed that U.S. Participants will hold their shares of Common Stock received under the 2012 Incentive Plan as capital assets within the meaning of Section 1221 of the Code.  In addition, this summary does not address the non-U.S. state or local income or other tax consequences, or any U.S. federal non-income tax consequences, inherent in the acquisition, ownership, vesting, exercise, termination or disposition of an award under the 2012 Incentive Plan, or shares of Common Stock issued pursuant thereto.  All participants are urged to consult with their own tax advisors concerning the tax consequences to them of an award under the 2012 Incentive Plan or shares of Common Stock issued thereto pursuant to the 2012 Incentive Plan.

 
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A U.S. Participant does not recognize taxable income upon the grant of a NQSO or an ISO. Upon the exercise of a NQSO, the U.S. Participant recognizes ordinary income in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares acquired on the date of exercise over the exercise price paid therefor under the NQSO, and the Company will generally be entitled to a deduction for such amount at that time. If the U.S. Participant later sells shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of a NQSO, the U.S. Participant recognizes long-term or short-term capital gain or loss, depending on the period for which the shares were held. Long-term capital gain is generally subject to more favorable tax treatment than ordinary income or short-term capital gain.  Upon the exercise of an ISO, the U.S. Participant does not recognize taxable income. If the U.S. Participant disposes of the shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of an ISO more than two years after the date of grant and more than one year after the transfer of the shares to the U.S. Participant, the U.S. Participant recognizes long-term capital gain or loss and the Company will not be entitled to a deduction. However, if the U.S. Participant disposes of such shares prior to the end of the required holding period, all or a portion of the gain is treated as ordinary income and the Company is generally entitled to deduct such amount.  In addition to the tax consequences described above, a U.S. Participant may be subject to the alternative minimum tax, which is payable to the extent it exceeds the U.S. Participant’s regular tax. For this purpose, upon the exercise of an ISO, the excess of the fair market value of the shares over the exercise price paid therefor under the ISO is a preference item for alternative minimum taxable income determination purposes. In addition, the U.S. Participant's basis in such shares is increased by such excess for purposes of computing the gain or loss on the disposition of the shares for alternative minimum tax purposes.
 
A U.S. Participant does not recognize taxable income upon the grant of an SAR. The U.S. Participant has ordinary compensation income upon exercise of the SAR equal to the increase in the value of the underlying shares, and the Company will generally be entitled to a deduction for such amount.
 
A U.S. Participant does not recognize taxable income upon the receipt of a performance share award until the shares are received. At such time, the U.S. Participant recognizes ordinary compensation income equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares over any amount thereby paid for the shares, and the Company will generally be entitled to deduct such amount at such time.
 
A U.S. Participant does not recognize taxable income upon the receipt of a performance unit award, restricted stock unit award or dividend equivalent right award until a cash payment is received.  At such time, the U.S. Participant recognizes ordinary compensation income equal to the amount of cash received, and the Company will generally be entitled to deduct such amount at such time.
 
A U.S. Participant who receives a grant of restricted stock generally recognizes ordinary compensation income equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of such shares of stock at the time the restriction lapses over any amount paid timely for the shares. Alternatively, the U.S. Participant may elect to be taxed on the fair market value of such shares at the time of grant. The Company thereby will generally be entitled to a deduction at the same time and in the same amount as the income required to be included by the U.S. Participant.
 
A U.S. Participant recognizes ordinary compensation income upon receipt of the shares under an unrestricted stock award equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares over any amount paid thereby for the shares, and the Company will generally be entitled to deduct such amount at such time.
 
Board Recommendation
 
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT OF THE 2012 PLAN.

 
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
 
Independence of Directors
 
The following members of our Board meet the independence requirements and standards currently established by the SEC and NASDAQ corporate governance listing standards: Richard Berman, H. Philip Goodeve, and Johan M. (Thijs) Spoor and Martin Driscoll.
 
Board Committees
 
Effective as of October 24, 2012, the Board established the following three standing committees: an Audit Committee; a Compensation Committee; and a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
 
Richard Berman, H. Philip Goodeve, and Johan M. (Thijs) Spoor, each independent directors, serves on each committee. Mr. Spoor serves as the chairman of the Audit Committee and Mr. Berman serves as chairman of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
 
The Board determined that Mr. Spoor possesses accounting or related financial management experience that qualifies him as financially sophisticated within the meaning of Rule 5605(c)(2)(A) of the Marketplace Rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC and that he is an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
 
The Audit Committee assists the Board by overseeing the performance of the independent auditors and the quality and integrity of MetaStat’s internal accounting, auditing and financial reporting practices. The Audit Committee is responsible for retaining (subject to stockholder ratification) and, as necessary, terminating, the independent auditors, specially reviews the qualifications, performance and independence of the independent auditors and the audit plan, fees and audit results, and pre-approves audit and non-audit services to be performed by the auditors and related fees.
 
The Compensation Committee makes recommendations to the Board concerning salaries and incentive compensation for our officers, including our chief executive officer, and employees and administers our stock option plans.
 
The purpose of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is to assist the Board in identifying qualified individuals to become Board members, in determining the composition of the Board and in monitoring the process to assess Board effectiveness.
 
The charters for the audit, compensation and nominating committees, which have been adopted by our Board, contain detailed descriptions of the committees’ duties and responsibilities and are available in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.metastat.com.
 
Board Leadership Structure
 
Our Board has a chairman, currently Mr. Richard Berman, who has authority, among other things, to call and preside over board meetings, to set meeting agendas and to determine materials to be distributed to the Board. Accordingly, the chairman has substantial ability to shape the work of the Board.
 
The positions of chief executive officer and chairman of our Board are held by different persons. The chairman of our Board, Mr. Berman, chairs director and stockholder meetings and participates in preparing their agendas. Dr. Oscar Bronsther serves as a focal point for communication between management and the Board between Board meetings, although there is no restriction on communication between directors and management. Dr. Bronsther serves as our chief executive officer as well as a member of our Board. We believe that these arrangements afford the other members of our Board sufficient resources to supervise management effectively, without being overly engaged in day-to-day operations.
 
 
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Mr. Berman serves as lead independent director for our Board, but we believe that our current leadership structure is appropriate, as the majority of our Board is composed of independent directors and each committee of our Board is chaired by an independent director. The Board considers all of its members equally responsible and accountable for oversight and guidance of its activities.
 
Role of the Board in Risk Oversight
 
Our audit committee is primarily responsible for overseeing our risk management processes on behalf of the full Board. The audit committee receives reports from management at least quarterly regarding our assessment of risks. In addition, the audit committee reports regularly to the full Board, which also considers our risk profile. The audit committee and the full Board focus on the most significant risks we face and our general risk management strategies. While the Board oversees our risk management, management is responsible for day-to-day risk management processes. Our Board expects management to consider risk and risk management in each business decision, to proactively develop and monitor risk management strategies and processes for day-to-day activities and to effectively implement risk management strategies adopted by the audit committee and the Board. We believe this division of responsibilities is the most effective approach for addressing the risks we face and that our Board leadership structure, which also emphasizes the independence of the Board in its oversight of its business and affairs, supports this approach.
 
Board Practices
 
Our business and affairs are managed under the direction of our Board, which is currently composed of six members. The primary responsibilities of the Board are to provide oversight, strategic guidance, counseling and direction to our management.

Policy Regarding Board Attendance
 
Our directors are expected to attend meetings of the Board as frequently as necessary to properly discharge their responsibilities and to spend the time needed to prepare for each such meeting. Our directors are expected to attend annual meetings of stockholders, but we do not have a formal policy requiring them to do so.
 
Code of Ethics

We adopted a Code of Ethics that applies to all directors, officers and employees. Our Code of Ethics is available on our website at www.metastat.com. A copy of our code of ethics will also be provided to any person without charge, upon written request sent to us at our offices located at 27 Drydock Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02210.
 
Communications with the Board

We have a process for shareholders who wish to communicate with our Board. Shareholders who wish to communicate with the Board may write to it at our address given above. These communications will be reviewed by one or more of our employees designated by the Board, who will determine whether they should be presented to the Board. The purpose of this screening is to allow the Board to avoid having to consider irrelevant or inappropriate communications.
 
Family Relationships

There are no family relationships among any of our directors and executive officers.

 
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OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END

The following table summarizes the number of securities underlying outstanding 2012 Incentive Plan awards for each named executive officer as of February 28, 2015.
 
   
Option Awards
 
Stock Awards
 
   
Equity Incentive Plan Awards:
 
Equity Incentive Plan Awards:
 
Name
 
Number of securities underlying unexercised options (#) exercisable
   
Number of securities underlying unexercised options (#) unexercisable
   
Number of securities underlying unexercised unearned options (#)
   
Option exercise price ($)
 
Option expiration
date
 
Number of shares of stock that have not vested (#)
   
Market value of shares of stock that have not vested ($) (1)
   
Number of unearned shares that have not vested (#)
   
Market or payout value of unearned shares that have not vested ($) (1)
 
Dr. Oscar L. Bronsther
   
165,000
     
     
     
0.68
 
1/6/2022
   
     
     
     
 
     
100,000
     
     
     
3.25
 
4/5/2023
                               
Daniel H. Schneiderman
   
55,000
     
     
     
0.68
 
1/6/2022
   
     
     
     
 
     
50,000
     
     
     
3.25
 
4/5/2023
   
20,000
     
     
     
 
 
The following table summarizes the number of securities underlying awards that fall outside of the 2012 Incentive Plan for each named executive officer as of February 28, 2015.
 
   
Option Awards
 
Stock Awards
 
   
Equity Incentive Plan Awards:
 
Equity Incentive Plan Awards:
 
Name
 
Number of securities underlying unexercised options (#) exercisable
   
Number of securities underlying unexercised options (#) unexercisable
   
Number of securities underlying unexercised unearned options (#)
   
Option exercise price ($)
 
Option expiration
date
 
Number of shares of stock that have not vested (#)
   
Market value of shares of stock that have not vested ($) (1)
   
Number of unearned shares that have not vested (#)
   
Market or payout value of unearned shares that have not vested ($) (1)
 
Daniel H. Schneiderman
   
     
300,000
     
     
1.10
 
10/14/2024
   
     
     
     
 
 
Pension Benefits
 
We do not sponsor any qualified or non-qualified defined benefit plans.
 
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
 
We do not maintain any non-qualified defined contribution or deferred compensation plans. The compensation committee, which is comprised solely of “outside directors” as defined for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, may elect to provide our officers and other employees with non-qualified defined contribution or deferred compensation benefits if the compensation committee determines that doing so is in our best interests.

 
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth certain information regarding beneficial ownership of our Common Stock as of May 21, 2015 by (i) each person (or group of affiliated persons) who is known by us to own more than five percent of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock, (ii) each director and executive officer, and (iii) all of our directors and executive officers as a group.
 
Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with SEC rules and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Unless otherwise noted, the address of each stockholder listed below is 27 Drydock Ave. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02210.
 
We had 27,630,052 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of May 21, 2015.

 
Names and Addresses of Beneficial Owners
 
Amount and Nature of Beneficial Ownership (1)
   
Percent of Class (2)
 
Oscar L. Bronsther, M.D., F.A.C.S, Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Medical Officer and Director (3)
   
828,547
     
3.0%
 
Daniel H. Schneiderman, Vice President of Finance and Secretary (4)
   
804,500
     
2.9%
 
Richard Berman, Chairman of the Board of Directors (5)
   
224,026
     
*
 
Johan M. (Thijs) Spoor, Director (6)
   
429,438
     
1.6%
 
H. Philip Goodeve, Director (7)
   
-
     
*
 
Martin J. Driscoll (8)
   
159,091
     
*
 
MKM Opportunity Master Fund, Ltd. (9)
   
2,813,773
     
9.9%
 
Matthew Balk (10)
   
1,981,000
     
7.0%
 
All Directors and Officers as a Group (5 Persons)
   
2,445,603
     
8.5%
 
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* Less than 1%

(1)
Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Shares of Common Stock subject to securities anticipated to be exercisable or convertible at or within 60 days of the date hereof, are deemed outstanding for computing the percentage of the person holding such option or warrant but are not deemed outstanding for computing the percentage of any other person. The indication herein that shares are anticipated to be beneficially owned is not an admission on the part of the listed stockholder that he, she or it is or will be a direct or indirect beneficial owner of those shares.

(2)
Based on 27,630,052 shares of Common Stock outstanding on May 21, 2015.

(3)
Consists of (i) 265,000 shares of Common Stock underlying options held by Dr. Oscar L. Bronsther, (ii) 396,668 shares of Common Stock held by Marsha G. Bronsther Trustee of the Marsha G. Bronsther Rev. Trust UAD 2/21/14, Dr. Bronsther’s wife, (iii) 40,000 shares of Common Stock held by The Marsha G. Bronsther Family GRAT NO. 1, (iv) 40,000 shares of Common Stock held by The Marsha G. Bronsther GRAT NO. 1, (v) 7,335 shares of Common Stock underlying warrants held by Marsha Bronsther, (vi) 34,090 shares of Common Stock underlying warrants held by Dr. Oscar L. Bronsther, and (vii) 45,454 shares of Common Stock underlying the Series B Preferred Stock held by Dr. Oscar L. Bronsther.

 
Marsha G Bronsther is the wife of Dr. Oscar L. Bronsther, our Chief Executive Officer. Marsha has voting and investment control over securities held by (i) Marsha G. Bronsther Trustee of the Marsha G. Bronsther Rev. Trust UAD 2/21/14, (ii) The Marsha G. Bronsther Family GRAT NO. 1, and (iii) The Marsha G. Bronsther GRAT NO. 1.
 
 
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(4)
Consists of (i) 357,500 shares of Common Stock, (ii) 20,000 restricted shares of Common Stock issued pursuant to the 2012 Plan that vest and become transferable upon the listing of the Common Stock on a national securities exchange, (iii) 22,000 shares of Common Stock underlying warrants, and (iv) 405,000 shares of Common Stock underlying options.

(5)
Consists of (i) 64,935 shares of Common Stock, (ii) 90,909 shares of Common Stock underlying the Series B Preferred, and (iii) 68,181 shares of Common Stock underlying the warrants. Does not include 300,000 stock options issued on May 18, 2015 with annual milestone vesting.

(6)
Consists of (i) 369,603 shares of Common Stock, (ii) 30,000 shares of Common Stock underlying the Series B Preferred, and (iii) 29,835 shares of Common Stock underlying warrants. Does not include 300,000 stock options issued on May 18, 2015 with annual milestone vesting.

(7)
Does not include 300,000 stock options issued on May 18, 2015 with annual milestone vesting.

(8)
Consists of  (i) 90,909 shares of Common Stock underlying shares of Series B Preferred Stock and (ii) 68,182 shares of Common Stock underlying warrants. Does not include 300,000 stock options issued on May 18, 2015 with annual milestone vesting.

(9)
Consists of (i) 2,163,773 shares of Common Stock; and (ii) 639,000 shares underlying warrants owned by MKM Opportunity Master Fund, Ltd (“MKM Opportunity”). Based on 9.9% ownership blockers in the warrants and Series A Preferred Stock held by MKM Opportunity, does not include (i) 1,015,502 shares underlying warrants and (ii) 874,257 shares issuable upon the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock. Also, does not include (i) 173,250 shares of Common Stock held by David and Margaret Skriloff Irrev. Des. Trust FBO Olivia Skriloff; and (ii) 173,250 shares of Common Stock held by David and Margaret Skriloff Irrev. Des. Trust FBO Samuel Skriloff. David Skriloff does not exercise voting and investment control over securities held by David and Margaret Skriloff Irrev. Des. Trust FBO Olivia Skriloff and David and Margaret Skriloff Irrev. Des. Trust FBO Samuel Skriloff.
 
MKM Capital Advisors, LLC (“MKM Capital”) serves as investment manager to MKM Opportunity, and, as such, may be deemed to hold an indirect beneficial interest in the shares of Common Stock that are directly beneficially owned by MKM Opportunity. David Skriloff is the managing member of MKM Capital and the portfolio manager of MKM Opportunity, and, as such, may be deemed to hold an indirect beneficial interest in the shares of Common Stock that are directly beneficially owned by MKM Opportunity.
 
(10)
Consists of (i) 265,000 shares of Common Stock underlying options, (ii) 1,573,000 shares of Common Stock, and (iii) 143,000 shares of Common Stock underlying warrants.
 
 
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MARKET FOR COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

Our Common Stock is quoted on the OTCQB under the symbol “MTST.” The following table sets forth the high and low bid information for our Common Stock for the two most recent fiscal years and additional periods indicated below. The OTCQB quotations reflect inter-dealer prices, are without retail markup, markdowns or commissions, and may not represent actual transactions.
   
Common Stock
 
   
High
   
Low
 
March 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012
 
$
5.00
   
$
0.15
 
June 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012
 
$
6.00
   
$
3.00
 
September 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012
 
$
4.25
   
$
3.00
 
December 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013
 
$
3.75
   
$
3.50
 
March 1, 2013 through May 31, 2013
 
$
3.50
   
$
2.43
 
June 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013
 
$
2.60
   
$
1.50
 
September 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013
 
$
1.79
   
$
1.30
 
December 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014
 
$
1.91
   
$
1.33
 
March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014
 
$
1.60
   
$
0.88
 
June 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014
 
$
1.36
   
$
0.56
 
September 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014
 
$
0.84
   
$
0.41
 
December 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015
 
$
0.70
   
$
0.39
 
March 1, 2015 through May 21, 2015
 
$
0.75
   
$
0.34
 
 
On May 21, 2015, the last reported price for our Common Stock on the OTCQB marketplace was $0.34. You are encouraged to obtain current market quotations for shares of our Common Stock in connection with voting your shares.
 
OTHER MATTERS
 
Management does not know of any matters other than those stated in this proxy statement that are to be presented for action at the Special Meeting. If any other matters should properly come before the Special Meeting, it is intended that proxies in the accompanying form will be voted on any such other matters in accordance with the judgment of the persons voting such proxies. Discretionary authority to vote on such matters is conferred by such proxies upon the persons voting them.
 
We will bear the cost of preparing, printing, assembling and mailing the proxy, proxy statement and other material, which may be sent to stockholders in connection with this solicitation. It is contemplated that brokerage houses will forward the proxy materials to beneficial owners at our request. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by use of the mails, officers and regular employees of MetaStat may solicit proxies without additional compensation, by telephone or other electronic means. We may reimburse brokers or other persons holding stock in their names or the names of their nominees for the expenses of forwarding soliciting material to their principals and obtaining their proxies.
 
WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION
 
We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other documents with the SEC under the Exchange Act. MetaStat’s SEC filings made electronically through the SEC's EDGAR system are available to the public at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. You may also read and copy any document we file with the SEC at the SEC's public reference room located at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549-1004. Please call the SEC at (800) SEC-0330 for further information on the operation of the public reference room. You also may obtain free copies of the documents we file with the SEC by going to the “SEC Filings” tab of our “Investors” section on our website at http://www.metastat.com. The information provided on our website is not part of this proxy statement, and therefore is not incorporated by reference.

 
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We will only deliver one proxy statement to multiple security holders sharing an address unless we have received contrary instructions from one or more of the security holders. Upon written or oral request, we will promptly deliver a separate copy of this proxy statement and any future annual reports and proxy or information statements to any security holder at a shared address to which a single copy of this proxy statement was delivered, or deliver a single copy of this proxy statement and any future annual reports and proxy or information statements to any security holder or holders sharing an address to which multiple copies are now delivered. You should direct any such requests to our Company at following address: 27 Drydock Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02210.
 
THIS PROXY STATEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE SOLICITATION OF A PROXY IN ANY JURISDICTION TO OR FROM ANY PERSON TO WHOM OR FROM WHOM IT IS UNLAWFUL TO MAKE SUCH PROXY SOLICITATION IN THAT JURISDICTION. YOU SHOULD RELY ONLY ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT TO VOTE YOUR SHARES AT THE SPECIAL MEETING. WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANYONE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT.

 
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Annex A


 
METASTAT, INC.
 
SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED
 
2012 OMNIBUS SECURITIES AND INCENTIVE PLAN
 


 
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ARTICLE I
PURPOSE 
 
 
ARTICLE II
DEFINITIONS 
 
 
ARTICLE III
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PLAN 
 
 
ARTICLE IV
ADMINISTRATION 
 
 
Section 4.1
Composition of Committee 
 
 
Section 4.2
Powers 
 
 
Section 4.3
Additional Powers 
 
 
Section 4.4
Committee Action 
 
 
ARTICLE V
STOCK SUBJECT TO PLAN AND LIMITATIONS THEREON 
 
 
Section 5.1
Stock Grant and Award Limits 
 
 
Section 5.2
Stock Offered 
 
 
Section 5.3
Lock-Up Agreement 
 
 
ARTICLE VI
ELIGIBILITY FOR AWARDS; TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT, DIRECTOR STATUS OR CONSULTANT STATUS 
 
 
Section 6.1
Eligibility 
 
 
Section 6.2
Termination of Employment or Director Status 
 
 
Section 6.3
Termination of Consultant Status 
 
 
Section 6.4
Special Termination Rule 
 
 
Section 6.5
Termination for Cause 
 
 
ARTICLE VII
OPTIONS 
 
 
Section 7.1
Option Period 
 
 
Section 7.2
Limitations on Exercise of Option 
 
 
Section 7.3
Special Limitations on Incentive Stock Options 
 
 
Section 7.4
Option Agreement 
 
 
Section 7.5
Option Price and Payment 
 
 
Section 7.6
Stockholder Rights and Privileges 
 
 
Section 7.7
Options and Rights in Substitution for Stock Options Granted by Other Corporations 
 
 
Section 7.8
Prohibition Against Repricing 
 
 
ARTICLE VIII
RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS 
 
 
Section 8.1
Restriction Period to be Established by Committee 
 
 
Section 8.2
Other Terms and Conditions 
 
 
Section 8.3
Payment for Restricted Stock 
 
 
Section 8.4
Restricted Stock Award Agreements 
 
 
ARTICLE IX
UNRESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS 
 
 
ARTICLE X
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARDS 
 
 
Section 10.1
Terms and Conditions 
 
 
Section 10.2
Payments 
 
 
 
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ARTICLE XI
PERFORMANCE UNIT AWARDS 
 
 
Section 11.1
Terms and Conditions 
 
 
Section 11.2
Payments 
 
 
ARTICLE XII
PERFORMANCE SHARE AWARDS 
 
 
Section 12.1
Terms and Conditions 
 
 
Section 12.2
Stockholder Rights and Privileges 
 
 
ARTICLE XIII
DISTRIBUTION EQUIVALENT RIGHTS 
 
 
Section 13.1
Terms and Conditions 
 
 
Section 13.2
Interest Equivalents 
 
 
ARTICLE XIV
STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS 
 
 
Section 14.1
Terms and Conditions 
 
 
Section 14.2
Tandem Stock Appreciation Rights 
 
 
ARTICLE XV
RECAPITALIZATION OR REORGANIZATION 
 
 
Section 15.1
Adjustments to Common Stock 
 
 
Section 15.2
Recapitalization 
 
 
Section 15.3
Other Events 
 
 
Section 15.4
Powers Not Affected 
 
 
Section 15.5
No Adjustment for Certain Awards 
 
 
ARTICLE XVI
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF PLAN 
 
 
ARTICLE XVIISPECIAL RULES
   
 
Section 17.1
Right of First Refusal 
 
 
Section 17.2
Call Option 
 
 
ARTICLE XVIIIMISCELLANEOUS
   
 
Section 18.1
No Right to Award 
 
 
Section 18.2
No Rights Conferred 
 
 
Section 18.3
Other Laws; No Fractional Shares; Withholding 
 
 
Section 18.4
No Restriction on Corporate Action 
 
 
Section 18.5
Restrictions on Transfer 
 
 
Section 18.6
Beneficiary Designations 
 
 
Section 18.7
Rule 16b-3 
 
 
Section 18.8
Section 162(m) 
 
 
Section 18.9
Section 409A 
 
 
Section 18.10Indemnification
 
Section 18.11Other Plans
 
Section 18.12Limits of Liability
 
Section 18.13Governing Law
 
Section 18.14Severability of Provisions[
 
Section 18.15No Funding
 
Section 18.16Headings
 
Section 18.17Terms of Award Agreements
 
Section 18.18California Information Requirements


 
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METASTAT, INC.
SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED
2012 OMNIBUS SECURITIES AND INCENTIVE PLAN
 
ARTICLE I
 
PURPOSE
 
The purpose of this MetaStat, Inc. Second Amended and Restated 2012 Omnibus Securities and Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) is to benefit the stockholders of MetaStat, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), by assisting the Company to attract, retain and provide incentives to key management employees and nonemployee directors of, and nonemployee consultants to, the Company and its Affiliates, and to align the interests of such employees, nonemployee directors and nonemployee consultants with those of the Company’s stockholders. Accordingly, the Plan provides for the granting of Distribution Equivalent Rights, Incentive Stock Options, Non-Qualified Stock Options, Performance Share Awards, Performance Unit Awards, Restricted Stock Awards, Restricted Stock Unit Awards, Stock Appreciation Rights, Tandem Stock Appreciation Rights, Unrestricted Stock Awards or any combination of the foregoing, as may be best suited to the circumstances of the particular Employee, Director or Consultant as provided herein.
 
ARTICLE II
 
DEFINITIONS
 
The following definitions shall be applicable throughout the Plan unless the context otherwise requires:
 
Affiliate” shall mean any corporation which, with respect to the Company, is a “subsidiary corporation” within the meaning of Section 424(f) of the Code.
 
Award” shall mean, individually or collectively, any Distribution Equivalent Right, Option, Performance Share Award, Performance Unit Award, Restricted Stock Award, Restricted Stock Unit Award, Stock Appreciation Right or Unrestricted Stock Award.
 
Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and the Holder with respect to an Award, setting forth the terms and conditions of the Award, and each of which shall constitute a part of the Plan.
 
Board” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
 
Cause” shall mean (i) if the Holder is a party to an employment or similar agreement with the Company or an Affiliate which agreement defines “Cause” (or a similar term) therein, “Cause” shall have the same meaning as provided for in such agreement, or (ii) for a Holder who is not a party to such an agreement, “Cause” shall mean termination by the Company or an Affiliate of the employment (or other service relationship) of the Holder by reason of the Holder’s (A) intentional failure to perform reasonably assigned duties, (B) dishonesty or willful misconduct in the performance of the Holder’s duties, (C) involvement in a transaction which is materially adverse to the Company or an Affiliate, (D) breach of fiduciary duty involving personal profit, (E) willful violation of any law, rule, regulation or court order (other than misdemeanor traffic violations and misdemeanors not involving misuse or misappropriation of money or property), (F) commission of an act of fraud or intentional misappropriation or conversion of any asset or opportunity of the Company or an Affiliate, or (G) material breach of any provision of the Plan or the Holder’s Award Agreement or any other written agreement between the Holder and the Company or an Affiliate, in each case as determined in good faith by the Board, the determination of which shall be final, conclusive and binding on all parties.

 
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Change of Control” shall mean (i) for a Holder who is a party to an employment or consulting agreement with the Company or an Affiliate which agreement defines “Change of Control” (or a similar term) therein, “Change of Control” shall have the same meaning as provided for in such agreement, or (ii) for a Holder who is not a party to such an agreement, “Change of Control” shall mean the satisfaction of any one or more of the following conditions (and the “Change of Control” shall be deemed to have occurred as of the first day that any one or more of the following conditions shall have been satisfied):
 
(a)           Any person (as such term is used in paragraphs 13(d) and 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act, hereinafter in this definition, “Person”), other than the Company or an Affiliate or an employee benefit plan of the Company or an Affiliate, becomes the beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding securities;
 
(b)           The closing of a merger, consolidation or other business combination (a “Business Combination”) other than a Business Combination in which holders of the Common Stock immediately prior to the Business Combination have substantially the same proportionate ownership of common stock of the surviving corporation immediately after the Business Combination as immediately before;
 
(c)           The closing of an agreement for the sale or disposition of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets to any entity that is not an Affiliate;
 
(d)           The approval by the holders of shares of Common Stock of a plan of complete liquidation of the Company other than a liquidation of the Company into any subsidiary or a liquidation a result of which persons who were stockholders of the Company immediately prior to such liquidation have substantially the same proportionate ownership of shares of common stock of the surviving corporation immediately after such liquidation as immediately before;
 
(e)           Within any twenty-four (24) month period, the Incumbent Directors shall cease to constitute at least a majority of the Board or the board of directors of any successor to the Company; provided, however, that any director elected to the Board, or nominated for election, by a majority of the Incumbent Directors then still in office, shall be deemed to be an Incumbent Director for purposes of this paragraph (e), but excluding, for this purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of an individual, entity or “group” other than the Board (including, but not limited to, any such assumption that results from paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d) or (f) of this definition); or
 
(f)           Any other event which shall be deemed by a majority of the members of the Board to constitute a “Change of Control.”
 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a “Change of Control” shall not be deemed to occur if the Company files for bankruptcy, liquidation or reorganization under the United States Bankruptcy Code.
 
Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Reference in the Plan to any section of the Code shall be deemed to include any amendments or successor provisions to any section and any regulation under such section.
 
Committee” shall mean a committee comprised of (i) at any time that the Common Stock is not registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, the full Board, and (ii) at any time that the Common Stock is registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, not less than three (3) members of the Board who are selected by the Board as provided in Section 4.1.

 
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Common Stock” shall mean the common stock, par value $.00001 per share, of the Company.
 
Company” shall mean MetaStat, Inc., a Nevada corporation, and any successor thereto.
 
Consultant” shall mean any non-Employee (individual or entity) advisor to the Company or an Affiliate who or which has contracted directly with the Company or an Affiliate to render bona fide consulting or advisory services thereto.
 
Director” shall mean a member of the Board or a member of the board of directors of an Affiliate, in either case, who is not an Employee.
 
Distribution Equivalent Right” shall mean an Award granted under Article XIII of the Plan which entitles the Holder to receive bookkeeping credits, cash payments and/or Common Stock distributions equal in amount to the distributions that would have been made to the Holder had the Holder held a specified number of shares of Common Stock during the period the Holder held the Distribution Equivalent Right.
 
Distribution Equivalent Right Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to a Distribution Equivalent Right Award.
 
Effective Date” of the MetaStat, Inc. 2012 Omnibus Securities and Incentive Plan was January 1, 2012.  The Effective Date of this amendment and restatement of the Plan shall mean February 27, 2012.
 
Employee” shall mean any employee, including officers, of the Company or an Affiliate.
 
Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
Fair Market Value” shall mean, as determined consistent with the applicable requirements of Sections 409A and 422 of the Code, as of any specified date, the closing sales price of the Common Stock for such date (or, in the event that the Common Stock is not traded on such date, on the immediately preceding trading date) on the Nasdaq Stock Market or a domestic or foreign national securities exchange (including London’s Alternative Investment Market) on which the Common Stock may be listed, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or The Financial Times.  If the Common Stock is not listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market or on a national securities exchange, but is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board or by the National Quotation Bureau, the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock shall be the mean of the bid and asked prices per share of the Common Stock for such date.  If the Common Stock is not quoted or listed as set forth above, Fair Market Value shall be determined by the Board in good faith by any fair and reasonable means (which means, with respect to a particular Award grant, may be set forth with greater specificity in the applicable Award Agreement).  The Fair Market Value of property other than Common Stock shall be determined by the Board in good faith by any fair and reasonable means, and consistent with the applicable requirements of Sections 409A and 422 of the Code.
 
Family Member” shall mean any child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, spouse, former spouse, sibling, niece, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships, any person sharing the Holder’s household (other than a tenant or employee of the Holder), a trust in which such persons have more than fifty percent (50%) of the beneficial interest, a foundation in which such persons (or the Holder) control the management of assets, and any other entity in which such persons (or the Holder) own more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting interests.
 
Holder” shall mean an Employee, Director or Consultant who has been granted an Award or any such individual’s beneficiary, estate or representative, to the extent applicable.
 
Incentive Stock Option” shall mean an Option which is intended by the Committee to constitute an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the Code.

 
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Incumbent Director” shall mean, with respect to any period of time specified under the Plan for purposes of determining whether or not a Change of Control has occurred, the individuals who were members of the Board at the beginning of such period.
 
Non-Qualified Stock Option” shall mean an Option which is not an Incentive Stock Option.
 
Option” shall mean an Award granted under Article VII of the Plan of an option to purchase shares of Common Stock and includes both Incentive Stock Options and Non-Qualified Stock Options.
 
Option Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to an Option.
 
Performance Criteria” shall mean the criteria that the Committee selects for purposes of establishing the Performance Goal(s) for a Holder for a Performance Period.
 
Performance Goals” shall mean, for a Performance Period, the written goal or goals established by the Committee for the Performance Period based upon the Performance Criteria.
 
Performance Period” shall mean one or more periods of time, which may be of varying and overlapping durations, selected by the Committee, over which the attainment of one or more Performance Goals or other business objectives shall be measured for purposes of determining a Holder’s right to, and the payment of, a Qualified Performance-Based Award.
 
Performance Share Award” shall mean an Award granted under Article XII of the Plan under which, upon the satisfaction of predetermined individual and/or Company (and/or Affiliate) performance goals and/or objectives, shares of Common Stock are paid to the Holder.
 
Performance Share Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to a Performance Share Award.
 
Performance Unit” shall mean a Unit awarded to a Holder pursuant to a Performance Unit Award.
 
Performance Unit Award” shall mean an Award granted under Article XI of the Plan under which, upon the satisfaction of predetermined individual and/or Company (and/or Affiliate) performance goals and/or objectives, a cash payment shall be made to the Holder, based on the number of Units awarded to the Holder.
 
Performance Unit Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to a Performance Unit Award.
 
Plan” shall mean this MetaStat, Inc. Amended and Restated 2012 Omnibus Securities and Incentive Plan, as it may be further amended from time to time, together with each of the Award Agreements utilized hereunder.
 
Qualified Performance-Based Award” shall mean an Award intended to qualify as “performance-based” compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code.
 
Restricted Stock Award” shall mean an Award granted under Article VIII of the Plan of shares of Common Stock, the transferability of which by the Holder shall be subject to Restrictions.
 
Restricted Stock Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to a Restricted Stock Award.

 
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Restricted Stock Unit Award”  shall mean an Award granted under Article X of the Plan under which, upon the satisfaction of predetermined individual service-related vesting requirements, a cash payment shall be made to the Holder, based on the number of Units awarded to the Holder.
 
Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to a Restricted Stock Unit Award.
 
Restriction Period” shall mean the period of time for which shares of Common Stock subject to a Restricted Stock Award shall be subject to Restrictions, as set forth in the applicable Restricted Stock Award Agreement.
 
Restrictions” shall mean forfeiture, transfer and/or other restrictions applicable to shares of Common Stock awarded to an Employee, Director or Consultant under the Plan pursuant to a Restricted Stock Award and set forth in a Restricted Stock Award Agreement.
 
Rule 16b-3” shall mean Rule 16b-3 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Exchange Act, as such may be amended from time to time, and any successor rule, regulation or statute fulfilling the same or a substantially similar function.
 
Stock Appreciation Right” shall mean an Award granted under Article XIV of the Plan of a right, granted alone or in connection with a related Option, to receive a payment on the date of exercise.
 
Stock Appreciation Right Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to a Stock Appreciation Right.
 
Tandem Stock Appreciation Right” shall mean a Stock Appreciation Right granted in connection with a related Option, the exercise of which shall result in termination of the otherwise entitlement to purchase some or all of the shares of Common Stock under the related Option, all as set forth in Section 14.2.
 
Ten Percent Stockholder” shall mean an Employee who, at the time an Incentive Stock Option is granted to him or her, owns stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of any parent corporation or subsidiary corporation thereof (both as defined in Section 424 of the Code), within the meaning of Section 422(b)(6) of the Code.
 
Total and Permanent Disability” shall mean the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months, all as described in Section 22(e)(3) of the Code.
 
Units” shall mean bookkeeping units, each of which represents such monetary amount as shall be designated by the Committee in each Performance Unit Award Agreement, or represents one (1) share of Common Stock for purposes of each Restricted Stock Unit Award.
 
Unrestricted Stock Award” shall mean an Award granted under Article IX of the Plan of shares of Common Stock which are not subject to Restrictions.
 
Unrestricted Stock Award Agreement” shall mean a written agreement between the Company and a Holder with respect to an Unrestricted Stock Award.

 
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ARTICLE III
 
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PLAN
 
The Plan shall be effective as of the Effective Date, provided that the Plan is approved by the stockholders of the Company within twelve (12) months of such date.
 
ARTICLE IV
 
ADMINISTRATION
 
Section 4.1                      Composition of Committee.  The Plan shall be administered by the Committee, which shall be appointed by the Board. Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, at any time that the Common Stock is registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, the Committee shall consist solely of three (3) or more Directors who are each (i) “outside directors” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code (“Outside Directors”), (ii) “non-employee directors” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 and (iii) “independent” for purposes of any applicable listing requirements (“Non-Employee Directors”); provided, however, that the Board or the Committee may delegate to a committee of one or more members of the Board who are not (x) Outside Directors, the authority to grant Awards to eligible persons who are not (A) then “covered employees” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code and are not expected to be “covered employees” at the time of recognition of income resulting from such Award, or (B) persons with respect to whom the Company wishes to comply with the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code, and/or (y) Non-Employee Directors, the authority to grant Awards to eligible persons who are not then subject to the requirements of Section 16 of the Exchange Act. If a member of the Committee shall be eligible to receive an Award under the Plan, such Committee member shall have no authority hereunder with respect to his or her own Award.
 
Section 4.2                      Powers. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have the sole authority, in its discretion, to make all determinations under the Plan, including but not limited to determining which Employees, Directors or Consultants shall receive an Award, the time or times when an Award shall be made (the date of grant of an Award shall be the date on which the Award is awarded by the Committee), what type of Award shall be granted, the term of an Award, the date or dates on which an Award vests (including acceleration of vesting), the form of any payment to be made pursuant to an Award, the terms and conditions of an Award (including the forfeiture of the Award (and/or any financial gain) if the Holder of the Award violates any applicable restrictive covenant thereof), the Restrictions under a Restricted Stock Award and the number of shares of Common Stock which may be issued under an Award, all as applicable. In making such determinations the Committee may take into account the nature of the services rendered by the respective Employees, Directors and Consultants, their present and potential contribution to the Company’s (or the Affiliate’s) success and such other factors as the Committee in its discretion shall deem relevant.
 
Section 4.3                      Additional Powers.  The Committee shall have such additional powers as are delegated to it under the other provisions of the Plan. Subject to the express provisions of the Plan, the Committee is authorized to construe the Plan and the respective Award Agreements executed hereunder, to prescribe such rules and regulations relating to the Plan as it may deem advisable to carry out the intent of the Plan, and to determine the terms, restrictions and provisions of each Award, including such terms, restrictions and provisions as shall be requisite in the judgment of the Committee to cause designated Options to qualify as Incentive Stock Options, and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for administering the Plan. The Committee may correct any defect or supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in any Award Agreement in the manner and to the extent it shall deem expedient to carry it into effect. The determinations of the Committee on the matters referred to in this Article IV shall be conclusive and binding on the Company and all Holders.
 
Section 4.4                      Committee Action.  In the absence of specific rules to the contrary, action by the Committee shall require the consent of a majority of the members of the Committee, expressed either orally at a meeting of the Committee or in writing in the absence of a meeting.  No member of the Committee shall have any liability for any good faith action, inaction or determination in connection with the Plan.

 
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ARTICLE V
 
STOCK SUBJECT TO PLAN AND LIMITATIONS THEREON
 
Section 5.1                      Stock Grant and Award Limits.  The Committee may from time to time grant Awards to one or more Employees, Directors and/or Consultants determined by it to be eligible for participation in the Plan in accordance with the provisions of Article VI. Subject to Article XV, the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued under the Plan shall not exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock on an as converted primary basis (the “As Converted Primary Shares”) on a rolling basis. For calculation purposes, the As Converted Primary Shares shall include all shares of Common Stock and all shares of Common Stock issuable upon the conversion of outstanding preferred stock and other convertible securities, but shall not include any shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of options, warrants and other convertible securities issued pursuant to the Plan. The number of authorized shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance under the Plan shall automatically be increased concurrently with the Company’s issuance of fully paid and non- assessable shares of As Converted Primary Shares. Shares shall be deemed to have been issued under the Plan solely to the extent actually issued and delivered pursuant to an Award. To the extent that an Award lapses, expires, is canceled, is terminated unexercised or ceases to be exercisable for any reason, or the rights of its Holder terminate, any shares of Common Stock subject to such Award shall again be available for the grant of a new Award. Notwithstanding any provision in the Plan to the contrary, the maximum number of shares of Common Stock that may be subject to Awards of Options under Article VII and/or Stock Appreciation Rights under Article XIV, in either or both cases granted to any one Employee during any calendar year, shall be One Million (1,000,000) shares (subject to adjustment in the same manner as provided in Article XV with respect to shares of Common Stock subject to Awards then outstanding). The limitation set forth in the preceding sentence shall be applied in a manner which shall permit compensation generated in connection with the exercise of Options or Stock Appreciation Rights to constitute “performance-based” compensation for purposes of Section 162(m) of the Code, including, but not limited to, counting against such maximum number of shares, to the extent required under Section 162(m) of the Code, any shares subject to Options or Stock Appreciation Rights that are canceled or repriced.
 
Section 5.2                      Stock Offered.  The stock to be offered pursuant to the grant of an Award may be authorized but unissued Common Stock, Common Stock purchased on the open market or Common Stock previously issued and outstanding and reacquired by the Company.
 
Section 5.3                      Lock-Up Agreement.  Each Award Agreement which provides for the issuance of Common Stock, including but not limited to the issuance of Common Stock upon the exercise of an Option, shall provide for a lock-up covenant by the Holder, to be effective for a period not to exceed one year, upon the request of the Company or the Company’s principal underwriter in connection with an underwritten public offering of the Common Stock.
 
ARTICLE VI
 
ELIGIBILITY FOR AWARDS; TERMINATION OF
 
EMPLOYMENT, DIRECTOR STATUS OR CONSULTANT STATUS
 
Section 6.1                      Eligibility.  Awards made under the Plan may be granted solely to persons or entities who, at the time of grant, are Employees, Directors or Consultants. An Award may be granted on more than one occasion to the same Employee, Director or Consultant, and, subject to the limitations set forth in the Plan, such Award may include, a Non-Qualified Stock Option, a Restricted Stock Award, an Unrestricted Stock Award, a Distribution Equivalent Right Award, a Performance Stock Award, a Performance Unit Award, a Stock Appreciation Right, a Tandem Stock Appreciation Right, any combination thereof or, solely for Employees, an Incentive Stock Option.

 
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Section 6.2                      Termination of Employment or Director Status.  Except to the extent inconsistent with the terms of the applicable Award Agreement and/or the provisions of Section 6.4, the following terms and conditions shall apply with respect to the termination of a Holder’s employment with, or status as a Director of, the Company or an Affiliate, as applicable, for any reason, including, without limitation, Total and Permanent Disability or death:
 
(a)           The Holder’s rights, if any, to exercise any then exercisable Non-Qualified Stock Options and/or Stock Appreciation Rights shall terminate:
 
(1)           If such termination is for a reason other than the Holder’s Total and Permanent Disability or death, ninety (90) days after the date of such termination of employment or after the date of such termination of Director status;
 
(2)           If such termination is on account of the Holder’s Total and Permanent Disability, one (1) year after the date of such termination of employment or Director status; or
 
(3)           If such termination is on account of the Holder’s death, one (1) year after the date of the Holder’s death.
 
Upon such applicable date the Holder (and such Holder’s estate, designated beneficiary or other legal representative) shall forfeit any rights or interests in or with respect to any such Non-Qualified Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights.
 
(b)           The Holder’s rights, if any, to exercise any then exercisable
 
Incentive Stock Option shall terminate:
 
(1)           If such termination is for a reason other than the Holder’s Total and Permanent Disability or death, three (3) months after the date of such termination of employment;
 
(2)           If such termination is on account of the Holder’s Total and Permanent Disability, one (1) year after the date of such termination of employment; or
 
(3)           If such termination is on account of the Holder’s death, one (1) year after the date of the Holder’s death.
 
Upon such applicable date the Holder (and such Holder’s estate, designated beneficiary or other legal representative) shall forfeit any rights or interests in or with respect to any such Incentive Stock Options.
 
(c)           If a Holder’s employment with, or status as a Director of, the Company or an Affiliate, as applicable, terminates for any reason prior to the actual or deemed satisfaction and/or lapse of the restrictions, vesting requirements, terms and conditions applicable to a Restricted Stock Award and/or Restricted Stock Unit Award, such Restricted Stock and/or Restricted Stock Units shall immediately be canceled, and the Holder (and such Holder’s estate, designated beneficiary or other legal representative) shall forfeit any rights or interests in and with respect to any such Restricted Stock and/or Restricted Stock Units. The immediately preceding sentence to the contrary notwithstanding, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may determine, prior to or within thirty (30) days after the date of such termination of employment or Director status, that all or a portion of any such Holder’s Restricted Stock and/or Restricted Stock Units shall not be so canceled and forfeited.

 
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Section 6.3                      Termination of Consultant Status. Except to the extent inconsistent with the terms of the applicable Award Agreement and/or the provisions of Section 6.4, the following terms and conditions shall apply with respect to the termination of a Holder’s status as a Consultant, for any reason:
 
(a)           The Holder’s rights, if any, to exercise any then exercisable Non-Qualified Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights shall terminate:
 
(1)           If such termination is for a reason other than the Holder’s death, ninety (90) days after the date of such termination; or
 
(2)           If such termination is on account of the Holder’s death, one (1) year after the date of the Holder’s death.
 
(b)           If the status of a Holder as a Consultant terminates for any reason prior to the actual or deemed satisfaction and/or lapse of the Restrictions, vesting requirements, terms and conditions applicable to a Restricted Stock Award, and/or Restricted Stock Units Award, such Restricted Stock and/or Restricted Stock Units shall immediately be canceled, and the Holder (and such Holder’s estate, designated beneficiary or other legal representative) shall forfeit any rights or interests in and with respect to any such Restricted Stock and/or Restricted Stock Units. The immediately preceding sentence to the contrary notwithstanding, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may determine, prior to or within thirty (30) days after the date of such termination of such a Holder’s status as a Consultant, that all or a portion of any such Holder’s Restricted Stock and/or Restricted Stock Units shall not be so canceled and forfeited.
 
Section 6.4                      Special Termination Rule. Except to the extent inconsistent with the terms of the applicable Award Agreement, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Article VI, if a Holder’s employment with, or status as a Director of, the Company or an Affiliate shall terminate, and if, within ninety (90) days of such termination, such Holder shall become a Consultant, such Holder’s rights with respect to any Award or portion thereof granted thereto prior to the date of such termination may be preserved, if and to the extent determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, as if such Holder had been a Consultant for the entire period during which such Award or portion thereof had been outstanding. Should the Committee effect such determination with respect to such Holder, for all purposes of the Plan, such Holder shall not be treated as if his or her employment or Director status had terminated until such time as his or her Consultant status shall terminate, in which case his or her Award, as it may have been reduced in connection with the Holder’s becoming a Consultant, shall be treated pursuant to the provisions of Section 6.3; provided, however, that any such Award which is intended to be an Incentive Stock Option shall, upon the Holder’s no longer being an Employee, automatically convert to a Non-Qualified Stock Option.  Should a Holder’s status as a Consultant terminate, and if, within ninety (90) days of such termination, such Holder shall become an Employee or a Director, such Holder’s rights with respect to any Award or portion thereof granted thereto prior to the date of such termination may be preserved, if and to the extent determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, as if such Holder had been an Employee or a Director, as applicable, for the entire period during which such Award or portion thereof had been outstanding, and, should the Committee effect such determination with respect to such Holder, for all purposes of the Plan, such Holder shall not be treated as if his or her Consultant status had terminated until such time as his or her employment with the Company or an Affiliate, or his or her Director status, as applicable, shall terminate, in which case his or her Award shall be treated pursuant to the provisions of Section 6.2.
 
Section 6.5                      Termination for Cause.  Notwithstanding anything in this Article VI or elsewhere in the Plan to the contrary, and unless a Holder’s Award Agreement specifically provides otherwise, should a Holder’s employment, Director status or engagement as a Consultant with or for the Company or an Affiliate be terminated by the Company or Affiliate for Cause, all of such Holder’s then outstanding Awards shall expire immediately and be forfeited in their entirety upon such termination.

 
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ARTICLE VII
 
OPTIONS
 
Section 7.1                      Option Period.  The term of each Option shall be as specified in the Option Agreement; provided, however, that except as set forth in Section 7.3, no Option shall be exercisable after the expiration of ten (10) years from the date of its grant.
 
Section 7.2                      Limitations on Exercise of Option.  An Option shall be exercisable in whole or in such installments and at such times as specified in the Option Agreement.
 
Section 7.3                      Special Limitations on Incentive Stock Options.  To the extent that the aggregate Fair Market Value (determined at the time the respective Incentive Stock Option is granted) of Common Stock with respect to which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by an individual during any calendar year under all plans of the Company and any parent corporation or subsidiary corporation thereof (both as defined in Section 424 of the Code) which provide for the grant of Incentive Stock Options exceeds One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) (or such other individual limit as may be in effect under the Code on the date of grant), the portion of such Incentive Stock Options that exceeds such threshold shall be treated as Non-Qualified Stock Options. The Committee shall determine, in accordance with applicable provisions of the Code, Treasury Regulations and other administrative pronouncements, which of a Holder’s Options, which were intended by the Committee to be Incentive Stock Options when granted to the Holder, will not constitute Incentive Stock Options because of such limitation, and shall notify the Holder of such determination as soon as practicable after such determination. No Incentive Stock Option shall be granted to an Employee if, at the time the Incentive Stock Option is granted, such Employee is a Ten Percent Stockholder, unless (i) at the time such Incentive Stock Option is granted the Option price is at least one hundred ten percent (110 %) of the Fair Market Value of the Common Stock subject to the Incentive Stock Option, and (ii) such Incentive Stock Option by its terms is not exercisable after the expiration of five (5) years from the date of grant.  No Incentive Stock Option shall be granted more than ten (10) years from the date on which the Plan is approved by the Company’s stockholders.  The designation by the Committee of an Option as an Incentive Stock Option shall not guarantee the Holder that the Option will satisfy the applicable requirements for “incentive stock option” status under Section 422 of the Code.
 
Section 7.4                      Option Agreement. Each Option shall be evidenced by an Option Agreement in such form and containing such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan as the Committee from time to time shall approve, including, but not limited to, provisions intended to qualify an Option as an Incentive Stock Option.  An Option Agreement may provide for the payment of the Option price, in whole or in part, in cash or cash equivalents, by the delivery of a number of shares of Common Stock (plus cash if necessary) that have been owned by the Holder for at least six (6) months and having a Fair Market Value equal to such Option price, or such other forms or methods as the Committee may determine from time to time, in each case, subject to such rules and regulations as may be adopted by the Committee.  Each Option Agreement shall, solely to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of Sections 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5, as applicable, specify the effect of termination of the Holder’s employment, Director status or Consultant status on the exercisability of the Option. Moreover, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, an Option Agreement may provide for a “cashless exercise” of the Option, in whole or in part, by (a) establishing procedures whereby the Holder, by a properly-executed written notice, directs (i) an immediate market sale or margin loan as to all or a part of the shares of Common Stock to which he is entitled to receive upon exercise of the Option, pursuant to an extension of credit by the Company to the Holder of the Option price, (ii) the delivery of the shares of Common Stock from the Company directly to a brokerage firm and (iii) the delivery of the Option price from sale or margin loan proceeds from the brokerage firm directly to the Company, or (b) reducing the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the Option by the number of such shares having an aggregate Fair Market Value equal to the Option price (or portion thereof to be so paid) as of the date of the Option’s exercise.  Each Option Agreement shall, solely to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of Sections 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5, as applicable, specify the effect of the termination of the Holder’s employment, Director status or Consultant status on the exercisability of the Option.  An Option Agreement may also include provisions relating to (i) subject to the provisions hereof, accelerated vesting of Options, including but not limited to

 
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upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, (ii) tax matters (including provisions covering any applicable Employee wage withholding requirements and requiring additional “gross-up” payments to Holders to meet any excise taxes or other additional income tax liability imposed as a result of a payment made upon a Change of Control resulting from the operation of the Plan or of such Option Agreement) and (iii) any other matters not inconsistent with the terms and provisions of the Plan that the Committee shall in its sole discretion determine. The terms and conditions of the respective Option Agreements need not be identical.
 
Section 7.5                      Option Price and Payment.  The price at which a share of Common Stock may be purchased upon exercise of an Option shall be determined by the Committee; provided, however, that such Option price (i) shall not be less than the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date such Option is granted, and (ii) shall be subject to adjustment as provided in Article XV. The Option or portion thereof may be exercised by delivery of an irrevocable notice of exercise to the Company. The Option price for the Option or portion thereof shall be paid in full in the manner prescribed by the Committee as set forth in the Plan and the applicable Option Agreement, which manner, with the consent of the Committee, may include the withholding of shares of Common Stock otherwise issuable in connection with the exercise of the Option, for purposes of Section 7.4 (b). Separate stock certificates shall be issued by the Company for those shares of Common Stock acquired pursuant to the exercise of an Incentive Stock Option and for those shares of Common Stock acquired pursuant to the exercise of a Non-Qualified Stock Option.
 
Section 7.6                      Stockholder Rights and Privileges. The Holder of an Option shall be entitled to all the privileges and rights of a stockholder of the Company solely with respect to such shares of Common Stock as have been purchased under the Option and for which certificates of stock have been registered in the Holder’s name.
 
Section 7.7                      Options and Rights in Substitution for Stock Options Granted by Other Corporations.  Options may be granted under the Plan from time to time in substitution for stock options held by individuals employed by entities who become Employees as a result of a merger or consolidation of the employing entity with the Company or any Affiliate, or the acquisition by the Company or an Affiliate of the assets of the employing entity, or the acquisition by the Company or an Affiliate of stock of the employing entity with the result that such employing entity becomes an Affiliate.
 
Section 7.8                      Prohibition Against Repricing.  Except to the extent (i) approved in advance by holders of a majority of the shares of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, or (ii) as a result of any Change of Control or any adjustment as provided in Article XV, the Committee shall not have the power or authority to reduce, whether through amendment or otherwise, the exercise price under any outstanding Option or Stock Appreciation Right, or to grant any new Award or make any payment of cash in substitution for or upon the cancellation of Options and/or Stock Appreciation Rights previously granted.
 
ARTICLE VIII
 
RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS
 
Section 8.1                      Restriction Period to be Established by Committee.  At the time a Restricted Stock Award is made, the Committee shall establish the Restriction Period applicable to such Award. Each Restricted Stock Award may have a different Restriction Period, in the discretion of the Committee. The Restriction Period applicable to a particular Restricted Stock Award shall not be changed except as permitted by Section 8.2.

 
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Section 8.2                      Other Terms and Conditions.  Common Stock awarded pursuant to a Restricted Stock Award shall be represented by a stock certificate registered in the name of the Holder of such Restricted Stock Award. If provided for under the Restricted Stock Award Agreement, the Holder shall have the right to vote Common Stock subject thereto and to enjoy all other stockholder rights, including the entitlement to receive dividends on the Common Stock during the Restriction Period, except that (i) the Holder shall not be entitled to delivery of the stock certificate until the Restriction Period shall have expired, (ii) the Company shall retain custody of the stock certificate during the Restriction Period (with a stock power endorsed by the Holder in blank), (iii) the Holder may not sell, transfer, pledge, exchange, hypothecate or otherwise dispose of the Common Stock during the Restriction Period and (iv) a breach of the terms and conditions established by the Committee pursuant to the Restricted Stock Award Agreement shall cause a forfeiture of the Restricted Stock Award. At the time of such Award, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, prescribe additional terms and conditions or restrictions relating to Restricted Stock Awards, including, but not limited to, rules pertaining to the effect of termination of employment, Director status or Consultant status prior to expiration of the Restriction Period. Such additional terms, conditions or restrictions shall, to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of Sections 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4, as applicable, be set forth in a Restricted Stock Award Agreement made in conjunction with the Award. Such Restricted Stock Award Agreement may also include provisions relating to (i) subject to the provisions hereof, accelerated vesting of Awards, including but not limited to accelerated vesting upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, (ii) tax matters (including provisions covering any applicable Employee wage withholding requirements and requiring additional “gross-up” payments to Holders to meet any excise taxes or other additional income tax liability imposed as a result of a payment made in connection with a “Change of Control” resulting from the operation of the Plan or of such Restricted Stock Award Agreement) and (iii) any other matters not inconsistent with the terms and provisions of the Plan that the Committee shall in its sole discretion determine. The terms and conditions of the respective Restricted Stock Agreements need not be identical.  All shares of Common Stock delivered to a Holder as part of a Restricted Stock Award shall be delivered and reported by the Company or the Affiliate, as applicable, to the Holder by no later than by the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) calendar month next following the end of the Company’s fiscal year in which the Holder’s entitlement to such shares becomes vested.
 
Section 8.3                      Payment for Restricted Stock.  The Committee shall determine the amount and form of any payment from a Holder for Common Stock received pursuant to a Restricted Stock Award, if any, provided that in the absence of such a determination, a Holder shall not be required to make any payment for Common Stock received pursuant to a Restricted Stock Award, except to the extent otherwise required by law.
 
Section 8.4                      Restricted Stock Award Agreements. At the time any Award is made under this Article VIII, the Company and the Holder shall enter into a Restricted Stock Award Agreement setting forth each of the matters contemplated hereby and such other matters as the Committee may determine to be appropriate.
 
ARTICLE IX
 
UNRESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS
 
Pursuant to the terms of the applicable Unrestricted Stock Award Agreement, a Holder may be awarded (or sold) shares of Common Stock which are not subject to Restrictions, in consideration for past services rendered thereby to the Company or an Affiliate or for other valid consideration.
 
ARTICLE X
 
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARDS
 
Section 10.1                      Terms and Conditions.  The Committee shall set forth in the applicable Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement the individual service-based vesting requirement which the Holder would be required to satisfy before the Holder would become entitled to payment pursuant to Section 10.2 and the number of Units awarded to the Holder.  Such payment shall be subject to a “substantial risk of forfeiture” under Section 409A of the Code.  At the time of such Award, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, prescribe additional terms and conditions or restrictions relating to Restricted Stock Unit Awards, including, but not limited to, rules pertaining to the effect of termination of employment, Director status or Consultant status prior to expiration of the applicable vesting period.  The terms and conditions of the respective Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreements need not be identical.

 
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Section 10.2                      Payments.                      The Holder of a Restricted Stock Unit shall be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock, or one (1) share of Common Stock, as determined in the sole discretion of the Committee and as set forth in the Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement, for each Restricted Stock Unit subject to such Restricted Stock Unit Award, if the Holder satisfies the applicable vesting requirement.  Such payment shall be made no later than by the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) calendar month next following the end of the calendar year in which the Restricted Stock Unit first becomes vested.
 
ARTICLE XI
 
PERFORMANCE UNIT AWARDS
 
Section 11.1                      Terms and Conditions.  The Committee shall set forth in the applicable Performance Unit Award Agreement the performance goals and objectives (and the period of time to which such goals and objectives shall apply) which the Holder and/or the Company would be required to satisfy before the Holder would become entitled to payment pursuant to Section 10.2, the number of Units awarded to the Holder and the dollar value assigned to each such Unit.  Such payment shall be subject to a “substantial risk of forfeiture” under Section 409A of the Code.  At the time of such Award, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, prescribe additional terms and conditions or restrictions relating to Performance Unit Awards, including, but not limited to, rules pertaining to the effect of termination of employment, Director status or Consultant status prior to expiration of the applicable performance period.  The terms and conditions of the respective Performance Unit Award Agreements need not be identical.
 
Section 11.2                      Payments.  The Holder of a Performance Unit shall be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to the dollar value assigned to such Unit under the applicable Performance Unit Award Agreement if the Holder and/or the Company satisfy (or partially satisfy, if applicable under the applicable Performance Unit Award Agreement) the performance goals and objectives set forth in such Performance Unit Award Agreement.  If achieved, such payment shall be made not later than by the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) calendar month next following the end of the Company’s fiscal year to which such performance goals and objectives relate.
 
ARTICLE XII
 
PERFORMANCE SHARE AWARDS
 
Section 12.1                      Terms and Conditions.  The Committee shall set forth in the applicable Performance Share Award Agreement the performance goals and objectives (and the period of time to which such goals and objectives shall apply) which the Holder and/or the Company would be required to satisfy before the Holder would become entitled to the receipt of shares of Common Stock pursuant to such Holder’s Performance Share Award and the number of shares of Common Stock subject to such Performance Share Award.  Such payment shall be subject to a “substantial risk of forfeiture” under Section 409A of the Code and, if such goals and objectives are achieved, the distribution of such Common Shares shall be made no later than by the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) calendar month next following the end of the Company’s fiscal year to which such goals and objectives relate.  At the time of such Award, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, prescribe additional terms and conditions or restrictions relating to Performance Share Awards, including, but not limited to, rules pertaining to the effect of termination of the Holder’s employment, Director status or Consultant status prior to the expiration of the applicable performance period.  The terms and conditions of the respective Performance Share Award Agreements need not be identical.
 
Section 12.2                      Stockholder Rights and Privileges.  The Holder of a Performance Share Award shall have no rights as a stockholder of the Company until such time, if any, as the Holder actually receives shares of Common Stock pursuant to the Performance Share Award.

 
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ARTICLE XIII
 
DISTRIBUTION EQUIVALENT RIGHTS
 
Section 13.1                      Terms and Conditions.  The Committee shall set forth in the applicable Distribution Equivalent Rights Award Agreement the terms and conditions, if any, including whether the Holder is to receive credits currently in cash, is to have such credits reinvested (at Fair Market Value determined as of the date of reinvestment) in additional shares of Common Stock or is to be entitled to choose among such alternatives. Such receipt shall be subject to a “substantial risk of forfeiture” under Section 409A of the Code and, if such Award becomes vested, the distribution of such cash or shares of Common Stock shall be made no later than by the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) calendar month next following the end of the Company’s fiscal year in which the Holder’s interest in the Award vests.  Distribution Equivalent Rights Awards may be settled in cash or in shares of Common Stock, as set forth in the applicable Distribution Equivalent Rights Award Agreement. A Distribution Equivalent Rights Award may, but need not be, awarded in tandem with another Award, whereby, if so awarded, such Distribution Equivalent Rights Award shall expire, terminate or be forfeited by the Holder, as applicable, under the same conditions as under such other Award.
 
Section 13.2                      Interest Equivalents.  The Distribution Equivalent Rights Award Agreement for a Distribution Equivalent Rights Award may provide for the crediting of interest on a Distribution Rights Award to be settled in cash at a future date (but in no event later than by the fifteenth (15th) day of the third (3rd) calendar month next following the end of the Company’s fiscal year in which such interest was credited), at a rate set forth in the applicable Distribution Equivalent Rights Award Agreement, on the amount of cash payable thereunder.
 
ARTICLE XIV
 
STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS
 
Section 14.1                      Terms and Conditions.  The Committee shall set forth in the applicable Stock Appreciation Right Award Agreement the terms and conditions of the Stock Appreciation Right, including (i) the base value (the “Base Value”) for the Stock Appreciation Right, which for purposes of a Stock Appreciation Right which is not a Tandem Stock Appreciation Right, shall be not less than the Fair Market Value of a share of the Common Stock on the date of grant of the Stock Appreciation Right, (ii) the number of shares of Common Stock subject to the Stock Appreciation Right, (iii) the period during which the Stock Appreciation Right may be exercised; provided, however, that no Stock Appreciation Right shall be exercisable after the expiration of ten (10) years from the date of its grant, and (iv) any other special rules and/or requirements which the Committee imposes upon the Stock Appreciation Right. Upon the exercise of some or all of a Stock Appreciation Right, the Holder shall receive a payment from the Company, in cash or in the form of shares of Common Stock having an equivalent Fair Market Value or in a combination of both, as determined in the sole discretion of the Committee, equal to the product of:
 
(a)           The excess of (i) the Fair Market Value of a share of the Common Stock on the date of exercise, over (ii) the Base Value, multiplied by;
 
(b)           The number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which the Stock Appreciation Right is exercised.
 
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(b)           The Tandem Stock Appreciation Right may be exercised for all or part of the shares of Common Stock which are subject to the related Option, but solely upon the surrender by the Holder of the Holder’s right to exercise the equivalent portion of the related Option (and when a share of Common Stock is purchased under the related Option, an equivalent portion of the related Tandem Stock Appreciation Right shall be cancelled);
 
(c)           The Tandem Stock Appreciation Right shall expire no later than the date of the expiration of the related Option;
 
(d)           The value of the payment with respect to the Tandem Stock Appreciation Right may be no more than one hundred percent (100%) of the difference between the per share exercise price under the related Option and the Fair Market Value of the shares of Common Stock subject to the related Option at the time the Tandem Stock Appreciation Right is exercised, multiplied by the number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which the Tandem Stock Appreciation Right is exercised; and
 
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ARTICLE XV
 
RECAPITALIZATION OR REORGANIZATION
 
Section 15.1                      Adjustments to Common Stock.  The shares with respect to which Awards may be granted under the Plan are shares of Common Stock as presently constituted; provided, however, that if, and whenever, prior to the expiration or distribution to the Holder of shares of Common Stock underlying an Award theretofore granted, the Company shall effect a subdivision or consolidation of shares of Common Stock or the payment of a stock dividend on Common Stock without receipt of consideration by the Company, the number of shares of Common Stock with respect to which such Award may thereafter be exercised or satisfied, as applicable, (i) in the event of an increase in the number of outstanding shares, shall be proportionately increased, and the purchase price per share of the Common Stock shall be proportionately reduced, and (ii) in the event of a reduction in the number of outstanding shares, shall be proportionately reduced, and the purchase price per share of the Common Stock shall be proportionately increased. Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other provision of this Article XV, any adjustment made with respect to an Award (x) which is an Incentive Stock Option, shall comply with the requirements of Section 424(a) of the Code, and in no event shall any adjustment be made which would render any Incentive Stock Option granted under the Plan to be other than an “incentive stock option” for purposes of Section 422 of the Code, and (y) which is a Non-Qualified Stock Option, shall comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, and in no event shall any adjustment be made which would render any Non-Qualified Stock Option granted under the Plan to become subject to Section 409A of the Code.
 
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Section 15.3                      Other Events.  In the event of changes to the outstanding Common Stock by reason of extraordinary cash dividend, reorganization, mergers, consolidations, combinations, split-ups, spin-offs, exchanges or other relevant changes in capitalization occurring after the date of the grant of any Award and not otherwise provided for under this Article XV, any outstanding Awards and any Award Agreements evidencing such Awards shall be adjusted by the Board in its discretion in such manner as the Board shall deem equitable or appropriate taking into consideration the applicable accounting and tax consequences, as to the number and price of shares of Common Stock or other consideration subject to such Awards. In the event of any adjustment pursuant to Sections 15.1, 15.2 or this Section 15.3, the aggregate number of shares available under the Plan pursuant to Section 5.1 (and the Code Section 162(m) limit set forth therein) may be appropriately adjusted by the Board, the determination of which shall be conclusive.  In addition, the Committee may make provision for a cash payment to a Participant or a person who has an outstanding Award.  The number of shares of Common Stock subject to any Award shall be rounded to the nearest whole number.
 
Section 15.4                      Powers Not Affected.  The existence of the Plan and the Awards granted hereunder shall not affect in any way the right or power of the Board or of the stockholders of the Company to make or authorize any adjustment, recapitalization, reorganization or other change of the Company’s capital structure or business, any merger or consolidation of the Company, any issue of debt or equity securities ahead of or affecting Common Stock or the rights thereof, the dissolution or liquidation of the Company or any sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of all or any part of its assets or business or any other corporate act or proceeding.
 
Section 15.5                      No Adjustment for Certain Awards.  Except as hereinabove expressly provided, the issuance by the Company of shares of stock of any class or securities convertible into shares of stock of any class, for cash, property, labor or services, upon direct sale, upon the exercise of rights or warrants to subscribe therefor or upon conversion of shares or obligations of the Company convertible into such shares or other securities, and in any case whether or not for fair value, shall not affect previously granted Awards, and no adjustment by reason thereof shall be made with respect to the number of shares of Common Stock subject to Awards theretofore granted or the purchase price per share, if applicable.
 
ARTICLE XVI
 
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF PLAN
 
The Plan shall continue in effect, unless sooner terminated pursuant to this Article XVI, until the tenth (10th) anniversary of the date on which it is adopted by the Board (except as to Awards outstanding on that date).  The Board in its discretion may terminate the Plan at any time with respect to any shares for which Awards have not theretofore been granted; provided, however, that the Plan’s termination shall not materially and adversely impair the rights of a Holder with respect to any Award theretofore granted without the consent of the Holder. The Board shall have the right to alter or amend the Plan or any part hereof from time to time; provided, however, that without the approval by a majority of the votes cast at a meeting of shareholders at which a quorum representing a majority of the shares of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors is present in person or by proxy, no amendment or modification of the Plan may (i) materially increase the benefits accruing to Holders, (ii) except as otherwise expressly provided in Article XV, materially increase the number of shares of Common Stock subject to the Plan or the individual Award limitations specified in Article V, (iii) materially modify the requirements for participation in the Plan, or (iv) amend, modify, terminate or suspend Section 7.8 (repricing prohibition) or this Article XVI.  In addition, no change in any Award theretofore granted may be made which would materially and adversely impair the rights of a Holder with respect to such Award without the consent of the Holder (unless such change is required in order to cause the benefits under the Plan to qualify as “performance-based” compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code or to exempt the Plan or any Award from Section 409A of the Code).

 
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ARTICLE XVII
 
SPECIAL RULES
 
Section 17.1                      Right of First Refusal. Solely during such time that the Common Stock is not publicly traded and solely to the extent that the applicable Award Agreement so provides, no Holder (or beneficiary of a Holder including but not limited to the Holder’s estate) may sell or otherwise transfer (except for inter vivos transfers to Family Members) any Common Stock obtained thereby pursuant to an Award without first (i) providing the Company with a written offer to sell the Common Stock to the Company on the same terms as were offered to the Holder (or the Holder’s beneficiary) by a bona fide third party (a copy of which third party offer shall be attached to the Holder’s or beneficiary’s offer to sell such Common Stock to the Company) for a sales price and with other terms and conditions, in each case equal to those stated in the third party’s purchase offer, and (ii) waiting thirty (30) days from the date of the Company’s receipt of such offer. If the Company shall accept the Holder’s or beneficiary’s offer in writing within said thirty (30) day period, the Holder or beneficiary and the Company shall promptly effect such transaction. If the Company does not provide a written acceptance of the Holder’s or beneficiary’s offer within said thirty (30) day period, the Holder or beneficiary shall be entitled to accept such third party’s offer and effect such transaction.
 
Section 17.2                      Call Option. Solely during such time that the Common Stock is not publicly traded and solely to the extent that the applicable Award Agreement so provides, upon the termination of (i) an Employee’s employment with the Company or an Affiliate, (ii) a Director’s membership on the Board or on the board of directors of an Affiliate or (iii) a Consultant’s consulting or advisory engagement by the Company or Affiliate, the Company shall have the right to purchase from such individual or from such individual’s estate, for a period of ninety (90) days following the date of such termination, any Common Stock obtained thereby pursuant to the exercise of a Stock Option hereunder for a purchase price equal to the Fair Market Value of such Stock as of the date on which the Company provides written notice of its intent to exercise its call option hereunder to such individual or to such individual’s estate; provided, however, that notwithstanding the foregoing, should the individual’s employment, Board membership or consulting or advisory engagement be terminated by the Company for Cause, in lieu of Fair Market Value, the purchase price shall equal the amount paid, if any, by such individual, to obtain such Stock.
 
ARTICLE XVIII
 
MISCELLANEOUS
 
Section 18.1                      No Right to Award.  Neither the adoption of the Plan by the Company nor any action of the Board or the Committee shall be deemed to give an Employee, Director or Consultant any right to an Award except as may be evidenced by an Award Agreement duly executed on behalf of the Company, and then solely to the extent and on the terms and conditions expressly set forth therein.
 
Section 18.2                      No Rights Conferred.  Nothing contained in the Plan shall (i) confer upon any Employee any right with respect to continuation of employment with the Company or any Affiliate, (ii) interfere in any way with any right of the Company or any Affiliate to terminate the employment of an Employee at any time, (iii) confer upon any Director any right with respect to continuation of such Director’s membership on the Board, (iv) interfere in any way with any right of the Company or an Affiliate to terminate a Director’s membership on the Board at any time, (v) confer upon any Consultant any right with respect to continuation of his or her consulting engagement with the Company or any Affiliate, or (vi) interfere in any way with any right of the Company or an Affiliate to terminate a Consultant’s consulting engagement with the Company or an Affiliate at any time.

 
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Section 18.3                      Other Laws; No Fractional Shares; Withholding.  The Company shall not be obligated to issue any Common Stock pursuant to any Award granted under the Plan at any time when the shares covered by such Award have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and under such other state and federal laws, rules or regulations as the Company or the Committee deems applicable and, in the opinion of legal counsel of the Company, if there is no exemption from the registration requirements of such laws, rules or regulations available for the issuance and sale of such shares of Common Stock. The Company shall not be obligated by virtue of any provision of the Plan to recognize the exercise of any Award or to otherwise sell or issue shares of Common Stock in violation of any such laws, rules or regulations, and any postponement of the exercise or settlement of any Award under this provision shall not extend the term of such Award. Neither the Company nor its directors or officers shall have any obligation or liability to a Holder with respect to any Award (or shares of Common Stock issuable thereunder) (i) that shall lapse because of such postponement, or (ii) for any failure to comply with the requirements of any applicable law, rules or regulations, including but not limited to any failure to comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code. No fractional shares of Common Stock shall be delivered, nor shall any cash in lieu of fractional shares be paid. The Company shall have the right to deduct in cash (whether under this Plan or otherwise) in connection with all Awards any taxes required by law to be withheld and to require any payments required to enable it to satisfy its withholding obligations. In the case of any Award satisfied in the form of shares of Common Stock, no shares shall be issued unless and until arrangements satisfactory to the Company shall have been made to satisfy any tax withholding obligations applicable with respect to such Award. Subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee may impose, the Company shall have the right to retain, or the Committee may, subject to such terms and conditions as it may establish from time to time, permit Holders to elect to tender, Common Stock (including Common Stock issuable in respect of an Award) to satisfy, in whole or in part, the amount required to be withheld.
 
Section 18.4                      No Restriction on Corporate Action.  Nothing contained in the Plan shall be construed to prevent the Company or any Affiliate from taking any corporate action which is deemed by the Company or such Affiliate to be appropriate or in its best interest, whether or not such action would have an adverse effect on the Plan or any Award made under the Plan. No Employee, Director, Consultant, beneficiary or other person shall have any claim against the Company or any Affiliate as a result of any such action.
 
Section 18.5                      Restrictions on Transfer. No Award under the Plan or any Award Agreement and no rights or interests herein or therein, shall or may be assigned, transferred, sold, exchanged, encumbered, pledged or otherwise hypothecated or disposed of by a Holder except (i) by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, or (ii) except for an Incentive Stock Option, by gift to any Family Member of the Holder. An Award may be exercisable during the lifetime of the Holder only by such Holder or by the Holder’s guardian or legal representative unless it has been transferred by gift to a Family Member of the Holder, in which case it shall be exercisable solely by such transferee. Notwithstanding any such transfer, the Holder shall continue to be subject to the withholding requirements provided for under Section 18.3 hereof.
 
Section 18.6                      Beneficiary Designations.  Each Holder may, from time to time, name a beneficiary or beneficiaries (who may be contingent or successive beneficiaries) for purposes of receiving any amount which is payable in connection with an Award under the Plan upon or subsequent to the Holder’s death. Each such beneficiary designation shall serve to revoke all prior beneficiary designations, be in a form prescribed by the Company and be effective solely when filed by the Holder in writing with the Company during the Holder’s lifetime. In the absence of any such written beneficiary designation, for purposes of the Plan, a Holder’s beneficiary shall be the Holder’s estate.
 
Section 18.7                      Rule 16b-3.  It is intended that, at any time when the Common Stock is registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, the Plan and any Award made to a person subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act shall meet all of the requirements of Rule 16b-3. If any provision of the Plan or of any such Award would disqualify the Plan or such Award under, or would otherwise not comply with the requirements of, Rule 16b-3, such provision or Award shall be construed or deemed to have been amended as necessary to conform to the requirements of Rule 16b-3.

 
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Section 18.8                      Section 162(m).  It is intended that, at any time when the Common Stock is registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, the Plan shall comply fully with and meet all the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code so that Awards hereunder which are made to Holders who are “covered employees” (as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code) shall constitute “performance-based” compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code.  Any Performance Goal(s) applicable to Qualified Performance-Based Awards shall be objective, shall be established not later than ninety (90) days after the beginning of any applicable Performance Period (or at such other date as may be required or permitted for “performance-based” compensation under Section 162(m) of the Code) and shall otherwise meet the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code, including the requirement that the outcome of the Performance Goal or Goals be substantially uncertain (as defined in the regulations under Section 162(m) of the Code) at the time established.  The Performance Criteria to be utilized under the Plan to establish Performance Goals shall consist of objective tests based on one or more of the following: earnings or earnings per share, cash flow or cash flow per share, operating cash flow or operating cash flow per share revenue growth, product revenue growth, financial return ratios (such as return on equity, return on investment and/or return on assets), share price performance, stockholder return, equity and/or value, operating income, operating margins, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, net income, pre- or post-tax income, economic value added (or an equivalent metric), profit returns and margins, credit quality, sales growth, market share, working capital levels, comparisons with various stock market indices, year-end cash, debt reduction, assets under management, operating efficiencies, strategic partnerships or transactions (including co-development, co-marketing, profit-sharing, joint venture or other similar arrangements), and/or financing and other capital raising transactions.  Performance criteria may be established on a Company-wide basis or with respect to one or more Company business units or divisions or subsidiaries; and either in absolute terms, relative to the performance of one or more similarly situated companies, or relative to the performance of an index covering a peer group of companies.  When establishing Performance Goals for the applicable Performance Period, the Committee may exclude any or all “extraordinary items” as determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles including, without limitation, the charges or costs associated with restructurings of the Company, discontinued operations, other unusual or non-recurring items, and the cumulative effects of accounting changes and as identified in the Company’s financial statements, notes to the Company’s financial statements or management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations contained in the Company’s most recent annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Exchange Act.  Holders who are “covered employees” (as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code) shall be eligible to receive payment under a Qualified Performance-Based Award which is subject to achievement of a Performance Goal or Goals only if the applicable Performance Goal or Goals are achieved within the applicable Performance Period, as determined by the Committee.  If any provision of the Plan would disqualify the Plan or would not otherwise permit the Plan to comply with Section 162(m) as so intended, such provision shall be construed or deemed amended to conform to the requirements or provisions of Section 162(m).  The Committee may postpone the exercising of Awards, the issuance or delivery of Common Stock under any Award or any action permitted under the Plan to prevent the Company or any subsidiary from being denied a federal income tax deduction with respect to any Award other than an Incentive Stock Option, provided that such deferral satisfies the requirements of Section 409A of the Code.  For purposes of the requirements of Treasury Regulation Section 1.162-27(e)(4)(i), the maximum amount of compensation that may be paid to any Employee under the Plan for a calendar year shall be Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000).
 
Section 18.9                      Section 409A.  Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Committee shall have no authority to issue an Award under the Plan with terms and/or conditions which would cause such Award to constitute non-qualified “deferred compensation” under Section 409A of the Code.  Accordingly, by way of example but not limitation, no Option shall be granted under the Plan with a per share exercise price which is less than the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant of the Option.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no Award Agreement shall provide for any deferral feature with respect to an Award which constitutes a deferral of compensation under Section 409A of the Code.  The Plan and all Award Agreements are intended to comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code (so as to be exempt therefrom), and shall be so interpreted and construed.

 
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Section 18.10                                Indemnification.  Each person who is or shall have been a member of the Committee or of the Board shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Company against and from any loss, cost, liability, or expense that may be imposed upon or reasonably incurred thereby in connection with or resulting from any claim, action, suit, or proceeding to which such person may be made a party or may be involved by reason of any action taken or failure to act under the Plan and against and from any and all amounts paid thereby in settlement thereof, with the Company’s approval, or paid thereby in satisfaction of any judgment in any such action, suit, or proceeding against such person; provided, however, that such person shall give the Company an opportunity, at its own expense, to handle and defend the same before he or she undertakes to handle and defend it on his or her own behalf.  The foregoing right of indemnification shall not be exclusive and shall be independent of any other rights of indemnification to which such persons may be entitled under the Company’s Articles of Incorporation or By-laws, by contract, as a matter of law, or otherwise.
 
Section 18.11                                Other Plans.  No Award, payment or amount received hereunder shall be taken into account in computing an Employee’s salary or compensation for the purposes of determining any benefits under any pension, retirement, life insurance or other benefit plan of the Company or any Affiliate, unless such other plan specifically provides for the inclusion of such Award, payment or amount received. Nothing in the Plan shall be construed to limit the right of the Company to establish other plans or to pay compensation to its employees, in cash or property, in a manner which is not expressly authorized under the Plan.
 
Section 18.12                                Limits of Liability.  Any liability of the Company with respect to an Award shall be based solely upon the contractual obligations created under the Plan and the Award Agreement. None of the Company, any member of the Board nor any member of the Committee shall have any liability to any party for any action taken or not taken, in good faith, in connection with or under the Plan.
 
Section 18.13                                Governing Law.  Except as otherwise provided herein, the Plan shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada, without regard to principles of conflicts of law.
 
Section 18.14                                Severability of Provisions.  If any provision of the Plan is held invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and enforced as if such invalid or unenforceable provision had not been included in the Plan.
 
Section 18.15                                No Funding.  The Plan shall be unfunded. The Company shall not be required to establish any special or separate fund or to make any other segregation of funds or assets to ensure the payment of any Award.
 
Section 18.16                                Headings. Headings used throughout the Plan are for convenience only and shall not be given legal significance.
 
Section 18.17                                Terms of Award Agreements. Each Award shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement, which Award Agreement, if it provides for the issuance of Common Stock, shall require the Holder to enter into and be bound by the terms of the Company’s Stockholders’ Agreement, if any.  The terms of the Award Agreements utilized under the Plan need not be the same.
 
Section 18.18                                California Information Requirements.  To the extent applicable, the Company shall comply with the information requirements applicable to the Plan pursuant to Section 260.140.46 of the California Code of Regulations.

 
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THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
PROXY
FOR THE SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS OF
METASTAT, INC.
TO BE HELD ON JUNE 22, 2015
 
The shareholder(s) hereby appoint(s) Richard Berman, Chairman of the Board as proxy, with the power to appoint (his/her) substitute, and hereby authorizes them to represent and to vote, as designated on the reverse side of this ballot, all of the shares of Common Stock and/or Series B Preferred Stock of METASTAT, INC. that the shareholder(s) is/are entitled to vote at the Special Meeting of shareholders to be held at 10:00 AM, EST on June, 22, 2015, at the offices of Loeb & Loeb LLP at 345 Park Ave, New York, New York 10154, and any adjournment or postponement thereof.
  
Unless otherwise specified, this proxy will be voted FOR Proposals 1 and 2.
 
The board of directors recommends a vote FOR Proposals 1 and 2.


 
1.
APPROVAL TO EFFECT THE REVERSE STOCK SPLIT

o            FOR
o            AGAINST
o            ABSTAIN

 
2.
APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE 2012 INCENTIVE PLAN

o            FOR
o            AGAINST
o            ABSTAIN

 
Please sign exactly as your name(s) appear(s) hereon. When signing as attorney, executor, administrator, or other fiduciary, please give full title as such. Joint owners should each sign personally. All holders must sign. If a corporation or partnership, please sign in full corporate or partnership name, by authorized officer.

Date:  __________, 2015
________________________________________
Signature
________________________________________
Signature if held jointly

PLEASE MARK, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE PROXY CARD PROMPTLY USING THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE.