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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 5, 2020



ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Delaware   000-50768   06-1376651

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



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(IRS Employer

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3611 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 300

San Diego, California

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (858) 558-2871


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



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Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share   ACAD   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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Item 5.02

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

(b)    On August 5, 2020, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the “Company”) approved a shift in the principal accounting officer role from Elena Ridloff, the Company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, to James K. Kihara, as described in Item 5.02(c) below.

(c)    On August 5, 2020, the Board appointed Mr. Kihara, the Company’s Vice President, Corporate Controller, as principal accounting officer. Mr. Kihara, age 40, has been with the Company since March 2020. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kihara worked at Cubic Corporation, an information technology and services firm, from November 2012 to March 2020, most recently serving as chief financial officer of the Cubic Mission Solutions business segment. Prior to Cubic Corporation, Mr. Kihara was employed by Ernst & Young LLP, a multinational professional services firm, and served as a Senior Manager of Assurance Services. Mr. Kihara earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from San Diego State University and is a certified public accountant in the State of California.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


    ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Dated: August 6, 2020     By:  

/s/ Austin D. Kim

      Austin D. Kim
      Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary