Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 5, 2019 
NanoString Technologies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

530 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(206) 378-6266
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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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.
On March 5, 2019, the compensation committee of the board of directors of NanoString Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) approved 2018 non-equity incentive plan compensation and 2019 base salaries for each of the Company’s named executive officers. For additional information, please see the section captioned “Executive Compensation” of the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on April 26, 2018.
Named Executive Officer
2018 Non-Equity Plan Compensation
2019 Base Salary
R. Bradley Gray
President and Chief Executive Officer


K. Thomas Bailey
Chief Financial Officer


Joseph M. Beechem
Senior Vice President, Research and Development


J. Chad Brown
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing


Messrs. Gray, Bailey, Beechem and Brown are eligible to receive bonuses under the Company’s 2019 non-equity incentive plan targeted at 85%, 50%, 50% and 50%, respectively, of their base salary. Mr. Gray’s bonus is based solely on corporate goals. The bonus for Messrs. Bailey and Beechem is based 75% on corporate goals and 25% on individual goals. The bonus for Mr. Brown is based 50% on corporate goals and 50% on individual goals. The 2019 corporate goals include achieving product and service revenue and growth targets; launching the GeoMx DSP product platform on a commercial basis; advancing development of new products, such as the LymphMark™ assay and Hyb & Seq™ technology; and achievement of cash position goals and other financial targets.
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.
NanoString Technologies, Inc.
March 7, 2019
/s/ R. Bradley Gray
R. Bradley Gray
President and Chief Executive Officer