Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 2, 2021



Design Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-40288   82-3929248

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

6005 Hidden Valley Road, Suite 110

Carlsbad, California

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 293-4900


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Name of each exchange

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Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share   DSGN   Nasdaq Global Select Market

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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 August 2, 2021, Justin Thacker notified Design Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) of his intention to resign as the Company’s VP, Finance and from his position as the Company’s principal accounting officer, effective August 13, 2021, to pursue another opportunity. Effective as of August 13, 2021, Dawn Giangiulio, the Company’s Controller, will become the Company’s interim principal accounting officer for purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Ms. Giangiulio joined the Company as Controller in April 2020. Ms. Giangiulio also currently serves as Controller of ARS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on a part-time basis and has resigned from ARS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. effective as of September 3, 2021. Previously, Ms. Giangiulio served as Senior Manager R&D Finance of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Teva”), a global and publicly traded pharmaceutical company, from May 2015 until April 2020. Prior to Teva, Ms. Giangiulio served as Senior Accounting Manager for Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, from April 2014 until its acquisition by Teva in May 2015. Ms. Giangiulio began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (California active). Ms. Giangiulio received her B.S. in Commerce at Santa Clara University.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Giangiulio and any other persons in connection with Ms. Giangiulio’s appointment as interim principal accounting officer. There are also no family relationships between Ms. Giangiulio and any director or executive officer of the Company and Ms. Giangiulio has no direct or indirect interest in any transaction or proposed transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


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 thereunto duly authorized.


Date: August 6, 2021   By:  

/s/ João Siffert, M.D.

    João Siffert, M.D.
    President and Chief Executive Officer