Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): June 18, 2020
Athersys, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter) 
Delaware 001-33876 20-4864095
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
 (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
3201 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2634
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (216) 431-9900
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per shareATHXThe NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
Athersys, Inc. (the “Company”) held its 2020 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) on June 18, 2020. Set forth below are the voting results for each of the matters submitted to a vote of the Company's stockholders at the Annual Meeting.

Proposal One - Election of Directors.
All nominees for election to the Company's Board of Directors named in the Company's proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29, 2020 were elected, each to a one-year term, with the following vote:
Shares Voted ForShares WithheldBroker Non-Votes
Gil Van Bokkelen66,938,7707,822,89681,899,888
John J. Harrington63,454,68211,306,98481,899,888
Lee E. Babiss54,609,39420,152,27281,899,888
Ismail Kola64,477,70010,283,96681,899,888
Lorin J. Randall59,874,41114,887,25581,899,888
Jack L. Wyszomierski60,091,98814,669,67881,899,888
Hardy TS Kagimoto52,153,59122,608,07581,899,888
Kenneth H. Traub66,157,6428,604,02481,899,888

Proposal Two - Ratification of the Appointment of the Company’s Independent Auditors.

The Company's stockholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 with the following vote:

Proposal Three - Approval, on an advisory basis, of Named Executive Officer Compensation.

The Company's stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers with the following vote:
ForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes

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.

/s/ Ivor Macleod
Ivor Macleod
Chief Financial Officer
(principal financial officer authorized to sign on behalf of the registrant)
Date: June 19, 2020