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): February 26, 2021
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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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per shareNSTGThe NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
(The NASDAQ Global 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 February 26, 2021, the compensation committee (“Committee”) of the board of directors (“Board”) of NanoString Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) approved 2020 non-equity incentive plan compensation and 2021 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 27, 2020.
Named Executive OfficerTitle2020 Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation
Annual Base Salary1
R. Bradley GrayPresident and Chief Executive Officer$499,035 $645,000 
K. Thomas BaileyChief Financial Officer198,340 437,000 
Joseph M. BeechemSenior Vice President, Research and Development191,672 437,000 
J. Chad BrownSenior Vice President, Sales and Marketing188,746 422,000 
David W. GhesquiereSenior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development186,870 409,500 
(1) Effective as of March 1, 2021.
On February 26, 2021, the Committee approved the structure and target bonus levels under the Company’s 2021 non-equity incentive plan. Under the Company’s 2021 non-equity incentive plan, Mr. Gray is eligible to receive a bonus of up to 85% of his base salary, and Messrs. Bailey, Beechem, Brown and Ghesquiere are eligible to receive bonuses of up to 50% of their base salaries. Mr. Gray’s bonus is based solely on corporate goals. The bonuses for Messrs. Bailey, Beechem and Ghesquiere are based 75% on corporate goals and 25% on individual goals. The bonus for Mr. Brown is based on 50% corporate goals and 50% on individual goals.
On February 26, 2021, the Committee approved the 2021 corporate goals, which include achieving product and service revenue and growth targets; growing the nCounter business, accelerating the adoption of and expanding the markets for GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler and strengthening GeoMx performance and capabilities; broadening the impact of the Company’s spatial biology franchise; expansion into new markets; employee engagement and other operational goals; and achievement of gross margin goals and other financial targets.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
    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.
Date:March 1, 2021By:/s/ R. Bradley Gray
 R. Bradley Gray
 President and Chief Executive Officer