and the approval of award documents to our non-officer employees. However, the Compensation Committee may not delegate any authority under those plans for matters affecting the compensation and benefits of the Companys Named Executive Officers. Compensation recommendations and performance assessments of Named Executive Officers from the Companys Chief Executive Officer are considered by the Compensation Committee in determining the total compensation packages for Named Executive Officers (excluding the Chief Executive Officer). The Chief Executive Officer is not present for any discussions relating to his compensation.
Director Nominations and Stockholder Communications
Our Corporate Governance/Nominating Committee considers candidates for the Board submitted in writing to the Chair of the committee. Candidates may be submitted by our executive officers, current directors, search firms engaged by the Committee, and subject to the conditions described below, by a stockholder. Information with respect to any proposed candidate shall be provided in writing to the Chair of the Corporate Governance/Nominating Committee at Seelos Therapeutics, Inc., 300 Park Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10022. A nominating stockholder shall provide evidence that he, she or it is a stockholder (including information relating to all shares deemed beneficially held by the nominating stockholder) and shall provide the name of the Board candidate(s), and such other information with respect to the nominee required under the rules and regulations of the SEC to be included in our proxy statement if such proposed candidate were to be included therein. In addition, the stockholder shall include a statement that the proposed candidate has no direct or indirect business conflict of interest with the Company, and otherwise meets our standards set forth below.
There are currently no specific, minimum or absolute criteria for Board membership. Candidates are evaluated based upon a number of factors, including but not limited to independence, knowledge, judgment, integrity, character, leadership, skills, education, experience, financial literacy, standing in the community and ability to foster a diversity of backgrounds and views and to complement the Boards existing strengths. The Committee does not alter its evaluation practices with regards to potential Board candidates recommended by a stockholder.
Any other stockholder communications intended for our management or the Board shall be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Corporate Governance/Nominating Committee (at the Companys address provided in this proxy statement) who shall determine whether to forward the communication, in his or her discretion and considering the identity of the submitting stockholder and the materiality and appropriateness of the communication.
Our Board has determined that each of Mr. OConnor and Drs. Lian and Smith met the definitions of independence under the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules and Section 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). Accordingly, all of our directors, other than our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President and Interim Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Mehra, and our former Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Mr. Pascoe, are deemed to be independent.
Code of Ethics
We have adopted a Code of Ethics that applies to our Chief Executive Officer and to all of our directors and employees. The Code of Ethics, as amended and restated, is available in the Corporate Governance section of the Investors page on our website at www.seelostherapeutics.com. We will disclose future amendments to, or waivers from, certain provisions of our code of ethics, if any, on the above website within four business days following the date of such amendment or waiver.
Boards Role in Risk Oversight
Risk is inherent with every business, and how well a business manages risk can ultimately determine its success. We face a number of risks, including, but not limited to, risks relating to product candidate development, technological uncertainty, dependence on clients and collaborative partners, uncertainty regarding patents and proprietary rights, comprehensive government regulations, marketing or sales capability or experience, business integration and dependence on key personnel. Management is responsible for the day-to-day management of the risks we face, while our Board as a whole and through its committees, is responsible for the oversight of risk management. Our Board believes its administration of its risk oversight function has not affected its leadership structure.