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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 6-K
 
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the month of August 2020

Commission file number: 001-35223
 
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BioLineRx Ltd.
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
 
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2 HaMa’ayan Street
Modi’in 7177871, Israel
 (Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:        

Form 20-F           Form 40-F
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulations S-T Rule 101(b)(1):_____
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulations S-T Rule 101(b)(7):_____
 


The Registrant announces that it will hold the 2020 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on September 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (Israel time) at the Registrant’s office, 2 HaMa’ayan Street, Modi’in, Israel. Attached hereto as Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3, are, respectively, the Notice of Annual General Meeting and Proxy Statement, Proxy Card and Voting Instruction Card for holders of American Depositary Shares.
 
This Form 6-K, including all exhibits hereto, is hereby incorporated by reference into all effective registration statements filed by the registrant under the Securities Act of 1933.



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.
 
 
BioLineRx Ltd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Philip Serlin
 
 
 
Philip Serlin
 
 
 
Chief Executive Officer
 
 
 
 
 
Dated: August 19, 2020
 


Exhibit 1
 
BIOLINERX LTD.
 
NOTICE OF
2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
ON
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
 
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the shareholders (the “Meeting”) of BioLineRx Ltd. (the “Company”) will be held at the offices of the Company at Modi’in Technology Park, 2 HaMa’ayan Street, Modi’in 7177871, Israel, on September 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. for the following purposes:

 
1.
To re-elect the following persons to the Board of Directors, each to serve until the next Annual General Meeting of shareholders: Aharon Schwartz, Michael Anghel, B.J. Bormann, Raphael Hofstein and Sandra Panem.
     
 
2.
With respect to the employment terms of Philip Serlin, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, to approve the following:
a. approve amendments to the termination provisions of Mr. Serlin’s employment agreement; and
b. reduce the exercise price of certain options to purchase ordinary shares held by Mr. Serlin.
     
 
3.
To approve an increase in the number of the Company’s authorized ordinary shares and authorized share capital, and to amend the Articles of Association of the Company to reflect such increase.

 
4.
To reappoint Kesselman & Kesselman, Certified Public Accountants (Isr.), a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020 and to authorize the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to fix the compensation of said auditors in accordance with the scope and nature of their services.

 
5.
To review the Company’s Annual Report and financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the Meeting.

Shareholders of record at the close of business on August 23, 2020 (the “Record Date”) are entitled to notice of and to vote at the Meeting. All shareholders are cordially invited to attend the Meeting in person.
 
Whether or not you plan to attend the Meeting, you are urged to promptly complete, date and sign the enclosed proxy and to mail it in the enclosed envelope, which requires no postage if mailed in the United States. A proxy from the holder of ordinary shares must be received by the Company no later than 3:00 p.m. on September 21, 2020 to be validly included in the tally of ordinary shares voted at the Meeting; a proxy from the holder of the Company’s American Depositary Shares must be received by The Bank of New York Mellon as Depositary no later than 12:00 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2020 to be validly included in the tally of votes for the Meeting. Return of your proxy does not deprive you of your right to attend the Meeting, to revoke the proxy or to vote your shares in person.
 
Beneficial owners who hold their shares through members of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (“TASE”) may (i) vote their shares in person at the Meeting by presenting a certificate signed by a member of the TASE which complies with the Israel Companies Regulations (Proof of Ownership for Voting in General Meetings), 5760-2000 as proof of ownership of the shares, (ii) send such certificate along with a duly executed proxy to the Company at 2 HaMa’ayan Street, Modi’in 7177871, Israel, Attention: Chief Financial Officer, or (iii) complete the Internet voting process via the electronic voting system of the Israel Securities Authority the (“ISA”) after receiving a personal identifying number, an access code and additional information regarding this Meeting from the member of the TASE and after carrying out a secured identification process, up to six hours before the time set for the Meeting.
 
By Order of the Board of Directors,
 
BioLineRx Ltd.
 
August 19, 2020
 

 
PROXY STATEMENT
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BIOLINERX LTD.
Modi’in Technology Park
2 HaMa’ayan Street
Modi’in 7177871
Israel
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2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
ON
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
 
The enclosed proxy is being solicited by our Board of Directors for use at our Annual General Meeting of shareholders (the “Meeting”) to be held on September 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., or at any adjournment thereof, at the offices of the Company at Modi’in Technology Park, 2 HaMa’ayan Street, Modi’in 7177871, Israel. The record date for determining which of our shareholders is entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Meeting is established as of the close of trade on August 23, 2020 (the “Record Date”). On the date hereof, we have outstanding and entitled to vote 296,508,550 of our ordinary shares, nominal value New Israeli Shekels (“NIS”) 0.10 each (the “Ordinary Shares”).
 
INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING
 
Record Date and Shares Outstanding
 
You are entitled to vote at the Meeting if you were a shareholder at the close of trade on the Record Date. Subject to the terms described herein, you are also entitled to vote at the Meeting if you held Ordinary Shares through a bank, broker or other nominee which was a shareholder of record of the Company at the close of trade on the Record Date or which appeared in the participant listing of a securities depository on that date.
 
Quorum, Voting, Solicitation and Revocation of Proxies.
 
At least two shareholders who attend the Meeting in person, by proxy or by means of voting via the electronic voting system of the Israel Securities Authority (the “ISA Electronic Voting System”) who hold or represent together at least 25% of the voting rights of our issued share capital will constitute a quorum for the Meeting. If a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time scheduled for the Meeting, the Meeting will be adjourned to the following week, at the same time and place, without it being necessary to notify our shareholders. A quorum at such adjourned meeting shall be any number of participants. Each outstanding Ordinary Share held by a shareholder is entitled to one vote.
 
Shareholders entitled to vote at the Meeting may attend the Meeting in person and vote thereat, appoint a proxy, vote by written ballot or, if they hold Ordinary Shares through a TASE member, may vote electronically via the ISA Electronic Voting System after receiving a personal identifying number, an access code and additional information regarding the Meeting from the relevant member of the TASE and after carrying out a secured identification process, up to six hours before the time set for the Meeting. A proxy from the holder of Ordinary Shares must be received by the Company no later than 3:00 p.m. on September 21, 2020 to be validly included in the tally of Ordinary Shares voted at the Meeting; a proxy from the holder of the Company’s American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) must be received by The Bank of New York Mellon as Depositary no later than 12:00 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2020 to be validly included in the tally of votes for the Meeting.

Shareholders are permitted to express their position on the proposals to be voted on at the Meeting by submitting a written statement, through the Company, to the other shareholders (a “Position Statement”). Position Statements should be submitted to the Company at its registered offices at 2 HaMa’ayan Street, Modi’in 7177871, Israel, Attn: Chief Financial Officer. Any Position Statement received will be furnished to the SEC in a Report of Foreign Private Issuer on Form 6-K and will be made available to the public on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov, and in addition at http://www.magna.isa.gov.il or http://maya.tase.co.il. Position Statements must be submitted no later than September 14, 2020.

Each member of the TASE (a “Member”) is required to e-mail a link to the Proxy Statement and any Position Statements published on the websites of the TASE and the ISA (http://www.tase.co.il/tase/ and http://www.magna.isa.gov.il, respectively) to each shareholder who is not listed in the Company’s shareholder register and whose shares are held through the Member; except in cases in which a shareholder has notified the Member that he/she/it is not interested in receiving such links and has submitted the notice (a) with respect to a specific securities account, and (b) prior to the Record Date.

A shareholder whose shares are held through a Member may obtain, upon request from the Member, a certification of ownership regarding his/her/its shares. Such certification may be obtained in the Member’s offices or may be sent to the shareholder by mail (subject to payment of the cost of mailing), at the election of the shareholder, on condition that the shareholder’s request be submitted with respect to a specific securities account.



Each of the Proposals 1, 3, and 4, pursuant to the Israeli Companies Law, 1999-5759 (the “Companies Law”), requires the affirmative vote of a simple majority of shares present at the Meeting, in person or by proxy, and voting thereon, or voting via the ISA Electronic Voting System. Pursuant to the Section 272(C1)(1) of the Companies Law, Proposal 2 requires the affirmative vote of a simple majority of shares present at the Meeting, in person or by proxy, and voting thereon, or voting via the ISA Electronic Voting System, as long as either:

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the majority of shares that voted for the approval of the respective proposal includes at least a majority of the shares held by non-controlling and non-interested shareholders voted at the Meeting (excluding abstaining votes) and via the ISA Electronic Voting System; or
 
•        
the total number of shares of non-controlling and non-interested shareholders that voted against the approval of the respective proposal does not exceed two percent of the aggregate voting rights in the company (“Disinterested Majority”).
 
Shareholders are requested to notify us whether or not they have a “Personal Interest” in connection with Proposal 2. If any shareholder casting a vote in connection with the foregoing proposal does not notify us as to whether or not he, she or it has a Personal Interest with respect to a given proposal, that shareholder’s vote with respect to such proposal will be disqualified and will not be counted in determining whether the above Disinterested Majority approval requirements are satisfied.
 
For the purpose of determining whether the Disinterested Majority approval requirements have been satisfied, “Personal Interest” is defined as: (1) a shareholder’s personal interest in the approval of an act or a transaction of the company, including (i) the personal interest of his or her relative (which includes for these purposes any members of his/her (or his/her spouse’s) immediate family or the spouses of any such members of his or her (or his/her spouse’s) immediate family); and (ii) a personal interest of a body corporate in which a shareholder or any of his/her aforementioned relatives serves as a director or the chief executive officer, owns at least 5% of its issued share capital or its voting rights or has the right to appoint a director or chief executive officer, but (2) excluding a personal interest arising solely from the fact of holding shares in the company or in a body corporate. Under the Companies Law, in the case of a person voting by proxy for another person, “Personal Interest” includes a personal interest of either of the proxy holder or the shareholder granting the proxy, whether or not the proxy holder has discretion how to vote. If you do not have a Personal Interest in the above matter being presented to the shareholders, you may assume that using the form of proxy enclosed herewith will not create a Personal Interest.
 
As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Company has no controlling shareholders within the meaning of the Companies Law. In addition, it believes that the vast majority of its shareholders should not have a Personal Interest in Proposal 2.
 
You may change your mind and cancel your proxy card by filing a written notice of revocation with the Company, by completing and returning a duly executed proxy card bearing a later date or by voting in person at the Meeting. Attendance at the Meeting will not in and of itself constitute revocation of proxy. Subject to the foregoing paragraph, shares represented by a valid proxy card will be voted in favor of the proposed resolution to be presented at the Meeting, unless you clearly vote against a specific resolution.
 
Under the terms of the Deposit Agreement among the Company, The Bank of New York Mellon, as Depositary, and the holders of the Company’s ADSs, the Depositary shall endeavor (insofar as is practicable and in accordance with the applicable law and the articles of association of the Company) to vote or cause to be voted the number of Ordinary Shares represented by ADSs in accordance with the instructions provided by the holders of ADSs to the Depositary. If no instructions are received by the Depositary from any holder of ADSs with respect to any of the Ordinary Shares represented by the ADSs evidenced by such holder’s receipts on or before the date established by the Depositary for such purpose (as set forth above), then the Depositary will deem the holder of the Ordinary Shares to have instructed the Depositary to give a discretionary proxy to a person designated by the Company with respect to the Ordinary Shares represented by such ADSs, and the Depositary will give such instruction. In such case, the restrictions of the Companies Law with respect to “Personal Interest” as described above, would apply as well.
 
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COMPENSATION OF OFFICERS
 
Compensation for our executive officers, based on each officer’s employment agreement and personal contribution to our management, operations and success, will be determined in accordance with our Executive Compensation Policy (the “Compensation Policy”). As required by the Companies Law, our shareholders approved the Compensation Policy for our office holders at our extraordinary general meeting in December 2013, and approved the renewal and amendment of the Compensation Policy in July 2019.
 
For information regarding compensation actually received by our five most highly paid executive officers during the year ended December 31, 2019, please see “Item 6 – Directors, Senior Management and Employees – Compensation of Directors and Senior Management” in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2019.
 
PROPOSAL ONE
RE-ELECTION OF NON-EXTERNAL DIRECTORS
 
Our Board of Directors has designated the persons named below for election to serve until the next Annual General Meeting of our shareholders. In the absence of instructions to the contrary, the persons named in the enclosed proxy will vote the Ordinary Shares represented thereby “For” the election of the directors listed below as a group. If any of such directors is unable to serve, the persons named in the proxy shall vote the Ordinary Shares for the election/re-election of such other nominee/director as the Board of Directors may propose. The following nominees have advised the Company that they will serve as directors upon election.

 The following provides certain relevant information concerning the directors, including their principal occupations during at least the past five years.
 

Director
Age
Principal Occupation

Aharon Schwartz, Ph.D.
77
Dr. Schwartz has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since 2004. He served in a number of positions in Teva from 1975 through 2011, the most recent being Vice President, Head of Teva Innovative Ventures from 2008. Dr. Schwartz is currently a member of the board of directors of Protalix Ltd. (NYSE American:PLX), and Barcode Ltd. He also works as an independent consultant. Dr. Schwartz received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Weizmann Institute, his M.Sc. in organic chemistry from the Technion and a B.Sc. in chemistry and physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, Dr. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the history and philosophy of science.
 
Michael Anghel, Ph.D.
81
Dr. Anghel has served on our Board of Directors since 2010 and on our Investment Monitoring Committee since 2010. From 1977 to 1999, he led the Discount Investment Corporation Ltd. (of the IDB Group) activities in the fields of technology and communications. Dr. Anghel was instrumental in founding Tevel, one of the first Israeli cable television operators and later in founding Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL), the second Israeli cellular operator. In 1999, he founded CAP Ventures, an advanced technology investment company. From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Anghel served as CEO of DCM, the investment banking arm of the Israel Discount Bank (TASE:DSCT). Over the years, Dr. Anghel has been involved in founding and managing various technology enterprises and has served on the Boards of Directors of various major Israeli corporations and financial institutions, many of them publicly traded in the U.S. and Israel. During the past two years, he completed long term tenures as director on the boards of: Partner Communications Company, Ltd. (Nasdaq:PTNR, TASE:PTNR), Strauss Group Ltd. (TASE:STRS), and Orbotech Ltd. (Nasdaq:ORBK), He currently serves as director on the boards of InMode Ltd. (Nasdaq:INMD) and Ellomay Capital Ltd. (NYSE American: ELLO). Prior to launching his business career, Dr. Anghel served as a full-time member of the faculty of the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration of the Tel Aviv University, where he taught finance and corporate strategy. He currently serves as Chairman of the Tel Aviv University’s Executive Program. Dr. Anghel holds a B.A. (Economics) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA and Ph.D. (Finance) from Columbia University, New York.
 
B.J. Bormann, Ph.D.
61
Dr. Bormann has served on our Board of Directors since August 2013. Dr. Bormann currently serves as the Vice President of Translational Science and Network Alliances at The Jackson Laboratory, a non-profit organization focused on the genetic basis of disease. Dr. Bormann was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Supportive Therapeutics, LLC, a Boston based company that is developing two molecules for use in the supportive care of oncology patients. In the past several years Dr. Bormann has held executive positions in several biotechnology companies including NanoMedical Systems (Austin, Texas), Harbour Antibodies (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Pivot Pharmaceuticals (PVTF: OTC listed). Prior to these engagements, Dr. Bormann was Senior Vice President responsible for world-wide alliances, licensing and business development at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2007 to 2013. From 1996 to 2007, she served in a number of positions at Pfizer, Inc., the last one being Vice President of Pfizer Global Research and Development and world-wide Head of Strategic Alliances. Dr. Bormann serves on the board of directors of various companies, including Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Nasdaq:XERS). Dr. Bormann received her Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of Connecticut Health Center and her B.Sc. from Fairfield University in biology. Dr. Bormann completed postdoctoral training at Yale Medical School in the department of pathology.
 

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Raphael Hofstein, Ph.D.
70
Dr. Hofstein  has served on our Board of Directors since 2003, our Audit Committee since 2007 and our Compensation Committee since 2012. Dr. Hofstein has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MaRS Innovation (a commercialization company for 15 of Toronto’s universities, institutions and research institutes plus the MaRS Discovery District) from June 2009 to March 2020. From 2000 through June 2009, Dr. Hofstein was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hadasit Medical Research Services and Development Ltd., or Hadasit, the technology transfer company of Hadassah University Hospitals. He has served as chairman of the board of directors of Hadasit since 2006. Prior to joining Hadasit, Dr. Hofstein was the President of Mindsense Biosystems Ltd. and the Business Unit Director of Ecogen Inc. and has held a variety of other positions, including manager of R&D and chief of immunochemistry at the International Genetic Science Partnership. Dr. Hofstein serves on the board of directors of numerous companies. Dr. Hofstein received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and his B.Sc. in chemistry and physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Hofstein completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in both the departments of biological chemistry and neurobiology.
 
 
Sandra Panem, Ph.D.
73
Dr. Panem has served on our Board of Directors since February 2014. She is currently a managing partner at Cross Atlantic Partners, which she joined in 2000. She is also co-founder and President of NeuroNetworks Fund, a not-for-profit venture capital fund focusing on epilepsy, schizophrenia and autism. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Panem was President of Vector Fund Management, the then asset management affiliate of Vector Securities International. Prior thereto, Dr. Panem served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager for the Oppenheimer Global BioTech Fund, a mutual fund that invested in public and private biotechnology companies. Previously, she was Vice President at Salomon Brothers Venture Capital, a fund focused on early and later-stage life sciences and technology investments. Dr. Panem was also a Science and Public Policy Fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Panem currently serves on the board of directors of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOR). Previously, Dr. Panem served on numerous boards of public and private companies, including Martek Biosciences (Nasdaq:MATK), IBAH Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:IBAH), Confluent Surgical, Molecular Informatics and Labcyte, Inc. She received a B.S. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Chicago.
 
Our Articles of Association specify that the number of directors will be at least five but not more than ten. The current Board of Directors consists of seven members.
 
Each director has attested to the Board of Directors and the Company that he or she meets all the requirements in connection with the election of directors of publicly-traded companies under the Companies Law.

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If re-elected pursuant to this proposal, each director will continue to be party to an indemnification agreement with the Company in the form of indemnification letter previously approved by the shareholders on November 17, 2011 to be entered into by the Company with directors serving from time to time in such capacity, and shall continue to be insured under the Company’s directors and officers insurance coverage policy which provides coverage for all directors of the Company. In addition, each director will receive cash participation compensation and annual compensation in accordance with the Companies Law Regulations (Rules concerning Compensation and Expenses of an External Director), 5760-2000 (the “External Directors Compensation Regulations”) and with our Compensation Policy. The amounts to be paid are between the fixed and maximum rates specified in the annexes of the External Directors Compensation Regulations and are the same for all directors in the Company, both external and non-external. Those amounts have been approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors and by the Board as required by the Companies Law and applicable regulations.
 
Our Board of Directors will present the following resolution for adoption at the Meeting:
 
“RESOLVED, to re-elect Aharon Schwartz, Michael Anghel, B.J. Bormann, Raphael Hofstein and Sandra Panem as directors of the Company until the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders or until their respective successors are duly elected.”
 
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power represented at the Meeting is necessary for the approval of the foregoing resolution.

Our Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” the re-election of the Company’s non-external directors.

PROPOSAL TWO
AMENDMENTS TO EMPLOYMENT TERMS OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 Pursuant to the Companies Law, arrangements regarding the compensation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer require the approval of the Compensation Committee, the Board of Directors and the shareholders, in that order. Furthermore, the Companies Law requires that the Company compensate its CEO in accordance with the Compensation Policy.

Mr. Philip Serlin has been the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2016. Prior to becoming our CEO, Mr. Serlin served as our Chief Financial and Operating Officer beginning in 2009.

A.          Amendment to Mr. Serlin’s Employment Agreement

Under the terms of Mr. Serlin’s employment agreement with the Company entered into on May 24, 2009, as amended, either party may terminate the employment relationship at will by giving the other party prior written notice of 60 days. The Compensation Committee and the Board of Directors have determined that the current termination provisions of Mr. Serlin’s employment agreement are not consistent with termination provisions of public company executive officers performing similar roles in similarly sized companies and therefore constitute a retention risk.

In light of the retention risk of the current termination provisions, the Compensation Committee and the Board of Directors having determined that they are consistent with the Company’s Compensation Policy, approved the following amendments to Mr. Serlin’s termination at will provisions of his employment agreement, subject to shareholder approval:

(a) In the event of termination without cause (as defined in the employment agreement) by the Company of Mr. Serlin’s employment, the Company may terminate the employment agreement upon 180 days prior written notice to Mr. Serlin.

(b) In the event Mr. Serlin terminates his employment for any reason that would constitute constructive dismissal under Israeli law, he will be entitled to a notice period of 180 days and should he terminate his employment for any other reason, he will remain subject to a 60-day notice period.
 
B.          Repricing of Mr. Serlin’s Options

Mr. Serlin currently holds options to purchase an aggregate of 3,538,472 Ordinary Shares (equivalent to 235,898 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”)) with exercise prices ranging from $0.03 to $1.55 per Ordinary Share (equivalent to $0.44 to $23.30 per ADS) under the Company’s 2003 Amended and Restated Share Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), of which options to purchase 1,446,076 Ordinary Shares (equivalent to 96,405 ADSs) have exercise prices below the closing share price of our Ordinary Shares and ADSs on August 18, 2020. The Compensation Committee and Board of Directors believe that these options have a reduced incentive and retention effect due to the difference between the exercise prices and the current market price of the Company’s shares.  As a result, the Compensation Committee and Board of Directors believe these options are not providing the incentives and retention value that is necessary to the Company’s future success and growth in the value of its shares.  

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Accordingly, the Compensation Committee and Board of Directors have determined to reduce the exercise price of all options with exercise prices above NIS 1.00 per Ordinary Share (i.e. options to purchase 1,446,076 Ordinary Shares) to NIS 1.00 (equivalent to $4.81 per ADS based on the exchange rate reported by the Bank of Israel on August 18, 2020), representing a premium in excess of 100% to the current price of the Company’s Ordinary Shares or ADSs, subject to shareholder approval. The Compensation Committee and Board of Directors believe that the reduction in exercise price of Mr. Serlin’s options will restore the condition of lost incentive and value, restore the retentive benefit of the affected options, and reduce the need to grant replacement equity incentives, which would further deplete the available share reserve under the Plan, or replacement cash incentives, which could put an undue strain on the Company’s cash position.

The Compensation Committee and Board of Directors determined that the repricing of Mr. Serlin’s options in accordance with the foregoing, is consistent with the Company’s Compensation Policy.

Our Board of Directors will present the following resolution for adoption at the Meeting:

“RESOLVED, to approve amendments to the employment terms of Mr. Philip Serlin, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as described in the Proxy Statement dated August 19, 2020.”
 
Pursuant to the Companies Law, approval of this proposal requires the affirmative vote of a Disinterested Majority of shares present at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and voting thereon.

Our Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” the amendments to the terms of Mr. Serlin’s employment.

The Companies Law allows our Board of Directors to approve this proposal even if it was not approved by our shareholders, provided that our Compensation Committee and thereafter the Board of Directors have determined that the proposal is for the good of the Company and decided to reapprove the proposal, based on detailed reasoning, and after having re-examined the proposed Compensation Policy as amended and taken, inter alia, the shareholder rejection into consideration.

PROPOSAL THREE
INCREASE IN THE COMPANY’S SHARE CAPITAL AND CORRESPONDING AMENDMENT TO
 ARTICLE 4.1 OF THE COMPANY’S ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
 
At the Meeting, we will propose that an increase in the share capital of the Company be approved.
 
The registered share capital of the Company is NIS 50,000,000, divided into 500,000,000 Ordinary Shares with a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each. As of August 18, 2020, the Company had 296,508,550 Ordinary Shares issued and outstanding. As of the same date, the Company had an additional 174,682,040 shares reserved for purposes of our  Plan and for the exercise of outstanding warrants, leaving only 28,809,410 authorized but unissued shares (equivalent to 1,920,627 ADSs) available for other purposes.
 
Under the Companies Law, a company may not issue shares in excess of its registered share capital. The Company wishes to have a sufficient reserve of authorized but unissued shares available for corporate purposes, including without limitation, offerings of its shares and additional grants of options to grantees eligible under the Plan or any other option plan which may be adopted by the Company in the future.
 
Therefore, we propose to increase the Company’s share capital from NIS 50,000,000 to NIS 150,000,000 divided into 1,500,000,000 Ordinary Shares of a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each (equivalent to 100,000,000 ADSs).

Our Board of Directors will present the following resolution for adoption at the Meeting:
 
“RESOLVED, that the Company’s registered share capital be increased from NIS 50,000,000 divided into 500,000,000 Ordinary Shares of a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each to NIS 150,000,000 divided into 1,500,000,000 Ordinary Shares of a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each and that Article 4.1 of the Company’s Articles of Association be amended accordingly.”
 
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power represented at the Meeting is necessary for the approval of the foregoing resolution.
 
Our Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” the approval of the proposed increase in registered share capital and corresponding amendment to the Company’s Articles of Association.

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PROPOSAL FOUR
APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC AUDITOR
 
Kesselman & Kesselman, a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, have audited the Company’s financial statements beginning with the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2003. Except as the Company’s auditors, there is no other affiliation between such firm and the Company.
 
The Companies Law requires shareholder approval of the appointment of the Company’s independent public accountants for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020. Our Board of Directors recommended and upon such recommendation, at the last Annual General Meeting, the Company’s shareholders appointed the accounting firm of Kesselman & Kesselman as our independent registered public accounting firm to perform the audit of our consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019. The Board of Directors believes that the appointment of Kesselman & Kesselman as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm to perform the audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 is appropriate and in the interests of the Company and its shareholders. Subject to the approval of this proposal, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors will fix the compensation of Kesselman & Kesselman in accordance with the scope and nature of their services to the Company.
 
In compliance with the Companies Law, our Board of Directors will present the following resolution for adoption at the Meeting:
 
“RESOLVED, to reappoint Kesselman & Kesselman, Certified Public Accountants (Isr.), a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company for the year ending December 31, 2020 and to authorize the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to fix the compensation of said auditors in accordance with the scope and nature of their services.”
 
The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power represented at the Meeting is necessary for the approval of the foregoing resolution.
 
Our Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” approval of the proposed appointment of Kesselman & Kesselman as the independent public auditors of the Company for the year ending December 31, 2020 and the authorization of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to fix their compensation.

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ITEM FIVE
REVIEW OF THE COMPANY’S ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019, AND TRANSACTION OF SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY
 PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE MEETING
 
The audited financial statements of the Company for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 were filed together with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F, which was filed on March 12, 2020 with the SEC and is available at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, and at the Magna website of the Israel Securities Authority (“ISA”) at www.magna.isa.gov.il. We will hold a discussion with respect to the Annual Report and financial statements at the Meeting. This item will not involve a vote by the shareholders.
 
The Company’s management is not aware of any other business to be transacted at the Meeting. However, if any other matters are properly presented to the Meeting, the persons named as proxies in the enclosed form of proxy will vote upon such matters in accordance with their best judgment.

Where to Find More Information
 
We are subject to the information reporting requirements of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), applicable to foreign private issuers and we fulfill the obligations with respect to those requirements by filing reports with the SEC. Our SEC filings are available to the public on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, the ISA’s website at www.magna.isa.gov.il and the Company’s website at www.biolinerx.com. Shareholders may obtain information directly from the Company, whose registered office is at 2 HaMa’ayan Street, Modi’in 7177871, Israel and whose telephone number is +972-8-642-9100.
 
As a foreign private issuer, we are exempt from the rules under the Exchange Act related to the furnishing and content of proxy statements. The circulation of this proxy statement and related notice should not be taken as an admission that we are subject to those proxy rules. Furthermore, our officers, directors and principal shareholders are exempt from the reporting and “short-swing” profit recovery provisions contained in Section 16 of the Exchange Act and the rules thereunder, with respect to their purchases and sales of securities.  Lastly, we are not required under the Exchange Act to file periodic reports and financial statements with the SEC as frequently or as promptly as United States companies whose securities are registered under the Exchange Act.
 
YOU SHOULD RELY ONLY ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT OR THE INFORMATION FURNISHED TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PROXY STATEMENT WHEN VOTING ON THE MATTERS SUBMITTED TO SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL HEREUNDER. WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANYONE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT. THIS PROXY STATEMENT IS DATED AUGUST 19, 2020. YOU SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT IS ACCURATE AS OF ANY DATE OTHER THAN AUGUST 19, 2020, AND THE MAILING OF THIS DOCUMENT TO SHAREHOLDERS SHOULD NOT CREATE ANY IMPLICATION TO THE CONTRARY.
 
Shareholders are urged to complete and return their proxies promptly in order to, among other things, ensure the presence of a quorum at the Meeting and to avoid the expense of additional solicitation. If the accompanying proxy is properly executed (including the indication of a vote on the proposed matters) and returned in time for voting, the shares represented thereby will be voted as indicated thereon. IF No SPECIFICATION IS MADE, AND EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE MENTIONED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT, THE ORDINARY SHARES REPRESENTED BY THE PROXY WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSALS DESCRIBED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT.
 
By Order of the Board of Directors
 
BioLineRx Ltd.
 
August 19, 2020

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Exhibit 2

-BIOLINERX LTD.
 
For the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
to be held on September 24, 2020
 
THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
The undersigned shareholder of BioLineRx Ltd. (the “Company”) hereby appoints Mali Ze’evi and/or Raziel Fried, and each or either of them, the true and lawful attorney, agent and proxy of the undersigned, with full power of substitution, to vote, as designated below, all of the ordinary shares of the Company which the undersigned is entitled in any capacity to vote at the Annual General Meeting of the shareholders of the Company which will be held at the offices of the Company at Modi’in Technology Park, 2 HaMa’ayan Street, Modi’in 7177871, Israel, on September 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (local time), and all adjournments and postponements thereof.
 
                                                                
                                                                (CONTINUED AND TO BE SIGNED ON REVERSE SIDE)
See
Reverse
Side
 



ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS OF
 
BIOLINERX LTD.
 
September 24, 2020

 
       THIS PROXY WHEN PROPERLY EXECUTED WILL BE VOTED AS DIRECTED HEREIN.
IF NO DIRECTION IS INDICATED, THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED “FOR” THE PROPOSALS HEREIN.
 
 
Please mark your vote for the following resolutions as in this example    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.
TO RE-ELECT the following nominees to serve as directors of the Company for the coming year until the next annual general meeting of the Company’s shareholders or until their respective successors are duly elected:
 
FOR
AGAINST
 
ABSTAIN
 
 
a. Aharon Schwartz
 
 
b.Michael Anghel
 
 
c. B.J. Bormann
 
 
d. Raphael Hofstein
 
 
e. Sandra Panem
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.
TO APPROVE amendments to the employment terms of Philip Serlin, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, all as described in the Proxy Statement.
 
Do you have a “Personal Interest” (as defined in the Proxy Statement) with respect to the subject matter of this proposal? (Please note: if you do not mark either “Yes” or “No” your shares will not be voted on Proposal 2)
FOR
 
 
 
Yes
 
AGAINST
 
 
 
No
 
ABSTAIN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
3.
TO APPROVE an increase in the Company’s registered share capital from NIS 50,000,000 divided into 500,000,000 ordinary shares of a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each to NIS 150,000,000 divided into 1,500,000,000 ordinary shares of a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each, and a corresponding amendment to Article 4.1 of the Company’s Articles of Association.
 FOR
 
 
  AGAINST
 
  ABSTAIN
 
   
Name: __________________________________        
 
Number of shares:_________________________         
 
Signature: _______________________________         
 
Date: ___________________________________         
 
NOTE: Please mark date and sign exactly as the name(s) appear on this proxy. If the signer is a corporation, please sign the full corporate name by a duly authorized officer. Executors, administrators, trustees, etc. should state their full title or capacity. Joint owners should each sign.
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.
TO RE-APPOINT Kesselman & Kesselman, a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limitedd, as the independent public auditors of the Company for the year ending December 31, 2020 and to authorize the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to fix the compensation of said auditors in accordance with the scope and nature of their services.
 
  FOR
 
 
  AGAINST
 
   ABSTAIN
 
 

 

Exhibit 3


BIOLINERX LTD.

Instructions to The Bank of New York Mellon, as Depositary
(Must be received prior to 12:00 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2020)
 

 
The undersigned registered owner of American Depositary Shares hereby requests and instructs The Bank of New York Mellon, as Depositary, to endeavor, in so far as practicable, to vote or cause to be voted the amount of Shares or other Deposited Securities represented by such Shares of BioLineRx Ltd. registered in the name of the undersigned on the books of the Depositary as of the close of business on August 23, 2020 at the Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders of BioLineRx Ltd. to be held on September 24, 2020 or any postponement or adjournment thereof in respect of the resolutions specified on the reverse.
 
NOTES:
 
1.
Please direct the Depositary how it is to vote by placing an “X” in the appropriate box opposite each agenda item. It is understood that, if this form is signed and returned but no instructions are indicated in the boxes, then a discretionary proxy will be given to a person designated by the Company.
 
2.
It is understood that, if this form is not signed and returned, the Depositary will deem such holder to have instructed the Depositary to give a discretionary proxy to a person designated by the Company.

(Continued and to be marked, dated and signed, on the other side)
 


 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of BIOLINERX LTD.
to be held on September 24, 2020
For Holders as of August 23, 2020
 
 
 MAIL
• Mark, sign and date your Voting Instruction Form.
• Detach your Voting Instruction Form.
• Return your Voting Instruction Form in the postage-paid envelope provided.

 All votes must be received prior to 12:00 pm, Eastern Time September 18, 2020.

PROXY TABULATOR FOR
BIOLINERX LTD.
P.O. BOX 8016
CARY, NC 27512-9903

           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EVENT #
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLIENT #
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Please separate carefully at the perforation and return just this portion in the envelope provided.



 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of
BIOLINERX LTD.

Date:
September 24, 2020
 
See Voting Instruction On Reverse Side.

Please make your marks like this:   ☒   Use dark black pencil or pen only

1.
TO RE-ELECT the following nominees to serve as directors of the Company for the coming year until the next annual general meeting of the Company’s shareholders or until their respective successors are duly elected:



    For Against
Abstain
 
a.
Aharon Schwartz
 
b. Michael Anghel

 
c. B.J. Bormann


 
d. Raphael Hofstein


 
e. Sandra Panem

         
2.
TO APPROVE amendments to the employment terms of Philip Serlin, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, all as described in the Proxy Statement.

     
Yes
No
 
 
2a.
Do you have a “Personal Interest” (as defined in the Proxy Statement) with respect to the subject matter of this proposal? (Please note: if you do not mark either “Yes” or “No” your shares will not be voted on Proposal 2)

 
 
 
 
For Against Abstain
3.
TO APPROVE an increase in the Company’s registered share capital from NIS 50,000,000 divided into 500,000,000 ordinary shares of a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each to NIS 150,000,000 divided into 1,500,000,000 ordinary shares of a nominal value of NIS 0.10 each, and a corresponding amendment to Article 4.1 of the Company’s Articles of Association.


           
4.
TO RE-APPOINT Kesselman & Kesselman, a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limitedd, as the independent public auditors of the Company for the year ending December 31, 2020 and to authorize the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to fix the compensation of said auditors in accordance with the scope and nature of their services.



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