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): June 14, 2021
Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Canada 001-36421 46-4129078
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File No.)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

#1203-4464 Markham Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 7X8
(250) 708-4272
(Address and telephone number of registrant's principal executive offices)
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Title of Each Class 
Trading Symbol(s)
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Common Shares, without par value AUPH The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Common Shares, without par valueAUPToronto Stock Exchange
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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

New Director Appointment

On June 14, 2021, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the Company) issued a press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Brinda Balakrishnan, M.D., Ph.D. to the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board). In connection with her appointment to the Board, Dr. Balakrishnan was appointed to serve as a member of the compensation committee of the Board. A copy of the press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Balakrishnan is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

The Company has entered into its standard form of indemnification agreement with Dr. Balakrishnan. The form indemnification agreement was previously filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 24, 2021 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Dr. Balakrishnan was not appointed pursuant to any arrangement or understanding with any other person and there are no family relationships between Dr. Balakrishnan and the other directors or executives of the Company. There are no transactions in which Dr. Balakrishnan has an interest requiring disclosure on the part of the Company under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Exchange Act.

As a non-employee director, Dr. Balakrishnan will be entitled to receive an annual cash retainer of $45,000 per year, payable quarterly in arrears, as well as annual equity-based compensation with an aggregate grant date value of $200,000. As a member of the Company’s compensation committee, Dr. Balakrishnan will also receive additional cash retainers totaling $7,500 per year. Dr. Balakrishnan was awarded 53,291 options with an exercise price of US$12.86 in connection with her appointment to the Board.

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (the cover page XBRL tags are 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.
Date: June 17, 2021

By:/s/ Stephen P. Robertson
Name:Stephen P. Robertson
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer