AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER
The Audit Committee has been established by the Board of Directors of AutoImmune Inc. (the “Company”) for the purpose of overseeing the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Company and audits of the financial statements of the Company.
The Audit Committee shall be comprised of at least three Directors who meet the independence, education and experience requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Nasdaq National Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), as in effect from time to time. Except as the Board of Directors may otherwise determine, the Audit Committee shall make its own rules for the conduct of its business, but unless otherwise permitted by the Board, its business shall be conducted as nearly as may be in the same manner as the By-laws of the Company provide for the conduct of business by the Board of Directors.
The duties of the Audit Committee shall be as follows:
The Audit Committee shall be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the work of any public accounting firm engaged by the Company (including resolution of disagreements between management and such firm regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work or performing other audit, review or attest services for the Company, and each such independent firm shall report directly to the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee shall monitor the independence of the Company’s independent accountants, including any relationship or services that may impact the objectivity and independence of the Company’s independent accountants and shall obtain a written statement from the Company’s independent accountants delineating all relationships between the independent accountants consistent with the requirements of Nasdaq. The Audit Committee (or one or more designated members thereof) shall pre-approve all auditing and non-audit services (except de minimis non-audit services and auditing services within the scope of the engagement of the independent accountant) provided to the Company by the independent accountant. These accountants shall be ultimately accountable to the Board of Directors of the Company and the Audit Committee as representatives of the stockholders.
The Audit Committee shall review the Company’s financial statements to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the results of any independent audit thereof, including the adequacy of internal controls and financial accounting policies. The Audit Committee shall review management’s assessment of the effectiveness of the internal control structure and procedures of the Company for financial reporting and the auditor’s attestation and report on the assessment made by management. The Audit Committee shall review and discuss the Company’s annual audited financial statements with management and shall recommend to the Board of Directors whether these financial statements should be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Audit Committee shall, to the extent it deems appropriate, review reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including the disclosures under Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
The Audit Committee shall review and approve all related-party transactions to the extent required by Nasdaq.
The Audit Committee shall establish procedures for:
the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal controls, or auditing matters, and
the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the Company of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.
The Audit Committee shall oversee or conduct special investigations or other functions at the request of the Board of Directors.
The Audit Committee shall have the authority to engage, and to determine appropriate compensation for, independent counsel and other advisers, as it determines necessary to carry out its duties. The Company shall provide appropriate funding, as determined by the Audit Committee, for payment of compensation to any public accounting firm engaged for the purpose of rendering or issuing an audit report or related work or performing other audit, review or attest services for the Company and to any advisors employed by the Audit Committee as provided in this charter. The Audit Committee may request any officer or employee of the Company or the Company’s outside counsel or independent auditor to attend a meeting of the Committee or to meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Committee. The Audit Committee shall meet as a separate Committee at least once per year and as often as it deems necessary to carry out its duties. The Audit Committee shall make regular reports to the Board of Directors.
While the Audit Committee has the responsibilities and powers set forth in this Charter, it is not the duty of the Audit Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the Company’s financial statements are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This is the responsibility of management and the independent auditor.
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