8.Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation. In order to protect the Company’s Proprietary Information and good will, during my employment and for a period of twelve (12) months following the termination of my employment for any reason (the “Restricted Period”):
(a)in consideration of the offer of employment, my salary or wage, any bonus I may receive, and the equity granted to me in connection with commencement of employment with the Company, all of which I deem as fair and reasonable consideration for entering into this Agreement, I will not directly or indirectly, whether as owner, partner, shareholder, director, consultant, agent, employee, co-venturer or otherwise, engage, participate or invest in any business that develops, manufactures or markets microbiome therapeutics that are competitive with products or services of the Company, or that the Company has under development, or that are the subject of active planning at any time during my employment (collectively, the “Competitive Products”); provided that this will not prohibit any possible investment in publicly traded stock of a company representing less than one percent of the stock of such company and provided further that this provision shall apply only if I am an exempt employee (as that term is defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act) or if and when I subsequently become an exempt employee; and
(b)I will not directly or indirectly, in any manner, other than for the benefit of the Company, (i) call upon, solicit, divert or take away any of the customers, business or prospective customers of the Company or any of its suppliers, and/or (ii) solicit, entice or attempt to persuade any other employee or consultant of the Company to leave the services of the Company for any reason.
I acknowledge and agree that if I violate any of the provisions of this Section, in addition to any other remedies to which the Company may be entitled in law or equity, the running of the Restricted Period will be extended by the time during which I engage in such violation(s) or up to twenty four (24) months, whichever is longer.
I acknowledge and agree that the provisions of this agreement shall apply during and following my employment by the Company and shall not be affected by any change in my job duties, whether material or immaterial.
I further acknowledge and agree that I have the right and have had the opportunity to consult with an attorney prior to signing this Agreement.
9.Government Contracts. I acknowledge that the Company may have from time to time agreements with other persons or with the United States Government or its agencies which impose obligations or restrictions on the Company regarding inventions made during the course of work under such agreements or regarding the confidential nature of such work. I agree to comply with any such obligations or restrictions upon the direction of the Company. In addition to the rights assigned under Section 5, I also assign to the Company (or any of its nominees) all rights which I have or acquired in any Developments, full title to which is required to be in the United States under any contract between the Company and the United States or any of its agencies.
10.Prior Agreements. I hereby represent that, except as I have fully disclosed previously in writing to the Company, I am not bound by the terms of any agreement with any previous employer or other party to refrain from using or disclosing any trade secret or confidential or proprietary information in the course of my employment with the Company or to refrain from competing, directly or indirectly, with the business of such previous employer or any other party. I further represent that my performance of all the terms of this Agreement as an employee of the Company does not and will not breach any agreement to keep in confidence proprietary information, knowledge or data acquired by me in confidence or in trust prior to my employment with the Company. I will not disclose to the Company or induce the Company to use any confidential or proprietary information or material belonging to any previous employer or others.
11.Remedies Upon Breach. I understand that the restrictions contained in this Agreement are necessary for the protection of the business and goodwill of the Company and I consider them to be reasonable for such purpose. Any breach of this Agreement is likely to cause the Company substantial and irrevocable damage and therefore, in the event of such breach, the Company, in addition to such other remedies which may be available, will be entitled to specific performance and other injunctive relief.
12.Use of Voice, Image and Likeness. I give the Company permission to use my voice, image or likeness, with or without using my name, for the purposes of advertising and promoting the Company, or for other purposes deemed appropriate by the