NewLink Genetics Corporation
NEWLINK GENETICS CORP (Form: 4, Received: 07/30/2012 17:18:25)
FORM 4
[ ] Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).         
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Public
Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or Section 30(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      

1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *

Vahanian Nicholas N.
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol

NEWLINK GENETICS CORP [ NLNK ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)

_____ Director                      _____ 10% Owner
__ X __ Officer (give title below)      _____ Other (specify below)
Pres and Chief Medical Officer
(Last)          (First)          (Middle)

C/O NEWLINK GENETICS CORP., 2503 SOUTH LOOP DR., SUITE 5100
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)

7/26/2012
(Street)

AMES, IA 50010
(City)        (State)        (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)

 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)

_ X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock   7/26/2012     M    17623   A $4.2   136372   D    
Common Stock   7/26/2012     M    12772   A $2.1   149144   D    
Common Stock                  52856   I   By Spouse  

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned ( e.g. , puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   $4.2   7/26/2012     M         17623      (1) 5/12/2019   Common Stock   17623   $0   0   D    
Stock Option (Right to Buy)   $2.1   7/26/2012     M         12772      (2) 7/15/2018   Common Stock   12772   $0   0   D    

Explanation of Responses:
( 1)  Grant to the Reporting Person of a stock option under the Plan. The option vests over a five-year period, with 20% of such option vesting on the one-year anniversary of the vesting commencement date and the remaining 80% of such option vesting in equal monthly installments over the next 48 months, provided that at the relevant vesting dates the Reporting Person's continuous service to the Issuer has not been terminated as defined in or as determined under the Plan. The option expires ten years after the date of grant.
( 2)  Grant to the Reporting Person of a stock option under the Issuer's 2009 Equity Incentive Plan (the "Plan"). The option is fully vested.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Vahanian Nicholas N.
C/O NEWLINK GENETICS CORP.
2503 SOUTH LOOP DR., SUITE 5100
AMES, IA 50010


Pres and Chief Medical Officer

Signatures
/s/ Gordon Link, by power of attorney 7/30/2012
** Signature of Reporting Person Date


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