EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT - JEFFREY H. BURBANK
Exhibit 10.12
 
                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
                               JEFFREY H. BURBANK
 
      THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is entered into this 19th day
of October, 2005 (the "Effective Date") by and between NxStage Medical, Inc.
(the "Company"), a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business at
439 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA 01843 and Jeffrey H. Burbank, of 18 Sunrise
Road, Boxford, MA 01921 (the "Executive").
 
      WHEREAS, the Company desires to continue to employ Executive, and
Executive desires to continue to be employed by the Company upon the terms and
conditions hereinafter set forth;
 
      NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, hereby
agree as follows:
 
1. Employment. The Company hereby agrees to continue to employ Executive, and
Executive hereby accepts such employment and agrees to perform Executive's
duties and responsibilities, in accordance with the terms, conditions and
provisions hereinafter set forth. This Agreement shall be effective as of the
Effective Date and shall continue until terminated in accordance with Section 2
hereof. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as giving Executive any
right to be retained in the employ of the Company, and Executive specifically
acknowledges that Executive shall be an employee-at-will of the Company, and
thus subject to discharge at any time by the Company with or without cause and
without compensation of any nature except as provided in Section 2 below.
 
      1.1 Duties and Responsibilities. Commencing on the Effective Date,
Executive shall continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of
the Company and shall perform all duties and accept all responsibilities
incident to such position as may be reasonably assigned to Executive by the
Company's Board of Directors (the "Board"). Executive shall be based at the
Company's headquarters in Massachusetts, or such place or places in the
continental United States as the Board shall determine.
 
      1.2 Extent of Service. Executive agrees to use Executive's best efforts to
carry out Executive's duties and responsibilities under Section 1.1 hereof and,
consistent with the other provisions of this Agreement, to devote substantially
all of Executive's business time, attention and energy thereto. The foregoing
shall not be construed as preventing Executive from making passive investments
in other businesses or enterprises, provided that Executive agrees not to become
engaged in any other business activity which, in the reasonable judgment of the
Board, is likely to interfere with Executive's ability to discharge Executive's
duties and responsibilities to the Company. The foregoing shall also not be
construed as preventing Executive from participating as a member of a board of
directors or in some other capacity with another organization, including a
public company, provided that Executive shall have received prior approval of
the Board.
 
      1.3 Base Salary. For all the services rendered by Executive hereunder, the
Company shall pay Executive a base salary ("Base Salary") at the annual rate of
$290,000, less applicable
 
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taxes and withholdings, payable bi-weekly in installments at such times as the
Company customarily pays its other senior level executives. Executive's Base
Salary shall be reviewed annually for appropriate increases by the Board or
compensation committee pursuant to the normal performance review policies for
senior level executives.
 
      1.4 Incentive Compensation. The Executive shall participate in short-term
and long-term incentive programs established by the Company for its senior level
executives generally, at levels determined by the Board or the compensation
committee. Executive's incentive compensation shall be subject to the terms of
the applicable plans and shall be determined based on Executive's individual
performance and Company performance as determined by the Board or the
compensation committee. For 2005, the Board and the compensation committee have
determined that Executive will be entitled to receive incentive compensation of
up to 45% of Executive's 2005 base salary based on Executive's individual
performance and Company performance as determined by the Board or the
compensation committee.
 
      1.5 Retirement and Welfare Plans. Executive shall participate in employee
retirement and welfare benefit plans made available to the Company's senior
level executives as a group or to its employees generally, as such retirement
and welfare plans may be in effect from time to time and subject to the
eligibility requirements of the plans. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent
the Company from amending or terminating any retirement, welfare or other
employee benefit plans or programs from time to time as the Company deems
appropriate.
 
      1.6 Reimbursement of Expenses; Vacation. Executive may participate in any
and all benefit programs, including reimbursement of expenses and vacation,
which the Company makes available to its employees from time to time, provided
Executive is eligible under (and subject to all provisions of) the policy and/or
plan documents that govern these programs. The Company reserves the right to
change, add or cease any particular benefit without notice, in its sole
discretion, provided that these programs shall not be changed or terminated to
the detriment of the Executive unless the programs are similarly modified or
terminated with respect to all employees generally, or as otherwise required by
law. For purposes of determining vacation eligibility, Executive will be deemed
to have ten (10) years tenure with the Company.
 
2. Termination. Executive's employment shall terminate upon the occurrence of
any of the following events:
 
      2.1 Termination Without Cause or Resignation for Good Reason Before A
Change of Control.
 
            (a) Subject to Section 2.2 below, if the Company terminates
Executive's employment without Cause (as defined in Section 2.9) at any time
before a Change of Control or Executive resigns for Good Reason (as defined in
Section 2.9) at any time before a Change of Control, this Section 2.1 shall
apply.
 
            (b) If Executive's employment terminates as described in subsection
(a) above and Executive executes and does not revoke a written separation
agreement and release, in a form provided by the Company, of any and all claims
against the Company and all related parties with respect to all matters arising
out of Executive's employment by the Company, or the
 
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termination thereof (the "Release"), Executive shall be entitled to receive the
following severance compensation, as long as Executive complies with the terms
of Executive's Proprietary Information Agreement (as defined below):
 
                  (i) Executive shall receive severance payments in an amount
equal to one times Executive's annual Base Salary at the rate in effect at the
time of Executive's termination. The severance amount shall be paid in
accordance with the Company's normal payroll practices over the 12-month period
following Executive's termination of employment (the "Severance Period").
Payments shall commence within 30 days after the effective date of the
termination (or the end of the revocation period for the Release, if later).
 
                  (ii) During the Severance Period, Executive shall continue to
receive the medical coverage in effect at the date of Executive's termination
(or generally comparable coverage) for Executive and, where applicable,
Executive's spouse and dependents, as the same may be changed from time to time
for employees generally, as if Executive had continued in employment during such
period, or, as an alternative, the Company may elect to pay Executive cash in
lieu of such coverage in an amount equal to Executive's COBRA cost of continuing
such coverage (less any required employee payments calculated as if Executive
had continued to be an employee), where such coverage may not be continued (or
where such continuation would adversely affect the tax status of the plan
pursuant to which the coverage is provided). After the Severance Period, the
Executive shall be responsible for assuming all costs associated with continuing
medical coverage pursuant to COBRA. The COBRA health care continuation coverage
period under Section 4980B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the
"Code"), shall run concurrently with the Severance Period.
 
                  (iii) Stock Options.
 
All outstanding stock options and stock awards held by Executive at the date of
Executive's termination of employment that would have otherwise become vested
and exercisable during the Severance Period will become vested and exercisable
during the Severance Period as if Executive had remained employed during the
Severance Period. Subject to the provisions of Section 2.2(a) below, Executive
shall have up to ninety (90) days following the expiration of the Severance
Period to exercise his vested options or awards (provided that nothing in this
Agreement shall extend the right of exercise beyond the earlier of (a) the final
exercise or termination date, as set forth in the respective option or award
agreement, or (b) the date of termination, cancellation or exchange of an option
as a result of a change in the Company's capitalization or any reorganization
event, including (i) any merger or consolidation of the Company with or into
another entity as a result of which the Common Stock of the Company is converted
into or exchanged for the right to receive cash, securities or other property or
is cancelled, (ii) any exchange of all of the Common Stock of the Company for
cash, securities or other property pursuant to a share exchange transaction,
(iii) any liquidation or dissolution of the Company, or (iv) any similar event)
All options or awards not exercised at the end of this period shall expire and
be null and void. All stock option or stock award agreements between the
Executive and the Company shall continue in full force and effect except that in
the event of any conflict between this Agreement and either the stock option or
award agreement or relevant stock plan, the terms of this Agreement shall
prevail, except that this Agreement shall not be
 
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construed to limit, in any way, Executive's rights granted under Executive's
option or award agreements or relevant stock plan.
 
                  (iv) Executive shall receive any benefits in accordance with
the terms of any applicable benefit plans and programs of the Company accrued as
of the date of the termination.
 
            (c) Executive agrees that if Executive fails to comply with
Executive's Proprietary Information Agreement, all payments under this Section
2.1 shall immediately cease.
 
      2.2 Termination Without Cause; Resignation for Good Reason After or in
Connection With A Change of Control.
 
            (a) If a Change of Control occurs and (i) the Company has terminated
Executive's employment without Cause within the period of time commencing three
(3) months prior to the public announcement by the Company or the acquiring
company of such Change of Control and extending until the Change in Control, and
unless the Company can reasonably demonstrate that such termination did not
arise in connection with such Change of Control, or (ii) the Company terminates
Executive's employment without Cause at any time upon or after a Change of
Control, or (iii) Executive resigns for Good Reason (as defined in Section 2.9)
upon or at any time during the 12-month period following the Change of Control,
this Section 2.2 shall apply.
 
            (b) If Executive's employment terminates as described in subsection
(a) above and Executive executes and does not revoke a Release, Executive shall
be entitled to receive the following severance compensation, as long as
Executive complies with the terms of Executive's Proprietary Information
Agreement (as defined below):
 
                  (i) Executive shall receive a lump sum severance payment in an
amount equal to (A) two times Executive's annual Base Salary at the rate in
effect at the time of Executive's termination, plus (B) two times the greater of
(X) Executive's annual bonus paid by the Company to Executive for the fiscal
year preceding Executive's termination of employment or (Y) the Executive's
target annual bonus for the then current year. The payment shall be made within
30 days after the effective date of the termination of employment (or the end of
the revocation period for the Release, if later).
 
                  (ii) During the 24-month period following Executive's
termination of employment (the "CIC Severance Period"), Executive shall continue
to receive the medical coverage in effect at the date of Executive's termination
(or generally comparable coverage) for Executive and, where applicable,
Executive's spouse and dependents, as the same may be changed from time to time
for employees generally, as if Executive had continued in employment during such
period, or, as an alternative, the Company may elect to pay Executive cash in
lieu of such coverage in an amount equal to Executive's COBRA cost of continuing
such coverage (less any required employee payments calculated as if Executive
had continued to be an employee), where such coverage may not be continued (or
where such continuation would adversely affect the tax status of the plan
pursuant to which the coverage is provided). After the CIC Severance Period, the
Executive shall be responsible for assuming all costs associated with
 
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continuing medical coverage pursuant to COBRA. The COBRA health care
continuation coverage period under Section 4980B of the Code shall run
concurrently with the CIC Severance Period.
 
                  (iii) Without limiting any acceleration of vesting provided
for under Executive's stock option or stock award agreements in connection with
a Change of Control, all outstanding stock options and stock awards held by
Executive at the date of Executive's termination of employment shall become
fully vested and exercisable on the date of termination of employment. Executive
shall have up to ninety (90) days following his date of termination to exercise
his vested options or awards. All options or awards not exercised at the end of
this period shall expire and be null and void. Notwithstanding any other
provision of this Agreement but subject to the next succeeding sentence of this
subsection (iii), if Executive's employment is terminated pursuant to Section
2.2(a)(i) above, then Executive shall have up to ninety (90) days following the
Change of Control to exercise his vested options and awards. Nothing in this
Agreement shall extend the right of exercise beyond the earlier of (a) the final
exercise or termination date, as set forth in the respective stock option or
stock award agreements, or (b) the date of termination, cancellation or exchange
of an option as a result of a change in the Company's capitalization or any
reorganization event, including (i) any merger or consolidation of the Company
with or into another entity as a result of which the Common Stock of the Company
is converted into or exchanged for the right to receive cash, securities or
other property or is cancelled, (ii) any exchange of all of the Common Stock of
the Company for cash, securities or other property pursuant to a share exchange
transaction, (iii) any liquidation or dissolution of the Company, or (iv) any
similar event; provided that if any of Executive's stock options or stock awards
would terminate upon a Change of Control because they are not assumed by the
successor entity, all of Executive's outstanding stock options and stock awards
shall become vested immediately prior to the Change of Control, within a
timeframe determined by the Compensation Committee of the Company, and
reasonably acceptable to Executive, to allow Executive to exercise all of his
options and/or awards prior to the Change of Control; provided that the options
or awards not vested immediately prior to the Change of Control shall be subject
to the effectiveness of the Change of Control. All stock option and stock awards
agreements between the Executive and the Company shall continue in full force
and effect, except that in the event of any conflict between this Agreement and
either the stock option or award agreement or relevant stock plan, the terms of
this Agreement shall prevail, except that this Agreement shall not be construed
to limit, in any way, Executive's rights granted under Executive's stock option
or stock award agreements or relevant stock plan.
 
                  (iv) Executive shall receive any benefits accrued in
accordance with the terms of any applicable benefit plans and programs of the
Company as of the date of termination.
 
            (c) If Executive's employment is terminated pursuant to Section
2.2(a)(i) above, then (i) subject to the provisions of Section 2.2(b), Executive
shall be entitled to receive the severance compensation set forth in Section
2.2(b) above and the provisions of Section 2.3 below in lieu of the severance
compensation set forth in Section 2.1 above, and (ii) any amounts owed to
Executive pursuant to this Section 2.2 shall be offset by the amounts already
paid to Executive pursuant to Section 2.1. In addition, to the extent any stock
option has terminated pursuant to the provisions of Section 2.1(b)(iii) above,
such termination shall be null and void,
 
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and Executive shall have the rights pursuant to Section 2.2(b) above (subject to
the provisions of Section 2.2 (b)(iii) above).
 
            (d) Executive agrees that if Executive materially breaches the terms
of Executive's Proprietary Information Agreement (as defined below), all
payments under this Section 2.2 shall immediately cease.
 
      2.3 Increase in Payments Upon a Change of Control.
 
            (a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in
the event that it shall be determined that any payment or distribution by the
Company to or for the benefit of Executive, whether paid or payable or
distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or
otherwise (a "Payment"), would constitute an "excess parachute payment" within
the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, the Company shall pay to Executive an
additional amount (the "Gross-Up Payment") such that the net amount retained by
Executive after deduction of any excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the
Code, and any federal, state and local income tax, employment tax and excise tax
imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, shall be equal to the Payment. For purposes
of determining the amount of the Gross-Up Payment, unless Executive specifies
that other rates apply, Executive shall be deemed to pay federal income tax and
employment taxes at the highest marginal rate of federal income and employment
taxation in the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made and
state and local income taxes at the highest marginal rate of taxation in the
state and locality of Executive's residence on Executive's termination date, net
of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes that may be obtained from the
deduction of such state and local taxes.
 
            (b) All determinations to be made under this Section 2.3 shall be
made by the Company's independent public accountant immediately prior to the
Change of Control or by another independent public accounting firm mutually
selected by the Company and Executive before the date of the Change of Control
(the "Accounting Firm"), which firm shall provide its determinations and any
supporting calculations both to the Company and Executive within 20 days after
Executive's termination date. Any such determination by the Accounting Firm
shall be binding upon the Company and Executive. Within 10 days after the
Accounting Firm's determination, the Company shall pay the Gross-Up Payment to
Executive.
 
            (c) All of the fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm in
performing the determinations referred to in this Section 2.3 shall be borne
solely by the Company.
 
      2.4 Voluntary Termination. Executive may voluntarily terminate Executive's
employment for any reason upon 30 days' prior written notice. In such event,
after the effective date of such termination, except as provided in Sections 2.1
and 2.2 with respect to a resignation for Good Reason, no further payments shall
be due under this Agreement, except that Executive shall be entitled to any
benefits accrued as of the employment termination date in accordance with the
terms of any applicable benefit plans and programs of the Company.
 
      2.5 Disability. The Company may terminate Executive's employment if
Executive has been unable to perform the material duties of Executive's
employment for a period of 90 days (which need not be consecutive) in any
12-month period because of physical or mental
 
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injury or illness ("Disability"); provided, however, that the Company shall
continue to pay Executive's Base Salary until the Company acts to terminate
Executive's employment. Executive agrees, in the event of a dispute under this
Section 2.5 relating to Executive's Disability, to submit to a physical
examination by a licensed physician jointly selected by the Board and Executive.
If the Company terminates Executive's employment for Disability, no further
payments shall be due under this Agreement, except that Executive shall be
entitled to any benefits accrued as of the employment termination date in
accordance with the terms of any applicable benefit plans and programs of the
Company.
 
      2.6 Death. If Executive dies while employed by the Company, the Company
shall pay to Executive's executor, legal representative, administrator or
designated beneficiary, as applicable, any benefits accrued as of the date of
death under the Company's benefit plans and programs. Otherwise, the Company
shall have no further liability or obligation under this Agreement to
Executive's executors, legal representatives, administrators, heirs or assigns
or any other person claiming under or through Executive.
 
      2.7 Cause. The Company may terminate Executive's employment at any time
for Cause (as defined in Section 2.9) upon written notice to Executive, in which
event all payments under this Agreement shall cease. Executive shall be entitled
to any benefits accrued before Executive's termination in accordance with the
terms of any applicable benefit plans and programs of the Company.
 
      2.8 Notice of Termination. Any termination of Executive's employment shall
be communicated by a written notice of termination to the other party hereto
given in accordance with Section 7. The notice of termination shall (i) indicate
the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) briefly
summarize the facts and circumstances deemed to provide a basis for a
termination of employment and the applicable provision hereof, and (iii) specify
the termination date in accordance with the requirements of this Agreement.
 
      2.9 Definitions.
 
            (a) "Cause" shall mean any of the following grounds for termination
of Executive's employment:
 
                  (i) Executive shall have been convicted of, indicted for, or
entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any crime involving moral
turpitude or any felony;
 
                  (ii) Executive intentionally and continually fails to perform
Executive's reasonably assigned material duties to the Company (other than a
failure resulting from Executive's incapacity due to physical or mental
illness), which failure has continued for a period of at least 30 days after a
written notice of demand for substantial performance, signed by a duly
authorized officer of the Company, has been delivered to Executive specifying
the manner in which Executive has failed substantially to perform; or
 
                  (iii) Executive materially breaches the terms of Executive's
Proprietary Information Agreement.
 
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            (b) "Change of Control" as used herein, a "Change of Control" shall
be deemed to have occurred if:
 
                  (i) Any "person" (as such term is used in sections 13(d) and
14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"))
becomes a "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act),
directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing more than 50%
of the voting power of the then outstanding securities of the Company; provided
that a Change of Control shall not be deemed to occur as a result of a
transaction in which the Company becomes a subsidiary of another corporation and
in which the stockholders of the Company, immediately prior to the transaction,
will beneficially own, immediately after the transaction, shares entitling such
stockholders to more than 50% of all votes to which all stockholders of the
parent corporation would be entitled in the election of directors; or
 
                  (ii) The consummation of (A) a merger or consolidation of the
Company with another corporation where the stockholders of the Company,
immediately prior to the merger or consolidation, will not beneficially own,
immediately after the merger or consolidation, shares entitling such
stockholders to more than 50% of all votes to which all stockholders of the
surviving corporation would be entitled in the election of directors, (B) a sale
or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company,
or (C) a liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
 
            (c) "Good Reason" shall mean the occurrence of any of the following
events or conditions, unless Executive has expressly consented in writing
thereto, or except as a result of Executive's physical or mental incapacity or
as described in the last sentence of this subsection (c):
 
                  (i) a reduction in Executive's Base Salary or target Bonus
prior to a Change of Control (as defined above) whereby Executive's Base Salary
or target Bonus are decreased by more than 10% from Executive's immediately
preceding Base Salary or target Bonus amount; provided however, that such
reduction shall not trigger Good Reason if all similarly situated executives are
similarly affected by a decrease in Base Salary or target Bonus; provided
further, if such decreases are equal to or greater than 20% of Executive's Base
Salary or target Bonus, Good Reason shall be available to the Executive;
 
                  (ii) a reduction in Executive's Base Salary or target Bonus
after a Change of Control (as defined above);
 
                  (iii) a substantial reduction of Executive's duties and
responsibilities hereunder or diminution of title; or
 
                  (iv) the Company requires that Executive's principal office
location be moved to a location more than 50 miles from Executive's principal
office location or principal residence (as defined by Section 217 of the Code)
immediately before the change in location (provided that Executive, at the time
of termination of employment, does not have a principal residence (as defined by
Section 217 of the Code) 50 miles from the Executive's principal office).
 
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Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive shall not have Good Reason for
termination unless Executive gives written notice of termination for Good Reason
within 30 days after the event giving rise to Good Reason occurs and the Company
does not correct the action or failure to act that constitutes the grounds for
Good Reason, as set forth in Executive's notice of termination, within 30 days
after the date on which Executive gives written notice of termination.
 
3. Non-Exclusivity of Rights. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent or limit
Executive's continuing or future participation in or rights under any benefit,
bonus, incentive or other plan or program provided by the Company and for which
Executive may qualify; provided, however, that if Executive becomes entitled to
and receives the payments provided for in Section 2 of this Agreement, Executive
hereby waives Executive's right to receive payments under any severance plan or
similar program applicable to all employees of the Company.
 
4. Employee Proprietary Information, Inventions and Noncompete Agreement.
Executive hereby acknowledges his obligations pursuant to his Employee
Proprietary Information, Inventions and Noncompete Agreement attached hereto as
Exhibit A (the "Proprietary Information Agreement"), including but not limited
to, the obligation to refrain from using or disclosing the proprietary
information of the Company. Executive acknowledges that these obligations shall
survive the termination of his employment with the Company, consistent with the
terms of the Proprietary Information Agreement.
 
5. Survivorship. The respective rights and obligations of the parties under this
Agreement shall survive any termination of Executive's employment to the extent
necessary to the intended preservation of such rights and obligations.
 
6. Mitigation. Executive shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any
payment or benefit provided for in this Agreement by seeking other employment or
otherwise and there shall be no offset against amounts due Executive under this
Agreement on account of any remuneration attributable to any subsequent
employment that Executive may obtain.
 
7. Notices. All notices and other communications required or permitted under
this Agreement or necessary or convenient in connection herewith shall be in
writing and shall be deemed to have been given when hand delivered or mailed by
registered or certified mail, as follows (provided that notice of change of
address shall be deemed given only when received):
 
    If to the Company, to:
 
    NxStage Medical, Inc.
    439 South Union Street, 5th Floor
    Lawrence, MA  01843
    ATTN: Chairman of the Board with copy to General Counsel
 
    If to Executive, to:
 
    Jeffrey H. Burbank
    18 Sunrise Road
    Boxford, MA  01921
 
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or to such other names or addresses as the Company or Executive, as the case may
be, shall designate by notice to each other person entitled to receive notices
in the manner specified in this Section.
 
8. Contents of Agreement; Amendment and Assignment.
 
            (a) This Agreement, together with the Proprietary Information
Agreement, sets forth the entire understanding between the parties hereto with
respect to the subject matter hereof and supercedes any and all prior agreements
and understandings concerning Executive's employment by the Company, including
Executive's Employment Agreement with the Company dated March 22, 1999, and
cannot be changed, modified, extended or terminated except upon written
amendment approved by the Board and executed on its behalf by a duly authorized
officer of the Company and by Executive.
 
            (b) All of the terms and provisions of this Agreement shall be
binding upon and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the respective
heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns
of the parties hereto, except that the duties and responsibilities of Executive
under this Agreement are of a personal nature and shall not be assignable or
delegatable in whole or in part by Executive. The Company shall require any
successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation,
reorganization or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or
assets of the Company, within 15 days of such succession, expressly to assume
and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent as
the Company would be required to perform if no such succession had taken place.
 
9. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement or application thereof to
anyone or under any circumstances is adjudicated to be invalid or unenforceable
in any jurisdiction, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect any
other provision or application of this Agreement which can be given effect
without the invalid or unenforceable provision or application and shall not
invalidate or render unenforceable such provision or application in any other
jurisdiction. If any provision is held void, invalid or unenforceable with
respect to particular circumstances, it shall nevertheless remain in full force
and effect in all other circumstances.
 
10. Remedies Cumulative; No Waiver. No remedy conferred upon a party by this
Agreement is intended to be exclusive of any other remedy, and each and every
such remedy shall be cumulative and shall be in addition to any other remedy
given under this Agreement or now or hereafter existing at law or in equity. No
delay or omission by a party in exercising any right, remedy or power under this
Agreement or existing at law or in equity shall be construed as a waiver
thereof, and any such right, remedy or power may be exercised by such party from
time to time and as often as may be deemed expedient or necessary by such party
in its sole discretion.
 
11. Withholding; Taxation. All payments under this Agreement shall be made
subject to applicable tax withholding, and the Company shall withhold from any
payments under this Agreement all federal, state and local taxes as the Company
is required to withhold pursuant to
 
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any law or governmental rule or regulation. Except as otherwise provided by
Section 2.3, Executive shall bear all expense of, and be solely responsible for,
all federal, state and local taxes due with respect to any payment received
under this Agreement.
 
      The parties intend that all payments hereunder shall comply with Section
409A of the Code. Executive agrees that the Company may revise the timing or
nature of payments in this Agreement to the extent necessary to comply with
Section 409A (although the parties agree that the provisions of this Agreement
are not intended to be deferred compensation subject to such section).
 
12. Miscellaneous. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which
is an original. It shall not be necessary in making proof of this Agreement or
any counterpart hereof to produce or account for any of the other counterparts.
 
13. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted under the
laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without giving effect to any conflict
of laws provisions or canons of construction that construe agreements against
the draftsperson.
 
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      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, intending to be legally bound, have
executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
 
                                        NxSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
 
                                        By:  /s/ David N. Gill
                                             -----------------------------------
                                        Name:  David N. Gill
                                        Title:  Sr. VP & Chief Financial Officer
 
                                        EXECUTIVE
 
                                        /s/ Jeffrey H. Burbank
                                        ----------------------------------------
 
                                        Name: Jeffrey H. Burbank
 
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