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Abeona Therapeutics is focused on developing novel gene and cell therapy approaches for potential treatment of individuals impacted by rare diseases including Epidermolysis Bullosa, Sanfilippo Syndrome, and Batten Disease.

What is Epidermolysis Bullosa?

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a group of devastating, life-threatening connective tissue disorders that are genetic in origin and characterized by skin blisters throughout the body as well as severe impact to internal organs. Collectively, it is estimated that they impact 1 out of 20,000 births.

Patients impacted by the most severe form, Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB), lack functional type VII collagen due to a mutation in the COL7A1 gene. The loss of this anchoring fibril coded by the malfunctioning gene is characterized by chronic skin blistering, open and painful wounds, joint contractures, pseudosyndactyly, and a significantly shortened life span. Typically, wounds on patients with RDEB can remain unhealed for months to years due to the inability of the skin to stay attached to the underlying dermis and can cover a large percentage of the body. This disease causes intense pain, requires costly care and bandaging that takes great time to administer, and is often complicated by the development of an aggressive form of squamous cell carcinoma.

Abeona's EB-101, is a clinical stage gene-corrected autologous skin graft for the treatment of individuals living with RDEB.

What is Sanfilippo Syndrome?

Sanfilippo syndrome, otherwise known as Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS III), is a group of four genetic diseases, referred as: MPS IIIA, MPS IIIB, MPS IIIC or MPS IIID, that are among 60 known lysosomal storage disorders. Children with MPS III are missing the enzyme needed to break down used mucopolysaccharides (long chains of sugar molecules); specifically, heparan sulfate (HS).

With the missing enzyme, cells within the body are not functioning properly and are not able to fully break down and replace HS, a material which is necessary for building connective tissues. The partially broken down HS remains stored in cells of the body causing progressive damage. Infants and even toddlers may not show signs of the disease, but as more cells are damaged throughout the body, symptoms gradually appear. Children begin to show neurological and physical decline.

Some examples might include: speech, walking, eating, difficult behavior and sleep issues. This regression continues to full loss of speech, ability to feed oneself, and eventually the ability to transition and walk independently, leading to a severely shortened lifespan. The combined incidence of Sanfilippo is estimated to be 1 in 70,000 births. To date, there is no cure and treatments are supportive in nature.

Abeona's ABO-102 and ABO-101 are clinical stage one time intravenous gene therapy treatments of MPS IIIA and MPS IIIB, respectively.

What is Batten Disease?

Batten Disease, otherwise known as Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL) is another rare and inherited lysosomal storage disorder that impacts children.

Juvenile NCL (CLN3) typically appears between 4 and 7 years of age as a result of mutations in the CLN3 gene. Often the first noticeable sign of JNCL is a change in vision which declines rapidly, resulting in blindness. As the buildup of waste product in cells continues, children lose previously acquired skills such as the ability to speak in complete sentences as well as the ability to walk or sit. They also develop movement issues such as rigidity or stiffness, slow or diminished movements and stooped posture. Beginning in mid- to late childhood, children may have recurrent seizures (epilepsy), heart problems, behavioral challenges, anxiety, dementia, and difficulty sleeping. Most live into their twenties or thirties. As of yet, no specific treatment is known that can halt or reverse the symptoms of juvenile Batten disease. The juvenile form is the most common of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs) that in total affect an estimated 2 to 4 in 100,000 births in the United States.

Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (INCL), also known as infantile Batten disease or CLN1 is another form of Batten disease similar to JNCL, presenting with visual impairment, speech and motor deterioration, and seizures. However, INCL is typically earlier onset - in the first 1-3 years of life - and progresses more quickly than JNCL, with children living into mid- to late childhood. INCL is caused by a defect in the CLN1 gene resulting in enzymatic deficiencies in palmitoyl protein thioesterase 1 (PPT1). This deficit causes accumulations in the lysosome and subsequent cell death, particularly in neurons. INCL impacts 1:100,000 live births and there are currently no FDA approved treatments.

Abeona's ABO-201 and ABO-202 are preclinical programs for the treatments of both CLN3 and CLN1.

The science of hope.

What is Gene Therapy?

Gene therapy is the use of DNA as a potential therapy to treat a disease. In many disorders, particularly genetic diseases caused by a single genetic defect, gene therapy aims to treat a disease by delivering the correct copy of DNA into a patient's cells. The healthy, functional copy of the therapeutic gene then helps the cell function correctly.

Moving forward.

Our lead product candidates, EB-101, ABO-102 and ABO-101, have been developed to treat the damaged, malfunctioning enzymes and proteins within target cells with the normal, functioning versions.


Entering a Phase 3 trial in Q4 2019, EB-101 is an autologous gene-corrected cell therapy for patients with RDEB.


Now in a Phase 1/2 trial, ABO-102 is a single treatment gene therapy strategy for patients with Sanfilippo syndrome type A.


Now in a Phase 1/2 trial, ABO-101 is a single treatment gene therapy strategy for patients with Sanfilippo syndrome type B.

Our driving force.

Making hope a reality for kids and families facing extraordinary circumstances.