Washington, D.C. 20549






Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 4, 2018




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Delaware   001-37553   47-1851754

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


9600 Blackwell Road, Suite 210

Rockville, Maryland

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(240) 552-8181

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 1.01.

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

License Agreement with Abeona Therapeutics Inc.

On November 4, 2018, REGENXBIO Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a license agreement (the “License Agreement”) with Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (“Abeona”). Under the License Agreement, the Company granted Abeona an exclusive, worldwide commercial license, with rights to sublicense, to the NAV AAV9 vector for the treatment of the following indications in humans by in vivo gene therapy: Sanfilippo Syndrome Type A (also known as Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIA) (subject to certain non-exclusive rights previously granted), Sanfilippo Syndrome Type B (also known as Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IIIB), Infantile Batten Disease (also known as Neuronal Ceroid Lipfuscinosis-1) and Juvenile Batten Disease (also known as Neuronal Ceroid Lipfuscinosis-3).

Pursuant to the License Agreement, in consideration for the rights granted thereunder, Abeona will pay to the Company the following fees: (i) $10.0 million upon entry into the License Agreement; (ii) $10.0 million on the first anniversary of the effective date of the License Agreement; and (iii) an aggregate of $100.0 million in annual fees, with $20.0 million due on each of the second through sixth anniversaries of the effective date of the License Agreement. The effective date of the License Agreement is November 4, 2018. The third through sixth annual fees described in (iii) above are subject to certain reductions if the licensed rights under the License Agreement are terminated for some, but not all, indications, and will be payable upon a change of control of Abeona, subject to certain reductions due to terminations of licensed rights to indications which took effect prior to such change of control. The fee described in (ii) above and the first $20.0 million annual fee described in (iii) above will be payable upon any termination of the License Agreement or change of control of Abeona.

For any product developed for the treatment of the aforementioned indications using the NAV AAV9 vector, the Company will receive a low double-digit royalty on net sales. In addition, Abeona will be required to pay milestone fees of up to $60.0 million and a lower mid-double-digit percentage of any sublicense fees (excluding royalties) Abeona receives from sublicensees for the licensed rights under the License Agreement.

A copy of the License Agreement will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. The Company intends to seek confidential treatment for certain portions of the License Agreement.


Item 7.01.

Regulation FD Disclosure.

On November 5, 2018, the Company and Abeona issued a joint press release announcing their entry into the License Agreement. A copy of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

The information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to liability under that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.



99.1    Press release dated November 5, 2018 relating to the entry into the License Agreement by the Company and Abeona.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: November 6, 2018     By:  

/s/ Patrick J. Christmas II

      Patrick J. Christmas II
      Senior Vice President, General Counsel