Abeona Therapeutics Further Strengthens Board with Appointment of Two New Independent Directors
NEW YORK and CLEVELAND, June 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: ABEO), a fully-integrated leader in gene and cell therapy, today announced Board of Director appointments that strengthen and expand the Company’s leadership. George Migausky and Paul Mann were appointed as independent directors, effective June 17, 2020. In addition to their Board service, Mr. Migausky will serve as Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee and Mr. Mann will serve as a member of the Audit Committee.
“George and Paul are highly regarded professionals with substantial financial management, operational, business development and capital raising experience in the biotechnology industry, bringing essential knowledge and expertise to Abeona,” said Brian Pereira, M.D., Executive Chairman of Abeona. “The addition of George and Paul complements the skills and experiences of Abeona’s existing Board members and leadership team, and we are confident that they will provide valuable perspective and guidance as we continue to advance our gene and cell therapies aimed at addressing urgent unmet needs.”
Mr. Migausky brings more than 30 years of experience in senior financial management to Abeona’s Board, having served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of several public biopharmaceutical and clinical diagnostic companies. Most recently, Mr. Migausky served as interim CFO of Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. and previously served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Dyax Corp. for eight years through its acquisition by Shire plc for $6.4 billion. Mr. Migausky’s previous roles include CFO of Wellstat Management Company, as well as CFO at IGEN International and BioVeris Corporation through their respective acquisitions by F. Hoffman LaRoche, and Manager, Emerging Business Services at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Migausky currently serves on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee at Immunovant, Inc., is an independent member of the Board of Directors at Hyperion Catalysis International, and a trustee for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute. He received his MBA from Babson College and his BS from Boston College.
Mr. Mann has over 20 years of experience in the financial and biotechnology industries. Most recently, he served as CFO at PolarityTE, Inc., a biotechnology and regenerative biomaterials company, where he was responsible for all financial operations. Prior to that, Mr. Mann was the Healthcare Portfolio Manager at Highbridge Capital Management and has held positions with Soros Fund Management, UBS Investment Group, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Mann began his career as a scientist at Procter and Gamble and is named as an inventor on patents for skincare compounds and technologies. Mr. Mann has an MA (Cantab) and an MEng from Cambridge University where he studied Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering.
About Abeona Therapeutics
Abeona Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing gene and cell therapies for serious diseases. Abeona’s clinical programs include EB-101, its autologous, gene-corrected cell therapy for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa in Phase 3 development, as well as ABO-102 and ABO-101, novel AAV-based gene therapies for Sanfilippo syndrome types A and B (MPS IIIA and MPS IIIB), respectively, in Phase 1/2 development. The Company’s portfolio of AAV-based gene therapies also features ABO-202 and ABO-201 for CLN1 disease and CLN3 disease, respectively. Abeona’s library of novel, next-generation AIM™ capsids have shown potential to improve tropism profiles for a variety of devastating diseases. Abeona’s fully functional, gene and cell therapy GMP manufacturing facility produces EB-101 for the pivotal Phase 3 VIITAL™ study and is capable of clinical and commercial production of AAV gene therapies. For more information, visit www.abeonatherapeutics.com.
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Released June 17, 2020