Washington, DC 20549








Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 10, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 001-15771 83-0221517

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


1330 Avenue of the Americas, 33rd Floor,

New York, NY 10019

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


(646) 813-4712
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Each Class   Trading Symbol   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value   ABEO   Nasdaq Capital Market


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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On March 10, 2020, Christine Berni Silverstein, Chief Financial Officer of Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (the “Company”), notified the Company of her resignation as Chief Financial Officer effective on March 31, 2020. Ms. Silverstein has agreed to support the Company and will do so as an advisor during a transitional period between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 (the “Transition Period”).


On March 11, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) elected Ms. Silverstein to serve as a Class 1 director of the Company until the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders and until her successor is duly elected and qualified.


Ms. Silverstein will receive non-employee director compensation under the standard arrangements and agreements described in the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting Proxy Statement, including cash compensation and equity awards. There are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Silverstein and any other person pursuant to which Ms. Silverstein was selected as a director.


Pursuant to a letter agreement dated March 13, 2020 (the “Agreement”), Ms. Silverstein has agreed to reasonably assist with transition duties as may be reasonably requested by the Company for the Transition Period. In accordance with the Agreement, Ms. Silverstein will continue to receive her annual base salary during the Transition Period, a prorated portion of her target bonus for 2020, and a lump-sum payment equal to COBRA premiums that Ms. Silverstein would pay if she elected continued health coverage under the Company’s health plan. In consideration of her services with the Company through the Transition Period and her eligibility to receive payment for the transition duties, Ms. Silverstein has agreed to waive all claims available under federal, state or local law against the Company and the directors, officers, employees, employee benefit plans and agents of the Company arising out of employment with the Company.







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.


  Abeona Therapeutics Inc.
  By: /s/ Edward Carr
  Name: Edward Carr
  Title: Chief Accounting Officer


Date: March 16, 2020



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