Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 29, 2020



Taysha Gene Therapies, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its Charter)




Delaware   001-39536   84-3199512

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

2280 Inwood Road

Dallas, Texas

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(214) 612-0000

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Not Applicable

(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





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, $0.00001 par value   TSHA   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On October 29, 2020, Taysha Gene Therapies, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a license agreement (the “License Agreement”) with Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (“Abeona”) pursuant to which the Company obtained an exclusive, worldwide, royalty-bearing license, with the right to grant sublicenses under certain patents, know-how and materials originally developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Edinburgh and Abeona to research, develop, manufacture, have manufactured, use, and commercialize licensed products for gene therapy and the use of related transgenes for Rett syndrome.

Subject to certain obligations of Abeona, the Company is required to use commercially reasonable efforts to develop at least one licensed product and commercialize at least one licensed product in the United States.

In connection with the License Agreement, the Company paid Abeona a one-time upfront license fee of $3.0 million. The Company is obligated to pay Abeona up to $26.5 million in regulatory-related milestones and up to $30.0 million in sales-related milestones per licensed product and high single-digit royalties on net sales of licensed products. Royalties are payable on a licensed product-by-licensed product and country-by-country basis until the latest of the expiration or revocation or complete rejection of the last licensed patent covering such licensed product in the country where the licensed product is sold, the loss of market exclusivity in such country where the product is sold, or, if no licensed product exists in such country and no market exclusivity exists in such country, ten years from first commercial sale of such licensed product in such country.

The License Agreement expires on a country-by-country and licensed product-by-licensed product basis upon the expiration of the last royalty term of a licensed product. Either party may terminate the agreement upon an uncured material breach of the agreement or insolvency of the other party. The Company may terminate the agreement for convenience upon specified prior written notice to Abeona.

The foregoing is a summary description of certain terms of the License Agreement, is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the License Agreement, which the Company expects to file as an exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2020.


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


    Taysha Gene Therapies, Inc.
Dated: November 4, 2020     By:  

/s/ Kamran Alam

      Kamran Alam
      Chief Financial Officer