, a Cleveland-based biotechnology start-up, is created in March 2013 as a spinoff of
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
, with the goal of developing therapies for patients with the rare Lysosomal Storage Disorder (LSD), Sanfilippo (SF) Syndrome or Mucopolysaccharidosis III (MPS III). Abeona in Roman Mythology is the Goddess of Departures. She protects children as they step away from home for the first time, keeping them safe as they venture into the world. Her name comes from the Latin verb abeo, “to depart, go away, or go forth”.
SF is a genetic metabolism disorder that prohibits the proper breakdown of the body’s sugar molecules. There are 4 types of MPS III (MPS III A, MPS III B, MPS III C, and MPS III D), each with a deficiency in one of four lysosomal enzymes. The disease first affects the central nervous system, causing severe brain damage, and typically results in hearing loss, vision loss…