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Alimera Sciences Signs Second Agreement With Emory University for Potential Treatments Using New Class of Antioxidants
Date:2/26/2008

lusive option for non-ophthalmic use. Alimera will be responsible for both the development and commercialization of the compounds. Emory will receive milestone payments and royalties from net sales.

Emory University, one of the nation's leading private research universities, has focused its highly successful technology transfer program in recent years on achieving proof-of-concept data with its early-stage inventions to make them more attractive to potential business partners. This program of licensing Emory's intellectual property has generated over $650M for the university in the past four years.

"We are pleased to further our relationship with Alimera," said J. Cale Lennon, III, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Office of Technology Transfer, at Emory University. "The addition of the triphenylmethanes will provide Alimera and Emory with a unique class of therapeutic candidates to address the role of oxidative stress in ophthalmic diseases."

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye disease that causes damage to the macula (central retina) of the eye and is the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 55. AMD affects a person's central vision by causing damage to the macula, the portion of the retina that allows for fine details in vision. AMD manifests itself in two forms, the "wet" form and the more common "dry" form. The "wet" form is caused by the growth of new blood vessels behind the macula. This can cause severe visual loss due to subsequent leakage and creation of scar tissue. Dry AMD accounts for up to 90 percent of all cases of AMD and causes a gradual thinning and loss of function of the macula. There is no drug approved for the treatment of dry AMD at this time.

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Alimera Sciences Inc., a venture backed company, specializes in the development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmology pharmaceuticals. Founded by an executive team with extensive development an
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