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ATLANTA, Aug. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alimera Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALIM) ("Alimera"), a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, today announced the promotions of Richard S. Eiswirth, Jr. to chief operating officer, and David R. Holland to senior vice president of sales and marketing. Mr. Eiswirth, who retains the position of chief financial officer in addition to his new role, will continue to oversee Alimera's finances and growth strategy implementation. Mr. Holland, a co-founder of Alimera who has served as vice president of marketing since 2003, will manage corporate communications and product sales and marketing, including managed markets, professional and consumer outreach, advertising and public relations.
At the end of the year, Alimera expects to receive an action letter from the FDA in response to its New Drug Application for its intravitreal insert, Iluvien®, for the treatment of diabetic macular edema. In their expanded roles, Messrs. Eiswirth and Holland will guide the U.S. commercialization of Iluvien.
"Alimera Sciences is on the brink of providing a much needed long-term treatment for diabetic macular edema, and it is essential to appropriately align our resources and delineate responsibilities for this endeavor," said Dan Myers, Alimera's president and CEO. "I am pleased to announce the promotions of Rick and Dave, whose hard work and dedication have been integral to the growth and success of our company. I am confident they will make significant contributions as we plan for and execute the Iluvien launch."