pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ:PSDV) (ASX:PVA), a leader in developing sustained release, drug delivery products for treatment of back-of-the-eye diseases, today announced that its partner Alimera Sciences disclosed an agreement for a $40 million equity financing. Alimera identified the development and commercialization of ILUVIEN® as an intended use of the net proceeds from the offering.
“We are very pleased that Alimera has announced its intention to proceed with the direct commercialization of ILUVIEN in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, to the extent that ILUVIEN has received French and German approval, in 2013 and has arranged financing to provide the necessary capital to launch ILUVIEN in Europe,” said Dr. Paul Ashton, pSivida’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Under pSivida’s license agreement with Alimera, pSivida is entitled to 20 percent of net profits, as defined, on sales by Alimera and, in the event Alimera sublicenses commercialization in certain countries, pSivida will be entitled to receive 20 percent of royalties and 33 percent of non-royalty consideration received by Alimera, less certain permitted deductions.
Alimera reported that the closing of its proposed financing is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of common stock of Alimera, as required under the applicable regulations of The NASDAQ Global Market, at a special meeting of its stockholders. Stockholders holding approximately 56% of Alimera’s common stock, as of July 17, 2012, have entered into agreements with Alimera whereby they have agreed to vote all of their shares in favor of the financing transaction.
About pSivida Corp.pSivida Corp., headquartered in Watertown, MA, develops tiny, sustained release, drug delivery products designed to deliver drugs at a controlled and steady rate for months or years. pSivida is currently focused on treatment of chronic diseases of the back of the eye utilizing its core technology systems, Durasert™ and BioSilicon™. ILUVIEN® for the treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME), which is licensed to Alimera Sciences, Inc., is pSivida’s most advanced product candidate. It has received marketing authorization for chronic DME considered insufficiently responsive to available therapies in the UK, Austria and Portugal following a positive review by Austria, France, German, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK under the Decentralized Procedure. Marketing authorization in the remaining countries is anticipated in the coming months. An investigator-sponsored clinical trial is ongoing for an injectable, bioerodible insert to treat glaucoma and ocular hypertension. pSivida’s two FDA-approved products, Retisert® and Vitrasert®, are implants that provide long-term, sustained drug delivery to treat two other chronic diseases of the retina.