New Enterprise Associates Joins $40M Series A for Alimera Sciences

Alimera Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, has secured a $40 million Series A financingPalo Alto Investors acted as the lead investor in the offering, with Sofinnova Ventures and New Enterprise Associates also participating.

The Purchase Agreement provides for the sale of 1,000,000 shares of the company’s Series A Preferred and warrants to purchase an additional 300,000 shares of Series A Preferred. For each unit consisting of one share of Series A Preferred and a Warrant to purchase .30 of a Share of Series A Preferred, the Investors have agreed to pay $40.00, resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $40 million, before deducting expenses payable by the company.

Each share of Series A Preferred is initially convertible into approximately 13.75 shares of the company’s common stock, based on an initial conversion price of $2.91 per share. The conversion price is subject to standard broad-based weighted average anti-dilution adjustments, as well as other standard adjustments in the event of changes to the Company’s capital structure. The warrants are exercisable upon issuance at an exercise price of $44 per Series A Preferred share, provided, however, that the warrants may be exercised, at the option of the holders, directly for the common stock that would otherwise then be issuable upon conversion of the Series A Preferred covered by such warrants.

The Series A Preferred is entitled to receive dividends and other distributions pro rata with the common stock, is not redeemable and may not be converted at the option of the Company, but is subject to mandatory conversion upon the achievement of certain future milestones.

Upon the closing of the financing, Alimera’s Board of Directors will be expanded to 9 members and Dr. Garheng Kong, MD, PhD, managing member of Sofinnova Venture Partners, will be elected to fill the new Board seat. Prior to joining Sofinnova in 2010, Dr. Kong was a general partner at Intersouth Partners, where he led the first institutional investor round in Alimera.

“Alimera is entering into an important phase of commercialization, and I am very pleased to serve as a member of this Board of Directors,” said Dr. Kong. “We believe that ILUVIEN’s efficacy and duration of activity, compared to current therapies, will offer patients suffering from chronic diabetic macular edema better outcomes with less discomfort and inconvenience. Alimera has an outstanding management team, and I look forward to again working closely with them in the coming months and years to drive the company and its products forward.”

Alimera Sciences, Inc., based in Alpharetta, Georgia, is a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Presently Alimera is focused on diseases affecting the back of the eye, or retina. Its primary product, ILUVIEN, is an intravitreal implant containing fluocinolone acetonide (FAc), a non-proprietary corticosteroid with demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of ocular disease.

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