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Alimera Sciences Inc (ALIM.OQ)

ALIM.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

C. Daniel Myers

64 2019 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Richard Eiswirth

49 2019 President, Chief Executive Officer

Phil Jones

2019 Chief Financial Officer

David Holland

54 2018 Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Managed Markets

Philip Ashman

53 2013 Senior Vice President, European Managing Director

Samer Kaba

2019 Chief Medical Officer

James Largent

68 2018 Lead Independent Director

Mary Szela

56 2018 Director

Mark Brooks

51 2004 Independent Director

Brian Halak

46 2004 Independent Director

Garheng Kong

43 2012 Independent Director

Peter Pizzo

51 2010 Independent Director

Rich Cockrell

2015 President

Biographies

Name Description

C. Daniel Myers

Mr. C. Daniel Myers is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Alimera Sciences, Inc. He is one of our co-founders and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a director since the founding of our Company in 2003. Before founding our Company, Mr. Myers was an initial employee of Novartis Ophthalmics (formerly CIBA Vision Ophthalmics) and served as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1991 to 1997 and as President from 1997 to 2003. Mr. Myers holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Myers should serve as a director of the Company, in light of its business and structure, because in addition to his valuable contributions to our Company in recent years, Mr. Myers has over 33 years of ophthalmic pharmaceutical experience, including over 19 years in the role of president or chief executive officer. In addition, Mr. Myers served on the board of directors of Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. from 2009 to 2012.

Richard Eiswirth

Mr. Richard S. Eiswirth, Jr., will be appointing as a President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company., effective January 2, 2019. He has served as President and Chief Financial Officer of our Company since January 2016. Mr. Eiswirth previously served as our Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer from August 2010 until December 2015 and as our Chief Financial Officer from October 2005 to August 2010. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Eiswirth served as founding partner of Brand Ignition Group, engaged in consumer products acquisition activities. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Eiswirth served as President of Black River Holdings, Inc., a financial consultancy he founded in 2002. Mr. Eiswirth served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Netzee, Inc., a provider of Internet banking solutions to community banks from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Eiswirth held various positions with Arthur Andersen, where he began his career, from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Eiswirth serves as a director of Celtaxsys Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, where he also chairs the audit committee. Mr. Eiswirth previously served as chairman, audit committee chairman and member of the compensation committee of Jones Soda Co., a Seattle, Washington based beverage company, and as director and audit committee chairman of Color Imaging, Inc., a Norcross, Georgia based manufacturer of printer and copier supplies. Mr. Eiswirth was previously a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia. Mr. Eiswirth holds a B.A. in accounting from Wake Forest University.

Phil Jones

Mr. Phil Jones will be appointing as a Chief Financial Officer of the company, Effective January 2, 2019. Phil Jones, current Vice President of Finance, will be promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Jones joined Alimera in 2015 as the Corporate Controller and was promoted to Vice President of Finance in 2016.

David Holland

Mr. David R. Holland is Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Managed Markets of the company. Prior to co-founding our Company, Mr. Holland served as the Vice President of Marketing of Novartis Ophthalmics from 1998 to 2003. In 1997, Mr. Holland served as Global Head of the Lens Business at CIBA Vision and in 1996, Global Head of the Lens Care Business of CIBA Vision. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Holland served as the Director of Marketing for CIBA Vision Ophthalmics. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Holland served as New Products Manager for CIBA Vision. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Holland served as a Brand Assistant and Assistant Brand Manager of Procter and Gamble. Mr. Holland holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.

Philip Ashman

Dr. Philip Ashman, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President, European Managing Director of Alimera Sciences, Inc., since January 1, 2013. prior to joining us, Dr. Ashman held a number of leadership roles at Bayer from 2006 to 2012, most recently responsible for leadership of the market access strategy in the U.K. for Bayer, covering all therapy areas including Ophthalmology. Prior to this, Dr. Ashman served as Vice President Global Marketing Oncology at Bayer and also as Vice President Regional Business Unit Head (Europe) Oncology, responsible for the delivery of oncology sales and profitability targets in Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Africa. Before 2006, Dr. Ashman held UK-based business leadership positions in AstraZeneca and Sanofi. Dr. Ashman holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of London: Royal Holloway and Bedford, U.K., and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University College London, U.K.

Samer Kaba

Mr. Samer Kaba is Chief Medical Officer of the company. Dr. Kaba is a board-certified neurologist with over 15 years of pharmaceutical industry experience leading diverse teams and global projects. Prior to joining Alimera, Dr. Kaba served as Chief Medical Officer at Cortexyme where he was responsible for formulating and executing regulatory and clinical development strategies. Prior to this he was Global Head of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Osmotica Pharmaceuticals where he led the development of new products and supported marketed drugs, and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Medpace where he was instrumental in expanding claims and messaging in the neuroscience therapeutic area. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Kaba held multiple academic positions at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Emory University, and maintained a neurology/MS private practice. Dr. Kaba completed his medical degree at Damascus University School of Medicine, and his neurology training at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also completed fellowship training in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Neuro-Immunology (Multiple Sclerosis) at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and in Neuro-Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Kaba is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

James Largent

Mr. James R. Largent is Lead Independent Director of the company. He was an Independent Director of Alimera Sciences, Inc. Mr. Largent has worked extensively within the medical industry. He most recently served as a medical and pharmaceutical consultant, including work with U.S. ophthalmic device company, Eyeonics Inc. Also in his role as a consultant, he assisted a multinational pharmaceutical and medical device company in the evaluation of strategic targets. Prior to this, Mr. Largent served in various senior management positions at Allergan, Inc., including as vice president of strategic planning where he fostered licensing deals to build product pipelines. Earlier in his career, he was vice president of strategic marketing at Allergan Medical Optics, Inc. Mr. Largent also held positions of increasing responsibility in the marketing and sales departments at Allergan and Pharmacia Ophthalmics. In addition to serving on our board of directors, Mr. Largent is on the board of directors of Tear Science, Inc., a privately held developer of diagnostic and therapeutic devices for the treatment of patients with dry eye disease. Mr. Largent earned a B.A. in chemistry and an M.B.A., both from the University of California, Irvine. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Largent should serve as a director of the Company, in light of its business and structure, because Mr. Largent has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical devices, including the role of vice president of strategic marketing and as a leading industry consultant.

Mary Szela

Ms. Mary T. Szela is Director of the company. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Surefire Medical Inc., which develops infusion technologies for cancer care. Ms. Szela brings extensive medical management and leadership experience to Alimera’s Board. With nearly 30 years of experience in both the commercial and clinical arenas, Ms. Szela has built billion-dollar businesses, turned around faltering businesses, ignited growth in stagnant businesses, and devised innovative, differentiated product strategies. Before joining Surefire Medical as its CEO and President, Ms. Szela served as CEO of Novelion Therapeutics, a rare disease company, where she orchestrated the merger of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals and QLT Therapeutics. Prior to Novelion, she was CEO of Melinta Therapeutics. Ms. Szela held ascending management positions at Abbott Laboratories, including President of the company’s $8 billion U.S. pharmaceutical business. In addition to Alimera’s board, Ms. Szela currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Surefire Medical, Inc., Coherus Biosciences and Macrolide Pharmaceuticals. She earned an M.B.A. and a B.S. in nursing, both from the University of Illinois.

Mark Brooks

Mr. Mark J. Brooks is an Independent Director of of the company. Mr. Brooks has been a member of the Board since 2004. Mr. Brooks is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Granite Health Growth Partners, a healthcare equity fund founded in 2017 that exclusively focuses on health services companies. Mr. Brooks is also a Venture Partner of Scale Venture Partners. Mr. Brooks has been with Scale Venture Partners since its formation in January 2007 and previously served as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Scale Venture Partners, from 1995 Mr. Brooks worked for Bank of America Ventures, ultimately serving as a Managing Director. Mr. Brooks currently serves on the board of directors of five privately held companies: Curtis Care, LLC, LivHome, Inc., Spinal Kinetics, Inc., Alternative Behavior Strategies and CleanSlate Addictive Treatment Centers. From 1999 until its acquisition in 2015, Mr. Brooks served on the board of directors of IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc., a publicly traded provider of hospitalist services. Mr. Brooks holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College. The Board believes that Mr. Brooks should continue to serve as a director of the Company, in light of its business and structure, for the following reasons: his valuable contributions to our Company in recent years; his experience as a Venture Partner of Scale Venture Partners, where he has led investments in healthcare services, medical devices and drug development companies; and his service on the board of directors of a number of Scale Venture Partners’ portfolio companies.

Brian Halak

Dr. Brian K. Halak, Ph.D., is an Independent Director of the company . Dr. Halak has been a member of the Board since 2004. Dr. Halak joined Domain Associates, L.L.C. in 2001 and has served as a Partner of Domain Associates, L.L.C. since 2006. Dr. Halak currently serves as CEO of WindMIL Therapeutics, a company that Domain and Dr. Halak helped create. Prior to joining Domain Associates, L.L.C., Dr. Halak served as an analyst at Advanced Technology Ventures from 2000 to 2001. From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Halak served as an analyst at Wilkerson Group. Dr. Halak holds a Doctorate in Immunology from Thomas Jefferson University and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. The Board believes that Dr. Halak should continue to serve as a director of the Company, in light of its business and structure, for the following reasons: his valuable contributions to our Company in recent years, his current role as CEO of a company and his service on the board of directors of more than ten emerging companies in the life sciences industry in the past ten years. These companies include Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which completed a public offering on Nasdaq in 2014, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company listed on Nasdaq, and Esprit Pharma, Inc., a company Allergan acquired in 2007.

Garheng Kong

Dr. Garheng Kong, M.D., Ph.D., is Independent Director of Alimera Sciences, Inc. Dr. Kong has been a member of our board of directors since 2012. Dr. Kong has been the Managing Partner of HealthQuest Capital, a healthcare investment firm, since July 2013. He was a General Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on life sciences, from September 2010 to December 2013. From 2000 to 2010, he was at Intersouth Partners, a venture capital firm, most recently as a General Partner, where he was a founding investor or board member for various life sciences ventures, several of which were acquired by large pharmaceutical companies. Since 2006, Dr. Kong has served on the board of directors of Melinta Therapeutics, Inc., where he was Chairman from 2008-17. Dr. Kong has served on the board of Histogenics Corporation, a public traded biotechnology company, since 2012 where he also serves as the chairman of the board. Dr. Kong has also served on the board of LabCorp, since December 2013 and Strongbridge Biopharma plc, a public rare disease biomedical company, since September 2015. Dr. Kong sits on the Duke University Medical Center Board of Visitors. Dr. Kong holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and biological sciences from Stanford University. He holds an M.D., Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from Duke University. The Board believes that Dr. Kong should continue to serve as a director of the Company, in light of its business and structure, for the following reasons: his valuable contributions to our Company in recent years; his knowledge and experience in the biotechnology industry; and his medical training.

Peter Pizzo

Mr. Peter J. Pizzo, III is an Independent Director of the company, Mr. Pizzo has been a member of the Board since April 2010. Since 2005, Mr. Pizzo has served as the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Carticept Medical, Inc., a private medical device company, and since its spinout from Carticept in December 2011, as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Cartiva, Inc., a private orthopedic medical device company. From 2002 until its sale in 2005, Mr. Pizzo served as the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Proxima Therapeutics, Inc., a private medical device company that developed and marketed local radiation delivery systems for the treatment of solid cancerous tumors. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Pizzo worked for Serologicals Corporation, a publicly traded global provider of biological products to life science companies, ultimately serving as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Pizzo served as Vice President of Administration and Controller of ValueMark Healthcare Systems, Inc., a privately held owner-operator of psychiatric hospitals. From 1992 until its sale in 1995, Mr. Pizzo served in various senior financial positions at Hallmark Healthcare Corporation, a publicly traded hospital management company, most recently as Treasurer. Mr. Pizzo holds a Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University. The Board believes that Mr. Pizzo should continue to serve as a director of the Company, in light of its business and structure, for the following reasons: his valuable contributions to our Company in recent years; his years of experience in medical devices, biologics and healthcare services, including in the roles of vice president, finance and chief financial officer; and his status as an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined in the rules and regulations of the SEC.

Rich Cockrell

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