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Alimera CEO to Retire; New Chief Named

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(PRESS RELEASE) ATLANTA – Alimera Sciences Inc., a company focused on prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, has appointed Rick Eiswirth as CEO, effective Jan. 2.

Eiswirth will also retain his title of president and join Alimera’s board of directors. Alimera co-founder Dan Myers will retire as CEO, effective Jan. 2, and will serve as non-executive chairman of the board and consultant to the company.

“Dan has piloted the company to significant growth and success during his tenure and we thank him for his strong leadership,” said James Largent, current chairman of the board, who will become lead independent director. “The Board and I have the utmost confidence in the leadership of Rick Eiswirth as he assumes the role of CEO. Rick is a veteran of the company and has served as President for three years and CFO since 2005. His outstanding performance in these roles indicates the company is in excellent hands.”

Myers said, “It has been a great honor to have co-founded and led this company over the last 15 years, and I am extremely proud of the value we have created together for patients and customers. I want to thank each of our employees and our partners for their ongoing commitment to helping people with diabetic macular edema and other diseases of the back of the eye. This is the right time for me personally, and for the company, to transition to the next generation of leadership. Rick is the right person for the role.”

Eiswirth said, “I am incredibly excited to assume this new role and am grateful to Dan for his guidance and his confidence in providing me with increased leadership roles here at Alimera. We have a creative, talented team in place that is focused on seeking growth opportunities and maximizing the value of our ILUVIEN asset. The opportunity that lies ahead for Alimera is significant, and the ability to lead this next chapter is both humbling and incredibly energizing.”

As part of the executive transition plan, Largent will step down as chairman of the board and become lead independent director. Largent has served on the company’s board of directors since 2011 and as chairman since 2015.

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Phil Jones, current vice president of finance, will be promoted to the role of chief financial officer. Jones joined Alimera in 2015 as the corporate controller and was promoted to vice president of finance in 2016.

Dave Holland, currently senior vice president, sales and marketing U.S., will assume the titles of chief marketing officer and senior vice president, corporate communications and managed markets. Holland co-founded the company with Myers in 2003 and has been with Alimera in various roles since that time.

Philip Ashman, currently senior vice president, managing director Europe, will add the oversight of operations, including quality assurance, manufacturing and logistics, to his role, and assume the titles of chief operating officer and senior vice president, commercial operations Europe. Ashman joined the Company in 2013 as managing director of Europe.

“The growth of Alimera in the future will require great teamwork,” Eiswirth added. “Dave, Philip and Phil have all made valuable contributions to drive Alimera to where it is today, and I am excited for their new responsibilities as the team starts a new chapter for the Company.”

Also as part of the executive transition plan, Ken Green, currently senior vice president, chief scientific officer and global head of research and development, has announced his retirement to be effective March 31, 2019. Green will continue as a consultant to the company.

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Prevent Blindness Issues Call for Nominations for ’19 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award

The deadline for submission is July 10, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has issued the call for nominations for the fifth annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award. The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. The deadline for submission is July 10, 2019.

The award was established by the NCCVEH Advisory Committee to commemorate Bonnie Strickland and her groundbreaking work to establish a comprehensive system for children’s vision in the United States. Strickland served as Director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau prior to her retirement in 2014. An all-volunteer committee for the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award review all nominations and select the award winner.

Nominees for the award may include individuals or a group comprised of diverse stakeholders, including family/caregiver and community leaders, who are implementing changes to improve children’s vision in the United States. Nominees should demonstrate an impact in one or more areas of a public health system supporting children’s vision including:

  • Key Stakeholder Engagement or Collaboration, including representation from families and diverse racial/ethnic/geographic and socio-economic levels target populations
  • Training and Education
  • Public Awareness
  • Provision of Resources and/or Services
  • Surveillance and Accountability
  • Reduction of Health Disparities
  • Infrastructure Development-Local, State, or National Level
  • Making the connection between vision and overall health, early childhood development and learning

The award will be presented at the NCCVEH annual meeting, Sept. 14, 2019, in Baltimore, MD. The award consists of a commemorative plaque, recognition and opportunity to present at the Annual Meeting, and roundtrip transportation for one to Baltimore, MD, along with one night of lodging. The award recipient will be featured on the website for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health with an overview of their program.

Past recipients of the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award include the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study Group, Richard Bunner, retired from the Ohio Department of Health, Sean P. Donahue, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University, the Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) at Princeton Vision Clinic, and the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC).

“Prevent Blindness is an organization founded on saving sight in children, and the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award provides us with the opportunity to recognize the tremendous efforts of those dedicated to protecting vision and keeping eyes healthy for our kids,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.

For more information or to submit a nomination for the 2019 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award, please visit here, or contact Donna Fishman at (800) 331-2020 or dfishman@preventblindness.org.

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CPP Announces 2 Conferences in July

It will teach optometrists how to reduce costs and risks of moving, remodeling, buying or selling their practice.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ONEONTA, NY – Cleinman Performance Partners, an optometric business development consulting organization, has announced two conferences in July to help optometrists reduce the costs and risks of moving, remodeling, buying or selling their practice.

The first is the National Eyecare Facilities Conference being held on Thursday, July 18, in Anaheim, CA. It is designed to help answer the many questions arising from private practitioners who are embarking on a remodel or a ground-up facility build. Speakers will cover a range of topics such as site selection, project planning, financing, marketing and contractor relations, as well as interior/exterior design. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A with a panel of experts to close out the conference.

The second is the National Practice Transitions Conference being held on Friday, July 19, in Anaheim, CA. It will take participants from start to finish on how to transition ownership of their practice. Topics covered will include gaining control over your business, preparing for retirement, tax planning, risk management, team and patient communications and exit by merger. Participants will enjoy presentations by several leading experts regarding the practice transitions process.

“We know there are many obstacles and hurdles a private practice owner must face from building or remodeling to buying or selling their practices. These are very important decisions that all private optometry practices are challenged with. We have the history and knowledge to provide the professional help and guidance they need,” said CPP founder and President Alan Cleinman. “We are committed to bringing valuable content, connections and next steps to help practice owners with these types of complex undertakings.”

For more information regarding these conferences, visit www.cleinman.com/conferences or call Mandie Wells at (607) 267-2901.

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ABB Optical and Paragon Vision Sciences Announce Optometry Student Challenge

It will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third- or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 GSLS.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group, in partnership with Paragon Vision Sciences, announces it is accepting abstract submissions for the fifth annual Optometry Student Challenge.

The Optometry Student Challenge will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third- or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), held Jan. 22-25, 2020, in Las Vegas and present a scientific poster on a topic related to contact lenses. Last year, more than 90 optometry students submitted contact lens related abstracts focused on study projects or student-based case histories.

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“Every year we have an incredible response from students who amaze us with their outstanding submissions and we certainly expect the same for this year’s challenge,” said Andy Jackson, director of specialty contact lenses for ABB Optical Group. “The passion, dedication and commitment to their chosen profession are evident in each student’s submission, and we look forward to seeing what the 2019 challenge brings.”

Optometry Student Challenge Program Rules

Third and fourth-year students who are interested in participating must register by August 9, 2019. Registered students must then submit an abstract on their proposed poster topic by October 11, 2019.

Abstracts must focus on study projects or student-based case histories related to contact lenses. Topics can include, but are not limited to, contact lens applications for presbyopia, keratoconus, corneal topography, post penetrating keratoplasty or related irregular corneal surface, myopia control, lens care/solutions, and orthokeratology.

Abstracts will be judged in two categories: case study report and research. Five finalists will be selected and notified by Oct. 25, 2019.

The finalists will then be required to convert their abstracts into scientific posters for further judging. The posters must be submitted in digital, PDF format to ABB Optical Group no later than November 15, 2019.

Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by November 27, 2019.

The lead authors of the top three posters will be awarded travel grants of $1,500 each to attend the symposium and present their posters. Additionally, two runner-ups will receive honorable mention prizes of $250 each.

“The optical industry of tomorrow is in the hands of the bright, intelligent optometry students of today,” said Paragon Vision Sciences President Rich Jeffries. “We’re proud to once again partner with ABB Optical Group to bring the Optometry Student Challenge as a way to encourage and support the next generation of optometrists.”

For more information on the Optometry Student Challenge, including full contest rules and guidelines, visit ABBOptical.com/OptometryStudentChallenge.

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