WATERTOWN, Mass., July 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ:PSDV) (ASX:PVA), a leader in the development of sustained release drug products and technologies, today announced an amendment of its exclusive license and collaboration agreement with Alimera Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALIM) that grants Alimera rights to pSivida’s Durasert™ three-year treatment for posterior segment uveitis (Durasert) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With this license, Alimera plans to pursue a secondary indication for ILUVIEN for posterior segment uveitis in EMEA, which could accelerate the uveitis indication approval as well as commercialization. pSivida retains commercialization rights for posterior segment uveitis in all other countries, including the United States. The amended agreement also modifies the companies’ existing global licensing agreement for ILUVIEN for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME).
Key terms of the restructured global licensing agreement for ILUVIEN include:
Benefits of the EMEA out-license and revised ILUVIEN agreement for pSivida include:
“Today’s announcement fulfills a core pSivida objective to out-license Durasert EMEA rights as a means to optimize product value,” said Nancy Lurker, President and CEO of pSivida. “We believe the EMEA out-license to Alimera, a company that is familiar with the complexity of the EU reimbursement environment and is currently marketing to target specialty physicians, could accelerate commercialization uptake and revenue realization for pSivida. The EMEA revenue opportunity for Durasert is estimated to be $30 to $50 million, and in the US it is estimated to be $80 to $120 million. We remain on track to file an NDA with the FDA by the end of this year. In parallel, the restructured global collaboration agreement benefits our shareholders as we immediately begin to recognize royalty income from sales of ILUVIEN as well as increase its long-term revenue opportunity.”
Posterior segment uveitis is a chronic, non-infectious inflammatory disease affecting the posterior segment of the eye, often involving the retina, which is believed to be a leading cause of blindness in the developed and developing countries. It affects people of all ages, producing swelling and destroying eye tissues, which can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. In the U.S. and EU, posterior uveitis affects approximately 200,000 people, annually. Today, patients with posterior uveitis are typically treated with systemic steroids, but over time frequently develop serious side effects that can limit effective dosing. Patients then often progress to steroid-sparing therapy with systemic immune suppressants or biologics, which themselves can have severe side effects including an increased risk of cancer.
About pSivida Corp.
pSivida Corp. (www.psivida.com), headquartered in Watertown, MA, is a leader in the development of sustained-release drug products for treating eye diseases. pSivida has developed three of only four FDA-approved sustained-release treatments for back-of-the-eye diseases. The most recent, ILUVIEN®, a micro-insert for diabetic macular edema, licensed to Alimera Sciences, Inc. is currently sold directly in the U.S. and three EU countries. Retisert®, an implant for posterior uveitis, is licensed to and sold by Bausch & Lomb Inc. pSivida's lead product candidate, Durasert™ micro-insert for posterior segment uveitis is being independently developed. Two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials achieved their primary efficacy endpoint at six months of follow-up with statistical significance. pSivida's pre-clinical development program is focused on using its core platform technology, Durasert, to deliver drugs to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, osteoarthritis and other diseases. To learn more about pSivida please visit www.psivida.com and connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.
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