(Forsyth County, GA) With the opening of the new Alimera Sciences headquarters in Halcyon, Forsyth County has become the home of a global pharmaceutical company.
Alimera leadership team representatives and local leaders celebrated the new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 9 Located in the 1200 office building next to Town Square, Alimera’s space now has a fresh, contemporary appeal as innovative as the company itself.
Alimera Sciences specializes in eye health. Its breakthrough product, Iluvien, helps patients with diabetic macular edema (DME), a condition affecting approximately 750,000 Americans and many more worldwide. DME occurs in some patients who have diabetes and can damage the retina. Without treatment, DME interferes with patients’ daily lives and can even lead to vision loss or blindness.
Patients must receive eye injections to treat DME. With other products, these injections were frequent - sometimes even monthly. Alimera’s product, however, is the only prescription product that provides three years of continuous treatment for DME with just one injection.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Alimera President & CEO Rick Eiswirth enthusiastically discussed how Iluvien helps patients with DME by preserving vision, increasing quality of life, and reducing doctor visits. Both Eiswirth and Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alfred John shared personal stories about loved ones who had been affected by DME.
“What they do here is very impactful for millions of people,” said John.
Georgia state Senator Greg Dolezal was also on hand for the grand opening. His comments reflected his optimism about a company like Alimera choosing Forsyth County for their corporate offices.
“We think Forsyth County is the best place to do business in the best state to do business,” declared Dolezal.
Eiswirth likewise complimented the county and local leaders. “We really appreciate how Forsyth County and Halcyon have welcomed us,” he said. “I think you will be seeing even bigger things from us in a couple of years.”
Alimera hopes to grow its market share with its current product and develop other eye health treatments. The opening of Alimera’s new headquarters could be a step toward Forsyth County becoming a future biotechnology and pharmaceutical hub.
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