Mr. Eli Lilly Grandson of Colonel Eli Lilly, Company Founder
"Research is the heart of the business, the soul of the enterprise."
For centuries, a diagnosis of diabetes was practically a death sentence; there were simply no effective treatments for the disease. But in 1923, everything changed: A ground-breaking collaboration between Lilly scientists and University of Toronto researchers led to the discovery and development of the world’s first commercially available insulin. In the nearly 100 years since, Lilly has continued our commitment to provide ever-better options for those living with diabetes, including treatments, resources and support programs to help along every step of their journey.