Key Facts

Lilly at a Glance

  • Founded May 10, 1876

  • Headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A

  • Lilly introduced the world's first commercial insulin in 1923

  • More than 38,000 employees worldwide

  • Approximately 9,100 employees engaged in research and development

  • Products marketed in 120 countries

Research & Development

  • R&D expenditure (2022) $7.2 billion  

  • R&D as a percentage of sales: 25.2% 

  • Percentage of total workforce engaged in R&D: 23.6% 

  • R&D facilities located in 7 countries 

  • Clinical research conducted in more than 55 countries 

  • Manufacturing plants located in 7 countries, including the US, Ireland, Italy, France and Spain.

Our Employees

as of 31 December 2022

  • Approximately 38,780 employees worldwide 

  • 17,915 employees in the US

  • 20,865 employees outside US

  • 2,500 employees in Ireland

  • Percentage of Lilly Ireland leadership positions occupied by women: 59%

Social Impact

  • In 2021, Lilly employees, retirees and the Lilly Foundation contributed $12.6 million to United Way

  • Since 2009, Lilly has donated more than 3.2 million vials and cartridges of insulin through Life for a Child

  • 126,000 people screened for breast and cervical cancer in Kenya through AMPATH partnership

  • 1.2 million employee volunteer hours through Lilly Global Day of Service since 2008

Cost of Pharmaceuticals

  • Average cost to discover and develop a new drug: $2.6 billion

  • Average length of time from discovery to patient: 10 years

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Lilly in Ireland

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