R & D

 A Determination to Discover

For 140 years, we have worked tirelessly to discover medicines that make life better. From the development of insulin to the manufacturing of the polio vaccine to the discovery of medicines that treat mental illness, we have been pioneers behind breakthroughs against some of humanity’s most stubborn and devastating diseases.

We bring this same determination to our work today, uniting our expertise with the creativity of research partners across the globe to keep finding ways to make life better. This determination starts in the Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL) where more than 9,000 Lilly employees in more than 55 countries work to discover new medicines that will help solve our world’s greatest health challenges.


"Research is the Heart of the Business, the Soul of the Enterprise."

Mr. Eli Lilly

Grandson of the Company Founder, Colonel Eli Lilly
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