Diversity in Clinical Trials

Responses to medicines can vary depending on a number of factors, including someone’s genetic background, ethnicity, sex and lifestyle.

This is why it’s critical for Lilly to have diverse representation in clinical trials—to gain the insights necessary to make medicines that will be the most effective for all people who use them.

Unfortunately, minority populations have been historically and consistently underrepresented in clinical trials. As a result, important information about how medicines work in minority populations is not always available. In response, Lilly has developed a clinical trial diversity strategy to better understand patient differences that may affect clinical outcomes and to help increase the enrollment of racially and ethnically diverse populations in U.S. clinical trials. The ultimate goal of our clinical trial diversity strategy is to improve health outcomes for individual patients.