Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

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Our Heritage

Our heritage—beginning with the vision and values of the Lilly family—is our foundation. It teaches us the lessons of the past, providing inspiration from our successes and rooting us in a way of doing business that has stood the test of time.

Lilly Heritage

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Eli Lilly and Company was founded in the United States of America in Indianapolis on 10th May 1876

Colonel Eli Lilly opened his business at 15 W. Pearl St., in downtown Indianapolis, on May 10, 1876. His staff of three included a drug compounder, a bottler and finisher, and his 14-year-old son Josiah K. Lilly, Sr.

  • Eli Lilly and Company was founded in the United States of America in Indiana, Indianapolis on the 10th of May 1876, nearly 140 years ago.
  • Lilly Philippines was established in 1961.
  • The company employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide.
  • Approximately 7,900 employees are engaged in research and development (R&D) in facilities located in eight countries.
  • Clinical research in more than 60 countries.
  • Research and development facilities located in 9 countries.
  • Lilly’s medicines are produced at Lilly manufacturing plants in 13 countries.
  • Lilly’s medicines are marketed in 143 countries.

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