Key Facts

Lilly at a Glance

  • Founded May 10, 1876

  • Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA

  • Medicine supplied to nearly 125 countries

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

  • More than 34,000 employees worldwide

  • More than 7,700 employees engaged in research and development

Research & Development

  • £1 billion invested in UK R&D between 2016 and 2020

  • Percentage of total workforce engaged in R&D: 23%

  • Research and development facilities located in 8 countries

  • Clinical research conducted in more than 55 countries

  • Manufacturing sites located in 14 countries

Our Employees

  • Of our more than 34,000 employees worldwide, around 15,400 are in the US and 19,500 are outside the US (2021)

  • Nearly 700 people employed in the UK (2022)

  • Percentage of women in management in the UK: 42% (2022)

  • Racial and ethnic minority representation in management in the US: 22% (2020)

Social Impact

  • Raised $13.4 million for United Way through the generosity of our employees and retirees and a match from the Lilly Foundation (2020)

  • 23,000 young people received Lilly insulin donated through  Life for a Child (2020)

  • 126,000 people screened for breast and cervical cancer in Kenya through our AMPATH partnership (2021)

  • 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 the United Kingdom

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