Key Facts

Lilly at a Glance

  • Founded May 10, 1876

  • Headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A and operates in 120 countries

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

  • Approximately 34,000 employees worldwide.

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

  • Products marketed in 120 countries.

Research & Development

  • R&D expenses (2019) $21.5 million

  • R&D as a percentage of sales: 25.1%

  • 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 plants located in 8 countries

Our Employees

  • Approximately 33,000 employees worldwide

  • 14, 707 employees in the US (Dec 2019)

  • 18,917 employees outside US (Dec 2019)

  • 669 employees in the UK (Sept 2019)

  • Percentage of women in management in the UK 41% (2019)

  • Racial and ethnic minority representation in management in the United States 21% (2018)

Social Impact

  • Raised $13.4 million for United Way through the generosity of our employees and retirees and a match from the Lilly Foundation. (2019)

  • 19,000 young people received Lilly insulin donated through  Life for a Child last year

  • 35,000 people screened for breast and cervical cancer in Kenya through AMPATH partnership

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

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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