Navigation Links
Lilly CEO Urges Policy Prescriptions to Help Ensure Public and Private Biotech Investments Generate Dividends and U.S. Job Growth

BOSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), provided insight into the future of life sciences and a roadmap for ensuring that key players' significant investments in the sector are rewarded. He made his remarks to the Massachusetts Biz/Bio Conference, a gathering of policymakers, business leaders and academics, under the theme "Economic Prosperity through Scientific Discovery." He suggested that the Boston area provides a template for other communities across America, citing reports from Northeastern University that show that Massachusetts has enjoyed a 10 percent rise in the number of biopharmaceutical jobs while there has been a 25 percent decline in overall manufacturing jobs in the first half of the decade. But those gains and others rely on public policies that support growth in the life sciences, he said.

"Massachusetts really stands out for the approach that you've taken to developing the life-sciences sector," said Lechleiter - a sector he said is in "a Golden Age of discovery." He continued: "I believe that we [in the U.S.] are being challenged as never before, to make urgent and unprecedented policy decisions about a very wide range of issues that will determine not just the location, but also the speed, quality, and course of innovation in the life sciences. Government and public policy will be the focus of much of this decision-making."

Among the range of public policies that bear on whether and how biotech investments pay off, the intellectual property protections the government affords new medications ranks among the top of the list, he said. Intellectual property protections for a class of medications called "biologics," is a policy battle now just heating up on Capitol Hill. Lechleiter noted that a third of the new molecules in Lilly's development pipeline are not the traditional, chemical ("small molecule") compounds, but rather "large molecule" drugs synthesized from biological sources. Many other innovative companies are investing in these molecules, as well. He urged Congress to act decisively in ensuring that intellectual property and data around biologics are appropriately protected by passing the "Pathway for Biosimilars Act" (H.R. 5629). Without such protections, he said, "the rationale for such investment will simply collapse in many cases."

Lechleiter further called on policymakers to support fixing the country's immigration system to allow top-notch talent to come to the U.S. to foster innovation and research. And he stressed the importance of transparency on the part of regulators in setting their expectations and requirements of drug developers.

The Biz/Bio Program was established in 2004 to build "bridges of understanding" between key sectors - from government and financial interests to academic and pharmaceutical/biotech leaders - to establish and maintain a healthy environment for building and sustaining local and regional bioscience clusters.

The full text of Lechleiter's speech can be obtained at

About Lilly

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at

(Logo: NewsCom: )


SOURCE Eli Lilly and Company
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Lilly CEO Praises Massachusetts Leadership in Biotech, Urges Policy Prescriptions to Help Ensure States Investment Generates Dividends and Jobs
2. Lilly Reports Solid First-Quarter Results
3. Pelikan Technologies and Lilly Form Alliance to Promote Diabetes Education
4. HistoRx and Lilly Extend, Expand AQUA(R) Analysis Partnership
5. Lilly Announces Termination of AIR Insulin Program
6. In response to a New England Journal of Medicine article published yesterday and subsequent media coverage, Eli Lilly and Company issued the following statement:
7. Daiichi Sankyo, Lilly Submit New Drug Application for Investigational Antiplatelet Drug, Prasugrel, with U.S. Food and Drug Administration
8. Lilly and BioMS Medical Announce Global Licensing and Development Agreement
9. Robert Conley, M.D. to Join Lilly; Will assume a neuroscience leadership role as a Distinguished Lilly Scholar
10. Lilly Declares Fourth-Quarter Dividend
11. Emisphere Technologies, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company Settle Ongoing Litigation
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Global Stem Cells ... 10000 in the Santiago Marriott. The Global Stem Cells Group GMP facility is ... team of qualified medical researchers and practitioners, experienced in administering stem cell protocols ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 1, 2015 Partnership includes an ... for the u niversity , s ... treatment s cale - up ... Africa , where licensees based anywhere in the world will ... technology. --> Africa , where licensees based anywhere in the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015 Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: ... the fostering and monetization of intellectual property, today ... initiatives designed to create shareholder value. ... Spherix. "Based on published reports, the total addressable ... billion and Spherix will seek to secure fair ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... JACKSONVILLE, Florida , November 30, 2015 ... company specializing in the development of innovative peptide and ... & metastatic disease, today announced it will be presenting ... Event on December 1, 2015 at 2.30 PM PT. ... member and Strategic Advisor will be giving the presentation ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:10/29/2015)... Va. , Oct. 29, 2015 Daon, ... today that it has released a new version of ... customers in North America have ... IdentityX v4.0 also includes a FIDO UAF certified ... are already preparing to activate FIDO features. These customers ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... , Oct. 29, 2015 Today, ... announced a partnership with 2XU, a global leader ... deliver a smart hat with advanced bio-sensing technology. ... other athletes to monitor key biometrics to improve ... strategic partnership, the two companies will bring together the ...
(Date:10/26/2015)... India , October 26, 2015 ... --> adds ... 2015 to 2021 as well as ... 2015-2019 research reports to its collection ... . --> ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):