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Lilly CEO Urges Policy Prescriptions to Help Ensure Public and Private Biotech Investments Generate Dividends and U.S. Job Growth
Date:4/30/2008

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 http://www.lilly.com.

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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 http://www.lilly.com.

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