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Robert J. Heine, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P. to Join Lilly; Distinguished Diabetes Expert to Lead Diabetes/Endocrine Medical Division

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that Robert J. Heine, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., will join Lilly in January, 2008, as Executive Medical Director for the Diabetes and Endocrine division responsible for development of Lilly's expanding diabetes and obesity R&D portfolio. Dr. Heine replaces Dr. Meng Hee Tan, Distinguished Medical Fellow, Diabetes and Endocrine, who will retire at the end of September after 8 years of outstanding service to the company.

"Lilly has a growing and exciting diabetes and obesity R&D portfolio that demands exceptional clinical leadership to guide and successfully develop," said Vince Mihalik, Vice President and Global Brand Development Platform Leader, Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrine. "Robert is widely recognized and respected in the diabetes community for his scientific and clinical excellence and his considerable leadership abilities. He'll be a fantastic addition to the Lilly team."

Heine is currently professor of diabetology in the Department of Endocrinology and director of the Diabetes Centre at the VU (Vrije Universiteit) University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In addition to involvement in several research projects, Heine holds positions within the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), including chair of the EASD subcommittee for Clinical Research Training, president of the organizing committee for the 2007 EASD annual meeting, and a member of the ADA Expert Committee on guidelines for the treatment of hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes. He is a prolific author, with more than 350 published papers, and currently serves as associate editor of Diabetic Medicine and an editorial board member for several other publications. Heine's primary research interests include the epidemiology and pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes.

"We couldn't be more pleased that Dr. Heine has decided to bring his considerable talents to Lilly," said David Moller, M.D., Vice President, Endocrine and Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Investigation, Lilly Research Laboratories. "Robert's outstanding clinical experience and depth of scientific expertise will be a major contributor to the sustained leadership of Lilly in diabetes and related metabolic disorders as we continue to bring novel medicines to patients in need around the world."

"It's a privilege to join a team with such an impressive history of innovation and one that is also shaping the future of diabetes care," said Heine. "I'm excited for the opportunity to work in a new and dynamic atmosphere at Lilly with a group of truly talented scientists."

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