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Eli Lilly and Company Opens Eco-Friendly Biotechnology Center on the West Coast Designed to Speed and Enhance Innovation
Date:10/29/2009

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its strategy to discover and develop more biotechnology medicines, Eli Lilly and Company today officially opened a new state-of-the-art biotechnology center on the West Coast. The facility, known as the "Lilly Biotechnology Center - San Diego," is opening three months after Lilly announced it is moving its ImClone research headquarters (which specializes in developing cancer biologics) into a new biopharmaceutical research cluster in New York, and just one year after Lilly completed construction of its biotechnology research and development complex at company headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"We are moving full speed ahead toward building a biotechnology powerhouse," said John Lechleiter, Ph.D., Lilly chairman and chief executive officer. "The science, technology and talent at our new center in San Diego will help bring novel biotech medicines to patients faster and more efficiently, and reinforces Lilly's commitment and contributions to San Diego's burgeoning bioscience industry."

Lilly's latest biotechnology center is located within an extensive hub of life science activity near the University of California, San Diego and other prominent biomedical research institutes, which is consistent with Lilly's FIPNet strategy to leverage external resources and knowledge to advance its pipeline.

Of the nearly 200 scientists based at the center, more than half are from Applied Molecular Evolution (AME), a wholly-owned Lilly subsidiary that discovers, engineers and develops biotechnology-based therapies built specifically from human proteins. Additionally, the center is the work base for scientists from discovery chemistry research and technology (DCRT), a division within Lilly that includes scientists from what was previously known as SGX Pharmaceuticals. (Lilly acquired SGX in 2008 and incorporated it into DCRT.)

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