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Eli Lilly and Company to Open a Diabetes-Focused Research Center in China
Date:11/2/2010

are well suited to the particular needs of patients with diabetes in China."

In another timely example of Lilly's commitment to diabetes research, the company said today that it is working with the China Diabetes Society (CDS) and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) to support collaborative diabetes programs between Chinese and European academic centers.  Lilly has committed a total of 1.8 million Euros over three years (approximately $2.5 million or $16.6 million renminbi) to this effort.  

More on the Diabetes Research Center in China

  • Heading up the center will be Bei Betty Zhang, Ph.D., a native of Shanghai and an internationally-recognized diabetes expert who also serves as vice president of research for Lilly Research Laboratories in China.  Zhang is a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai and completed her doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine and postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, USA.

  • The center will initially employ approximately 100 scientists and support staff, the majority of whom will be hired from within China.

  • The center will focus on seeking to discover compounds with novel mechanisms of action leading to breakthrough therapies for diabetes. Its work will be complementary to Lilly's global diabetes R&D efforts.

  • Scientists at the research center hope to discover medicines that better control blood glucose levels without hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), along with diabetes therapies that address co-morbid conditions such as cardiovascular disease and obesity.

"What we are saying in announcing the establishment of this center is that we are committed to innovation, we are committed to diabetes, and we are committed to improvi
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