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Lilly Announces Significant Global Insulin Manufacturing Capacity Investments in Response to Growing Diabetes Epidemic
Date:11/14/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced it will invest more than $700 million to enhance its global insulin manufacturing capacity in Puerto Rico, France and China, as well as in Indianapolis, home to Lilly's global headquarters. Today's news raises Lilly's manufacturing commitment in the past year to more than $1 billion in planned investments in response to the growing diabetes epidemic and increasing demand for insulin around the world.

Nearly half of the $1 billion investment will improve Indianapolis sites, where Lilly has been manufacturing insulin since it introduced the first commercially available insulin product in 1923.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)—which today released the latest diabetes prevalence numbers—diabetes is a significant and growing global problem, with high and increasing costs to society and to individuals. The IDF also noted that all types of diabetes are on the rise, with the number of people with type 2 diabetes increasing most dramatically.[i]

"Insulin is a cornerstone of diabetes treatment and its use will only continue to increase given the rising number of people with diabetes around the world," said Enrique Conterno, senior vice president and president, Lilly Diabetes. "Since introducing the first commercially available insulin 90 years ago, Lilly has helped address the global diabetes burden, and today's announcement further underscores our deep commitment to diabetes care."

In addition to committing to investments in manufacturing, the company is investing heavily in diabetes research. Lilly currently has 14 new molecu
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