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Lilly Recognized with World Business and Development Award for Tuberculosis Initiative
Date:9/21/2010

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- An eminent international panel of judges has selected Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) to receive a World Business and Development Award for demonstrating what can be achieved through successful partnerships in the battle against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

Lilly was chosen because the activities of The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership demonstrate a clear linkage between vital business practices and a contribution toward achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG).  The MDGs, endorsed by 189 countries, include eight goals that promote the reduction of poverty, better education, improved maternal health, gender equality, the lessening of child mortality and the eradication of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis.

"We are extremely honored and grateful for this recognition, just as we are inspired daily by the dedication of the organizations and individuals who are part of The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership. We all know how much work remains to be done, but we believe that over time we can make a tangible difference in stamping out a disease that takes so many millions of lives," said Jacques Tapiero, president of emerging markets for Lilly.

The World Business and Development Awards, given every two years, showcase the creative efforts of the private sector in applying their core business expertise to helping achieve the goals. Winners of past awards, together, have improved the lives of millions of poor people throughout the world.

By collaborating with international and non-profit organizations, governments and civil society, Lilly has proven that private companies can make enormous strides in helping the international community achieve the MDGs. Over a very short time, the Partnership has produced real accomplishments despite significant obstacles and continues to build on l
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