Eli Lilly & Company
Uniting caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world.
Eli Lilly and Company has been in business for almost 140 years. The global, research-based company was founded in May 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the Midwestern section of the United States. A 38-year-old pharmaceutical chemist and a veteran of the U.S. Civil War, Colonel Lilly was frustrated by the poorly prepared, often ineffective medicines of his day. Consequently, he made these commitments to himself and to society:
- He would found a company that manufactured pharmaceutical products of the highest possible quality.
- His company would develop only medicines that would be dispensed at the suggestion of physicians rather than by travelling salesmen.
- Lilly’s medicines would be based on the best science of the day.
Although his business flourished, Colonel Lilly was not satisfied with the traditional methods of testing the quality of his products. In 1886, he hired a young chemist to function as a full-time scientist, using and improving upon the newest techniques for quality evaluation. Together, they laid the foundation for the Lilly tradition: a dedication that first concentrated on the quality of existing products and later expanded to include the discovery and development of new and better medicines.
The Lilly name is a promise. The red script, an evolved version of our founder’s signature, is a sign of our proud past and our exciting future. Our promise is simple: Lilly unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world.