Key Facts

at a glance
  • A heritage more than 140 years strong: company founded on May 10, 1876 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Founder Colonel Eli Lilly was a pharmacist and US Civil War veteran frustrated by the poorly prepared, often ineffective medicines of his day.
  • A research collaboration in the 1920s between Eli Lilly and Company and Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best resulted in the first available insulin treatment for diabetes and led to the establishment of Eli Lilly Canada in 1938.
  • Headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Approximately 38,000 employees worldwide
  • More than 300 employees across Canada
  • Clinical research conducted in more than 55 countries
  • Research and development facilities located in 8 countries
  • Manufacturing plants located in 8 countries
  • Products marketed in 120 countries

Founder Colonel Eli Lilly in 1885

Historic building at 114 Pearl Street, Indianapolis