Eli Lilly to invest additional USD 1.6 billion in 2 new plants

IndianapolisEli Lilly and Company has announced that it will invest an additional $1.6 billion and add another 200 new jobs at its two new manufacturing sites within LEAP Innovation Park in Boone County, bringing the company’s total commitment to $3.7 billion and up to 700 new jobs. The company also committed $15 million over five years to the Ivy Tech Foundation to fund up to 1,000 scholarships for individuals interested in pursuing careers in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Lilly’s commitments within LEAP Innovation Park represent the largest manufacturing investment at a single location in the company’s history. The up to 200 additional jobs announced represent positions for highly skilled workers, such as engineers, operating personnel and lab technicians, who will utilize advanced technology to create innovative medicines.

“Through these new facilities, Hoosiers will make life-changing medicines that patients around the world need to address serious health challenges, including diabetes and cancer,” said Lilly’s Chair and CEO Dave Ricks. “We’re investing at record levels in our home state to help our communities and economy thrive and enhance educational opportunities for more students. We look forward to doing our part to make Indiana an even better place to work and live, while fostering cutting-edge innovation in our state.”

Lilly has introduced 19 new medicines, including Jaypirca (recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mantle cell lymphoma), since 2014 and plans to introduce several additional potential medicines in 2023. These new facilities will expand the company’s manufacturing network for active pharmaceutical ingredients, support increased demand for existing Lilly products and play a key role in bringing the next generation of therapeutic modalities, including genetic medicines, to patients globally.

“Lilly has played a critical role in shaping Indiana’s economy over the past 145-plus years, and today’s groundbreaking makes it clear – the company will be at the forefront of driving Hoosier innovation and job creation forward for generations to come,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “As a state, we are proud to partner with Lilly in accelerating Indiana’s talent pipeline and career opportunities while leveraging the state’s manufacturing excellence to develop life-changing and life-saving solutions for people across the world.”

The new $15 million Lilly Scholars program announced with the Ivy Tech Foundation, will create a scholarship and an experiential learning program at Ivy Tech Community College for high school and college students with diverse backgrounds who intend to pursue careers in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Over the next five years, the company’s collaboration with Ivy Tech will provide scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing two-year degrees or certificates in manufacturing, quality or related fields. “Through the Lilly Scholars @ Ivy Tech program, students will be able to access a smart manufacturing lab to support their education. Preference will be given to those who are among the first generation in their family to attend college – which constitutes 40% of Ivy Tech’s student population – and those who have overcome socioeconomic disadvantages,” the company stated.

Additionally, the program supports a new pathway for high school students, which allows them to receive a college certificate in pharmaceutical manufacturing or medical device quality upon graduation.

“We are taking our collaboration with Lilly to the next level with the creation of Lilly Scholars @ Ivy Tech,” said President of Ivy Tech Community College, Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “Lilly Scholars provides high school and adult students with a unique opportunity to leverage the world-class education at Ivy Tech with an exceptional employer partner in Lilly and put their education to work in high-wage, high-demand careers that contribute to the growth and prosperity of our state.”

Last year, Lilly committed $42.5 million over 10 years to Purdue University to create the first Lilly Scholars program, which includes 75-100 pharmaceutical manufacturing scholarships with a guaranteed internship or co-op at Lilly to incoming students each year.

“The announcements demonstrate the strong collaboration between industry, academia and government in Indiana,” said Edgardo Hernandez, executive vice president and president, Lilly manufacturing operations. “Through our new academic commitment, we’re looking to grow life sciences education in the state and foster a diverse pipeline of local talent to fill the new jobs created through our recent investments.”

Over the past three years, Lilly has invested $6.4 billion in U.S.-based manufacturing sites to deliver medicines to patients worldwide.

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