In a presentation to the investment community, Eli Lilly stated it has the potential to launch 20 new products in the 10 years beginning in 2014 and extending through 2023. In addition, Lilly could launch an average of two new indications or line extensions for already-approved products per year during that same time period.
"We're pleased to share with investors the breadth and depth of the Lilly pipeline, which showcases our progress across our key therapeutic areas. This includes recent launches as well as a robust lineup of assets in late-stage development or already under regulatory review," said John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., Lilly's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "There are no guarantees given the nature of science and of our business; however, in looking at our recent launches and current pipeline, we believe we are in the midst of the most prolific period of new launches in our company's 140-year history."
Lilly's R&D efforts focus on five therapeutic areas where the company has assets and capabilities that enable it to compete successfully. These include four core areas—diabetes, oncology, immunology and neurodegeneration—and one emerging area—pain.
"We have improved the productivity and success of our pipeline through discrete actions aimed at enhancing focus, quality and speed, and by positioning ourselves as an attractive partner for external innovation opportunities," said Jan Lundberg, Ph.D., executive vice president of science and technology and president of Lilly Research Laboratories. "These improvements have led to the potential for unprecedented R&D output."