Eli Lilly and Company announced today 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 today 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 today represent positions for highly skilled workers, such as engineers, operating personnel and lab technicians, who will utilize advanced technology to create innovative medicines.
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.
The new $15 million Lilly Scholars program announced today 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.
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.
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.
Over the past three years, Lilly has invested $6.4 billion in U.S.-based manufacturing sites to deliver medicines to patients worldwide. As Lilly prepares for future growth expected from potential new medicines to treat obesity, Alzheimer's disease and autoimmune conditions, the company anticipates further expansion of its global manufacturing footprint to ensure a sufficient supply of medicine.