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Eli Lilly and Company

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One of the world's largest corporations, Eli Lilly and Company Template:Nyse is a global pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

A Fortune 500 corporation, Eli Lilly had revenues of $12.6 billion in 2004. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is a member of the S&P 500 stock index. Eli Lilly is one of the Nifty Fifty stocks that propelled the late 20th century bull market.

Eli Lilly is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of pharmaceutical therapies for cancer, cardiovascular disease, central nervous system and endocrine system disorders, and infectious diseases.

Among the company's many pharmaceutical breakthroughs are cephalosporin, erythromycin, insulin, and, with Prozac (fluoxetine), the world's first and most prominent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor for the treatment of clinical depression. In addition to Prozac, some of Lilly's famous product trademarks include Darvocet, Evista, Gemzar, Humalog, Humatrope and Zyprexa.

Eli Lilly was the first distributor of methadone, used frequently in the treatment of heroin, opium and other narcotic drug addictions.

Eli Lilly also created the controversial vaccine preservative thimerosal (also called merthiolate).

In 2003, Eli Lilly introduced Cialis (tadalafil), a competitor to Pfizer's blockbuster Viagra for erectile dysfunction. Cialis was developed in a partnership with biotechnology company ICOS.

Along with General Electric and IBM, Eli Lilly has developed a global reputation for attracting some of the brightest corporate managerial talent.

The company was founded in 1876 by a 38-year old pharmaceutical chemist, Eli Lilly.

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The company was named one of the top 10 Best Companies for Working Mothers in 2004 by Working Mothers magazine.

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