Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
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February 2012

Eli Lilly and Company and the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation are second only to the Lilly Endowment in terms of total giving to Indiana University, and much of that comes to the IUPUI campus.

IUPUI has received more than $140 million from the company and foundation, and nearly every unit on campus has benefitted in some way from this relationship. From the arts and the environment, to cancer and public health, to the AMPATH Program with Moi University in Kenya, Eli Lilly and Company and its foundation have been key partners, enabling IUPUI to make an impact at home and around the world.

Thanks to Lilly, some $34 million in pharmaceutical products—gifts in kind— have gone to the Kenya program. What has been done there is being applied in Indiana and helping patients here, as well.

Lilly's efforts have allowed us to make strides in chronic disease management, especially diabetes. AMPATH has been able to establish care for patients with diabetes in seven dispensaries, two health care centers, and one referral hospital. These serve some 3,000 patients with diabetes thanks to financial support and insulin products from Lilly.

Mental health disorders also take a toll in sub-Saharan Africa. The main referral clinic for mental health services based at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital has supported more than 3,600 patients with Lilly products for inpatient and outpatient care. In addition, some 1,300 patients with mental health disorders are being served in the three rural clinics where our mental health staff operate.

Thanks to the generous contribution of chemotherapy from Lilly, 81 cancer patients are receiving treatment. This has helped to develop the AMPATH Oncology Institute, which has provided care to more than 4,800 patients, and counting.

At the same time Lilly and its foundation have supported the IU Simon Cancer Center, allowing us to make extraordinary gains in research and economic development related to health and life sciences.

The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation has been a principal source of pilot research project funding. For each dollar the cancer center invested in startup research projects, $7 was generated in extramural funding.

Four major faculty recruitments helped the Simon Cancer Center realize an increase in National Cancer Institute funding from $14.5 million to $20 million since 2007.

Overall, the Lilly Faculty Recruitment and Retention Fund has bolstered the number of researchers from 152 in 2007 to 206 in 2011. A Therapeutic Validation Core has also been created to support clinicians leading clinical research trials at the Simon Cancer Center. This laboratory for physicians allows development of data to validate clinical research effectiveness so that new therapies can be evaluated for FDA approval.

The Eli Lilly Company Foundation grant of $1,000,000 was instrumental in beginning the formation of a school of public health.

Lilly funds enabled us to recruit and hire faculty sooner than otherwise would have been possible—senior faculty with national acclaim and extensive records of earning external funding for their research. These hires allow us to build strengths in social and behavioral sciences as well as epidemiology. For each faculty member, the Lilly funds and the title "Lilly Scholar" were essential to our success in recruitment.

A key component of developing our school of public health is to establish doctoral programs in three of the five core public health disciplines.

The three we have chosen are Ph.D. programs in epidemiology, biostatistics, and health policy. A major factor in attracting and retaining the best doctoral students is to provide scholarship support so students can pursue these programs full time. To date, 8 doctoral students have been given a full scholarship and are known as Lilly Fellows, and 10 master's students have been awarded Lilly funds to pursue their graduate programs.

In addition to its health–related gifts and grants, the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation has provided graduate student research stipends for community public arts projects managed through the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life. The Center for Earth and Environmental Science managed the Lilly Arbor project, through which 1,400 trees have been planted along the White River in downtown Indianapolis as part of an experimental floodplain reforestation program.

Eli Lilly and Company and the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation set the standard for corporate citizenship, and we are grateful for their support.


Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
 

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