Lilly Announces Extension of Cancer Research Collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Extension of research collaboration focused on enhancing and speeding the process of bringing new and advanced treatments to cancer patients.

INDIANAPOLIS, July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced a three-year extension of its cancer research collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since 2015, scientists from Lilly and Dana-Farber have been working together on pre-clinical and clinical studies, molecular analyses of patient samples and the design and conduct of clinical trials to help advance cancer care.

"We are pleased to announce the extension of our collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This collaboration provides an opportunity for scientists and clinicians at a premier cancer center to bring creative new ideas about the underlying science and how this might drive future clinical opportunities for multiple Lilly therapeutic candidates," said Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president, global development and medical affairs, Lilly Oncology. "The extension will provide continued funding for initial testing of several such ideas in the lab and in the clinic, which could eventually inform new treatment avenues for cancer patients."

During the first three years of the collaboration, Lilly has been allowed access to expertise within Dana-Farber to further develop multiple pre-clinical and clinical compounds in Lilly's pipeline, including new indications, novel combinations, and biomarker strategies. This collaboration has fostered fresh ideas, strong communication and important feedback in pre-clinical and clinical study design, process and execution.

"Our collaboration with Lilly has provided the opportunity to bridge academia and industry at the early stages of cancer research," said Barrett Rollins, M.D., Ph.D., chief scientific officer of Dana-Farber. "Our shared approach has helped speed learning across labs and disease groups, and serves to enable and accelerate the testing of new hypotheses. This collaboration is important as we consider the potential impact the research may have on cancer care."

Under the agreement, Dana-Farber researchers were, and will continue to be, granted permission to conduct independent pre-clinical and clinical studies on select Lilly compounds. All compounds evaluated through this collaboration will continue to be fully owned by Lilly. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Lilly Oncology 

For more than 50 years, Lilly has been dedicated to delivering life-changing medicines and support to people living with cancer and those who care for them. Lilly is determined to build on this heritage and continue making life better for all those affected by cancer around the world.

Lilly Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) regarding the potential of cancer research and development at Lilly. This press release reflects Lilly's current beliefs. However, as with any pharmaceutical product, there are substantial risks and uncertainties in the process of development and commercialization. Among other risks, there can be no guarantee that these treatment options will receive regulatory approval, or, if approved, that it will achieve intended benefits or become a commercially successful product. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see Lilly's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, Lilly undertakes no duty to update forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.

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