Sector News

Lilly to ax 200 R&D positions globally

February 7, 2017
Life sciences

Eli Lilly is working to cut 200 R&D positions. The Big Pharma is framing the action as a “voluntary reallocation program” that will see it reduce its global R&D headcount by nearly 3% while it ups its investment in other areas.

The cuts, news of which was first reported by Stat, follow shortly after Lilly detailed plans to ax 485 employees in response to the failure of its Alzheimer’s trial. But, according to the company, the aim this time is different. Lilly is looking for 200 staffers from multiple R&D sites around the world to voluntarily sign up to leave the company.

While the earlier, larger cuts followed the fading of expectations for solanezumab and subsequent retreat from the program, the latest action is being pitched as a tweaking of the Lilly R&D machine ahead of renewed investment in specific areas of the operation.

“Lilly is focusing its investment in new R&D capabilities to ensure portfolio sustainability. We plan to increase our investment and hire in strategic areas, including molecule-making capabilities, immunology and Alzheimer’s disease, across our U.S. research sites later this year,” a spokesperson who confirmed the cuts said in an emailed statement.

The reference to U.S. research sites is notable given the political climate in which Lilly is operating. News of the cuts emerged days after Lilly CEO Dave Ricks talked up his hiring of manufacturing staff in a meeting with President Donald Trump. Given Trump’s willingness to single out firms for criticism on Twitter and uncertainty over his approach to biopharma, there is value in being seen to be on board with the “America First” approach, particularly as it relates to jobs.

Lilly’s statement also suggests the company is pushing ahead in Alzheimer’s despite the setbacks it has faced. Jobs related to Alzheimer’s research are among the 34 open science positions at Lilly as of today. Lilly is also looking to add a team leader at its neuroscience R&D unit in the U.K.

By Nick Paul Taylor

Source: Fierce Biotech

comments closed

Related News

February 4, 2023

MedTrace receives U.S. patent for diagnosing the human heart

Life sciences

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to MedTrace for their method of diagnosing the human heart via 15O-water PET. The patented method is the foundation of the company’s software aQuant, currently under development. Hendrik “Hans” Harms, PhD and Senior Scientist at MedTrace, and Jens Soerensen, Professor and Clinical Advisor to MedTrace, are the originators of the method.

February 4, 2023

Roche taps insider Teresa Graham for top pharma job as setbacks prompt M&A questions

Life sciences

Teresa Graham, currently head of global product strategy for Roche pharma, will become the division’s new CEO next month, Roche said Thursday. Simultaneously, Roche is elevating Levi Garraway, chief medical officer, to the executive committee.

February 4, 2023

J&J’s pharma group quietly works through global overhaul, with layoffs expected to reach multiple countries

Life sciences

Fierce Pharma has obtained internal documents and video of a town hall meeting conducted this week describing what J&J called a “comprehensive review” of its portfolio. Moving forward, J&J plans to operate its vaccines and infectious diseases outfits as one group, the executives explained.

How can we help you?

We're easy to reach