Eli Lilly discloses grant info online

Eli Lilly and Company has become the first major pharmaceutical company to voluntarily post online all information on educational grant funding and other contributions to US organisations.

Pharma companies are trying to improve their public image, which has been worsening in recent years.

Eli Lilly also plans to list funding information on its grant office website. It will be updated quarterly and include a description of the intended use of the funds.

Corporate comms manager Ed Sagebiel said: ‘Critics have questioned the integrity of these funds and this is, in a sense, a call to be more transparent… we are not ashamed of this funding and, in fact, are very proud of the way it contributes back to our society.’

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