An affiliate of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE: LLY) will partner this summer with Howard University on a program for post-graduate minority professionals. Lilly USA says the Minority Fellowship seeks to provide training to future professionals getting ready for a career in science or medicine.
Lilly says the goal of the fellowship is to increase collaboration and address the lack of minorities in the pharmaceutical industry. Physicians and post-graduates with doctorate or scientific degrees can take part in the program, in which they will spend a year of training at Lilly.
"Lilly is working to meet the needs of diverse populations by embedding diversity within our culture and weaving it into every aspect of our business—from how we hire employees to our clinical trials," said Yolanda Johnson-Moton, director of external relations for Lilly’s U.S. Medical Division. "This program offers the opportunity for us to leverage Lilly’s longstanding commitment to education, diversity and collaborative relationships."
As part of the training, participants will learn about the complexities of drug development, the regulatory environment and the roles of scientists and healthcare providers in the process. Lilly says they will also work on special projects in the program.
Howard University says the knowledge gained will help the participants better address efforts to reduce health disparities. The first class of fellows includes recent Howard graduates.