INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has allocated an additional $50 million to its now $300 million Social Impact Venture Capital Portfolio, reflecting the company’s commitment to going beyond the medicines it makes to have a positive impact on patients and society through for-profit investments.
The portfolio is aligned with Lilly’s efforts to combat racial injustice and its effects on Black Americans and historically marginalized communities in the U.S., as well as Lilly 30×30, a global initiative to improve access to quality healthcare for 30 million people living in limited-resource settings annually by 2030.
“Lilly is pleased to announce the expansion of our inclusive, for-profit Social Impact Venture Capital Portfolio aimed at leveraging Lilly’s resources to invest with purpose,” said Anat Ashkenazi, Lilly’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Through this investing strategy, we are not only taking into account the potential for monetary returns but also a fund’s impact on people’s lives, livelihoods, health and wellbeing.”
The additional $50 million will go towards venture capital firms that specialize in near- and long-term healthcare solutions for patients in low- and middle-income countries, such as hospital systems, pharmacies, medical devices, digital health, diagnostics, therapeutics and more.
Included in this allocation is a recent commitment to LeapFrog Emerging Consumer Fund IV. LeapFrog is an impact growth equity fund investing in South and Southeast Asian and African businesses that, among other priorities, provide innovative healthcare solutions to low-income consumers by offering relevant and affordable products to promote wellness and help prevent and manage chronic diseases.
Lilly launched the Social Impact Venture Capital Portfolio in 2020 with a $100 million commitment to the AMR Action Fund, which aims to bring two to four new antibiotics to patients by 2030 to provide the next line of defense against multi-drug resistant pathogens. In April 2023, the AMR Action Fund announced its latest investments in biotech companies targeting a range of infections.
Since 2020, Lilly has allocated $150 million as part of its Racial Justice Commitment, $110 million of which has already been committed to eight newly formed U.S.-based Black and minority-led venture capital firms, four of which are led by women.
Through these investments, Lilly has indirectly funded over 50 U.S.-based start-ups, many of which are focused on building healthcare solutions ranging from increasing clinical trial diversity, emphasizing women’s health care, promoting culturally competent care, and increasing healthcare accessibility and affordability for marginalized communities.