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Eli Lilly and Purdue University launch scholarship programme to boost pharma diversity

Eli Lilly and Purdue University have initiated a scholarship programme to enhance diversity in pharmaceutical education and industry. The programme, launched last month, welcomed its first cohort of 98 students. It aims to address the underrepresentation of women and people of colour in the pharmaceutical sector. Lindsay Androski, President and CEO of Roivant Social Ventures, highlighted that most pharmaceutical research focuses on illnesses that affect white men, emphasising the need for diversity. The programme offers students a full scholarship to Purdue University and a paid internship at Eli Lilly, costing the company $42.5 million over a decade. While recipients are not obligated to work at Lilly after graduation, both partners hope the programme will open doors for students in the pharmaceutical industry.

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