Indiana’s robust history in the life sciences stems from an entrepreneurial spirit that rivals most anywhere in the U.S. More than 100 years ago, some of the earliest roots of Indiana’s life sciences community were being planted, resulting in what are today, some of the biggest and brightest medical companies in the world.
Colonel Eli Lilly embarked on a mission to develop quality pharmaceuticals more than 130 years ago, and now Indianapolis is home to Eli Lilly and Company, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
In the Northern part of the state, visionary inventor Revra DePuy started his orthopedics company by developing splints just before the turn of the 20th century, and just a couple of decades later, Justin Zimmer left his mark by founding Zimmer — thus, bestowing Warsaw, Indiana with the title of the orthopedics capital of the world.
More than 50 years ago Bill Cook started Cook Medical out of his apartment in Bloomington and now it is the largest privately-held medical company in the world. Around the same time, Bill Eason built the first blood glucose meter in his garage, which led to Roche’s North American headquarters being located in Indianapolis.
More recently, our entrepreneurial community has seen success from Endocyte, Marcadia and Assembly Biosciences – all which started with an idea, an innovator, and the determination to make people’s lives better through their medical breakthroughs.