By Andrew Merrick, Director of Patient Access and 31-year employee of Lilly Canada
After more than 70 years at the corner of Birchmount Rd. and Danforth Ave., this fall Lilly Canada will move our offices back to downtown Toronto. We have made decades of memories in Scarborough, so it is with mixed emotions that we make this transition. It has been an honour to be a part of the community in Southwest Scarborough.
We decided to move in order to be closer to our collaborators of the past and the future—to hospitals, universities, and research facilities—and to move into a purpose-built office that fits our current size while providing flexibility for us to grow.
Lilly Canada was founded in 1938 as a result of the collaboration between Eli Lilly and Co. and University of Toronto researchers Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best which produced the world’s first commercially available insulin. The facility at 3650 Danforth Rd. was built in 1946.
The people who work at Lilly have dedicated our careers to making life better for people by inventing and commercializing innovative medicines—medicines to treat diseases like cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, neurodegeneration and pain. From the first stages of discovery, through the years of clinical testing, to the detailed and difficult work of securing approval to call a new molecule a medicine, our team is focused on delivering safe, effective treatments to the people who need them.
Our business is built on innovation. Every day, and around the world, we work to expand the realm of what’s possible in managing some of the world’s most debilitating diseases.
Here in our Community, Lilly has sponsored scholarships at the local high schools, collected items for the hampers given out by the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, and welcomed students as interns and guests. Members of our team have volunteered for local organizations; some even helped build the Habitat for Humanity homes just up the street.
We will eventually sell the property at 3650 Danforth Ave, and we hope to do so in a way that provides value for Lilly and for the community. We sincerely hope that it will continue to be an asset to the neighbourhood after we’re gone.
Thus, we bid a fond farewell to our friends and neighbours in Southwest Scarborough. Thank you for hosting us so warmly, and for so long.