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Johnston Erwin

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Johnston Erwin

Johnston Erwin

Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Eli Lilly & Co.

Johnston Erwin serves as Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Eli Lilly & Co. where he works with the Lilly team and external partners to advance innovation by driving scientific breakthroughs through collaboration.  Johnston works closely with regional investment funds and provides oversight and strategic guidance to these efforts.

Since joining Lilly in 1985, Johnston has held a number of positions at the company.  Most recently, he served as Global Brand Development Leader for Bone, Muscle and Joint Molecule Clinical Development.  He was named Global Brand Development Leader for Osteoporosis Products in 2003, an expansion of the role he assumed the previous year as Product Team Leader for Arzoxifene.  Johnston led the clinical team responsible for the global regulatory submissions of the osteoporosis drugs Evista® and Forteo®, and under his leadership, both brands receive regulatory approval in more than 80 countries and reached blockbuster status with more than $1 billion in annual sales.  Prior to 2002, Johnston served as Director, Strategy and Business Development, Primary Care Product Group for Lilly where he was responsible for the cardiovascular disease, women’s health, and infectious disease therapeutic areas.  He also oversaw CIALIS®, another blockbuster drug.

Prior to joining Lilly, Johnston spent three years as a sales representative in Idaho and held leadership roles in Corporate Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Sales, Strategic Asset Management, and Corporate Business Development.

Johnston previously served on the boards of the Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association of Texas, the Young Philanthropists for Vision in Indiana and the Cornea Research Foundation.  He currently serves on the executive boards of the Western Golf Association / Evans Scholars Foundation, Indiana State University (Board of Governors), Purdue University and the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.