About Amy O'Connor

Amy O’Connor leads the Digital & Social Media Communications team at Lilly. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame - Go Irish! - and earned a master’s degree in public policy at Georgetown University - Hoya Saxa!

 Amy’s goal is to develop Lilly's engagement on public policy issues to promote solutions that foster innovation and ensure that patients have access to the medicines that help them live longer, healthier lives. Since 2011, she has launched and led Lilly's digital public policy effort with LillyPad in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union; the Campaign for Modern Medicines, a coalition to improve patient access to medicines; and Patient Access to Cancer care Excellence (PACE), an effort to accelerate cancer innovation.

Amy splits her time between Indianapolis, IN, and Washington D.C. In her spare time, Amy enjoys exploring with her dog, cheering on her favorite teams, trying new restaurants, and bringing friends together at her favorite places. With her finger on the pulse of the political and advocacy worlds, Amy will share her experiences and blog about these issues on LillyPad.

How Much Do You Know About Alzheimer’s Disease?

In 1983, when President Reagan declared November National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, less than 2 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s. Today, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s exceeds 5 million. But the community impacted by Alzheimer’s extends beyond the patient, it transforms the life of the families, friends, and 

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The Great American Tradition of Innovation

Where will you be next Thursday? Will you sit at the dining room table with your loved ones and give thanks? Will you huddle around the television to watch the parade or a football game? No matter how you celebrate, Thanksgiving acts as an important reminder of the power of tradition. Earlier this week I was reminded of another great American tradition: innovation.

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The Her-Story of Women at Lilly

More than 135 years ago, Eli Lilly opened the doors of his small manufacturing facility in Indianapolis for the first time. Among his first three employees was Miss Caroline Kruger, bottler and finisher for the plant. Women have a long, rich history at Lilly filled with amazing achievements and important professional milestones.

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What the Mid-Term Elections Mean for TTIP

After the eventful midterm elections, the dust is finally settling in Washington D.C., leaving many speculating about the implications for the 2015 and beyond. Having a Democratic President and a Republican Congress can be tricky, but one thing many analysts think ...

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What Does Healthy Mean To You?

Throughout history, small epiphanies have led to big changes. Sometimes these moments represent the tiniest sliver of years of research that led to a pivotal change. Other times, they come from simple conversation. Either way, they require collaboration to introduce them to the world.

Recognizing the role of collaboration, Devex and a coalition of 

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History Inspires Alzheimer's Discovery

Winston Churchill once said, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” When considering this quote, I am reminded of the ways in which history can inspire innovation. From the launching of a company whose heritage drives our passion for progress, to the partnerships that help change the world, the past can connect us to a drive for discovery.

 In 1995, Lilly ...

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The Building Blocks of a Healthier Tomorrow

As voters across the country head to the polls to help determine the future of American politics, another group will begin a different kind of future planning in New York City. Today, health advocates, industry representatives, and government decision makers will convene to discuss strategies for investing in a healthier future. These conversations will take place at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & ...

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How to Make Your Medicines Work for You

When we say that medical innovation has made life better, what does that actually mean? In reality, it means different things to different people. To patients, new treatments can help them live longer, more active lives. For families, it means more memories and time spent with the people you love. If you’re looking at the “big picture”, innovative medicines continue to offer major improvements to the overall health system. But the least effective medicine is the one you don’t take. ...

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Innovation Isn’t a Spectator Sport

For any of my fellow Notre Dame fans out there, you’ll know that it’s been a great season for the Fighting Irish. Watching the team come together for some great victories this year got me thinking yet again about the value of collaboration. Both on and off the field, collaboration involves taking disparate voices and building something together.

When we think about how this applies to ...

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20 by 2020

Earlier this year, we announced a new set of environmental goals which include reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020. We’re committed to operating responsibly so here are a few key projects expected to help us meet these energy targets:

  • Optimizing heating, lighting, and air-conditioning by re-commissioning or ...
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