Case | HBS Case Collection | March 1999 (Revised June 2000)

Eli Lilly: The Evista Project

by Steven C. Wheelwright and Matt Verlinden


Describes the creation and operation of the initial two heavyweight teams for new drug development and launch. The primary focus is on one of the teams, Evista, although comparisons to the other team, Zyprexa, are included. Lilly must decide the next phase (postlaunch) for managing Evista's rollout.

Keywords: Projects; Groups and Teams; Operations; Management Teams; Product Development; Transition; Product Design; Business Startups; Business Plan; Product Launch; Competition; Service Operations; Pharmaceutical Industry;


Wheelwright, Steven C., and Matt Verlinden. "Eli Lilly: The Evista Project." Harvard Business School Case 699-016, March 1999. (Revised June 2000.)