Tom Eckrich studied chemistry at Purdue University, receiving a BS in chemistry in 1979. He earned a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University in 1984, studying with Professor E. J. Corey, the 1990 Nobel laureate in chemistry. Tom has worked for Eli Lilly and Company since graduating from Harvard, starting out as a chemist working in the area of antibiotic research. In 1992, Tom became manager of chemical process development at Lilly, and has since held various leadership positions in chemical development, including the position of managing director of Lilly’s European Development Centre in Brussels, Belgium. Tom is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, has published 10 scientific papers and holds three patents. Tom is currently a member of Lilly’s Chemical Product R&D leadership team with responsibility for external sourcing and source development.