Eli Lilly CEO David Ricks told CNBC on Friday that his company aims to start testing a treatment for the globally spreading coronavirus in the coming months.
The pharmaceutical giant on Thursday announced that it has teamed up with the privately held AbCellera Biologics to co-develop a medicine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus that has sickened more than 137,000 people across the world and at least 1,700 in the U.S. as of Friday.
“The speed at which [pharma research] is unfolding is unprecedented in our industry. Literally, AbCellera started this work 11 days ago,” Ricks said in a phone interview with Jim Cramer on “Mad Money.” “We hope to be in a clinical trial this summer.”
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