RIDGEFIELD, Conn. and INDIANAPOLIS, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted for review a marketing authorization application (MAA) for the investigational sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor empagliflozin*, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) in adults. The acceptance of the MAA marks the beginning of the review process in the European Union for this potential oral diabetes treatment. "We are pleased the EMA has accepted our marketing authorization application for a potential new treatment option to help patients better manage their type 2 diabetes mellitus," said Prof. Klaus Dugi, Corporate Senior Vice President Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim. "More than 300 million people worldwide live with type 2 diabetes mellitus and varied approaches to treating this condition are needed to help these patients better manage their condition." A New Drug Application for empagliflozin was recently submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States for the treatment of T2D in adults. Empagliflozin is a member of the SGLT2 inhibitor class of drugs being investigated for the reduction of blood glucose levels in adults with T2D. The emerging SGLT2 inhibitor class removes excess glucose through the urine by blocking glucose re-absorption in the kidney. About Diabetes Approximately 25.8 million Americans and an estimated 371 million people worldwide have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. T2D is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90 percent of all diabetes cases. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin. Diabetes was estimated to cost the U.S. $245 billion in direct medical costs and reduced productivity in 2012. Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company In January 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announced an alliance in the field of diabetes that centers on three pipeline compounds representing several of the largest treatment classes. This alliance leverages the companies' strengths as two of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, combining Boehringer Ingelheim's solid track record of research-driven innovation and Lilly's innovative research, experience, and pioneering history in diabetes. By joining forces, the companies demonstrate commitment in the care of patients with diabetes and stand together to focus on patient needs. Find out more about the alliance at www.boehringer-ingelheim.com or www.lilly.com. About Boehringer Ingelheim The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 145 affiliates and more than 44,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. As a central element of its culture, Boehringer Ingelheim pledges to act socially responsibly. Involvement in social projects, caring for employees and their families, and providing equal opportunities for all employees form the foundation of the global operations. Mutual cooperation and respect, as well as environmental protection and sustainability are intrinsic factors in all of Boehringer Ingelheim's endeavors.