INDIANAPOLIS, and INGELHEIM, Germany, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that the companies' marketing authorisation application (MAA) for LY2963016, an investigational basal (long-acting) insulin for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, has been accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). LY2963016 is a new insulin glargine product and has been filed through the EMA's biosimilar pathway. Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim have studied LY2963016 in a comprehensive clinical development program in order to meet the highest standards of safety, efficacy and quality. In addition to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies, Phase III studies in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have been conducted and results submitted, using currently marketed insulin glargine as the active comparator. "Long-acting insulin is a mainstay treatment for many people with diabetes, and we anticipate that insulin glargine will continue to be widely used for many years to come," said Gwen Krivi, Ph.D., vice president, Lilly Diabetes product development. "We are pleased that the EMA's acceptance of our application brings us closer to offering a new insulin glargine product to clinicians and their patients, coupled with the expertise they expect from Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim." About DiabetesAn estimated 371 million people worldwide have type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 1 Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90 percent of all diabetes cases. 2 Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin. 3Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and CompanyIn January 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announced an alliance in the field of diabetes that centers on three 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 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 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. Social responsibility is a central element of Boehringer Ingelheim's culture. 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 endeavours.