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What I was born to do.
My parents emigrated from South China in the mid
’40s. They came to this country to make a reasonable
living. They believed in hard work and instilled that
in me at a very early age. I started working with them
in their New York laundry when I was only seven.
They also taught me that education was something
to be valued, and they encouraged me to use my love
of science to help others. And that became my life’s goal.
As a physician, I loved the direct interaction with
patients, but I kept feeling that I could do more.
As a medical professor, I discovered the ultimate
importance of growing knowledge and innovation
and using them to benefit our patients. I then realized
the best way I could serve patients was to develop new
medicines to improve their lives. That is what brought
me to Lilly.
Seeing the effect we have on people’s lives keeps
everything in perspective ... and when I talk to patients,
I realize this is exactly what I was born to do.