After 17 years at Lilly, the head of R&D at Lilly Research Laboratories Steven Paul is retiring. While speaking with R&D Directions, Paul says his accomplishments during that time include debuting three new drugs while leading the neuroscience division, redesigning the discovery aspect of the organization, and bringing in new people to keep the pipeline moving.

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