Bret E. Huff, PhD

Eli Lilly and Company
Vice President, Manufacturing & Quality Learning Center
Dr. Huff received his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1984 from California State University, Chico. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, he joined Eli Lilly and Company as a senior organic chemist in Chemical Process R&D. He was promoted to Research Scientist in 1995 and Senior Research Scientist in 1998. Later that year, Dr. Huff joined Discovery Chemistry Research as a Director. In 2000, he accepted the position of Director, Chemical Process Research at Lilly, Mont-St-Guibert, Belgium. In 2002 he returned to the US as Senior Director of the Chemical Process Commercialization group at the Tippecanoe manufacturing site. Two years later, he assumed responsibility for the API Operations group in Chemical Product R&D and in 2005 was promoted to Vice President, Chemical Product R&D, with responsibility for all phases of API process development. In September of 2012, three areas of product R&D—pharmaceutical sciences R&D, chemical product R&D, and analytical sciences R&D—were consolidated into the Small Molecule Design & Development group that Dr. Huff currently leads.