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Wa’el Hashad, VP, U.S. Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders, at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, talks about how an alliance with Lilly helped to bring a new product to the diabetes market.

PV: What challenges are encountered when ­developing diabetes products?
Hashad: Diabetes is a common disease. There are about 24 million people who have diabetes in the United States, and the population with this disease continues to grow. Therefore, diabetes products have to address a lot of different demands. One of the challenges is getting a good balance of efficacy and safety. This means the product has to deliver effective glycemic control, as well as…