Eli Lilly research executive's laptop reported missing

Company says data is secure

INDIANAPOLIS - A research executive at Eli Lilly and Company has reported his laptop missing, but the Indianapolis drug giant insists none of its client information or crucial research data are likely to be compromised.

Dr. Neill Iscoe, 64, of Toronto, reported his HP laptop missing this week after arriving in Indianapolis on an Air Canada Jazz flight. 

He told police that he remembers leaving the Lilly & Co. laptop in the back seat pocket during his flight. After realizing his laptop was missing he called the airline, but he told police that the airline was unable to locate the laptop.

Iscoe is a cancer doctor whose name appears on numerous research papers that have been published on cancer treatments. In his Linked In profile, his title is listed as Associate Vice President of Clinical Research for Eli Lilly Canada.

Business analysts have tied a great deal of Lilly’s future success to its performance on developing cutting-edge cancer drugs.

When the Call 6 Investigators asked Lilly & Co. about whether proprietary clinical research data or customer information might be compromised, the company issued a written statement:

"Computers get lost or stolen from time to time. Over five years ago, Lilly made the decision that all laptops globally would utilize industry-standard, commercially-available hard disk encryption. While we will continue to have laptops that are lost or stolen, the strength of this encryption assures us that the confidentially of the information on the laptops is extremely difficult to compromise and the chance of successfully accessing the information is remote."


A report filed by Indianapolis International Airport police lists no leads or suspects in the laptop disappearance.

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