October 5th, 2015

Policies that Underestimate NCDs Could Blunt Economic Growth in Asia

By Kris Sterkens, Company Group Chairman, Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific

A new report from the EcoShifting Landscape of HC in AP_Page_1nomist – The Shifting Landscape of Healthcare in Asia Pacific confirms that people in our region are living longer, but not necessarily healthier, with overburdened, provider-led healthcare systems that lack comprehensive strategies to address emerging non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness.

We provided a grant for the development of this independent research report, which examines whether current health policies in Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea are coping with the sharp rise of NCDs while these countries continue to tackle an existing burden of infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and hepatitis.

There is a quote in the report by Professor Aikichi Iwamoto, chair of Japan’s National HIV Surveillance Committee, who notes that one difficulty in dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in much of Asia is that “health systems in many countries are more adjusted to acute infections where people are cured by antimicrobials in five days.”

This accurately captures the history of a region that has endured deadly emergency outbreaks of viruses and influenzas for more than a century, most recently with SARS and Avian Flu.

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October 2nd, 2015

Meaningful Innovation for Better Patient Outcomes

By Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

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At Johnson & Johnson, we have a strong partnering model that has set us apart in harnessing innovation, wherever it resides. In our Medical Devices Group, that tradition has led to advances of novel products and technologies in key areas like general and specialized surgery, orthopaedics, cardiovascular disease, neurosurgery, and infection prevention. For us, innovation means identifying meaningful insights and building on those insights to deliver better patient outcomes, particularly in key medical areas like cancer, obesity and trauma.

AdvaMed 2015 Med Tech conference

That’s why this week’s AdvaMed 2015 Med Tech conference is such an important opportunity for us to share our vision as a global leader in medical devices and a valued partner too. Through our trusted brands like Ethicon, DePuy Synthes, Biosense Webster and others, we are delivering products and solutions across the total care continuum to increase patient satisfaction, improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs. In the United States and globally, one way we are doing this is by streamlining our service models and combining our portfolio offerings to deliver total solutions across entire specialty procedures, such as Thoracic, Bariatric and Joints. We are also working with many U.S.

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September 30th, 2015

Cultivating Talent Diversity at Johnson & Johnson

By Joaquin Duato, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

Recently I had the honor of meeting King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, during their visit to St. Augustine, Florida for the 20th U.S. Spain Council Forum. This was an especially proud moment for me. Even though earlier this year I had the honor of being sworn in as a U.S. citizen, my roots are still in my birth place of Spain.

It is remarkable to think that the son of a nurse and an engineer from Valencia, Spain would one day be part of the U.S. delegation meeting with the Spanish Royal family. Even more remarkable is the fact that my story is not unique. Many employees across Johnson & Johnson no longer work in their home geographies and instead have relocated to other regions and countries to gain invaluable insights about the global village we are all a part of today. Johnson & Johnson understands the business value gained by employing an international workforce with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences who can all work together towards achieving healthcare milestones for patients and consumers around the world.

Promoting International Talent Diversity

I have worked in three countries, two regions and at a global level during my 26 year tenure at Johnson & Johnson.  I firmly believe that at every level of our company we should have a broad representation of experiences and perspectives.  The Pharmaceuticals management team I co-lead has people from 6 nationalities who have worked across dozens of markets.  We also benefit from strong gender diversity, with 8 men and 7 women making up this team.

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September 28th, 2015

Janssen Teams Up With Sports Stars For AFib Awareness

Editor’s note: Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a type of irregular heart beat. It can sometimes be felt as a fluttering or “thumping” in the chest. Since the heart isn’t pumping properly, blood may pool in the upper chambers and form a clot. This clot can break free, travel to the brain, and cause a stroke.

In honor of AFib Awareness Month, 39-Time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Billie Jean King and 14-Time Basketball All-Star Jerry West are working with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, to help raise awareness about this health condition. Below, they share their stories. Plus, read on for a simple tool to help you evaluate your risk.

Jerry’s Story

When I hit the court as a Los Angeles Laker, I loved the feeling of making a game-winning play and knowing I was on top of my game. But when I had to start breathing into a paper bag during games to keep from hyperventilating and my heart felt out-of-rhythm, I knew something was wrong. It wasn’t until after I stopped playing professional basketball that I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heartbeat and one of the most common serious heart rhythm disorders in people over the age of 65.

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September 25th, 2015

Know Your Value: How J&J’s Janis Smith-Gomez Went from ‘Human Doing’ to ‘Human Being’

As part of the Johnson & Johnson-sponsored Know Your Value tour, a nationwide effort focused on empowering all of us to express our worth in business and in life hosted by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, our colleague Janis Smith-Gomez will take the stage in Chicago today to talk about how she came to know her value and what it means in her life. She shared some thoughts with us about how an unexpected family crisis changed her outlook, her priorities and the way she manages her energy.  


Janis Smith-Gomez with her daughter Anna, and her husband Todd

JNJBlog: Tell us a little bit about your career and where you are today.

Janis:  I started my career at Johnson & Johnson 9 years ago and I’ve had the opportunity to hold multiple positions within the company – first focusing on nutritionals and skincare in our Consumer business, and now leading the U.S. marketing team at Ethicon. Today, I’m fortunate to see the amazing work of doctors firsthand and see how, with the help of our products, they are able to improve and save patients’ lives.

JNJBlog:  You had the chance to participate in “corporate athlete” training with our Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute (HPI) in 2010.

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September 23rd, 2015

J&J Employee Chosen to Sing in Papal Choir during Pope Francis’ Visit

Published by the J&J Content Lab

Papal Choir

(From left to right) Papal Choir members Dr. John Shaddy, Susie Shaddy, Emma Rhine, David Maliakel

Susie Shaddy’s life has been one marked by a series of callings: to honor her Catholic faith, help patients as an operating room nurse and Johnson & Johnson employee, and sing for Pope Francis during his first visit to United States.

That last goal seemed the hardest to fulfill. That is, until Susie read in June that Pope Francis would be visiting Philadelphia this month.

“This week is my anniversary, so I said to my husband: You know what? It would be fun if we got in the choir for the Pope as something to do for our anniversary. Some couples play tennis, some play golf. We sing.”

After a rigorous tryout process that rivaled a reality show audition, Susie, her husband and two other church members got the news that they ‘d been selected to be part of a 250-person choir that will perform for Pope Francis this Sunday with the Philadelphia orchestra at the Ben Franklin Parkway.

When not making command performances like these, Shaddy and her husband John are active parishioners at Saint Gregory the Great in Hamilton, NJ, where Susie is a cantor and John is the director of the church choir.

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September 23rd, 2015

Johnson & Johnson Commits to New Energy and Climate Goals

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As a parent of four young children, I am inspired to leave the next generation a healthy environment in which to live and work. As the lead for the Global Energy Program at Johnson & Johnson, I am motivated and inspired each day by the potential global impact we can make given the size and expanse of our businesses. The great thing about working for Johnson & Johnson is that Our Credo provides us with a clear and compelling reminder that we must be good citizens in the global community. This includes protecting the environment and ensuring the responsible use of natural resources.

Johnson & Johnson requires a continuous flow of raw material, fuel, electricity, and many other resources to bring our products to market through our 200 global businesses. Each day, we work to continuously improve our energy efficiency, lower our environmental footprint and partner on innovative approaches. I can tell you first hand that we take this work to heart. As the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company, our mission is to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives, and we understand the intrinsic link between a healthy environment and human health.

Johnson & Johnson began its formal energy management program more than 30 years ago and we continue to strive to be an industry leader in energy efficiency and clean energy.

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September 15th, 2015

Let’s Get Moving: J&J Supports Surgeon General’s Call to Action

By Dr. Jack Groppel, Co-founder, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute

You’ve probably joked about being a couch potato at one time or another in your life.

But physical inactivity in American society is no laughing matter. In fact, it’s become a serious health dilemma: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce their risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. That’s a sobering statistic – and one that prompted a historic event last week, at which Johnson & Johnson was front and center.

On September 9th, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, issued a Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. This was only the 11th Call to Action in the 144-year span of the Surgeon General’s office, underscoring the severity of America’s level of inactivity.

Jack Groppel Step It Up

As the Co-Founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, which provides training to Olympic athletes and everyday workers alike, I was honored to represent Johnson & Johnson, and the worksite wellness industry, at this event.

Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle.

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September 14th, 2015

8 Things You Might Not Know About Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky

1. He is a U.S. military veteran and avid supporter of our armed forces.

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Alex Gorsky (center), 27, in Fort Ord, California.

Alex was nominated and accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in 1982, he served as a U.S. Army Ranger, finishing his military career with the rank of captain. “It was challenging and rewarding at the same time,” he said. I learned a lot about leadership, service, and the important role the academy has in shaping future leaders for our country.”

Today, Alex serves as a mentor for military veterans transitioning to civilian life through programs like ACP AdvisorNet. At Johnson & Johnson, we believe it’s imperative that our veterans and their families have access to the health and wellness support they need during this period.

2. Alex takes a “boots on the ground” approach to leadership.

Alex Gorsky - Operation Smile

Healthcare is the biggest challenge facing society today. Johnson & Johnson is among the largest corporate donors to global public health issues, contributing nearly $1 billion dollars in funds and products in 2014.

Alex believes the best approach to understanding the challenges of healthcare issues around the world is to tackle them firsthand. In April 2014, he joined Bill Gates at the Gates Foundation Neglected Tropical Diseases forum in Paris, as J&J is a committed partner to eliminating NTDs.

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September 14th, 2015

Janssen La Jolla Powers Up Electric Vehicles on Campus

By Bill Koegel, Senior Site Manager, Janssen Research & Development, LLC.

Human health benefits from a healthy planet. That’s why I’m honored to work on projects that improve energy management and sustainability, such as our recent addition of a solar powered charging station to our La Jolla campus. Campus employees and visitors who drive electric vehicles (EV) can now recharge their cars on site using this solar powered charging station. The addition of this environmentally-friendly technology is exciting news for our sustainably progressive campus. In the past year, La Jolla has been recognized for our energy efficiency and conservation efforts and employee-friendly wellness programs and, later this year, LED lights will be installed in the parking structure.

EV charging station

Finding an EV charging station partner that would be a good match presented its challenges for our energy and conservation team. Some providers were not financially stable or required long-term commitments with significant capital for infrastructure just to make a point of connection. We also had to build a cost structure that accounted for longer term funding, and the costs of running underground power lines and conduits, which can be prohibitive.

In the end, we purchased an untethered, solar-powered, mobile charging station. The EV unit can be transported and easily positioned with a forklift throughout the parking lot and shipped to local J&J campuses – Neutrogena (Los Angeles, CA), Advanced Sterilization Products (Irvine, CA) and Biosense Webster (Irwindale, CA).

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