July 26th, 2016
Improving Lives Through Innovation: Meet the Man Who’s Inventing New Ways to Help Millions of Diabetes Patients
By Ginny Graves
What do Disney theme park rides, rubber bands, NASA medical robots and electric vehicles all have in common?
Answer: The man who’s either helped invent or develop them.
Meet Adrian Chernoff, Johnson & Johnson’s new Worldwide Vice President for Research & Development and Innovation in Diabetes Care, who’s tasked with applying his prodigious inventiveness to designing simpler and more efficient insulin-delivery and glucose management systems.
It’s a need that’s acute: Fully half of all people with diabetes don’t take their medications as often as they should. And with nearly 30 million people in the U.S. suffering from diabetes—and 422 million worldwide—Chernoff’s innovation prowess has the potential to revolutionize their lives.
So we sat down with Chernoff, 44, to find out where his creative spark comes from—and how he plans to spin that into innovative, yet practical, solutions for people with diabetes.
When did you first realize you had a knack for inventing things?
Adrian Chernoff: I started sketching and drawing ideas when I was 5 or 6. I remember looking at the batteries that went into one of my toys and thinking: Why is it shaped like that?