May 19th, 2016

Unique Device Identification: The New Technology That Could Save Lives

By Tom Jones, Director End-to-End of Traceability and Unique Device Identification (UDI) Program Director for Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain


Most people today are familiar with barcodes. They can be found on almost any item you purchase from a retail store: gum, fruit, ice cream, shoes, clothing—the list is endless.

Barcodes are valuable because they provide a way to identify a product electronically. We can thank barcodes for getting us through the grocery checkout line faster, since they provide key information on store inventory, pricing and other details with just a swipe of a scanner.

When it comes to medical devices, using unique barcodes for identification is fairly new. Several years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized the potential risks of not being able to accurately identify each medical device out in the world because there are tens of thousands of versions and different models on the market today.

Let’s say you or someone you know has a knee or hip replacement. You want to be assured that the device the hospital ordered is the exact one prescribed for your procedure and captured in your medical records.

With the recent implementation of Unique Device Identification (UDI), you can be even more confident that the product you are receiving is the right one.

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May 18th, 2016

How the Global Fund for Women Technology Initiative Can Help Empower Women Worldwide

By Lauren Moore, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship

Women Technology Initiative

Photo credit: Global Fund for Women

This week I am surrounded by thousands of advocates, policymakers, donors, heads of state, NGOs, health practitioners and young agents of change at the Women Deliver 2016 conference in Copenhagen.

It’s a privilege to be here with people from around the world, all to discuss one thing: how to work together to push for new and ambitious commitments toward improving the lives of girls and women.

Having spent the last six years of my career at eBay, in the heart of Silicon Valley, I’ve seen firsthand how digital technologies can have a strong impact on people in the farthest corners of the world. Greater connectivity can foster learning, increase economic growth and provide life-changing information for women and girls that can promote their health, education and wellbeing.

As mobile phone networks proliferate and cover even more areas around the world, we have the chance to affect the lives of people who need the help most, creating big changes in how women learn, access health information, make cash payments, cultivate local agriculture and even participate in government.

Bolstering the Health of Women Through Technology

Innovation is at Johnson & Johnson’s core.

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May 16th, 2016

8 Reasons Why the World Is a Far Better Place Today For Girls Around the Globe

Women Deliver 2016–the largest gathering dedicated to the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women around the world–kicks off in Copenhagen this week.

The goal of the conference?

Bring together world and private-sector leaders, policymakers, journalists, advocates, researchers and young people to discuss one big topic–how to make the world a better place for babies, girls and women the world over.

For a glimpse at what it’s all about, check out this interactive infographic, which illustrates just how much of a difference we can make by coming together.

Johnson and Johnson is proud to be a sponsor of the Women Deliver 2016 Conference.

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May 16th, 2016

So What Do You Do, Joy Marini?

Johnson & Johnson’s executive director of worldwide corporate contributions discusses her unique role at the company—and her current passion project, Women Deliver 2016.

By Nanette Varian

Joy Marini with Malawi hospital staff who’ve received training in the Helping Babies Breathe program.

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May 13th, 2016

Math Is Where It’s At: How a Love of Numbers Can Get You Ahead in Any Career

IAS lead photo

Johnson & Johnson engineers at the company’s world headquarters in New Jersey.

“When am I ever going to use this math in real life? I’m not planning to be a mathematician or a math teacher.”

If this thought crossed your mind while you were sitting in a high school algebra class, you’re certainly not alone. But the truth is that math’s lessons reach far beyond the classroom—the analytical skills you develop from working with numbers can come in handy in a surprisingly wide range of career paths.

That was the message of a recent talk, “Math in the Real World: More Than Just a Numbers Game,” given by Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman at Johnson & Johnson, and Kathy Wengel, worldwide vice president of the Johnson & Johnson supply chain.

Their joint presentation was part of a “Women in Mathematics” event held yearly at Princeton University and co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), with the goal of inspiring undergraduate and graduate students alike to open their minds to the myriad ways math can be applied to life.

Peterson’s work takes her all over the world, including Japan.

The Power of Numbers in the Workplace

Both Peterson and Wengel, Princeton alumnae themselves, can attest to that message personally.

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May 13th, 2016

The White House Announces New Funding for Microbiome Research

By Dirk Gevers, Ph.D., Global Head, Janssen Human Microbiome Institute

Janssen Human Microbiome Institute

Sometimes, big opportunities spring from the smallest seeds—or in the case of a landmark call to action from the White House today—bugs.

The bugs I’m talking about are the trillions of microbes that live in and on us, collectively known as the human microbiome.

Throughout medical history, we saw these microbiota as the enemy—a source of illness to be eradicated. Yet recent discoveries have revealed that the microbiome plays a unique and crucial role in disease and wellness.

Today, microbiome science is exploding, with advances occurring in parallel across many disease areas. At Janssen, we believe the microbiome presents an unprecedented opportunity to change the face and future of healthcare, and we are seeking to use these tiny bugs in big ways to not only treat disease, but also to intercept illness and promote health.

The Microbiome Gets a Funding Boost

We are certainly not alone in our quest.

Today, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) announced The National Microbiome Initiative to prioritize funding and other resources to realize the promise of microbiome science.

To translate today’s exciting efforts into interventions to improve human health, the life science industry has a unique opportunity to evolve and accelerate novel drug discovery and develop approaches that are potentially more natural and personalized.

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May 12th, 2016

Women Deliver 2016: Unleashing the Power of Young People to Help Improve the World

By Joy Marini, Executive Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Mamar, whom I met in Ethiopia, taught me how feedback from our youngest advocates can help change healthcare policies and services for the better.

In the Middle Ages, there was a Latin phrase that came to represent the idea that all public policies should be created with the full participation of everyone who’d be affected by them, even (and especially) groups generally excluded from political, social and economic opportunities.

Next week at Women Deliver 2016, this phrase—nihil de nobis, sine nobis, or “nothing about us, without us”— will be the rallying cry as hundreds of young people join world governments, NGOs, global philanthropic organizations and health practitioners at the largest conference on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women in more than a decade.

As it turns out, today’s youth are using that ancient concept to change our 21st-century local and global agendas.

What We Can Learn From the Young

While in Ethiopia visiting the Fistula Foundation, with which Johnson & Johnson has a partnership, I met a young woman named Mamar.

At 16 years old, she had suffered from obstetric fistula, a debilitating injury caused by childbirth.

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May 11th, 2016

JLABS @ Toronto Debuts in the MaRS Discovery District


The launch of JLABS @ Toronto on May 11 marks Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s first JLABS site outside of the United States. Located within Toronto’s bustling MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs, JLABS @ Toronto will serve as an incubator for emerging entrepreneurs across a range of healthcare specialties.

The 40,000-square-foot facility will support start-ups with cutting-edge modular and scalable lab space, state-of-the-art equipment, programs and access to potential investment partners as they work to build successful early-stage companies. It also features the JLABS device and digital prototype lab, providing entrepreneurs with access to highly specialized tools and skills-building programs to design and develop smart health technologies.

JLABS @ Toronto joins a network of life science facilities in San Diego, San Francisco, Boston and Houston that are home to more than 100 early-stage companies advancing bio/pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health programs.

To find out more about the immense potential of JLABS @ Toronto, we sat down with Johnson & Johnson Innovation team member Sanjeev Dutta, M.D., Vice President, Medical Devices, a former Toronto resident who will help mentor up-and-coming startups at the facility.

Sanjeev Dutta

What is the scientific scene like in Toronto? It’s a city that may not come to mind for many as an innovation hub.

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May 10th, 2016

Impact in Asia: How Johnson & Johnson Is Helping to Create Healthier Societies — One Country at a Time

Johnson & Johnson group worldwide chairman Sandi Peterson visits Japanese charity CHIKYU No GAKKO, which gives children’s books to local families.

When you’re a company whose guiding principle is to help make the world a safer and healthier place, one person at a time, there is often no better way to measure impact than to pack your bags and experience hard work in action.

On a recent trip to Asia, that’s exactly what Johnson & Johnson’s group worldwide chairman, Sandi Peterson, did.

And what she saw left her feeling “extremely proud and inspired” by the difference that the company’s products and programs were making throughout the region.

So we caught up with Peterson to hear more about some of the most memorable moments she spent visiting with healthcare workers, patients and community members in Japan, Indonesia and India—just three of the more than 60 countries where the company has offices.

Impact in Japan: Helping to Rebuild After Fukushima

Peterson with mothers and children in Fukushima.

“In Japan, I met with our partners from CHIKYU No GAKKO, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the healthy upbringing of children and offering childcare support. Johnson & Johnson is collaborating with the organization to aid in the recovery and reconstruction of Fukushima following the devastating 2013 earthquake and nuclear explosion that left lingering environmental effects on the community.

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May 9th, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Kicks Off Its Participation in the Fortune/ U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

Elsa-Marie D’Silva and Gongi Reddy Latha Kalyani met with leaders in Washington, D.C. as part of the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.
Photo credit: Shereen Tewfik, Vital Voices

For the next two weeks, two businesswomen hailing from India will be calling Johnson & Johnson’s world headquarters in New Jersey home.

Their unique corporate residency is thanks to their participation in the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, a program launched in 2006 to pair women from around the world with some of the most powerful female business leaders in the U.S.

The goal: equip international mentees with invaluable knowledge that they can use to bolster their own businesses back home—and inspire positive change in their local communities.

Meet the Mentors and Mentees

This year’s Johnson & Johnson mentors include vice president of corporate citizenship Lauren Moore, Janssen Pharmaceuticals president Michelle Goodridge, vice president of marketing Janis Smith-Gomez and president of consumer products Kathy Widmer. Together with their teams, the women will share business and industry knowledge with Gongi Reddy Latha Kalyani and Elsa-Marie D’Silva.

Both Kalyani and D’Silva are entrepreneurs and emerging leaders in their own right: Kalyani is the founder of Ancient Living, a company that produces skin, hair and healthcare products made from ancient Indian medicinal and aromatic herbs.

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