February 10th, 2016

Donate a Photo: This Photo Helped Protect a Child From a Sports Injury

Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo Program Hits the 1,000,000 Mark

By Jacob Lepiarz, Manager, Digital Strategy and Engagement

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words—but it can also be worth a thousand good deeds.

In my role managing Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo program, I’ve learned that countless small actions have the potential to really add up to make a big difference. In fact, it’s become my own personal mantra.

Through our Donate a Photo app, we’ve turned the simple act of sharing a picture into an impactful way to do good: Whenever a user shares a photo via the app, Johnson & Johnson donates a $1 to a non-profit of the user’s choice.*

Well, we’ve come a long way since we first launched the program in April of 2013: I am happy to report that we will reach a significant milestone this week with one million photos donated!

Knowing that this was going to be an important achievement, I decided to take a look back at the first act of good that started us on the road to one million by interviewing Peter Kuang, an Associate Technology Director at R/GA, who worked to develop the app, about the very first photo shared through the app, which he donated.

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February 5th, 2016

A Blizzard of Ideas at a Hackathon for Health

Hackathon for Health

Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast of the U.S. on the weekend of January 22nd. But there was an even bigger blizzard taking place at the Penn campus that weekend: a blizzard of ideas.

The PennApps XIII Hackathon is the nation’s first student run college hackathon, and this year it included approximately 1200 participants from 133 colleges, 31 states, and 13 countries. These students came together for a marathon weekend to compete, ideate and exercise a vast array of technical skills. Our R&D Digital Solutions team at Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies (JJDCC) was proud to be the lead sponsor of the healthcare track. Now to be clear, a “hackathon” refers to the good kind of hacking, not the malicious kind. In this context, hacking means coming up with rapid, clever and even unexpected solutions to important challenges.

So, why is a diabetes company sponsoring a college hackathon? It’s part of our R&D effort to stimulate innovation by tapping into top academic institutions and their on-campus innovation efforts.  Hackathons provide an opportunity for our team members to gain exposure to new ideas, creative thinking from young minds, and lead us to think about our toughest challenges in new ways.  In the process, our team of engineers also gets to build critical mentoring skills as they help the students understand more about diabetes, and the technologies we use to build digital solutions for managing it.

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February 4th, 2016


A Partnership 75 Years in the Making: Why We’re So Proud to Be Saluting the USO

By Susan Can, Senior Director, Global Corporate Equity and Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson

This week, one of our partners celebrates a significant milestone: The United Service Organizations (USO) is turning 75.

It was on the eve of World War II that President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the USO as an organization that would support active military service members on the frontlines by doing things like assembling holiday care packages—while also comforting their family members back on the home front.

And for over 70 years, the USO has delivered on its mission. Through war and peace time. From the moment someone first dons a uniform to the day that person retires and transitions back to civilian life.

So I couldn’t be prouder for Johnson & Johnson to partner closely with the USO in advancing their mission of connecting service members to family, home and country.

In 2014, Johnson & Johnson became the official healthcare partner of the USO, whose guiding principles dovetail with our own long-standing commitment of caring for service members and their families.

Just like the USO, J&J has a long history of supporting and hiring veterans as far back as the Spanish American War. Veterans like employee Vincent Utz, who earned a Purple Heart for the bravery he displayed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

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February 3rd, 2016


The Importance of Investing in Better Health

By Ashoke Bhattacharjya, PhD, Executive Director of Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson

Around the world, strategic investments in health not only deliver better health and improve well-being for more people, but also bolster economies, create jobs, and enhance personal productivity. In other words, investing in health is a vital economic and societal catalyst.

In December, I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion on this very topic, focused on the role of health care investments in social and economic development – hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and featuring a mix of high-level policymakers, industry stakeholders, academics and business leaders.

The symbiotic relationship among health, development, and stability was a central topic of discussion during the panel – and one that I examined closely in a white paper I recently co-authored with Precision Health Economics, An Examination of the Literature on the Impact of Health on Development: Assessing the Economic and Societal Yield of Investments in Health Care. The research we conducted found a strong relationship between improvements in health and potential economic and social gains. However, converting this potential into realized gains is dependent on the presence of what we refer to as “translational institutions” – social or economic institutions essential for turning health gains into productivity and welfare gains, such as educational opportunities, access to open markets, vital infrastructure and transportation.

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February 1st, 2016

J&J Hosts Eating Disorder Leadership Summit

On January 15, 2016, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Neuroscience hosted the first-ever leadership summit on eating disorders, a meeting of diverse leaders from the U.S. eating disorder community with the goal of finding ways to unite forces in order to better serve patients and their families.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality of any mental illness, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, due to the strain on the body, the frequent comorbidity with mood disorders, and a high suicide rate. The prevalence of eating disorders has grown in recent years across all social classes and countries, says the NIH. They are more common than Alzheimers’ and autism, more deadly than drunk driving, and more costly than depression and anxiety. Like other mental illnesses, they have an impact beyond the patient to the whole family and to the communities in which they live and the organizations in which they work.

However, stigma and low public awareness around this group of diseases remains a problem, research is poorly funded, and insurance coverage and treatment options are inadequate.

A key factor behind the lack of progress is that the eating disorder community is fragmented and does not speak with a single, commanding voice, nor does it have an agreed-upon common strategy.

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January 25th, 2016

Credo-Based Project Leads to Innovative Ideas to Help the People of Ghana

In the first of our two-part series, we followed our Consumer employees Aimee Sealfon and Michael Moscherosch in Rwanda as they assisted in designing sustainable solutions for sanitary protection products. Now, we travel with them to Ghana as they partner with a team looking to turn waste into something useful and beneficial to the community.

SHE-blog-1People who live in developed countries take many things for granted. For example, it would be hard for us in the United States to envision a community where waste management is non-existent and garbage is piled up around you all day, every day. Yet this is the reality in many places in the world, like in the area of Ghana that we visited under the auspices of the Practical Impact Alliance (PIA).

The PIA was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s D-Lab to foster shared learning and collaborative action among a network of corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social enterprises with a commitment to scaling solutions to global poverty. Johnson & Johnson is a founding member of the PIA, which is how we came to participate in the group’s co-design summit in Kumasi, Ghana.

The summit had a goal of identifying appropriate solutions for developing countries to address needs of rural communities such as education, micro-financing, farming and waste management.

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January 25th, 2016

Putting the Credo First: Helping African Communities Build a Sustainable Future

Aimee Sealfon, Director of Consumer Solutions – Baby/FemCare, at our Global Strategic Design Office, and Michael Moscherosch, Director of R&D for External Innovation, recently completed a two-week trip to Rwanda and Ghana. Their goal was to bring the Credo to life by leveraging their expertise to make a lasting difference. Today, we bring you the first of a two-part series, following them through Rwanda as they address a common challenge for women and girls.

Imagine being a woman or a girl for whom sanitary napkins are a luxury, not a commodity. That makes staying in school or holding down a job during your period challenging.

Now, imagine that the material for creating those sanitary napkins is literally all around you. That material is banana fiber — a material readily available in Rwanda where bananas are grown in abundance.

Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) is a women-led social venture in Rwanda that manufactures affordable sanitary napkins out of banana fiber, with the goal to help girls and women live more confident and comfortable lives. The New York-based non-profit social venture is hoping to create a sustainable system for this vital service, which is where Johnson & Johnson comes into play. Josh Ghaim, Chief Scientific Officer for Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., decided to help SHE achieve their goal by offering technical support.

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January 22nd, 2016

Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance is Critical to Economic Future and Global Health

By Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson

World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

As a physician-scientist, I am greatly concerned by the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.  The emergence of “Superbugs” and drug-resistant bacteria threatens the health of individuals, communities and economies all over the world.

Antibiotics are the backbone of modern medicine and have increased life expectancy over the decades.  While many of the “simple” microbial targets have already been identified, few new therapies have been developed and brought to market in recent years.  Safeguarding our antibiotics from inappropriate use and expanding our current arsenal is critical to preserving efficacy of treatment and combating resistance. We have not delivered on this objective.

The facts are staggering. An independent UK Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, which estimates that effective global action, the rise of drug-resistant infections could claim 10 million lives globally each year by 2050 and result in a cumulative loss from global output of 100 trillion USD.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) still remains a major public health threat globally, often occurring during hospital stays.  In the US alone, the management of hospital and healthcare-acquired infections cost the health system an estimated $10MM USD per year and drug-resistant healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are on the rise.

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January 22nd, 2016

Purpose, Aim and Robotics: PwC interviews J&J’s Gary Pruden

For the second year, a member of our senior management team has been interviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLC for its annual Global CEO Survey. The PwC CEO Survey, released in tandem with the World Economic Forum taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, talks to top industry leaders about their businesses and their predictions for the economic forecast in the year to come. Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman of Medical Devices for Johnson & Johnson, provided his leadership perspective on our global medical devices businesses and where he sees the future of the operating room going in 2016 and beyond. (Think robots!)

Watch Gary’s interview in which he discusses:

  • J&J’s purpose to make a difference in people’s lives
    • It’s still about a firm focus and a purpose centered on our patients. We focus on restoring lives, because that’s what our customers do — they restore patients back to a new normalcy, a new way of life.”
  • A focus on the  “Triple Aim
    • “The Triple Aim comprises three things: first, improving the quality of care for patients, second, improving the effectiveness, efficiency, delivery of care; and third, lowering cost. For every customer and stakeholder that I’ve talked to around the world, those are the three things that they are concerned about today.”
  • Training – for innovation and assurance – around the world 
    • “In most countries around the world, when I meet with their senior leaders, they don’t really realize, what goes on in terms of training—how many surgeons we train around the world every year.

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January 18th, 2016

New Collaborations to Spur Innovation in Global Public Health

By Jaak Peeters, Head of Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson

J&J’s Global Health Work

J&J works with partners to train skilled birth attendants in emergency obstetric and newborn care in communities like Ethiopia and Tanzania.

At Johnson & Johnson, some things never change; other things change constantly.

In the never-change category: Johnson & Johnson is and always has been committed to improving health for everyone, including the most vulnerable people in the world. We have long-standing investments in global public health partnerships, in research and development and delivery to help decrease maternal and child mortality and fight against multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, HIV, and, more recently, Ebola.

In the change-constantly category: We are always looking to advance cutting-edge strategies and technologies and find breakthrough innovations to maximize our impact. That’s why we say that our goal is to continuously work to be the most innovative healthcare company in the world—and to find new solutions for patients and consumers, no matter where they live.

The recent launch of a new global public health strategy will help us build on our legacy by designing and delivering innovative, integrated solutions that demonstrate measurable long-term health outcomes in whole communities; mobilizing coalitions of global and local partners; and, executing with the breadth and scale of our cross-sector business capabilities to deliver solutions with speed and agility.

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