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April 2nd, 2015

The First Tee Helps Lead Youth to a Brighter Future

Editor’s Note: As part of its longstanding commitment to children, Johnson & Johnson is the first Legacy Partner of The First Tee. The First Tee provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Today, we shine a spotlight on several current and former Johnson & Johnson employees who have volunteered their time with The First Tee and have seen firsthand how its programs positively impact children.

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It’s tee time and Johnson & Johnson retiree Alfred Mays is set to enjoy the hobby he’s picked up in retirement – just not with the foursome you might expect. As an assistant coach and mentor with The First Tee of Savannah in Georgia, Alfred’s time on the course is often spent with young people who are learning life skills and leadership through the game of golf.

“I clearly see kids who have much more confidence in school, out of school and in work environments, based on their experience interacting with adults in The First Tee,” says Alfred, who retired in 2006 after 37 years with Johnson & Johnson. “The kids grow by leaps and bounds when they see that somebody cares about them and shares what the values learned in golf might mean as they get older.”

With The First Tee, Alfred found an incredible opportunity to combine his passion for the game of golf with his professional experience.

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March 30th, 2015

In Motion at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting

By Michel Orsinger, Worldwide Chairman, Global Orthopaedics Group

I often say that the human body is meant to be in motion.

This week, the amazing technologies that make that possible, and the dedicated men and women who apply those technologies in orthopaedic surgery, were out in force at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). DePuy Synthes was proud to be there as the world’s largest and most comprehensive orthopaedics company.

Three essential components work to keep bodies in motion: innovative solutions, dedicated surgeons, and supportive healthcare systems. Our DePuy Synthes Value Proposition recognizes the importance of each of them.

We brought INNOVATION to the AAOS meeting in the form of new products like TFN Advanced™ Femoral Nailing System, an advanced surgical nail system that helps patients who have fractured their hips. But we know it takes innovation beyond products, too. For example, we introduced surgeons to CareSense, an application that can help track patients’ progress throughout the orthopaedic treatment cycle. Every day, we bring innovation to hospital systems as we work to address the needs of surgeons as well as the cost and outcomes goals of healthcare networks.

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DePuy Synthes booth displays at the 2015 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting

This is the largest global meeting of orthopaedic surgeons each year – thousands and thousands of surgeons, many from outside the United States, come to participate in education and networking, and to see the new advances the orthopaedic industry is developing.

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March 26th, 2015

#MuseumWeek and the Importance of Heritage

By Margaret Gurowitz, Chief Historian, Johnson & Johnson

#MuseumWeekThis week, thousands of museums and their fans across the world are celebrating #Museum Week. It’s an opportunity to use social media to engage people and get them excited about museums. Johnson & Johnson is proud to participate this year for the first time.

As the chief historian for Johnson & Johnson – and as a lifelong museum nerd – it’s not difficult to get me started on talking about the rich history of Johnson & Johnson and about our museum.   Since Johnson & Johnson was founded in 1886, our company has advanced health care and helped shape the modern world through innovations such as helping make surgery sterile, the first commercial first aid kits (1888) and first aid manuals (1901), trusted consumer products and maternal and child health kits to make childbirth safer (1894), the first premade commercial dressing for small wounds (1921), breakthrough medicines, community programs and much, much more.  Understanding our history is one of the best ways to understand Johnson & Johnson and the values that guide our company.

But our heritage is more than just a look back at the past: it’s a look at our present and future too.

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March 25th, 2015

The Yin and Yang of Technology and Healthcare

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

Earlier this month in Singapore, I had the privilege of speaking at the Healthcare Innovation Summit Asia, an annual event that evaluates the value of technology in improving health outcomes for our region. Both science and technology continue to have a positive impact on our lives while converging on so many levels, so it was a valuable opportunity to explore how this interconnectivity can deliver innovative solutions that address unmet medical needs.

Big Data is enabling our industry to process large amounts of unstructured data more efficiently than ever before, which is allowing our researchers to more quickly identify connections, causes and effects. We’re also seeing more opportunities with wearable devices to help patients manage chronic diseases. In Australia, we are partnering with a local company on the development of a wearable device to help predict falls in the elderly before they occur. As well as helping patients, this has the potential to reduce the enormous annual cost burden for injuries that are caused by falls in Australia.

But in an era defined by profound technological advances, the practice of medicine remains an art as well as a science.

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March 14th, 2015

What am I doing for others today?

Editor’s note: At Johnson & Johnson, we occasionally like to share an ‘inside out’ perspective about our company and our employees. Recently, we hosted the “Helping Our Neighbors with Our Resources” (H.O.N.O.R.) Awards at our corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. These awards, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., honor our employees and members of the local community who have demonstrated a passion for others through their caring and service, including their work with our company Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and diversity and inclusion in general. (You can learn more about our ERGs here.)

One of the employees recognized at the event was Joaquin Duato, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson. Joaquin is the executive sponsor of the African-American Leadership Council, an Employee Resource Group at Johnson & Johnson. Below are excerpts from Joaquin’s remarks.

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(left: Joaquin speaks at H.O.N.O.R Awards event) (right: Aisha C. Davies, Joaquin Duato, Matthew Johnson. Aisha and Matthew are co-chairs of the J&J H.O.N.O.R ERG)

Joaquin’s Remarks:

When I learned I was receiving this award for leadership and encouragement of the Employee Resource Groups at Johnson & Johnson, I was humbled. Martin Luther King Jr. is the epitome of a remarkable leader who changed the lives of millions.

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February 26th, 2015

Johnson & Johnson Celebrates Its Engineers

By Kathryn E. Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain

This week (Feb 22 – 28) marks National Engineers Week in the United States. Johnson & Johnson is proud to recognize our engineers for their dedication, creativity and passion – all of which are focused on bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people around the world.

Today more than 8,000 engineers work in engineering-related roles across J&J. About 6,400 of them are part of the Supply Chain organization, managing hundreds of technologies across the company. We have 1300 women engineers at J&J, and this number continues to grow.

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The men and women who make up our engineering team are part of the true innovation force of Johnson & Johnson. As an engineer myself, I know I’m biased, but I believe our J&J engineers lead the pack when it comes to capability and ingenuity. In research & development, operations and Information Technology (IT), we help invent new products and new processes; manage facilities, infrastructure and technologies; drive continuous improvement, and solve the needs and problems that come our way every day.   We go the extra mile with analytical skills to find ways to transform healthcare and our operations, and we make a real impact across the organization.

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January 14th, 2015

A new culture in science, a better outcome for public health

By Joanne Waldstreicher, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Innovation in the interest of public health happens faster when researchers in both the public and private sectors share information and work together. We’ve seen this happening to the greatest extent during the current Ebola epidemic. Imagine if this were the new culture and the new standard in science.  If done responsibly so that we could also maintain a healthy R&D ecosystem, sharing data from clinical studies can help advance the science that is the foundation of all medical care.

Our primary responsibility, as one of the most broadly based healthcare companies in the world, is to the doctors and nurses, patients and consumers, mothers, fathers and children who use our products. That means taking a patient and consumer-centered approach to advancing medical science through all of our products that touch people in different ways. It also means we have the opportunity to set the standard and be leaders and role models in advancing best practices that will ultimately advance science and medicine.

When we announced early last year that we would partner with the Yale School of Medicine Open Data Access Project (YODA) to serve as an independent reviewer for every request for clinical data from our pharmaceutical studies, we broke new ground in data transparency.

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December 27th, 2014

The 10 Most-read Stories of 2014

Compiled by the Johnson & Johnson Social Media Team

From paying tribute to our military veterans to the continued fight against HIV and AIDS, Johnson & Johnson had a wealth of stories and news to share on a wide range of topics in 2014. Here’s a list of the top 10 JNJ Blog posts that readers clicked on the most. Visit us here in 2015 when we continue the conversation about J&J news and events.

10. Meet Our U.S. Military Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day this year, J&J recognized and thanked all those who served in the military, including our own employees. This post featured 27 employees who are veterans and work across our Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices & Diagnostics and Consumer segments.

9. Healthy Minds Program Explores Major Depressive Disorder

Across the globe, approximately 450 million people suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, yet nearly 60 percent who have a known disorder never consult a doctor to better understand their mental health.

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December 22nd, 2014

Caring for our Heroes

by Susan Can, Senior Director of Corporate Equity and Strategic Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson

We have a very active employee Veterans Leadership Council at Johnson & Johnson, and in partnership with them, we’ve had an exciting year supporting our servicemen and women, and their families in 2014. Here’s a snapshot of the work we’ve done this year:

In February, we were pleased to announce our partnership with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a unique non-profit organization dedicated to assisting U.S. military veterans in their transition from the military to the civilian workforce. Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky was also featured in a public service announcement encouraging people with business skills to share their valuable experience and guidance at ACP-AdvisorNet because “their service deserves our service.”

In April, Johnson & Johnson signed on to be the Official Healthcare Partner of the USO. Over the course of this three-year partnership, Johnson & Johnson will support and sponsor USO programs that offer direct aid, comfort and support to transitioning troops and their families.

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That same month, we were honored to participate in the official opening of the USO Warrior and Family Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Military Medical.

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December 19th, 2014

When It’s More Than Joint Pain

by Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D., FACSM, Co-Founder, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, Inc.

When most people think about the effects of osteoarthritis (OA) on their life, they think about how it impacts them physically – how they may not be able to walk long distances anymore, or sit on the ground to play with their grandchildren. But what many don’t consider is the effect OA also has on their emotional, mental and spiritual energy or the quality, focus and force of one’s energy.

I fought joint pain every day for almost three decades, and it took up much of my best energy and left me with little for my family and work. I used to run or play tennis every day. Due to my OA, my personal trainers consistently told me I should not be running, but cycling and swimming instead. But, you see (and here comes the flawed thinking), I was busy. It took too long to change my exercise routine, and I got bored. I loved the action I got from a tennis workout, or from a four-mile run.

Over time, the pain in my knees combined with my desire to push myself physically forced me to give up many of the things I loved.

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