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April 1st, 2014

Taking the Neglect Out of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels will be participating in the “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): A Conversation on Progress” meeting in Paris on April 2-3.   

by Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen

Someone once told me a story about a young boy living in a severely underdeveloped village in Africa. He couldn’t have been older than nine. But, within his immediate family, he was the only one who could see. I asked my colleague why this was – was it something genetic? “No,” my colleague replied, “Parasites.”

The boy’s family had all contracted onchocerciasis, more commonly known as river blindness. This debilitating disease occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and puts over 120 million people at risk. At least 18 million are infected, leading to 750,000 cases of impaired vision and, in extreme cases, blindness.

River blindness is just one of 17 conditions referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Collectively, NTDs affect more than a billion people worldwide, most of which live in resource-poor areas.  But the growing need to combat NTDs has not been matched with resources and attention from the global health community.

But, we aim to change that.

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March 24th, 2014

World TB Day: Be inspired and join us and others in the fight against TB

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Editor’s Note: This post appeared on our blog on March 24, 2014 and was subsequently removed and reposted.  It has been edited from its original version to clarify some points and remove an associated video.  

Today, March 24, marks World TB Day.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most deadly diseases.  While many countries have effective TB programs in place, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a particularly complicated form of TB characterized by resistance to at least two of the standard four-drug anti-TB medicines, is on the rise in many parts of the world.

Progress towards targets for diagnosis and treatment of MDR-TB are far off track. Worldwide, and in most countries with a high burden of MDR-TB, less than 25 percent of the people estimated to have MDR-TB were detected in 2012.  An estimated 170,000 people die from MDR-TB globally each year, and the WHO estimates more than two million people will develop MDR-TB between 2011 and 2015.

To change this reality the world should explore new prevention and treatment tools, improved detection and treatment programs, and the prioritization of the disease by public health authorities everywhere. Countries with a high burden of MDR-TB should recognize it as a public health crisis and address it as an emergency.

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March 3rd, 2014

Reaching Animals Across the Globe

by Amanda Barbeau, Sales Administrator, DePuy Synthes Trauma

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Caring for the world, one person at a time, is what unites and inspires the people of Johnson & Johnson.  But for some of our employees, it’s not just about caring for people – it’s about caring for our animal friends as well.  Located in West Chester, PA, the DePuy Synthes Veterinary division develops and produces devices for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of animal skeletons and soft tissues. DePuy Synthes Vet recently had a unique opportunity to make an impact on animals’ lives across the world.

The team partnered with In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals, to supply a life-changing donation to their Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center in Cameroon. IDA-Africa’s mission is to provide sanctuary for chimpanzee orphans in Cameroon while promoting the social and cultural conditions that ensure great apes survive and thrive in their natural habitats. The Sanaya-Yong Rescue Center is home to 74 apes, complete with a camp, education center and veterinary clinic.

One of the staff veterinarians, Dr. Gwendelyn Reyes-Illg, was introduced to one of our products at a conference training course, and quickly saw that the system met the needs of the chimpanzee rescue center in Cameroon where she spent two months of the year volunteering her time to help injured apes.

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February 22nd, 2014

Living Life Without Limits

by Paul Flynn, North America Sales Director, Animas

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Animas is inspired by stories of how our products help patients with Type 1 diabetes.  Living a life without limits is our guiding mission, so when an athlete like Sebastien Sasseville attempts to run across Canada as a way to inspire others to face challenges, it fills us with pride and determination to share his story.

Sebastien is a six-time Ironman triathlete and a conqueror of Mt. Everest who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2002 . Thanks in part to Animas, his latest project, Outrun Diabetes, is about overcoming obstacles, whether it is diabetes or any other hurdle people are dealing with in their lives. He hopes his journey will motivate others to purse and accomplish their own personal goals.

As Sebastien traverses across Canada, he will be stopping in cities including Halifax, Moncton, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Windsor, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary before he reaches the finish line in Vancouver.  Along the way, he will host events and education seminars in local communities to help raise awareness for diabetes.

To learn more about Sebastien or to follow his journey, please check back at Outrun Diabetes throughout the coming months.

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February 14th, 2014

Business-Education Partnerships: Johnson & Johnson Helps to Change the Landscape

by Michael Bzdak, Executive Director of Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Too many students, more than 1.2 million, drop out of school every year in the United States alone and increasing numbers of young people are unemployed globally. Sadly, of the 13 million children growing up in poverty today, only 1 in 10 will graduate from college.  There is evidence that the private sector can do to help with filling the academic and skill gaps that hinder our young people from succeeding in high school.  Business volunteers in communities around the world inspire students to set career goals; they guide young people in building their confidence through mentorship and project-based learning. The business community and the education community need each other now more than ever but the collaboration between schools and businesses is not always happening at a necessary scale.

I had the pleasure of participating in a regional business-education conference in Fresno, California recently, and walked away with renewed optimism and a few important learnings. First, business-education partnerships are two-way and, when successful, engage all stakeholders including parents and students. Second, to be successful, we have learned that business-education partnerships must have clearly articulated goals and a means of measuring progress including outputs and outcomes.  In the end, we need to define the value that these collaborations bring to all of the stakeholders at all stages of the partnership.

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February 13th, 2014

Going Beyond Borders

by Kim Keller, Senior Manager, Corporate Contributions

One of the core values of Our Credo is caring for the communities where we live and work, and the world community as well.  It’s a commitment we take very seriously, and one of the ways Johnson & Johnson fulfils our responsibility is by partnering with hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to advance the health of communities locally and around the world. From direct product donations to employee volunteer opportunities to strategic collaborations on philanthropic programs large and small,  our work together is making life-changing, long-term differences in the health of people and families around the world.  In fact, through contributions of about $1B in products and cash we supported 500+ community programs in more than 60 countries in 2013.

The Worldwide Corporate Contributions is focused on three areas: saving and improving the lives of women and children, preventing disease among the most vulnerable, and strengthening the health care workforce. Our NGO partners, many with which we have worked for years, are doing amazing things. Learn more here.

At the end of 2013, two Johnson & Johnson leaders from our Medical Devices & Diagnostics (MD&D) group took on new adventures assisting communities far from home.  Nuno Barboza, Vice President IT & Chief Information Officer, MD&D EMEA, and Suzanne Fiorino, Senior Director Strategy, Analytics and Sustainability, were given the chance to participate in on-site visits with two organizations we partner with, AmeriCares and Heart to Heart International.

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February 3rd, 2014

Johnson & Johnson supports military veterans and their families returning to work

by Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson

With more than 21-million military veterans living in the United States today and more than a million more expected to return home over the next several years, this is an important chapter in American history.

Caring for the communities in which we live and work is core to us at Johnson & Johnson, and supporting the health and wellness of veterans and their families is one of the ways we’re living up to the promise made in Our Credo.

Look across the company and you will see that we’re actively partnering with organizations that are helping veterans reconnect with their families after they’ve been apart due to service. We’re also conducting and supporting innovative research into the specialized care veterans require today, and will potentially need as they age, as well as creating employment opportunities for veterans and their families.

One of the most important things our veterans need right now is to make connections with people in the business world so they can explore possible career paths. Many have never worked outside of the military and have very little information about where to start.

That’s why I’m proud Johnson & Johnson is partnering with American Corporate Partners (ACP) – a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring our veterans.

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January 23rd, 2014

Health and Healing for a Furry Friend

At Johnson & Johnson, we often talk about “caring for the world one person at a time.”  But we’ve not often talked about how our caring extends to our four-legged friends.  Our DePuy Synthes Vet Division often goes beyond the call of duty to assist organizations around the country – and around the world for that matter – bring health and healing to domestic and wild animals with traumatic injury.

We’re happy to share a recent example featuring Tocho, an adult mountain lion at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, who had reinjured a previously fractured rear right leg.  DePuy Synthes personnel supported veterinary surgeons from Colorado State University in providing bone plates and expertise to ensure that the surgical implants would be appropriate for the lion’s injury, weight requirements, and removal and reintegration into the pride.

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Read more about Tocho’s experience on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Facebook page.

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Photo from “In Between The Spots”, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s blog

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January 15th, 2014

What It Means to Lead: Reflections from NAFE Ceremony honoring Sandi Peterson

Last month, NAFE honored Johnson & Johnson’s Sandi Peterson as its 2013 Woman of the Year.  We invited two employees, both members of our Women’s Leadership Initiative, to attend the awards ceremony and share their thoughts with us.

Nina Zalah, IT Analyst, Enterprise Business Solutions

I was so proud to have a seat at the table with such amazing leaders!  The stories that all of the NAFE winners told were inspirational and it’s remarkable to me how much they have accomplished in their careers.  I realized how human each of them are, which made them seem so authentic and even more impressive as leaders.

One idea that stood out to me is that we should not classify ourselves in a different category as “female leaders.”  Our mission as women in the corporate world should be to get rid of those differentiators and have people ask us questions about our career and success, rather than just our roles as women and moms.  I also learned that being a role model is more important than being a sponsor or a mentor.  A role model is someone you aspire to be, and you strive to emulate their actions and decisions.  That idea changed the way I think about mentoring.

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January 13th, 2014

The Johnson & Johnson Culture of Health & Wellness: Two-Part Series

by Samantha Gilham, Graduate Fellow, Corporate Communications

Editor’s Note:

Here at Johnson & Johnson, we don’t just “talk the talk,” but we also “walk the walk” when it comes to health and fitness, especially with our employees.  We’re kicking off the New Year with a two-part series on how J&J helps its employees engage in healthy behavior at our Headquarters offices in New Brunswick, NJ.  First, we’ll talk food and how our cafeterias and wellness employees make it easy for employees to eat healthy at work.   Second, we’ll check out the employee fitness centers to see how our wellness professionals keep employees moving throughout the day.  So, no matter what resolutions you set for yourself, we hope this series inspires you to make small steps toward a healthier New Year.

Part I: Cafeteria/Nutrition

Laura-CollettiFirst, I sat down with the woman behind it all – Head Executive Chef at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, Laura Colletti, to talk about what goes into creating the menus for one of the largest J&J cafeterias in the world.

Johnson & Johnson is known as a company that has a health and wellness-centered culture. How does that translate when you create the menus?

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