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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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December 17th, 2014

The Roots behind “Finding Your Roots”

by Michael Sneed, Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

Recently, Johnson & Johnson had the privilege of hosting Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at our corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Professor Gates is the host of the popular PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” which traces guests’ ancestry using a combination of genealogy and DNA. J&J is a proud sponsor of the series. Professor Gates discussed how his life-long passion for genealogy became the “root” from which the “Finding Your Roots” series developed.

Professor Gates also sat down with me in our studio to discuss why the series resonates so well with viewers. For Johnson & Johnson, the series really connects to our purpose of family, community and legacy. Though we all hail from different backgrounds, we share a common bond to know where we came from. As Professor Gates said, family trees are a way of giving immortality to our ancestors. As he told me, we are all citizens of the world and that is both humbling and uniting. I invite you to watch my conversation with Professor Gates.

Michael Sneed and Professor Gates

And, as we approach the end of 2014, the holiday season gives us the opportunity to reconnect with our families too.

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December 16th, 2014

Holiday Giving

by Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Corporate Equity Programs, Johnson & Johnson

As a mother of now two older teenagers, I always struggled to find family activities that could make “giving back” part of our daily lives. I learned that it did not always take a grand gesture to make a difference. Sometimes it’s the simplest of acts that make the biggest difference – volunteering at a soup kitchen; buying a toy for a child in need; donating food to a local food bank. But these activities can sometimes be difficult to find, especially given the hectic pace of the holiday season.

As head of our Corporate Partnerships team, we have worked to identify a few simple activities working with organizations making a difference for children and families. These hopefully will make “giving back” simple yet part of your holiday season. Examples include:

  • Save the Children “Gifts of Joy” Catalog: Save the Children is proud to be the leading expert on children. By selecting a gift through this catalog, you are making a donation to Save the Children and can help give every child the best chance for success, both domestically and globally. Each gift in this catalog is representative of resources, services or support provided by Save the Children to a program area in which we work, and may change due to environmental, programmatic and economic considerations.

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November 19th, 2014

For the Children’s Future

by Joaquin Duato, Worldwide Chairman, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Corporate Equity Programs, Johnson & Johnson

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As parents, both of us agree that no investment is more important than our children’s future. Every child-no matter where he or she is born-should survive and thrive. Whether during the early moments of life or through their important developmental years, children around the world can have healthier, happier futures.

That’s why this evening was a special night for all of us at Johnson & Johnson. Our Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky, plus senior company leadership, joined hundreds of supporters at the Save the Children Illumination Gala, where we made a significant announcement to inspire the survival and healthy development of children under 5, with a focus on newborns. Johnson & Johnson is committing a minimum of $10 million over three years to help expand resources, with a particular focus on “Helping Babies Breathe.” This commitment is a natural expansion of the partnership that Johnson & Johnson and Save the Children have enjoyed for more than 20 years.

Alex Gorsky

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While the first day of a baby’s life is always a joyous one, it also can be a precarious one.

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November 17th, 2014

Expanding Access for the World’s Most Vulnerable Patients

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

Access to essential medical treatment and care remains a significant challenge for patients around the world, particularly in countries where resources are limited, healthcare workers are few, and large populations live in poverty. As a physician, I’ve seen first-hand the sheer unmet medical need, and as a business leader, I feel fortunate to work for a company that is dedicated to delivering access to medicines and care to these countries.

Today’s publication of the fourth biannual Access to Medicine Index (ATMI) reports that industry has made significant progress in improving access to safe, effective medicines and vaccines in developing countries. It is heartening to hear the progress we are making, including at Johnson & Johnson, a company that has a longstanding commitment to global health. We continue to make a difference in enhancing access and advancing healthcare for the long-term for the most vulnerable patients.

Ensuring access to our products is at the heart of all that we do. This drives our relentless commitment to continuously innovate and explore new access pathways for our transformational medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics. We’ve made great progress since 2012, thanks in part to the establishment of new, and the expansion of existing, collaborations with key partners.

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