August 4th, 2014

Education about Brain Disorders Benefits Us All

By Vicki Mabrey, Guest Contributor to JNJ Blog

Editor’s Note: Emmy-award winning journalist Vicki Mabrey is the host of Healthy Minds, a new digital news program about brain health from Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company. 


Recently, it was my pleasure to learn more about the brain and disorders of the brain when I interviewed Janssen’s Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience, Dr. Husseini Manji. Dr. Manji shared his knowledge with me for the new Healthy Minds video series, which is launching this week on the Johnson & Johnson You Tube channel. It will cover general brain health, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Working on the Healthy Minds series helped me to better understand the complexities of the brain and gain insights into diseases we hear about every day because our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and neighbors are suffering from them.


Throughout the world, about 450 million people suffer from a brain disorder, and in the US about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. That calculates to almost 60 million people.  Despite the prevalence and impact of these illnesses, nearly 60 percent of those affected do not consult medical professionals for treatment.

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August 4th, 2014

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout Station Debuts in Biddeford, Maine

By Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology, Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company 

7Minuteworkout0804This summer the City of Biddeford, Maine, working with Johnson & Johnson, launched a 7 Minute Workout Station, providing the local community and visitors the opportunity to get a simple, fast, science-based workout for free. The station is a freestanding structure that is modeled after the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout, and includes instructions on how to execute each exercise using the station. It was an exciting day for me – a high point that’s been many years in the making.

As an exercise physiologist for almost 20 years, I am passionate about promoting physical activity and making it accessible to everyone.  Several years ago, as part of my role as Director of Exercise Physiology with the Human Performance Institute, I created a simple, fast, and effective workout that requires nothing more than a floor, a wall, and a chair, and can be done by almost anyone, anywhere, anytime.

The workout comprises a circuit of 12 bodyweight exercises, each performed for 30 seconds with minimal rest between exercises. One circuit, therefore, takes approximately 7 minutes.

In May 2013, my co-authored article providing the science behind this workout was published in the peer-reviewed American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal.

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July 28th, 2014

World Hepatitis Day — Why We Should All Think Again


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

Today is World Hepatitis Day, one of only four disease-related awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).  This year’s theme is ‘Think Again’, calling upon policy-makers, health workers and the public to re-think viral hepatitis.

It’s a critically important day because more than 500 million people, many unknowingly, are affected by viral hepatitis globally. And more so for us here in Asia Pacific where recent data showed that 70% of the 1.4 million annual global deaths associated with the disease occur.

It’s why the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP) launched the ‘One Million Lives Lost’ social media campaign last year – drawing attention to the fact that every 30 seconds, one person dies from these devastating diseases in Asia Pacific countries.

Driven by our commitment to patients, we have developed some of the first new medicines for hepatitis C in nearly a decade. These are today positively impacting thousands of patients affected by hepatitis C.  But we don’t stop there.  We want to further transform how viral hepatitis is treated.  This is why we maintain a strong and robust research program in both hepatitis B and C.

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July 24th, 2014

A WISER Path to Employee Volunteerism


Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson has more than 128,000 employees around the world.  Throughout 2014, we’re going to bring you their unique stories.  Whether they are employees who work with a nonprofit, mentor children, or simply volunteer at their local soup kitchen, we want to show that small acts of kindness can make big changes in the world we live in. These stories have inspired us, and we hope they’ll inspire you, too.  
“Those who can lead have an obligation to do so, in the realm of citizenship….”  General Robert Wood Johnson, 1949 

By Carrie Arndt, Director of the Management Comprehensive Action Plan at Advanced Sterilization Products, Johnson & Johnson

A successful professional cannot exist in a vacuum. The business side of one’s life must be integrated with family and social facets in order to create a well-rounded individual.  I have been involved as a volunteer since childhood — first as a Girl Scout leader while in high school, then as a parent volunteer in my children’s school and extracurricular efforts.  Volunteerism was modeled by my parents and I have modeled it for my children.

In the fall of 2006, I received a phone call from my son, Mike Arndt, then a freshman at Duke University, that dramatically changed my life.

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July 18th, 2014

Our Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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

We are profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Our grief is compounded by the news that many of the passengers on the flight were members of the HIV community traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.  This includes many close friends and longtime partners of Johnson & Johnson, including visionary HIV researcher Dr. Joep Lange with whom I have personally worked with for more than 20 years.

In Joep we have truly lost a hero in the fight against HIV.  An uncompromising champion for patients, in particular for women and children infected with HIV or at risk for HIV infection, Joep made a significant contribution to advancing the scientific field through his own work in developing new approaches to treatment and prevention. His leadership in supporting expanded access to treatment for those least able to afford it has saved countless lives all over the world.

We join the global HIV community in extending our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives in this terrible disaster and, in particular, to our friends and fellow members of the HIV community.

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July 18th, 2014

Making a Difference at the FIFA World Cup™

Throughout the FIFA World Cup™, Johnson & Johnson was proud to make a difference on and off the field. Now that the tournament has concluded, take a moment to learn about how Johnson & Johnson cared for the health and well-being of all those involved, as well as throughout Brazil.


FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

The Johnson & Johnson Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) culminated at the end of May, becoming one of the largest blood donation campaigns in Brazil.

In conjunction with the company’s CARE INSPIRES CARE™ campaign and FIFA World Cup™ sponsorship, Tour do Carinho encouraged individuals across Brazil to celebrate and engage in caring actions, and save lives by donating blood.

We are pleased to announce that since the campaign’s launch in March, more than 23,000 blood donations were collected, a total that will potentially save up to 93,000 lives. This exceeded our goal of collecting 20,000 bags of blood.

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

Demonstrating its commitment to inspiring care, Johnson & Johnson leveraged LED boards surrounding the field at each of the four games on June 14—World Blood Donation Day—to encourage blood donation.

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July 3rd, 2014

Sustainability and Health: How Our Environmental Stewardship Helps Create Healthier Lives

By Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen EMEA and Executive Sponsor, Janssen Sustainability Council

I see a strong relationship between a healthy environment and human health — it is something I think about often both at home and in my work.

Protecting the environment for future generations is something that I am personally passionate about, and in my day-to-day life, I’ve made many small changes – from increasing recycling to turning down the heating and switching to a smaller, more fuel-efficient car.

At work, I’ve collaborated with our UK facilities and fleet teams to reduce waste and cut down our fleet CO2 emissions. Several years ago, as I became interested in carbon footprinting, we started a project with one of our products that eventually led to collaboration with the Carbon Trust, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and a number of pharmaceutical companies. The result was the development of a new carbon footprint tool for pharmaceutical products.

I believe this commitment to responsibility and environmental stewardship is fundamentally aligned with our principles at Janssen. It’s only natural that a company that spends billions of dollars on research to improve human health would embrace citizenship and sustainability. And sustainability is rooted in our Johnson & Johnson heritage, written into Our Credo:

We must be good citizens – support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes.

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June 12th, 2014

Changing the Game: Johnson & Johnson Inspires Care as the Official Healthcare Sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™


With its unique ability to unite people of all cultures, ages and socioeconomic levels, the FIFA World Cup™ provides Johnson & Johnson with an unprecedented opportunity to reach a global audience and ignite a movement of caring. Paired with our sponsorship, our company’s CARE INSPIRES CARE™ campaign inspires others to engage in caring activities and celebrates selfless acts of care – big and small – with the goal of making the world a more caring place. Here’s a look at what we have been doing around our sponsorship to inspire care in the weeks and months leading up to the FIFA World Cup™:


The Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) traveled across Brazil recently, encouraging individuals to celebrate care, educating communities on the importance of blood donations and showcasing how Johnson & Johnson is working in support of a government policy to improve the human aspect of medical care at public hospitals in six host cities.

Tour do Carinho is one of the largest blood donation campaigns Brazil has ever seen. We have exceeded our goal of collecting more than 20,000 bags of blood – a total which could result in saving up to 80,000 lives! Donations were made at blood centers in the 12 host cities and in the Johnson & Johnson Care Bus, which has toured the host cities to collect additional blood donations.

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June 9th, 2014

Champions of Care: Honoring Those Who Give Back

“We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work – and to the world community as well.” – Our Credo


This month all eyes turn toward Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, where incredibly talented athletes are gathering for one of the most iconic sporting competitions in the world. Games will be played and goals will be scored. Flags will wave and crowds will cheer. By the end of it all, heroes will emerge, as one team is crowned the champion.

We’ll be watching along with the rest of the world, but at Johnson & Johnson we’re celebrating another type of champion too – the unsung heroes whose acts of care inspire others.

Our Credo guides the work of more than 128,000 Johnson & Johnson employees across the globe, calling on each person to build upon our 125+ year history of caring for the world, one person at a time. It directs us to give back to our communities, and our employees rise to the challenge, dedicating their time and effort to enrich the lives of others. They are inspiring examples of what it means to give back.

This year, through Champions of Care, we’re shining a spotlight on employees who selflessly perform acts of care.

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June 4th, 2014

Business Model Innovation Leads to Calculated Risk and Success

By Manoj Raghunandanan, Senior Global Director of Emerging Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

I’ll never forget that feeling – the team and I sat waiting at the entrance to the new EYE DEFINE STUDIO by ACUVUE® in early February at 5 p.m., silent.  We all shared the same thought: “What if we built this and no one comes?”

Finding new ways to connect with our consumers is never as easy as it seems, and when you consider the beauty contact lens category that is even truer. Our beauty enhancement product, 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lenses, had been available in South Korea since 2004.  So when we found ourselves in a situation where our ability to reach people had stalled in South Korea, we knew we needed to find another way.

We asked ourselves: “Could Business Model Innovation (BMI) help to stimulate growth?”  BMI has been a buzz word in the industry for quite some time. We knew the only way to truly learn was to get out of the building and actually do something.  So we set out to create the perfect test pilot. It started with a very simple mission:  Let’s get to know our consumer in ways we never have before.

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