November 20th, 2013


by Ian Davies, Head of Global Professional Education at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care

When we started planning for THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE® (TVCI) back in 2004, every meeting finished with the same question and the same worried look on our faces: “What if we build these facilities and no one comes?”  At the time, no contact lens company had ever tried to get into education like we were planning on doing. The only facilities to train eye care practitioners were at academic institutions or, in rare cases, training rooms in the headquarters of retailers.

We had a vision of a purpose-built facility; a place where the eye exam rooms were designed just for teaching, where learning involved full interactivity between attendees and instructors, and where feedback could be captured instantly.  We’d done our research and knew there was an unmet need for ongoing education, but we were about to invest a significant amount of the company’s money on something that had never existed before…so the question remained: “What if no one comes?”

They came.

Now, nearly 10 years later and with 14 facilities over four continents, we are celebrating reaching a milestone in attendance of 100,000 eye care professionals at TVCI.

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November 12th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson and Its Partners Offer Aid to Philippines

Following the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Johnson & Johnson has been working through our partners to offer support to those affected.  Below is an excerpt of a message sent to all Johnson & Johnson employees from our Corporate Contributions team.

What has been described as one of the strongest storms in recorded history, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda locally), battered the central Philippine islands of Leyte and Samar on November 8 with winds of up to 235 miles per hour followed by devastating storm surges that washed away homes and lives.

We are relieved and grateful to know that all of our employees are safe, but heartbroken that so many people in the region have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods.

Through our disaster relief partners, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has already mobilized pre-positioned disaster relief supplies to help the people of the Philippines. Direct Relief International  (@DirectRelief),  AmeriCares  (@AmeriCares),  and Heart to Heart International  (@Heart_to_Heart) are moving swiftly to deliver donated medical supplies, hygiene kits and personal care products.

As the recovery begins, we will work together with our partners to determine next steps and mobilize the best possible support for the millions of people impacted by the storm.  Please join us in keeping the people of the Philippines in your thoughts.

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November 11th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson: Our Veterans’ Stories

Approximately 128,000 employees make up the backbone of who and what we do at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.  Each employee brings a unique life experience to his or her role at our organization.  In honor of Veterans Day, a few of our employees, who also served in the U.S. Armed Forces, agreed to share their experiences.

Sean T. Cavanaugh
Senior Analyst – Reporting, Janssen
U.S. Army; Field Artillery; Yusufiyah, Iraq (OIF 2005-2006)


Military Career: My military career (Active Duty and National Guard) spanned more than eight years. The most significant portion of this service was as a Fire Support Officer and Executive Officer for a 131-Soldier Infantry company in the 101st Airborne Division, including a combat deployment to Iraq.

Tell us about your experience in the military and how you think it has influenced your approach to the business world:  Although it would be too lengthy to go into every experience, I can synthesize many that shaped me and what I do today into a general philosophy—try to innovate beyond the status quo and challenge myself (and my colleagues) to consider the less trodden path.   Veterans understand more than most that we must be our best selves in order to succeed, no matter the sector, industry, or business.   In addition, we have a wealth of leadership experiences and abilities to call upon and leverage in the business sector.

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November 5th, 2013

Sustainable Healthcare: CleanMed Europe 2013

by Michael Johnson, Product Sustainability Co-op, EHS&S

Recently, sustainability experts and advocates gathered in Oxford, U.K. for the 2013 CleanMed Europe Conference. CleanMed Europe is the only European conference focused solely on sustainability within the healthcare sector and addresses the environmental impact of the sector on a local, regional, and global level. This conference was a great venue for sharing sustainability best practices in the healthcare industry and was a forum for forward-thinking and thought provoking discussions.  Johnson & Johnson is an industry leader in not only healthcare, but also sustainability and was a Gold Sponsor for CleanMed Europe. Through its Healthy Future 2015 goals, Johnson & Johnson has committed to a number of significant citizenship and sustainability initiatives such as reducing its carbon footprint, creating more sustainable health care products through the EARTHWARDS® process, and increasing access to medicine.

One of the compelling aspects of CleanMed Europe was the participation of physicians in the sustainability discussion. It was great to see physicians making the link between reducing the environmental impact of healthcare and improved public health. These physicians are an incredibly important stakeholder for incorporating sustainability into the healthcare system because they are influential in advocating for more sustainable products and practices.

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October 18th, 2013

Former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster, Dies at 88

The following is a personal email from Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, sent to employees earlier today regarding the passing of Lawrence G. Foster, former Johnson & Johnson Vice President of Public Relations.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster.  Larry, who is perhaps best known for guiding the company’s now famous response to the Tylenol® crises of 1982 and 1986, died yesterday at the age of 88.

Many former colleagues and friends of Larry have reached out to reflect on his significant contributions to Johnson & Johnson during his 33 years at the Company, as well as his many accomplishments and philanthropic efforts that continued after his retirement in 1990.   Ralph Larsen, former Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO (1989-2001), said, “Larry Foster was a man of integrity and extraordinarily good judgment.  He played a vital role during his lifetime career at Johnson & Johnson.”

Earlier today, the Foster family issued the following obituary announcement that pays fitting tribute to Larry’s remarkable career, service in the community, and contributions to the communication profession.  As we reflect on his passing today, we will best honor his important legacy by finding our own ways to manage with purpose and integrity and meet the responsibilities outlined in Our Credo.

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October 17th, 2013

Building Your Personal Brand – The ERG Leader Amplifier Effect

by Debra Bass, Worldwide Vice President, Global Marketing, DePuy Synthes Companies

Recently, I had the opportunity to convene at the American Express Corporate Headquarters in New York City, along with approximately 200 other Employee Resource Group (ERG) Leaders from Aetna, American Express, Ernst & Young, and Johnson & Johnson for a Leadership Development Summit.  The purpose of the summit was to develop our ERG leaders and empower them with skills to enable cross company networking and facilitate best practice sharing.

As background, ERGs are groups of employees who join together based upon shared characteristics, life experiences and commons goals.  ERGs can serve many purposes, including enhancing business, talent and community agendas. They also help build a culture of diversity and inclusion and enable engaged members to develop their leadership skills, build powerful networks and lend meaningful insights to businesses.

Meredith Hans Moore, Veronica Caballero, Debra Bass, Izard Rodriquez

From left to right: Meredith Hans Moore, Veronica Caballero, Debra Bass, Izard Rodriquez

I’m honored to serve as the Medical Devices & Diagnostics WLI Co-Chair.  To me, this represents an opportunity to bring my energy to a space I am personally passionate about.  I truly believe that growing women will grow our business and greatly enrich the fabric of our culture by weaving in different skills and thinking.  All of which unleashes the power of diversity at work and in our communities!

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October 16th, 2013

A Beauty Brand, a Movie Star and a Wetland

by Paulette Frank, Vice President, Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

You may be asking – what could a beauty brand, a movie star and a wetland possibly have in common?  Well, on October 2nd, I learned first-hand when they all came together at the Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles to give back to the community and our environment.  Over 200 Neutrogena employees arrived at the Ballona Wetlands to clean up litter, to remove invasive plant species (otherwise known as “weeding”), and to resurrect the park sign.

At the same time, the Neutrogena® Naturals Brand Ambassador Kristen Bell kicked off the Every Drop Counts campaign in partnership with The Nature Conservancy to support water conservation efforts.  During the month of October, Neutrogena® Naturals is encouraging everyone to visit Neutrogena Facebook and pledge to save one million gallons of water by making small adjustments to their daily routines, such as shortening showers by three minutes and turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth.

Last year, two million gallons of water were saved in October—that’s enough to quench the thirst of two million active Americans on an average day!

Like Kristen Bell, millions of people welcome our brands into their lives every day.  And this offers us millions of opportunities to create awareness of issues like water conservation and to encourage more sustainable behaviors that are good for us and our planet.

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October 14th, 2013

Driver of Innovation: Curiosity-Based Science

By David Julius, PhD, chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and 2013 Winner of Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

I have been called many things – a biochemist, a yeast geneticist, a molecular biologist, a physiologist, and even a neuroscientist. But the moniker that perhaps best fits my scientific temperament and expectations is that of pharmacologist.


Dr. Paul Janssen, Founder, Janssen Pharmaceutical, N.V.

The interaction of small molecules – natural, endogenous, or synthetic – with cellular machinery reveals the beauty and intricacy of biology while providing key access points for investigative and therapeutic gain. Pharmacology provides the bridge between basic, curiosity-driven science and medicine. No one exemplified this more beautifully than Dr. Paul Janssen, who the legendary pharmacologist, Sir James Black, called “the most prolific drug inventor of all time.”

Recently, I returned to my hometown of New York City to celebrate this award that has become one of the most prestigious in the field of basic biomedical research. In the New York Public Library – where I did a lot of my learning growing up – I was presented with my award statue and lauded by executives from Johnson & Johnson and Janssen.

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October 10th, 2013

World Mental Health Day 2013: Our Commitment to Advocacy and Reducing Stigma

By Husseini K. Manji, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. Global Therapeutic Area Head, Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development, LLC

Throughout my career, I have been passionate about understanding psychiatric illnesses and developing new treatments for them, as well as advocating for patients and families. I believe that if we can create understanding and acceptance, we can eliminate fear and despair, giving people hope for recovery and the power to help themselves and others.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, which reminds us of the importance for increased dialogue about mental illness, as well as the acute need to advocate for people with brain disorders. Despite significant advances in science and the understanding that mental illnesses are biologically based, shame and stigma regarding these conditions endure. Stigma often prevents people from seeking treatment and prolongs suffering. This is a global problem that must be addressed locally through education and social change.

I’m particularly proud of two of the programs that Janssen supports to help people with mental illnesses. The first is the Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award, given in partnership with the Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, Belgium. The Award honors an individual or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to mental health on a cultural or social level.

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October 1st, 2013

LATISM 2013: Caring for the world starts with caring for YOU

By Susan Rucci, Manager, Corporate Social Media, Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson was delighted to once again partner with our friends at LATISM for its annual conference which recently took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.  LATISM is the largest organization for Latinos and Latinas engaged in social media.  Its mission is all about empowerment—helping moms, dads and communities take action around issues like education, business, technology and health.  That last one clearly resonates with us.   We believe good health is the foundation upon which a vibrant life is built.   That’s why we chose the theme ‘Caring for the world starts with caring for YOU’ for our suite and keynote panel discussion.

Our suite highlighted Johnson & Johnson programs that use social media for social good like Donate A Photo and text4baby™. Visitors also had the opportunity to add a ribbon to our Caring Wall with a personalized message about who inspires them to care.

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