May 22nd, 2012

A Turning Point in Alzheimer’s Disease – Reasons to be Optimistic

 

From Roy Twyman, MD, Vice President, Head of CNS Development, Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, Janssen Research & Development, LLC

There is good reason to believe that we’re entering a new age of research against the sixth leading cause of death in the United States – Alzheimer’s disease.  Extraordinary progress is being made in using genetics to better understand this devastating disease and develop diagnostics and treatments for it.  Unprecedented collaborative efforts among academic and industry researchers are propelling progress forward.  But more research needs to be done, and families with a history of Alzheimer’s disease are needed to participate in clinical trials and contribute their genetic information, which can be done anonymously.

During the past decade, a new research approach has emerged to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and to find ways to predict and stem its progress.  Scientists from industry, government and academia are working together and sharing information about the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease.  The National Institute of Aging (NIA) Genetics Initiative has played a significant role in encouraging research institutions to work together to recruit families and share information.  And thanks to several collaborative efforts of researchers in the United States and worldwide, DNA samples have been collected from tens of thousands of families with members who do and do not have late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. 

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May 21st, 2012

Today is World Day for Diversity

 

From: Anthony Carter, Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Anthony Carter Those who know me know that I am passionate about the subject of diversity and inclusion. First and foremost — it’s one of the best things to do — for the people who depend on our products, for our employees and for the long-term success of Johnson & Johnson. As Chief Diversity Officer, more importantly as a person, diversity and inclusion is important to me because I work with colleagues who represent a variety of differences – from culture, to background, religion and sexual orientation, and work experience. Every day, I learn the importance of how authenticity and the ability to bring our true selves to Johnson & Johnson creates a stronger culture of inclusion.

World Day for Diversity raises awareness of the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies. In 2002, the UN General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity [bold text will link to website] for Dialogue and Development following the adoption in 2001 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

I am proud to say Johnson & Johnson has joined the UN’s ‘Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion’ campaign along with 40 organizations from around the world, aimed at engaging people to Do One Thing to support cultural diversity and inclusion.

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May 17th, 2012

Greening the Healthcare Supply Chain with Sustainable Purchasing

 

By Al Iannuzzi
Sr. Director Product Stewardship, WW Environment, Health & Safety

Having recently returned from the CleanMed conference in Denver, Colorado, I’m gratified by the growing number of hospitals and healthcare suppliers in the United States that are determined to work toward a greener supply chain. Although this is our first year as the international sponsor, Johnson & Johnson has sponsored CleanMed for four years because we are committed to helping drive sustainable practices in healthcare.

At the conference, leaders in healthcare sustainability came together to discuss the future of green healthcare and look for ways to reduce waste and curb carbon emissions. Sessions covered green building and design, waste management, reducing energy consumption, sustainable hospital food services, and greening the supply chain. You can read a recap of the conference at this link.

One essential element to this is sustainable product development. I was invited to share my experience and expertise in this by presenting in the Greener Product Innovation & Solutions for Healthcare Facilities session, along with Kimberly Clark’s David Spitzley. While I presented the Johnson & Johnson Earthwards® proprietary process, Spitzley discussed Kimberly Clark’s EcoLogical process for product lifecycle analysis. Both are being used to create greener products by taking a more holistic view of their environmental impact.

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May 11th, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day from Johnson & Johnson

As both a Johnson & Johnson employee and a mom (I’m the proud parent of a 12-year old daughter), I’m always interested in the work that our company has done and continues to do to improve the lives of women and children. Those efforts range from products and information to help mothers over 100 years ago, to today’s efforts like text4baby and MAMA, the partnerships with the United Nations to help women and children, and much more. Our historical advertising has reflected the Company’s longstanding relationship with mothers (and fathers!), and you can see some of those ads on the Kilmer House blog.

On that note, I wanted to share the latest television commercial celebrating moms and all that they do, and to encourage everyone to share this commercial with all of the moms in your life. So from Johnson & Johnson to every mother worldwide, Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

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May 10th, 2012

New ennTV Episode: Sustainable Products and Improving Health for Women and Children

 

The new episode of ennTV is out, and this one features some of the ways Johnson & Johnson companies are approaching corporate citizenship and caring for the world environmentally, economically and socially. The first story is about the Earthwards™ recognized Neutrogena® Naturals line of products, which have natural, sustainable ingredients and packaging. The second story takes a look at the Company’s partnership with the United Nations Population fund to improve health for women and children, and the third focuses on sustainability in health care through reducing equipment costs and environmental waste.

You can watch the entire episode here:

Or you can watch the longer features here:

 

Johnson & Johnson Sustainability: Caring for the Environment with Neutrogena® Naturals:

 

Johnson & Johnson/UNFPA partnership to promote health and equal opportunity:

 

SterilMed Reprocessing Helps Environment & Reduces Healthcare Costs:

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April 26th, 2012

A Historic and Inspiring Annual Shareholders Meeting

Earlier today, we held our Annual Meeting of Shareholders, hosting approximately 1,800 shareholders, retirees and employees in New Brunswick, N.J.   You can watch a replay of the meeting on our website and read a recap of the voting results in an earlier blog post by our Corporate Secretary, Doug Chia.

This was my first opportunity to attend the meeting in person, but that wasn’t the only reason it was a historic event!  Johnson & Johnson welcomed its seventh CEO in our history as Alex Gorsky assumed responsibility of incoming CEO from Bill Weldon, who will remain Chairman of the Board.  It was a unique honor to be present for the transition from Mr. Weldon, who has led Johnson & Johnson steadfastly for the past 10 years to Mr. Gorsky, who promised to “bring all my heart and soul to the role of CEO.”  As he passed the leadership mantle, Weldon remarked that he is “confident that Johnson & Johnson will continue shaping and leading the future of health care and advancing the health and well being of people around the world.”

You can read more about our history of leadership on the Kilmer House blog.

Although the transition of leadership was the highlight of the meeting, we also shared news and notable achievements from our three business sectors, as well as looked ahead to Johnson & Johnson’s next chapter. 

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April 26th, 2012

Voting Results from Johnson & Johnson’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

By Doug Chia, Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Johnson & Johnson

Today, Johnson & Johnson held its 124th Annual Meeting of Shareholders in New Brunswick, NJ.  Today’s meeting held special significance in the history of Johnson & Johnson as it marked the transition of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position for only the 7th time since the company went public in 1944.  Bill Weldon, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO since 2002, handed the CEO title over to Alex Gorsky, previously Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee.  Bill will remain as Chairman of the Board.  Alex, like all of our previous CEOs, was promoted from within the company, demonstrating the stability of leadership of Johnson & Johnson over time.

Here is a recap of the official business from today’s meeting, including preliminary voting results:

1) Election of Directors:  All 13 Director nominees were elected to serve one-year terms on the Board of Directors with a range of support of 75.1 to 98.8 percent of the votes cast.  Bill Weldon (Chairman) received the support of 93.6 percent of the votes cast, and Alex Gorsky (CEO) received the support of 98.8 percent.  A full list of our Board members, including their biographies, can be found in the Corporate Governance section of the investor.jnj.com website.

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April 25th, 2012

MAMA Bangladesh – Getting Information to the Decision Makers

 

The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) is a mobile phone health initiative partnership led by USAID and Johnson & Johnson, with support from BabyCenter, mHealth Alliance and the United Nations Foundation. Recently, members of the MAMA partnership conducted a series of site visits in Bangladesh. This blog post comes from MAMA Global Partnership Director, Kirsten Gagnaire, and is part of their blog tour series reporting on the site visits and experience in Bangladesh.  JNJBTW is happy to host one of the blog posts on that tour.

From Kirsten Gagnaire, MAMA Global Partnership Director

Pregnancy, birth and infancy.  These are some of the most important phases in life. In many cultures across the globe, decisions about how this critical time is addressed in daily life are guided by partners, mothers, fathers, mothers-in-law and other important community figures. These decision-making figures are often referred to as “gatekeepers” and have an important role in the pregnancy of someone for whom they are responsible.

An expecting mother in a developing country needs the same things as expecting mothers in any other part of the world. She needs more rest and she may need to be relieved of some of her duties, like hauling water and cooking over a smoky stove. 

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April 22nd, 2012

Celebrating Earth Day 2012

 

As we celebrate Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, we’re all thinking of ways we can reduce our environmental impact and help sustain our planet for the future.  On this Earth Day, I wanted to share just a few of the many efforts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to reduce our impact on the environment.  It’s a commitment that’s not only reflected in Our Credo, it’s one that’s constantly brought home to me as an employee at our World Headquarters facility when I see the array of solar panels here on our campus in New Brunswick, or shop at the Farmer’s Market that visits our campus once a week during the spring and summer months to offer locally-grown fruits and vegetables to employees.

Commitment to the environment is a central tenet of Johnson & Johnson’s responsibility to the community.  In 1947, decades before sustainability was on most people’s radar, General Robert Wood Johnson, who was Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson at that time, wrote:

“We must use our resources wisely, avoiding waste of both raw materials and scrap, while we seek substitutes for things already in short supply.  We must employ replaceable materials where we can, must let forests restore themselves as we cut, must prevent loss and pollution of water, and must halt wasteful erosion of soil…Sound business demands their employment, just as it demands reduction of waste in a factory or store. 

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April 19th, 2012

TEDMED Recap

 

It was an amazing few days at TEDMED last week. Johnson & Johnson has been a proud sponsor of TEDMED since the conference began, and I had heard from my colleagues that the event is uniquely impressive.  This was my first time attending and I was not disappointed.

Against the backdrop of the beautiful Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, my fellow delegates and I heard from doctors, engineers, artists, moms, researchers, entrepreneurs and dozens of other brilliant thinkers on topics that ranged from medical breakthroughs and organic farming to data management and public policy.  All in all, it was inspiring, enlightening, and a great chance to think about how we can – and perhaps more importantly, could — approach healthcare differently to get better outcomes.

Here are just a few of the talks and ideas that have stuck with me:

  • Jacob Scott, a radiation oncologist and cancer theoretician, who asked, “Can we stop the imaginectomies?”  Jacob delivered a passionate and compelling argument for keeping imagination alive in medicine and medical research.  He called medical school a “backstage pass to everything that’s cool about the human body,” and infected the audience with his love for science.
  •  Gregory Petsko, a neurology professor, who called for a sense of urgency about Alzheimer’s disease — which he pointed out is a disease of aging, not just the aged; and Reisa Sperling, Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who shared her view of tools and tests that might help tell normal cognitive aging from the onset of Alzheimer’s.

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