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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.

USO Heroes

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 18th, 2014

J&J Products Earn Earthwards® Recognition a Year Early

by Al Iannuzzi, Ph.D., Senior Director, Worldwide Environment, Health, Safety, & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

EarthwardsSustainability is increasingly driving global hospital purchasing decisions, but a perceived lack of available products with sustainable features remains a barrier to those decisions. According to a 2014 global Harris Poll survey of health care professionals, more than half (54 percent) say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case by 2016. In the same study, commissioned by Johnson & Johnson, 67 percent of respondents cited a lack of available products with sustainable features as one of the greatest perceived barriers to those purchasing decisions.

Consumers are echoing this demand, with 93 percent of respondents to a 2013 global CSR study saying they would like to see more products, services, or retailers support worthy social and environmental issues. Another 91 percent would switch brands to a product that addressed these issues.


At Johnson & Johnson, innovation is everyone’s responsibility. It is derived from the insight and spirit of our employees, and it is fueled by our ability to anticipate and understand our patients’ and customers’ needs. One quarter of our global revenue comes from products introduced within the past five years, which means it is also a core component to our business success.

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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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December 15th, 2014

Health Care Sustainability Gets a Shot in the Arm

by Erol Odabasi, Director, MD&D Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

Sustainable Purchasing among Hospitals is on the Rise

Health Care Sustainability

Vaccine season is in full swing and your local hospital is probably advertising free flu shots. But this fall something’s different. If your provider is like the 300 global health care professionals my company, Johnson & Johnson, and Harris Poll recently surveyed, chances are your hospital has ‘gone green.’

Sustainability in the health care space has been on the rise for some time, and, according to the new study, 54 percent of health care professionals across six countries (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Brazil and Japan) now report their hospital already incorporates sustainability into its purchasing decisions. This means that, in addition to price, quality, and outcomes, a majority of health care purchasers are also evaluating products based on environmental criteria, and that they are looking for products that are more energy efficient, free of materials of concern like PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and have a lower environmental impact after use.

Health Care Sustainability

While this mindset has existed among select practitioners for years, the exciting news is that 80 percent of global respondents now expect their hospitals will consider sustainability when purchasing products within the next two years – a significant increase from the current 54 percent.

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December 11th, 2014

Johnson & Johnson and USAID Partner to Address the Global Health Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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

Among my lifelong goals is to advance progress in new treatment options for patients living with the world’s most serious health threats. Antimicrobial resistance is responsible for many of them, especially in communities with limited resources and fragmented healthcare infrastructures. When resistance limits first- and second-line options, healthcare providers must opt for less desirable alternatives,1 which often lead to worsened patient outcomes.

Over many years of researching and learning, the complexities of infectious diseases have become clear to me. Despite the development of new treatments to address ever-expanding forms of antimicrobial resistance, the ability to scale up appropriate use of treatment regimens remains challenging.

According to the 2013 Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States report, approximately 250,000 antimicrobial infections each year require hospitalization, or are already affecting hospitalized patients, who also already have weakened immune systems.1 These infections should command our complete attention especially because the threat can reach us all – almost half of infections occur in people younger than 65, and more than 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 and older.1

Given the hardships of combating antimicrobial resistance, we are proud to announce our pharmaceutical company, Janssen, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help address the global health threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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December 11th, 2014

Collaboration at the Heart of Our HIV/AIDS Response in China

by Cesar Rodriguez, President, Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical Limited

Editor’s note: World AIDS Day, which is Dec. 1, serves as a reminder that while significant progress has been made in the global battle against HIV/AIDS, there is still much more to be done and we must recommit to the goal of Getting to Zero. Johnson & Johnson, driven by our purpose of caring, remains committed to the prevention, detection, education and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This blog post is the fourth in a series intended to provide a glimpse of these efforts and some of the individuals leading them.  

At Janssen we like to say that we collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. This commitment is at the heart of how we innovate. It’s also entrenched in the work we do to strengthen health systems and expand access to treatment and care.

Our response to HIV/AIDS in China is a good illustration of this commitment. Since first introducing one of our HIV medicines in 2008, we have worked hard to build meaningful partnerships that impact the lives of patients and their families in China.

This work is particularly important for us at Xian Janssen as statistics released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) showed that the number of people living with HIV increased year on year from 2007 to 2011.

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December 5th, 2014

World AIDS Day: Working to Ensure No One is Left Behind

by Joseph Leahy, Community Liaison Manager with Janssen Therapeutics, a Johnson & Johnson company

Editor’s note: World AIDS Day, which is Monday, Dec. 1, serves as a reminder that while significant progress has been made in the global battle against HIV/AIDS, there is still much more to be done and we must recommit to the goal of Getting to Zero. Johnson & Johnson, driven by our purpose of caring, remains committed to the prevention, detection, education and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This blog post is the third in a series intended to provide a glimpse of these efforts and some of the individuals leading them.  

I have been working in HIV for the greater part of three decades. Over this period, I have seen shifts in policy, advances in science, and starts and stops in action towards this disease. Every World AIDS Day, I take time to reflect upon the progress that has been made, and the work that remains to be done, both here in the U.S. and abroad, to better the lives of the millions of people living with HIV around the world.

There are over a million people living with HIV in the U.S. today. Less than 30 percent have reached their treatment goals.

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December 1st, 2014

World AIDS Day Reflection

By Dr. Perry Mohammed, M.D., Medical Director of the Janssen Global Access and Partnerships Program

Editor’s note: World AIDS Day, which is Monday, Dec. 1, serves as a reminder that while significant progress has been made in the global battle against HIV/AIDS, there is still much more to be done and we must recommit to the goal of Getting to Zero.  Johnson & Johnson, driven by our purpose of caring, remains committed to the prevention, detection, education and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This blog post is the second in a series intended to provide a glimpse of these efforts and some of the individuals leading them. 

World AIDS Day

Pictured: A Street in Port au Prince.

Today is World AIDS Day – a day of both reflection and action, of mourning and celebration. Today is a day when the global health community comes together to consider all that we have accomplished and the remaining challenges that need to be overcome in the fight against HIV. Having worked in HIV and infectious diseases for most of my medical career, this day is of special significance to me on both a professional and personal level.

This time last year, I was in Haiti as part of a cross-industry delegation to learn about the country’s specific needs in HIV, and what we at Johnson & Johnson could do to meet those needs.

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