June 9th, 2011

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics: A Culture of Health

From Nick Valeriani, Company Group Chairman, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

For more than two years, I’ve been lucky enough to lead a company that I believe exemplifies the Johnson & Johnson ideal of a culture of health. My colleagues and I have been working together to help our employees live our franchise vision: enabling people to be healthier, feel better and live longer. Our vision represents the individual strengths of the three companies within our franchise: Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Therakos and Veridex. It also brings us together to focus on what matters most – our employees and the people we serve.

Our vision started with our employees’ recognition of the extraordinary value of diagnostics throughout the health care continuum. We work to cultivate an environment where we focus on the benefits of using health information – such as diagnostic tests – to stay healthy and well, and we feel that this should be demonstrated not only in the work that we do, but in our personal lives as well. For example, we talk about the ways in which our products can provide information that’s vital to preserving wellness, as well as managing disease; by offering health and wellness-related educational seminars and programs; by sharing success stories from patients and employees who benefit from our products; and by encouraging employees to evaluate their lifestyles and make small and simple changes for better health.

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June 2nd, 2011

Extending the Benefits of HIV Treatment

From Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson

 Extending the benefits of HIV treatment throughout the world is a passion of mine.  As the Worldwide Chairman of Pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson, I’ve been able to see the progress we’ve made in combating this disease over the past few decades. June 5 marks the 30th anniversary of the first report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of a disease we would later come to know as HIV.  During those early years of the epidemic, contracting HIV meant a two-year life expectancy. Today, in the western world, HIV has become a chronic condition that can be managed through modern medicine.

Yet, meeting the individual treatment needs of the estimated 33.3 million people living with HIV throughout the world remains an extraordinary challenge.  Our company’s ongoing commitment to addressing this challenge traces all the way back to work in the laboratories of Dr. Paul Janssen.  On Friday, May 20, we reported on a major milestone in these efforts.

As a company, we are also expanding the benefits of our HIV drugs to the developing world.  We have agreements in place with generic manufactures to produce them for sub-Saharan Africa and India

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June 1st, 2011

National Employee Wellness Month

From Dr. Fikry Isaac MD, MPH, Vice President Global Health Services, Johnson & Johnson

As part of my role within the Johnson & Johnson Global Health services organization, I have been privileged with the opportunity to lead our company’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of our employees around the world.  At Johnson & Johnson we understand that an investment in the health of our employees is an investment in the health of our company, which is why I’m glad to announce our proud support for National Employee Wellness Month.  This annual initiative, sponsored by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Virgin Health Miles and Stop Obesity Alliance, and supported by nearly 100 other companies, helps business leaders share and develop successful strategies for the prevention of chronic disease and maintenance of good health for employees.  Throughout our 125 year history we’ve led the way in our commitment to the health of our employees and we are happy to support an initiative that will help foster a culture of health in other companies.

While a focus on a healthy and productive workforce has long been a hallmark of our company, Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to employee health and wellness began officially with former Chairman James Burke’s pledge to make the employees of Johnson & Johnson’s Family of Companies the healthiest in the world. 

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May 27th, 2011

Yesterday’s Pharmaceutical Business Review

Yesterday, we held a meeting with the investment community to review growth strategies for Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceuticals business.   It was an in-depth look at how our employees and partners across the world are working to address major unmet needs in a number of areas, and developing an amazing pipeline of new medicines.   Sheri McCoy, vice chairman of the Executive Committee, spoke about meeting needs with science and increasing the capacity to treat patients, saying , “We have the opportunity to make a difference for people around the world.”

Paul Stoffels, M.D., also provided an overview of the strength of the pharmaceuticals pipeline, and Joaquin Duato reviewed the commercial strategies that have enabled our pharmaceuticals businesses to become launch leaders in several categories.  Paul and Joaquin are both Worldwide Chairmen, Pharmaceuticals.  The Company highlighted the expectations of its pharmaceuticals businesses to file 11 new products and more than 30 line extensions in the next five years.  

The R&D leaders took investors on a deeper dive in five therapeutic areas:  neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolism, immunology, oncology and infectious diseases and vaccines.   They spoke about recent product approvals, the strength of the pharmaceuticals pipeline in these areas, and the geographic reach of the business, both in established markets and in emerging markets.   

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May 25th, 2011

A classroom is a classroom…?

From Michael Bzdak, Ph.D., Director, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions

As part of my work in global philanthropy, I occasionally have the privilege to visit some of our partners to experience their reality and to understand their challenges.  A couple of weeks ago, a small group from Johnson & Johnson spent a few hours at Nyumbani Village in rural Kenya. Nyumbani Village http://www.nyumbani.org/village_need.htm is a self-sustaining community designed to serve orphans and adults who have been affected by the HIV pandemic.  The Village, a three-hour drive from Nairobi, provides a family-like setting for orphaned children under the care of elderly adults. According to their web site, the Village seeks “to ensure that the children receive love, sustenance, health-care, holistic education and culture transfer, aiming at their physical, psychosocial and spiritual development, and, at the same time, providing holistic care and support for the grandparents in their later years.”

In advance of our visit,  I made a request to spend some time in the classroom (see above photo). I was thrilled to be able to teach in the equivalent of a ninth-grade English class where the students were learning the nuances of the English language.  Although a far cry from the “smart classrooms” of our New Jersey schools, the classroom at Nyumbani was a simple but powerful learning environment. 

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May 19th, 2011

EARTHWARDS (TM): Moving toward a Healthy Future – Continuous Greener Improvements on Our Products

From Ann Lee-Jeffs, Manager, Worldwide Environmental Health & Safety Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson

As a product steward at Johnson & Johnson, I’m constantly thinking about the environmental impact of products whether I’m shopping at the mall or picking up groceries at the supermarket. It’s more than just my job – it’s become a part of my life.

At Johnson & Johnson, we recognize the importance of caring for the environment as do our consumers. Given this, in 2009, Johnson & Johnson introduced EARTHWARDS™, a process that helps the product teams at our operating companies assess the environmental and social impacts across a product’s full life cycle and the work to reduce those impacts. The process also celebrates greener product successes, and enables brand teams to evaluate potential environmental claims with a clear set of information.

To be considered for EARTHWARDS™ designation, a product must achieve a greater than 10 percent improvement in at least three of the seven areas below:

  • Materials used
  • Packaging reduction
  • Energy reduction
  • Waste reduction
  • Water reduction
  • Positive social impact or benefit
  • Product innovation

To evaluate each of these areas, a proprietary scorecard was developed in 2009, in partnership with a leading sustainability and product stewardship consulting firm using information from stakeholder interviews and best practices from other leading companies.

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May 18th, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day

It’s National Employee Health and Fitness Day, and our Johnson & Johnson Health Channel on YouTube is featuring a video on keeping our employees healthy and engaged. In the video, Mary, Kanit and Supatra — two current Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees and one former employee — talk about how they use company facilities and groups to stay active and healthy.

This is nothing new for Johnson & Johnson. Employee health and wellness has been a pretty big part of what we do as a company for most of our 125 year history. We formed a medical center for employees in the early 1900s and provided educational materials on healthy living. We even had a pool early on in the Company’s history. A variety of company sports teams have been winning (and losing every now and then) over the course of the past 125 years, including basketball and even bowling. 

A few years ago, Dr. Fik Isaac wrote a post for JNJ BTW that talked about the importance of keeping Johnson & Johnson employees healthy. In it he wrote: “The bottom line is that our health and wellness programs are considered an investment in the health of both employees AND the corporation.

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May 18th, 2011

Update on Friends in Far Places

From Mark Krajnak, Manager, Corporate Communications, Johnson & Johnson

In a JNJ BTW post a couple of months ago, Sharon D’Agostino, Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations, Johnson & Johnson, described what Johnson & Johnson was doing to provide aid to the people of Japan.

Since the March earthquake and tsunami, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Japan. Back in early January 2010, I visited the country while developing a story for the Johnson & Johnson annual report. As the focal point of that story, I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful young lady, Masako Yoshino. Yoshino-san lives in Urawkawa, a town in the Hokkaido region of northern Japan. From the Sapporo/New Chitose Airport, it was a three-hour van ride through small towns and winding highways along the coast to Urawkawa. And, having just come from temperate Tokyo, Urawkawa in January was downright cold, snowy and icy – so much so that the photo team started to refer to it as “Snowkkaido”.

Urawkawa is a small village and much of its daily life is centered on the nearby seas. Interestingly, though, Urakawa also is known as “the hometown of thoroughbreds” and produces some of Japan’s top racehorses.

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May 17th, 2011

It is With Mixed Emotions…

OK, ok, ok.   Enough with “corporate speak.”  Here’s the scoop:  After 14 years at Johnson & Johnson, I’ve made the difficult decision to leave the company and set up on my own as a consultant.  For details of my plans, you can follow me on my personal Twitter feed @MDMonseau.  

I’ve NEVER liked the cliched phrase “it is with mixed emotions”  that starts almost every internal memo that’s distributed when someone moves on to another job.  But as someone who is doing just that, I have to admit there is truth in those overused words:  although it’s hard to leave so many good friends and colleagues, I’m also excited about the future — for both me and for my friends at Johnson & Johnson.

One reason I’m excited is that I’m handing over the day-to-day management of this blog and the corporate Twitter feed, @JNJComm, to my very capable colleagues.  They’ve been responsible for much that we have accomplished on the social web and I’m looking forward to seeing what they will do next. 

In my first post on JNJBTW way back in 2007, I explained how the company had to relearn how to listen and interact with people.

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May 11th, 2011

Thank a Nurse!

From Andrea Higham, Director, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future

Nurses are truly amazing.  They make up a profession which is one of the most challenging, but they do it with skill, grace and professionalism. They serve as society’s caregivers and are basically the backbone of healthcare in this country. The level of care, comfort and support nurses provide to patients (and their families) is simply unsurpassed. And quite frequently it’s the nurse who patients remember most fondly about their entire healthcare experience. Good nursing really does make a difference!

Although I’m not a nurse, I’ve been so fortunate to personally and professionally work with this noble profession as part of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

According to recent data, enrollments in nursing schools are up, which is very encouraging! This is certainly due, in part, to the hundreds of partnerships that the Campaign has been fortunate enough to be involved in over the last few years.

Since 2002, the Campaign has attracted more than 750,000 men and women to discover nursing and enter the profession. We’ve distributed more than 30 million pieces of recruitment materials in English and Spanish, including brochures, posters and videos, to many junior high schools, career centers and community health centers, as well as to every high school, nursing school, hospital and nursing organization in the country.

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