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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.  In addition, we announced that Johnson & Johnson will raise the quarterly dividend to shareholders for the 50th consecutive year.

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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.  She may need money for transportation to get to the clinic for her antenatal checkups.

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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.  (Or Forfeit Freedom, by Robert Wood Johnson, Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York, 1947, pp.

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April 19th, 2012



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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April 9th, 2012

It’s almost time for TEDMED!

Tomorrow, more than a thousand “thinkers and doers” will gather in Washington, D.C., for TEDMED, a forum designed to help fuel passion, spark creativity and generate ideas that will define the future of health and medicine.   TED – which stands for technology, entertainment, design – is known for being a catalyst for innovation and a place where diverse thoughts and unique thinkers can come together to make true breakthroughs.  For three days, April 10-13, 2012, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be filled with a host of luminaries and big thinkers from a variety of disciplines.  You can read more about presenters, attendees and program highlights at the conference website.

Johnson & Johnson is proud to be a major sponsor of TEDMED this year and we’re gearing up to showcase some of our most innovative projects and inspiring leaders, all focused on the question: how can we partner to change the world? Some of things we’re most excited to share include:

  • Interactive experiences that simulate some of the challenges of diseases like schizophrenia or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Conversations with Dr. Scott Ratzan of our Global Health and Government Affairs & Policy team about how greater health literacy could help more people access and understand their health information to make better health decisions
  • Discussions about new frontiers in neuroscience research with Dr.

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April 6th, 2012

World Health Day 2012: Advancing Alzheimer’s Disease Research through Collaboration


By Paul Stoffels, MD, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals

Each year on April 7th, the World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day.  This year’s focus is on aging and health, which includes diseases and conditions that affect aging populations, such as Alzheimer’s disease.  In recognition of that focus, I wanted to share some of the work that Johnson & Johnson is doing and the partnerships we are engaged in to make progress against this disease.

This is a critical time for people facing Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  Approximately 31 million men and women worldwide have this devastating brain disease and estimated costs associated with treatment and care through 2050 are $20 trillion. Yet delaying the onset by as little as five years would reduce this cost to society by a third.  The emotional toll of Alzheimer’s is devastating.  AD is second only to cancer as the most feared health condition in the United States.

Progress in Alzheimer’s disease research during the past decade is culminating in a significant body of knowledge that could lead to earlier, more accurate detection of the disease and ways to slow its progression and possibly even prevent it. This scientific window of opportunity is prompting a diverse group of experts in AD to work together on unique ways to harness this new knowledge.

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April 5th, 2012

ennTV Episode 9: A Collaboration to Address Health Challenges, and Robots!

The new episode of ennTV is out today, hosted by my colleague Carol Goodrich.  These stories include  an interview with Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals about Johnson & Johnson’s collaborative partnerships to control or eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and a look at the FIRST® Robotics Competition through the eyes of The Mighty Monkey Wrenches, one of the high school FIRST® Robotics teams that’s mentored by  Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees.  Here’s the main episode:

And here are the individual segments:

J&J Engineers Mentor FIRST Robotics Student Competition



J&J, WHO Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)



Stay tuned to JNJBTW for an upcoming post from Nicola Teves, the captain of the Mighty Monkey Wrenches (who was interviewed in this episode of ennTV), about the ways that being a member of a FIRST® Robotics team has made a difference in her life.

As always, please feel free to share ennTV stories on your social networks and leave us a comment below to tell us what you think.

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March 22nd, 2012

World Water Day


Today (March 22) is World Water Day.  It has been observed since 1993, when March 22 was designated as World Water Day by the United Nations General Assembly.   Every World Water Day, citizens are reminded to think about how important water is to every living being on the planet; to follow a healthier, more sustainable diet; and to try to limit their water use to help conserve this most precious of natural resources.  In addition, many parts of the world face a crisis in water accessibility, sanitation and hygiene, and they lack access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation.

Johnson & Johnson and the Raritan River, circa 1900

With the Raritan River on our doorstep in New Brunswick since 1886, Johnson & Johnson has always been conscious of the importance of water.  The Raritan was one of the reasons that our founders located Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick 126 years ago.  And a century ago, our employees volunteered their time to work for cleaner, healthier water for the citizens of New Brunswick.  Way back in 1947, decades before other business leaders were thinking about sustainability, Robert Wood Johnson, our Chairman and CEO at that time, wrote   “In producing vast quantities of goods, we must see to it that natural resources are not depleted at an excessive rate… Water supplies must also be protected, whether they lie at the surface or beneath the ground.”  (Or Forfeit Freedom, by Robert Wood Johnson, Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York, 1947, p.

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March 21st, 2012

JNJBTW Follow Wednesday


To celebrate the fact that it’s now officially Spring (despite the fact that it’s cloudy and cool today in New Jersey where our World Headquarters is located), we decided to get a little bit crazy on JNJBTW and do a Follow Wednesday post instead of a Follow Friday post.

So here’s a mid-week look at what’s going on in and around the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.  As mentioned a few posts ago, our 2011 Annual Report is out, and this time it’s in three formats:  the traditional print format that we’ve been doing since 1944, the online digital version and now a video highlights version on ennTV.  The first highlight story is here, and as more come out over the course of 2012, we’ll post them on the blog.

Tech Crunch posted about a recent Johnson & Johnson announcement that’s been in the news:  Index Launches Its First Life Sciences Fund: $200M And Partnering With Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson  Bloomberg also has a story.  The Pharmalot blog has an interview with Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, with the Johnson & Johnson perspective behind the announcement.

Over on the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood section, Tina Sharkey, Chairman and Global President, BabyCenter LLC,  has a post called Giving New And Expecting Moms Power In The Palm Of Their Hands.

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March 19th, 2012

FIRST Robotics: A Family Experience


From Stephen Cosgrove, Corporate Controller, Johnson & Johnson

My son joined his high school’s FIRST® Robotics team as a freshman in 2000. He had always shown an interest in mechanical and technical things, and joining FIRST seemed like a perfect fit.

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” The organization works to foster an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, including through events such as their FIRST Robotics Competition. In the FIRST Robotics Competition, students work with mentors and community sponsors to design and build a robot that will compete against other FIRST teams during regional and national events.

For four years, I watched as my son worked with his teammates and mentors to tackle each year’s competition with enthusiasm. From developing a concept to building a robot to competing, the students actively worked to think creatively and problem solve. Over the course of each build season, the team members grew in self-confidence and knowledge.

I was lucky enough to join the team on trips to some of the events all over the United States and offer advice and feedback as they worked to build their robots. Their alliance even won the national championships one year!

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