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June 14th, 2012

2012 Pacific Health Summit: Collaborating to Deliver Game Changers in Healthcare

 

From Wim Parys, Global Head, Infectious Diseases Therapeutic Area, Janssen R&D

This week, I had the opportunity to join a Johnson & Johnson delegation attending the Pacific Health Summit, to meet with global health leaders and discuss an important question facing all of us: how do we get appropriate technologies to the right people at the right price? The theme of this year’s Summit revolved around “Game Changers” — those innovations that make products and services as accessible and affordable for developing nations as they are in the developing world.

Dr. Paul Janssen, our company’s namesake, recognized that transformative healthcare solutions depend on “what’s new”.  Our collective challenge is to advance technological innovation in ways that balance reward, affordability for patients and uncompromising quality. To get there, innovation needs sustained nurturing, investors need compensation for the costs and risks of investing in R&D, and researchers need ways to identify, develop, and bring to market the most effective solutions.

That’s why collaboration is so important.  During the conference I spoke of our work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address neglected tropical diseases, our cooperation with the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) to support the development of microbicides to help women prevent sexual transmission of HIV, and our collaboration with the TB Alliance to develop the first new treatment for tuberculosis in more than 40 years.

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May 31st, 2012

New ennTV Episode: Sun Protection, Inspiring Innovation and Fitness Tips!

 

The new episode of ennTV  is out, with stories about your body, your brain and your skin.  The first story features a new skin cancer awareness program from our operating company Neutrogena Corporation.  As part of that program, when you buy a Neutrogena sunscreen product, they will donate one to a family in need to help protect people in the community from the type of sun exposure that can increase skin cancer risks.  The second story gives you a look inside TEDxJNJ  — it’s just like the famous TED talks, but this series is for Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees, to showcase and spur innovation.  And finally, Chris Jordan from our operating company the Human Performance Institute shows you an easy way to keep fit while travelling using exercise bands.  I’m definitely going to have to try that one!

Here’s the main episode:

And here are the individual stories with more information:

Neutrogena’s Skin Cancer Awareness Program:

TEDx Conferences at Johnson & Johnson:

Fitness Tips from Chris Jordan:

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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 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.  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

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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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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