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November 13th, 2012

Life for a Child: A Year in the Life of a Contribution.

In recognition of World Diabetes Day, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies made an announcement yesterday about a commitment from LifeScan, supply one million test strips and encourage support for International Diabetes Federation’s “Life for a Child”  program.

Following is a blog post from Charles Renfroe, Director of Diabetes Advocacy & Alliances, Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies, about the program.






On Wednesday, November 14, the world commemorates World Diabetes Day on the birthday of Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin more than 90 years ago. While a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) continues to elude us for the time being, no one denies that technological advances since the discovery of insulin in 1921 have saved countless lives and made life better and easier for those who not only survive, but thrive with T1D. While research and development continue to bring life-saving technologies and medicines to market, the importance of making essential medicines, especially insulin, widely available to those who need them around the world, cannot be underestimated.

Thousands of children in the developing world are suffering and facing death because they do not have access to treatment. One small but growing program of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is working tirelessly to save the children of the world who are living with T1D. Life for a Child, with the help of grants, corporate support and individual donations, distributes life-saving insulin to 10,000 children in 39 developing countries around the world.

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November 6th, 2012

Recovering From Hurricane Sandy

by Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson extends our heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  We have been deeply committed to the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York region for more than 125 years.  And today, we remain focused and united in helping people and communities stabilize and return to normal in the aftermath of this unprecedented natural disaster.

Following are some examples of the ways we’re helping care for our customers, our communities and our employees:

Supporting our customers

Against difficult odds, employees throughout North America have been working to ensure that our customers have the products they need. Whether they are in distribution centers or the field, Johnson & Johnson employees have worked tirelessly to supply hospitals, pharmacies and retailers with what their patients and customers need.

We continue to assess potential customer needs for all of our products — medicines, medical devices, consumer healthcare, first aid, etc.  — and address contingencies to ensure that customers and patient needs are being met in the affected areas and across our global supply chain.

At this point, we have not experienced any supply interruptions and our medical products continue to flow to the customers, patients and health care facilities that need them.

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November 2nd, 2012

LATISM ’12 – Muy Bueno!

We’re back from Houston, y’all!  Last week, we spent two fun and rewarding days at the LATISM ’12 conference in Houston, TX.  We were delighted to return as a sponsor of this conference, and as always, we received a warm and wonderful welcome from the attendees and leaders.  There is a special vibe at LATISM and we are honored to be part of la familia.

Bloggers and visitors, including Jeannette Kaplun (center) learned about our products, our philanthropic programs, and our partners such as Save the Children, Pro Mujer and Text4Baby.

This year, our theme at the conference was about using social media for social good – specifically to support global motherhood.  After arriving in Houston, we started setting up our suite, where attendees came to learn about our philanthropic work to help mothers and babies around the world.  Visitors could view photos in our gallery and read about many of our projects, as well as talk to our partners, Save the Children, Pro Mujer and Text4Baby about their programs.  We also invited visitors to share stories about what inspires them to care and to add a piece to our JOHNSON’S® Baby lotion puzzle.  The comments we received were touching and heartfelt, with many visitors sharing emotional stories and telling us how much they learned about Johnson & Johnson’s work.

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October 23rd, 2012

Introducing the Healthy Project

From Dr. Jack Groppel, Ph.D., co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, and Vice President of Applied Science and Performance Training at Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company.


Today I joined a number of my colleagues at Johnson & Johnson and some of our partner organizations in New York City to introduce The Healthy Project.  What’s The Healthy Project?  It’s a movement to demonstrate how anyone, anywhere can make a change for themselves, their neighbors, their family or their community to become and stay healthy.

The world has become increasingly unhealthy.  Sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition and stress are all contributing factors to this change, and it’s compounded by anxiety and limited access to basic health information, so that the solutions frequently overwhelm rather than inspire.  The result is that people have stopped listening and taking action to improve their health.  The Healthy Project is a way to help change that.

One of those changes will be accomplished by activating healthy communities – through programs like the Johnson & Johnson Gateway to a Healthy Community ™ – Healthier Kids program, a community partnership to get children moving to help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity in our cities.  The second way is by activating healthy personal empowerment through digital platforms that provide health information and remind people about doctor visits, taking medication and more.  And the third way is to activate behavior change and healthy approaches to wellness and human performance through personalized digital health coaching, energy management training,  and other innovative programs.

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October 18th, 2012

We Got Mail! … About Sustainable Palm Oil?

Leaves of Gratitude

By Paulette Frank, Vice President of Sustainability and EH&S, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

Remember when you were little, and how excited you felt when a piece of mail arrived and it was actually for you? And the bigger the envelope, the more exciting it was? Every once in awhile, a piece of mail arrives that brings back that feeling of wonder and excitement. I received a piece of mail like that a few weeks ago, at my office.

It was a big, yellow envelope from the Philadelphia Zoo. The Philadelphia Zoo sent us mail?! Inside the package, there was a cardboard tree and a smaller envelope filled with colorful paper leaves. Each leaf had a message from a child who had visited the zoo and decided to say “thank you” to Johnson & Johnson for caring about orangutans. Caring about orangutans?! What could the Philadelphia Zoo, Johnson & Johnson and orangutans possibly have in common? Turns out, that would be something called palm oil.

At Johnson & Johnson, we use ingredients like soap chips, surfactants, emollients and emulsifiers, that are derived from palm oil in many of our personal care products. And much of the world’s palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia where orangutans live.

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October 16th, 2012

CleanMed Europe 2012: Sustainability’s Promise for Business Opportunity and Healthcare Change

Momchil Jelev
Policy Assistant, WW Environment, Health & Safety, WW Government Affairs & Policy


When we speak about healthcare in Europe, the word ‘sustainability’ is used often. From the outset of the economic crisis in 2008, policymakers, ministries of health, customers and payers all have focused on sustainable financial systems and sustainable healthcare systems – often as separate paths to achieve results. As budgets are shrinking, innovative ways to maintain current social and healthcare systems for the long term must be employed. As I attended CleanMed Europe recently, I was pleased to see that a broader alternative discussion is emerging- one that marries financial and systemic sustainability in healthcare.

Pictured from left to right: Momchil Jelev, Phil Dahlin, Keith Sutter, Gary Cohen, Erol Odabasi, Al Iannuzzi

This year, CleanMed returned to Europe for the first time since 2005. As a sponsor, Johnson & Johnson and SterilMed were pleased to attend the conference hosted in Malmo, Sweden and talk with our customers and colleagues about the ways in which we are helping to make hospitals and healthcare more sustainable. We also shared a recently-published whitepaper based on recent findings, which revealed that our customers across the globe have begun and will continue to demand more sustainable healthcare products.

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October 10th, 2012

Breaking the Chains of Stigma Around Mental Illness

By Husseini K. Manji, MD, Global Head, Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, Janssen Research & Development, LLC

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day that according to the World Health Organization “raises public awareness about mental health issues…promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.” To me, it also is a reminder of the work that still must be done. At Janssen, we believe in the power of recovery from mental illness, and we know that recovery is possible only with appropriate treatment. To spark the process of recovery there has to be public recognition that brain disorders are treatable and there must be no shame and no stigma attached.

That is why Janssen Research & Development partnered with Museum Dr. Guislain, a Belgian mental health museum earlier this year, to sponsor and present the inaugural Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award. The Award honors the legacy of Dr. Joseph Guislain (1797-1860), the first Belgian psychiatrist to provide scientifically-based treatment for patients with mental illness, and a staunch patient advocate. The award is an important component of the Janssen and Johnson & Johnson Healthy Minds initiative, which aims to encourage collaboration among biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and public-sector partners to accelerate the discovery of new therapeutic solutions for diseases and disorders of the brain, as well as support the mental health community and various advocacy organizations and projects.

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October 2nd, 2012

In Memory of James E. Burke

We are saddened this week by the news that former Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO James E. Burke passed away on Friday, September 28. Mr. Burke was an extraordinary leader and a testament to all that we stand for as a company.
Please join us in remembering and honoring Mr. Burke and the contributions he made to Johnson & Johnson and to the world. Johnson & Johnson paid tribute today with this advertisement in several major U.S. newspapers:

To learn more about Mr. Burke and his career, please read our news release and our post on the Kilmer House blog.

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October 2nd, 2012

A Young Science Journalist’s Impressions on the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award

By Bob Hackett, Science Journalism Intern at Janssen R&D

I read in the theme of this year’s Dr. Paul Janssen AwardThe Power of Science to Change the World—an unwritten corollary; how apparently small things can disproportionately impact the large.  Science brims with underdogs.  And science progresses through the dust clouds they leave in their wake.

Left to right: Dr. Gary Ruvkun and Dr. Victor Ambros

2012 winners holding their respective Dr. Paul Janssen Awards

So it was with this year’s winners.  Dr. Victor Ambros and Dr. Gary Ruvkun co-discovered micro-RNAs, a class of miniature molecules, essential to life (human included), by looking inside unwitting, minuscule roundworms known as Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans for short), a nematode.  Micro-RNAs are, as their name suggests, tiny.  Typically only twenty-one nucleotides long.  (Coincidentally, as many letters as are in “Caenorhabditis elegans”.)  Yet scientists believe micro-RNAs to be central regulators of gene expression and development—essential to our every breath, movement, sight, sleep, digestion, cognition.  Without them life is jeopardized and abnormalities abound.  So small yet so vital.

My love for science stems from such underdogs.  The micro-molecules, the mini-worms, the first few researchers who devote themselves to poking around inside…

If you wonder why a company like Janssen would be interested in such arcane science, it is because Dr.

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September 12th, 2012

Finding Support When Facing Serious Illness

By Denise Sitarik, RN, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.

In her book Illness as Metaphor Susan Sontag wrote that “everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick…[and] sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”

It’s true that we all want to remain permanent citizens in the world of good health, but at some point we all face illness, whether our own or that of a loved one. As a registered nurse, I know first-hand the challenges patients experience when they are diagnosed with a chronic illness:  physical pain and discomfort, fatigue, fear, and anxiety.  I have seen the physical and emotional toll chronic illness takes on patients, caregivers and their families and the tremendous energy required to deal with the day-to-day difficulties of illness. There is also the challenge of navigating the complexity of the US healthcare system. The sudden dependence on family and friends and the worry that comes from the financial impact of illness can be overwhelming.

At the Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (JJPAF), we try to help with the burden of chronic illness by assisting patients who meet eligibility requirements to get medicines they need.

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