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May 8th, 2015

Innovating New Approaches for Compassionate Use Requests

By Joanne Waldstreicher, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Amrit Ray, Chief Medical Officer, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Patients with serious illnesses and their families who have run out of treatment options and do not qualify for clinical trials need to know that their requests for compassionate access to investigational medicines have been treated in as thoughtful and objective manner as possible. We understand the importance of making medicines available to people in urgent need, and have worked in the past to try to grant pre-approval access to medicines when appropriate for patients with no other treatment options. These decisions present some of the most difficult challenges for many reasons, including the limited information on safety and efficacy we often have early in development, and since supplies of investigational medicines are often limited while they are still being developed. With such important decisions, we believe that there is a continued need to ensure that we are as objective and as thoughtful as possible. As physicians, it is inspiring to see innovation in science offering such great potential for patients.

As an extension of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) long-standing commitment to the highest standards of scientific and ethical decision-making, we are announcing a first of its kind partnership between J&J and the New York University School of Medicine to obtain independent review of individual compassionate use requests for access to investigational medicines.

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May 6th, 2015

J&J CEO Gorsky Thanks Nurses in Huffington Post Op-Ed

In honor of National Nurses Week, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky wrote a column for the Huffington Post about the ongoing shortage of nurses in the United States.

“Nurses are true superheroes,” he says, “working to meet society’s greatest challenge — health care. National Nurses Week (May 6-12) allows our nation to officially recognize these incredible individuals and say thank you.”

Please read Alex’s blog on the Huffington Post

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April 30th, 2015

2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award Winners Continue to Make an Impact, Named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential List

By Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson

Annually, TIME magazine publishes a list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World, recognizing pioneers, titans, artists, leaders, and icons for their influence and contributions during the prior year. Earlier this month, TIME unveiled its 12th annual list, which included the winners of the 2014 Dr. Paul Jansen Award for Biomedical Research, Drs. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. We were thrilled to see last year’s Award winners recognized on this prestigious list!

Dr. Paul Janssen Award Winners

L to R: Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Stoffels, Drs. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky

Johnson & Johnson honored Drs. Charpentier and Doudna last year for their discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 method of genetic editing, considered one of the most significant breakthroughs in molecular biology in the past decade. This new DNA editing strategy has led to a substantial leap in scientists’ ability to manipulate genetic processes and holds promise for significantly advancing drug development. As Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels said, “The work of Drs. Charpentier and Doudna has the potential to make a significant impact on human health, which is the very heart of Dr.

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April 29th, 2015

J&J and the 21st Century Working Family

By Peter Fasolo, Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources and Lisa Blair Davis, Vice President, International Total Reward and Global Benefits

At Johnson & Johnson, we are firmly committed to living Our Credo. A key tenet of this is to respect the dignity of our employees, foster a workplace culture of health and provide equal opportunity for everyone. This focus on diversity and inclusion makes us a more caring company, and enables our people to truly come together to solve the world’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

To that end, we are thrilled about the announcement we made this morning: a significant upgrade to our parental leave policy in the United States. Starting May 1st, all new parents – maternal, paternal, and adoptive – will have the opportunity to take eight weeks of paid leave during the first year of the family’s birth or adoption.

JNJParentalLeaveThis new policy is in addition to our current leave policies, which means moms who give birth can take up to 17 paid weeks off. The time doesn’t need to be taken consecutively, so our people can enjoy some much-needed flexibility during such a critical time in their lives. We’re also making it retroactive for employees who became parents on or after May 2014.

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April 22nd, 2015

Today’s Dreams for Tomorrow’s Nurses

By Andrea Higham, Senior Director, Corporate Equity, Johnson & Johnson

Earlier this month, the nurses of tomorrow brought their energy and enthusiasm for the profession to Phoenix for the 63rd Annual National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) convention. With a membership of 60,000, NSNA is the largest organization for students enrolled in associate, baccalaureate, diploma, and generic graduate nursing programs in the U.S. The convention brings together thousands of student nurses, faculty, and nursing leaders from across the country who look to foster their educational and professional development, and in the case of this year’s convention theme, seek out “bright horizons and rise to new opportunities.”


Since the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future began in 2002, we’ve been fully committed to support of tomorrow’s nurses, our nursing students. The Campaign contributes more than $500k annually to U.S. nursing scholarships and grant programs. And through “The Promise of Nursing” galas, the Campaign joins with local healthcare organizations, hospitals and schools to raise funds to support local nursing programs and students in their communities. Since these first began, we’ve hosted over 30 galas and these events have raised more than $19M. These galas are a wonderful way for us to work directly with a region’s healthcare community and leverage together the goals of the Campaign, strengthen healthcare and support students.

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April 17th, 2015

Raising Brain Injury Awareness

By Dr. Husseini Manji, Global Head, Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development

Editor’s Note: This weekend the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area at Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, is hosting the 32nd Annual  Johnson & Johnson International Hockey Tournament, an event that supports education, awareness and research efforts into traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Janssen Hockey trophy

Photo Credit: Mark Krajnak

When we hear the word “concussion,” hockey clashes and car crashes often spring to mind.  Rightly so, but concussions and traumatic brain injuries can occur in a variety of other circumstances: when a child gets hurt in a ballgame, an elderly person falls, or an explosion injures a soldier.

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries occur when a blow, violent jolt or penetration to the head disrupts brain function. According to the CDC’s Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury Epidemiology and Rehabilitation, in one year in the U.S., traumatic brain injuries resulted in 50,000 deaths and 2.2 million emergency room visits. According to American Academy of Neurology, more than one million men and women athletes in the U.S. experience a concussion annually.

But the statistics tell only a fraction of the story. The neurological effects of head injuries have the potential to set in motion behavioral, emotional and physical disabilities.

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April 15th, 2015

Being the Spark that Ignites Innovation

Editor’s Note: At Johnson & Johnson, we occasionally like to share an ‘inside out’ perspective about our company and our employees. Recently, Martin Madden, Vice President of Research & Development and Innovation for Global Surgery, spoke at the Johnson & Johnson Global Surgery Research & Development Conference, an annual meeting of hundreds of colleagues who work in Global Surgery around the world. With the theme ‘Ignite Innovation,’ this meeting maintains a tradition that had taken place for nearly 70 years. We invite you to read excerpts of Martin’s remarks about how igniting innovation enhances our ability to address the needs of the patients we serve.

Martin’s remarks:

Welcome to Global Surgery Innovation Day 2015! Let’s talk for a minute about this year’s theme: Igniting Innovation. The theme speaks to so many elements of what we do. Historically, much of the Innovation we foster happens over the course of time.  Our internal teams work closely with our physician partners to enhance and improve upon our products and technology platforms. This step-wise approach to innovation is a significant driver of growth. Most important, it is a major enabler in our ability to advance our portfolio and address the evolving needs of the patients we are all so privileged to serve.

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April 9th, 2015

Five Questions for Know Your Value Creator Mika Brezezinski

Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson is a proud sponsor of the Know Your Value tour, a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth in business and in life, based on the book, Knowing Your Value by best-selling author and Co-host of Morning Joe, Mika Brezezinski. J&J recently spoke with Mika to find out more about her book, her tour, and the Know Your Value movement.

Mika Brezezinski

Q: What led you to start the Know Your Value movement? 

A: This message is personal for me. It took me 25 years to understand that I played a role in quantifying my success. For too many years, I let others do the talking and made the same mistakes time and time again. Over the past five years, I have been studying and writing about this in my books including Knowing Your Value as well as my upcoming book Grow Your Value. I have drawn from the most important voices on this topic. Through all of this, I’ve made significant changes in my own life as well which I look forward to sharing with all of you.

Q: Why do women in particular seem to lose their voice when it comes to advocating for themselves at work and in life?

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April 2nd, 2015

The First Tee Helps Lead Youth to a Brighter Future

Editor’s Note: As part of its longstanding commitment to children, Johnson & Johnson is the first Legacy Partner of The First Tee. The First Tee provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Today, we shine a spotlight on several current and former Johnson & Johnson employees who have volunteered their time with The First Tee and have seen firsthand how its programs positively impact children.


It’s tee time and Johnson & Johnson retiree Alfred Mays is set to enjoy the hobby he’s picked up in retirement – just not with the foursome you might expect. As an assistant coach and mentor with The First Tee of Savannah in Georgia, Alfred’s time on the course is often spent with young people who are learning life skills and leadership through the game of golf.

“I clearly see kids who have much more confidence in school, out of school and in work environments, based on their experience interacting with adults in The First Tee,” says Alfred, who retired in 2006 after 37 years with Johnson & Johnson. “The kids grow by leaps and bounds when they see that somebody cares about them and shares what the values learned in golf might mean as they get older.”

With The First Tee, Alfred found an incredible opportunity to combine his passion for the game of golf with his professional experience.

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March 30th, 2015

In Motion at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting

By Michel Orsinger, Worldwide Chairman, Global Orthopaedics Group

I often say that the human body is meant to be in motion.

This week, the amazing technologies that make that possible, and the dedicated men and women who apply those technologies in orthopaedic surgery, were out in force at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). DePuy Synthes was proud to be there as the world’s largest and most comprehensive orthopaedics company.

Three essential components work to keep bodies in motion: innovative solutions, dedicated surgeons, and supportive healthcare systems. Our DePuy Synthes Value Proposition recognizes the importance of each of them.

We brought INNOVATION to the AAOS meeting in the form of new products like TFN Advanced™ Femoral Nailing System, an advanced surgical nail system that helps patients who have fractured their hips. But we know it takes innovation beyond products, too. For example, we introduced surgeons to CareSense, an application that can help track patients’ progress throughout the orthopaedic treatment cycle. Every day, we bring innovation to hospital systems as we work to address the needs of surgeons as well as the cost and outcomes goals of healthcare networks.

2015 American Academy of Ortho

DePuy Synthes booth displays at the 2015 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting

This is the largest global meeting of orthopaedic surgeons each year – thousands and thousands of surgeons, many from outside the United States, come to participate in education and networking, and to see the new advances the orthopaedic industry is developing.

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