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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April 4th, 2012

Johnson & Johnson Recognized with Five 2012 Telly Awards


From Ray Jordan, Corporate Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, Johnson & Johnson

The results of the 2012 Telly Awards were recently announced and I’m proud to say that Johnson & Johnson has earned five Telly Awards for video, including two Silver Awards.  The Telly Awards highlight the best in film and video productions, web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.

Here’s what we were recognized for:

Our 125th anniversary history video, Our History, Our Mission earned a Silver Telly Award, as did our 125th Anniversary timeline video from our anniversary celebrations last year.  Our ennTV World AIDS Day Special, a recent video highlighting LATISM Sustainable Development, and a video about our participation in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals earned Bronze Telly Awards.

I want to congratulate our J&J team members and partners who put so much of their enthusiasm and effort into telling the stories in each video.  I’m posting each video here so you can see the work that went into these productions, and the kinds of stories we’ve been telling through video.

Our History, Our Mission:



ennTV World AIDS Day Special Edition:


LATISM Sustainable Development:


UN Millennium Development Goals:


125th Anniversary timeline video:


As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  In that spirit, we’ve always made video an integral part of our communication with our employees and with the public.  That’s especially true in many of our social media efforts as well.  The Johnson & Johnson Health Channel on YouTube is a key piece of our social media footprint, and we use video on our blogs and on our Facebook network to help us tell our stories.  We recently launched ennTV, a short video program for employees everyone at Johnson & Johnson can share with their friends and family.

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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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March 14th, 2012

Our 2011 Annual Report is Out – And It’s Now on Video Too!

The 2011 Johnson & Johnson Annual Report is out today and — as the hard copy version makes its way to our shareholders through the mail — I wanted to share the online versions with everyone.  This year, in addition to providing the online digital version of our Annual Report, we also produced a video overview for the first time.  So anyone interested in our Annual Report can read it in print, browse through it online and watch highlights from it on video.  And by the way (or should I say BTW?), the employee who’s hosting our ennTV special Annual Report edition is the person who managed the production of the Annual Report.  As you might imagine, planning and producing an Annual Report is a massive undertaking, but it’s one that’s approached with enthusiasm at Johnson & Johnson because of the opportunity to tell stories about what our employees have been working on around the world –work that carries forward our now 126-year old tradition of caring for people.

Our 2011 Annual Report illustrates the ways in which Johnson & Johnson continues to bring meaningful innovation to patients and customers worldwide.  During 2011, our 125th anniversary year, the Company strengthened its product portfolios, addressed health care needs around the world, and advanced its product pipelines, which today are some of the best in the industry.  Some of the highlights of this year’s report are a look at scientists in Janssen Research & Development and Crucell organizations who believe there are no limits to what science can do; features on patients in South Africa, the U.S., Germany and England who are all leading healthier lives because of innovations brought to market by Johnson & Johnson operating companies; a look at Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees in Japan who, after last year’s earthquake and tsunami, worked tirelessly to re-establish support and supplies to the patients and families who were in need of our products; and stories highlighting some of the community partners we work with to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of people around the world.

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March 7th, 2012

Addressing Shortage of High-Level Disinfectants in Tanzania


From Dan Scavilla, WW Vice President Finance,CFO  Advanced Sterilization Products

The reason I choose to work in the healthcare industry is the opportunity to help improve patient care and worker safety around the world, especially in developing countries where help is needed most. Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), the operating company I work for, focuses on products for infection prevention for patients and their families, healthcare workers, providers and communities. That’s why I am proud to share the news about how ASP is making a big difference in the country of Tanzania in eastern Africa.

Through the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions program, ASP has made a commitment to donate a supply of effective high-level disinfectant to Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania, for the next three years. This teaching hospital employs about 2,000 workers and serves a community of 14 million people, but due to frequent local shortages of high-level disinfectants for reprocessing medical instruments, the hospital has struggled to deliver timely patient procedures and ensure a safe work environment. In August 2011, in partnership with the AmeriCares humanitarian organization, ASP delivered the first of many shipments of donated CIDEX® Activated Dialdehyde Solution to help the hospital operate more efficiently and safely.

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March 1st, 2012

Let the Games Begin! The FIRST® Robotics Competition


Picture this: you’re in a high school gym with hundreds of other onlookers cheering loudly for a team of students. The teams battle against each other to get a basketball through a hoop. Teammates work together as the audience, clad in their team’s colors, scream encouragement.

Sounds like a high school basketball game, right? In fact, it’s the FIRST® Robotics Competition.

Each year, hundreds of students across the country compete in a varsity sport of the mind known as the FIRST Robotics competition. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” In the FIRST Robotics competition, teams of high school students work with mentors to design a robot to compete against other teams in regional and national competitions.

The FIRST organization was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to foster an interest and participation in science and technology. Kamen is the inventor of well known products such as the Segway. Since its founding, hundreds of thousands of students of all ages have competed in various FIRST competitions.

This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition, the Rebound Rumble Game, launched in early January. The task requires teams to build a robot that can put as many basketballs through hoops of various heights in a two minute and fifteen second match.

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