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November 21st, 2007

So… what’s with the ear horn?

Since I started blogging in June, I’ve been learning a lot about the art of conversation. While I’ve been trying to find my voice to offer perspective on stories, I’m also hearing a lot from people who either agree with or disagree with me. I often feel like I’ve just crashed a cocktail party — as I barge into some fascinating conversations that have been going on for a while without me, I sometimes find that I not only have something to add but can also leave with some useful nugget from that conversation to use elsewhere.

I’m not alone — and talking to my historian colleague Margaret, I get the impression that this really isn’t all that new. When Johnson & Johnson started back in 1886, conversations occurred all the time between the company, its customers and the community. We’ve both found that blogs can be a way for us to go back to the future to reengage with people and hear what we’ve been missing. And I’m delighted to have been joined by some of my colleagues at Johnson & Johnson in more recent postings on JNJBTW.

Alas. Though we’re trying, we still have to get better at listening.

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September 25th, 2007

Sharing the Learning Curve

I have only been a part of Johnson & Johnson since the beginning of the year, and so I get questions from my friends and family all the time about what it is like now to be working at Johnson & Johnson, “the baby company.” This question is usually followed by a request for baby lotions, beauty products or Band-Aid Brand adhesive bandages.

It can be a steep learning curve coming into Johnson & Johnson and getting up to speed on its many businesses, but as I learn things I hope to share some of my observations with you. I want to provide a voice on JNJBTW that brings a bit of an “outsider’s” perspective.

Johnson & Johnson is no different than most companies in the fact it faces sizable business challenges every day. For example, as a health care company with a pharmaceuticals business, we have to deal with how to replace significant revenues from drugs that will be going off patent and how to handle unprecedented reimbursement challenges for drugs like erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (speaking of my learning curve…).

There is a healthy curiosity and a natural skepticism in the marketplace about how companies, including Johnson & Johnson, can overcome such challenges.

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April 23rd, 2015

Voting Results from Johnson & Johnson’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

By Doug Chia, Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Johnson & Johnson

April 23rd, 2015 – Today, Johnson & Johnson held its 127th Annual Meeting of Shareholders in New Brunswick, NJ, returning to the State Theatre, where our Annual Meeting was held back in 1989. (Our Kilmer House blog has a nice piece about the history of the Johnson & Johnson Annual Meeting.)

Here is a recap of the official business from today’s meeting, including preliminary voting results:

1) Election of Directors: All 11 Director nominees were elected to serve one-year terms on the Board of Directors with the support of over 95 percent of the votes cast.  Alex Gorsky (Chairman/CEO) received the support of 96.6 percent.  A full list of our Board members, including their biographies, can be found in the Corporate Governance section of the investor.jnj.com website.

2) Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation: In this advisory vote, our shareholders approved the company’s executive compensation philosophy, policies and procedures and the compensation of the executive officers named in the 2015 Proxy Statement with the support of 95.1 percent of the votes cast.

3) Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm: Our shareholders approved the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to serve as our independent auditors for fiscal 2015 with the support of 98.8 percent of the votes cast.

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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.”

Class-of-2015

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.

Al-Mays-First-Tee

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 26th, 2015

#MuseumWeek and the Importance of Heritage

By Margaret Gurowitz, Chief Historian, Johnson & Johnson

#MuseumWeekThis week, thousands of museums and their fans across the world are celebrating #Museum Week. It’s an opportunity to use social media to engage people and get them excited about museums. Johnson & Johnson is proud to participate this year for the first time.

As the chief historian for Johnson & Johnson – and as a lifelong museum nerd – it’s not difficult to get me started on talking about the rich history of Johnson & Johnson and about our museum.   Since Johnson & Johnson was founded in 1886, our company has advanced health care and helped shape the modern world through innovations such as helping make surgery sterile, the first commercial first aid kits (1888) and first aid manuals (1901), trusted consumer products and maternal and child health kits to make childbirth safer (1894), the first premade commercial dressing for small wounds (1921), breakthrough medicines, community programs and much, much more.  Understanding our history is one of the best ways to understand Johnson & Johnson and the values that guide our company.

But our heritage is more than just a look back at the past: it’s a look at our present and future too.

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March 25th, 2015

The Yin and Yang of Technology and Healthcare

By Kris Sterkens, Company Group Chairman, Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific

Earlier this month in Singapore, I had the privilege of speaking at the Healthcare Innovation Summit Asia, an annual event that evaluates the value of technology in improving health outcomes for our region. Both science and technology continue to have a positive impact on our lives while converging on so many levels, so it was a valuable opportunity to explore how this interconnectivity can deliver innovative solutions that address unmet medical needs.

Big Data is enabling our industry to process large amounts of unstructured data more efficiently than ever before, which is allowing our researchers to more quickly identify connections, causes and effects. We’re also seeing more opportunities with wearable devices to help patients manage chronic diseases. In Australia, we are partnering with a local company on the development of a wearable device to help predict falls in the elderly before they occur. As well as helping patients, this has the potential to reduce the enormous annual cost burden for injuries that are caused by falls in Australia.

But in an era defined by profound technological advances, the practice of medicine remains an art as well as a science.

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