March 26th, 2013

Recognizing Diabetes Alert Day: One Mother’s Personal and Professional Journey

By Kelsey Ginck, Global Fellow, Corporate Communication, Johnson & Johnson

In honor of American Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day “wake up call” for learning your risk of diabetes, I asked my mom about her journey with diabetes — from her diagnosis and how it influenced her decision to become a diabetes educator at LifeScan Animas, to how her experiences have shaped where she is today, both personally and professionally.

Check out the full post over at JNJParents:

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March 19th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson provides support to the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON)

By Kelsey Ginck, Corporate Communication Global Fellow at Johnson & Johnson, and Penn State Class of 2012.


One by one, numbers are lifted up until a final dollar sign is revealed and the THON 2013 total is greeted with screams and tears from thousands of student volunteers. The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) shattered its previous record by raising $12,374,034.46 for kids with cancer. Johnson & Johnson was one of the leading sponsors of THON 2013, as we have been for many years, sharing in Penn State’s dream of conquering pediatric cancer. This year, I was there too, and I’m proud to be part of both organizations who are so committed to this cause.




Photo Credit: WWW.THON.ORG

THON is one of the most difficult things to explain to someone who’s never seen it with their own eyes. In its most basic form, the Penn State Dance Marathon is a yearlong fundraising effort, that culminates in February with a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. All proceeds benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization affiliated with the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which provides families facing pediatric cancer with comfort and financial support. Students spend time with Four Diamonds Families, as they are affectionately called, throughout the year and invite them to the big celebration in February.

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March 14th, 2013

Supporting our Troops and Veterans: From Facebook to the Front Line

By Russell Clayton, National Chair of the Veterans Leadership Council and Senior Manager Supplier Governance,  Johnson  & Johnson Supply Chain


A few weeks ago Johnson & Johnson received a Facebook message from Donna McAndrews, a soldier currently serving overseas in Afghanistan. She wrote about the difficulties of women in uniform to feel feminine, explaining that supplies can be scarce. I didn’t hesitate when Donna requested a care package because, as a veteran, I remember how much those donations meant to my unit when we were overseas. It’s something you never forget. Thanks to the help of our Johnson & Johnson Veterans Leadership Council ( VLC) volunteers, we were able to send out five large (and heavy!) boxes full of Johnson & Johnson beauty and health care products to let these ladies know they have friends at Johnson & Johnson who care about them and appreciate their service.


The Veterans Leadership Council is one of ten Diversity and Inclusion employee resource groups at Johnson & Johnson. Our mission is to support Johnson & Johnson military and veteran associates and their families through a network of employee volunteers, who contribute their time outside of their regular job responsibilities. VLC programs focus on our three main pillars — people, community, and marketplace — by helping military members transition to civilian life, getting involved with our veteran communities, and bringing business value to Johnson & Johnson.

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February 19th, 2013

A New Milestone in the Journey Toward Sustainable Palm Oil

By Simon Perry, Sourcing Manager for Sustainable Palm Oil, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group

In the past, we’ve told you about Johnson & Johnson’s support of sustainable palm oil, like this blog post about our connection to a program at the Philadelphia Zoo. Although we are very small users overall of palm oil (less than 0.2% of the estimated 50 million tons produced a year) we take our responsibility to protect the environment and our natural resources very seriously. Now, we’re pleased to share with you the latest milestone in our journey to source palm oil sustainably, this time from another part of the world—Thailand.

As the Sourcing Manager for Sustainable Palm Oil within the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Family of Companies, I take pride in helping to drive our organization toward our commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil. So it was with great enthusiasm that I recently witnessed an important milestone in this journey, involving a group of 412 independent palm oil farmers in Thailand.

These farmers have been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which means that they now meet the RSPO standards for sustainable palm oil planting and production. They’re able to realize better prices from the mills, produce more and also improve the quality of the fruit by employing better agricultural management practices.

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February 13th, 2013

Distinct Innovation Model Sets Johnson & Johnson Apart

By: Michael McCaffrey, Senior Director, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Communication

Innovation is the lifeblood to success for any company competing in the healthcare industry.  When it comes to innovation, many healthcare companies have robust, longstanding processes that are highly standardized and easily repeatable over time.  However, many of these innovation processes have one shortcoming – they are often front loaded — ie, the bulk of attention is given to idea generation and refinement, with little or no upfront consideration to late stage elements like regulatory strategy, commercialization and access effects.  In a rush to market, this lack of foresight can lead to hasty decisions and a ‘push it through’ mentality resulting in poor launch execution and weaker than expected market performance.

At Johnson & Johnson we are focused on creating value through innovation.  We believe meaningful innovation derives from the insight and spirit of our employees, and their ability to anticipate and understand the needs of patients and what they value.  What’s truly unique about our innovation model is our insistence on early identification and development of downstream strategies to optimize everything from access to outcomes.  Our model is ‘end-to-end,’ meaning ingenuity is applied throughout the process of bringing innovation to market. 

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February 12th, 2013

Janssen Scientists Challenge Industry to Create Integrated Approaches to Healthcare Innovation

We’re pleased to share the news that a group of scientists and business leaders from our Janssen team, along with a professor from the Harvard Business School, co-authored a new commentary in the February issue of the journal Nature Reviews Drug Discovery that addresses integrated approaches to healthcare solutions. Husseini Manji, Global Head of Neuroscience at Janssen Research & Development and Michael Yang, President of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. are two of the Janssen authors.

The authors challenge the healthcare industry to expand its thinking beyond product-focused, “magic bullet” drug development and discuss the need for an integrated approach to patient care, including use of devices, tools and services to help a patient’s progress. They discuss, for example, how people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, are more likely to have better outcomes when they are involved in integrated care plans that involve more than a therapeutic and they look to a future when novel devices will help track and analyze patients’ progress.

This commentary, “Beyond magic bullets: true innovation in health care,” was published in the February 2013 issue of Nature Reviews Drug Discovery and is available here.

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January 23rd, 2013

Neglected Tropical Diseases – Not Neglected by Johnson & Johnson

By: Steven A. Silber, MD, Compound Developer Team Leader, Flubendazole

One of the things that make me proud to be a Johnson & Johnson employee is the commitment and dedication of every person here to do the best we can for patients…especially for the world’s most disadvantaged. I am grateful to be leading the team working to more effectively treat lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) and onchocerciasis (river blindness), two of the most debilitating tropical diseases in the developing world.

To quote a new report from Uniting to Combat NTDs, an initiative with which J&J is affiliated, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are “a group of infectious diseases that disproportionally affect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. It is estimated that more than one billion people are affected by NTDs, including roughly 800 million children. Although these diseases are the most common infections amongst the world’s poorest, they have traditionally received little or inconsistent attention on international health agendas. Targeted commitments and investments from a range of partners over the years have reduced the burden of many NTDs, but significant gaps still remain.”

In January of last year, Johnson & Johnson committed to collaborating with public and private partners to eliminate or control 10 NTDs by 2020, in what are the largest coordinated actions to date in support of the World Health Organization’s NTD goals.

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January 10th, 2013

We All Have an Opportunity to Make a Difference

By Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Equity Programs

Sometimes in our careers, we have the fortunate opportunity to make a meaningful difference in society through our work.  Over the past 2 years, I have had a unique opportunity to use my background in communications and marketing to work hand-in-hand with my colleagues in Corporate Contributions and together, we are finding ways to involve our customers, fans and friends in causes that Johnson & Johnson has cared about for many years.

Much of our work focuses on helping women and children around the world.  Making a difference is sometimes as simple as using mobile technology to spread critical health information to new and expectant mothers through our text4baby and MAMA initiatives.  Or providing clean water to global communities, ensuring the health and safety of the most vulnerable people. Or raising funds for fistula surgeries, freeing women from the isolation and stigma resulting from obstetric fistula caused by prolonged and often unattended labor. Whatever the cause – the need is great and sometimes even a small gesture can make an important difference.

To celebrate the recent holiday season, we launched a program with that channels the generosity of those who want to help towards the organizations that most need support. 

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January 2nd, 2013

Ten Days in Kenya: A Johnson & Johnson Employee Gives Back

Happy New Year to our blog readers!  We’re kicking off 2013 by sharing a story about one of our employees, Melissa Katz, and her journey to Kenya to volunteer with the WISER school for girls.

Here’s what Melissa has to say:

The people who work at Johnson & Johnson are a special breed. We take our responsibilities seriously. “We have a responsibility to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well.” These are not just words on a page. We live it. We offer days off for volunteerism for employees to contribute to their community. Where and for what cause we volunteer is up to us.

Dr. Sherryl Broverman from Duke University tells us that if you want to end poverty, prevent disease, end hunger there is a one-size-fits-all solution:  Educate a girl.  I am a well educated woman. It wasn’t even a question that I would go to school past age 13 and then go to college. That is far from the situation in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

Melissa will be blogging about her journey at We hope you’ll follow along.

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December 20th, 2012

mHealth Summit 2012

by Susan Rucci, Johnson & Johnson NYU Global Fellow

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Johnson & Johnson team at the 4th annual mHealth Summit 2012 in Washington, D.C.  Johnson & Johnson was a sponsor of the summit which highlighted emerging best practices for mobile health research and implementation.  To me, the conference was an indication of a health care renaissance around mobile health technology that is leading to smarter ways of educating, treating and preventing diseases.  It was also a great way for Johnson & Johnson to demonstrate our commitment to helping people around the world live longer, healthier, happier lives.

We believe in the potential of mobile technology to revolutionize the delivery of health information and healthcare and we were proud to showcase several of our mHealth innovations and partnerships that are making that potential a new reality for millions of people around the world.

Here are a few examples:


Conference attendees got a chance to try out our newly launched Johnson & Johnson Digital Health Scorecard. heath_care_information

The scorecard is like a credit score for your health.  It asks seven simple questions about health measures and habits and delivers a single number (based out of 100.)  The number indicates where you currently stand and what you can do to lessen the long term risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. 

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