June 2nd, 2011

Extending the Benefits of HIV Treatment

From Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson

 Extending the benefits of HIV treatment throughout the world is a passion of mine.  As the Worldwide Chairman of Pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson, I’ve been able to see the progress we’ve made in combating this disease over the past few decades. June 5 marks the 30th anniversary of the first report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of a disease we would later come to know as HIV.  During those early years of the epidemic, contracting HIV meant a two-year life expectancy. Today, in the western world, HIV has become a chronic condition that can be managed through modern medicine.

Yet, meeting the individual treatment needs of the estimated 33.3 million people living with HIV throughout the world remains an extraordinary challenge.  Our company’s ongoing commitment to addressing this challenge traces all the way back to work in the laboratories of Dr. Paul Janssen.  On Friday, May 20, we reported on a major milestone in these efforts.

As a company, we are also expanding the benefits of our HIV drugs to the developing world.  We have agreements in place with generic manufactures to produce them for sub-Saharan Africa and India.  And we continue to seek ways to provide access to important medicines globally.

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June 1st, 2011

National Employee Wellness Month

From Dr. Fikry Isaac MD, MPH, Vice President Global Health Services, Johnson & Johnson

As part of my role within the Johnson & Johnson Global Health services organization, I have been privileged with the opportunity to lead our company’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of our employees around the world.  At Johnson & Johnson we understand that an investment in the health of our employees is an investment in the health of our company, which is why I’m glad to announce our proud support for National Employee Wellness Month.  This annual initiative, sponsored by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Virgin Health Miles and Stop Obesity Alliance, and supported by nearly 100 other companies, helps business leaders share and develop successful strategies for the prevention of chronic disease and maintenance of good health for employees.  Throughout our 125 year history we’ve led the way in our commitment to the health of our employees and we are happy to support an initiative that will help foster a culture of health in other companies.

While a focus on a healthy and productive workforce has long been a hallmark of our company, Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to employee health and wellness began officially with former Chairman James Burke’s pledge to make the employees of Johnson & Johnson’s Family of Companies the healthiest in the world.  Since that time the company has developed a comprehensive strategy for improving employee health that focuses on identifying key health risk factors, and developing interventions that allow employees to address these risk factors in sustainable ways.

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May 27th, 2011

Yesterday’s Pharmaceutical Business Review

Yesterday, we held a meeting with the investment community to review growth strategies for Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceuticals business.   It was an in-depth look at how our employees and partners across the world are working to address major unmet needs in a number of areas, and developing an amazing pipeline of new medicines.   Sheri McCoy, vice chairman of the Executive Committee, spoke about meeting needs with science and increasing the capacity to treat patients, saying , “We have the opportunity to make a difference for people around the world.”

Paul Stoffels, M.D., also provided an overview of the strength of the pharmaceuticals pipeline, and Joaquin Duato reviewed the commercial strategies that have enabled our pharmaceuticals businesses to become launch leaders in several categories.  Paul and Joaquin are both Worldwide Chairmen, Pharmaceuticals.  The Company highlighted the expectations of its pharmaceuticals businesses to file 11 new products and more than 30 line extensions in the next five years.  

The R&D leaders took investors on a deeper dive in five therapeutic areas:  neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolism, immunology, oncology and infectious diseases and vaccines.   They spoke about recent product approvals, the strength of the pharmaceuticals pipeline in these areas, and the geographic reach of the business, both in established markets and in emerging markets.   

Some of the main highlights were:

• The Company’s pharmaceuticals business is in the process of launching six key pharmaceutical products since 2009 and is advancing key compounds in our pipeline.

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May 25th, 2011

A classroom is a classroom…?

From Michael Bzdak, Ph.D., Director, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions

As part of my work in global philanthropy, I occasionally have the privilege to visit some of our partners to experience their reality and to understand their challenges.  A couple of weeks ago, a small group from Johnson & Johnson spent a few hours at Nyumbani Village in rural Kenya. Nyumbani Village http://www.nyumbani.org/village_need.htm is a self-sustaining community designed to serve orphans and adults who have been affected by the HIV pandemic.  The Village, a three-hour drive from Nairobi, provides a family-like setting for orphaned children under the care of elderly adults. According to their web site, the Village seeks “to ensure that the children receive love, sustenance, health-care, holistic education and culture transfer, aiming at their physical, psychosocial and spiritual development, and, at the same time, providing holistic care and support for the grandparents in their later years.”

In advance of our visit,  I made a request to spend some time in the classroom (see above photo). I was thrilled to be able to teach in the equivalent of a ninth-grade English class where the students were learning the nuances of the English language.  Although a far cry from the “smart classrooms” of our New Jersey schools, the classroom at Nyumbani was a simple but powerful learning environment.  I worked hard to engage the students and was rewarded with enthusiastic student participation.  These students possessed the sincere passion for learning that teachers everywhere hope to see in their classrooms.  Although I’m hopeful that I was able to impart some wisdom, the students left me with a profound sense of respect for their desire to learn.  As the class ended, I was deeply disappointed to leave this amazing room where, without the assistance of laptops and PowerPoint presentations,  hopes and dreams are nurtured each day.

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May 19th, 2011

EARTHWARDS (TM): Moving toward a Healthy Future – Continuous Greener Improvements on Our Products

From Ann Lee-Jeffs, Manager, Worldwide Environmental Health & Safety Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson

As a product steward at Johnson & Johnson, I’m constantly thinking about the environmental impact of products whether I’m shopping at the mall or picking up groceries at the supermarket. It’s more than just my job – it’s become a part of my life.

At Johnson & Johnson, we recognize the importance of caring for the environment as do our consumers. Given this, in 2009, Johnson & Johnson introduced EARTHWARDS™, a process that helps the product teams at our operating companies assess the environmental and social impacts across a product’s full life cycle and the work to reduce those impacts. The process also celebrates greener product successes, and enables brand teams to evaluate potential environmental claims with a clear set of information.

To be considered for EARTHWARDS™ designation, a product must achieve a greater than 10 percent improvement in at least three of the seven areas below:

  • Materials used
  • Packaging reduction
  • Energy reduction
  • Waste reduction
  • Water reduction
  • Positive social impact or benefit
  • Product innovation

To evaluate each of these areas, a proprietary scorecard was developed in 2009, in partnership with a leading sustainability and product stewardship consulting firm using information from stakeholder interviews and best practices from other leading companies.

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May 18th, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day

It’s National Employee Health and Fitness Day, and our Johnson & Johnson Health Channel on YouTube is featuring a video on keeping our employees healthy and engaged. In the video, Mary, Kanit and Supatra — two current Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees and one former employee — talk about how they use company facilities and groups to stay active and healthy.

This is nothing new for Johnson & Johnson. Employee health and wellness has been a pretty big part of what we do as a company for most of our 125 year history. We formed a medical center for employees in the early 1900s and provided educational materials on healthy living. We even had a pool early on in the Company’s history. A variety of company sports teams have been winning (and losing every now and then) over the course of the past 125 years, including basketball and even bowling. 

A few years ago, Dr. Fik Isaac wrote a post for JNJ BTW that talked about the importance of keeping Johnson & Johnson employees healthy. In it he wrote: “The bottom line is that our health and wellness programs are considered an investment in the health of both employees AND the corporation.

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May 18th, 2011

Update on Friends in Far Places

From Mark Krajnak, Manager, Corporate Communications, Johnson & Johnson

In a JNJ BTW post a couple of months ago, Sharon D’Agostino, Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations, Johnson & Johnson, described what Johnson & Johnson was doing to provide aid to the people of Japan.

Since the March earthquake and tsunami, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Japan. Back in early January 2010, I visited the country while developing a story for the Johnson & Johnson annual report. As the focal point of that story, I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful young lady, Masako Yoshino. Yoshino-san lives in Urawkawa, a town in the Hokkaido region of northern Japan. From the Sapporo/New Chitose Airport, it was a three-hour van ride through small towns and winding highways along the coast to Urawkawa. And, having just come from temperate Tokyo, Urawkawa in January was downright cold, snowy and icy – so much so that the photo team started to refer to it as “Snowkkaido”.

Urawkawa is a small village and much of its daily life is centered on the nearby seas. Interestingly, though, Urakawa also is known as “the hometown of thoroughbreds” and produces some of Japan’s top racehorses.

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May 17th, 2011

It is With Mixed Emotions…

OK, ok, ok.   Enough with “corporate speak.”  Here’s the scoop:  After 14 years at Johnson & Johnson, I’ve made the difficult decision to leave the company and set up on my own as a consultant.  For details of my plans, you can follow me on my personal Twitter feed @MDMonseau.  

I’ve NEVER liked the cliched phrase “it is with mixed emotions”  that starts almost every internal memo that’s distributed when someone moves on to another job.  But as someone who is doing just that, I have to admit there is truth in those overused words:  although it’s hard to leave so many good friends and colleagues, I’m also excited about the future — for both me and for my friends at Johnson & Johnson.

One reason I’m excited is that I’m handing over the day-to-day management of this blog and the corporate Twitter feed, @JNJComm, to my very capable colleagues.  They’ve been responsible for much that we have accomplished on the social web and I’m looking forward to seeing what they will do next. 

In my first post on JNJBTW way back in 2007, I explained how the company had to relearn how to listen and interact with people. While there have been a few stumbles, we’ve learned a lot since those early days. 

On this blog, we’ve tackled some difficult situations, like when the company was embroiled in a suit against the American Red Cross or when reporters have gotten their facts wrong or when our McNeil Consumer Healthcare business was criticized for an advertisement that was running on its website.  But there have also been some exciting developments, like the recent announcements around Text4Baby or news about the company’s charitable activities.  

While I’ve been resident blogger, editor and chief bottle washer for JNJBTW (among my many other responsibilities) my friends and colleagues in the J&J Corporate Communication group have also been very busy with a variety of activities on the social web.  Here are few highlights: 

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May 11th, 2011

Thank a Nurse!

From Andrea Higham, Director, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future

Nurses are truly amazing.  They make up a profession which is one of the most challenging, but they do it with skill, grace and professionalism. They serve as society’s caregivers and are basically the backbone of healthcare in this country. The level of care, comfort and support nurses provide to patients (and their families) is simply unsurpassed. And quite frequently it’s the nurse who patients remember most fondly about their entire healthcare experience. Good nursing really does make a difference!

Although I’m not a nurse, I’ve been so fortunate to personally and professionally work with this noble profession as part of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

According to recent data, enrollments in nursing schools are up, which is very encouraging! This is certainly due, in part, to the hundreds of partnerships that the Campaign has been fortunate enough to be involved in over the last few years.

Since 2002, the Campaign has attracted more than 750,000 men and women to discover nursing and enter the profession. We’ve distributed more than 30 million pieces of recruitment materials in English and Spanish, including brochures, posters and videos, to many junior high schools, career centers and community health centers, as well as to every high school, nursing school, hospital and nursing organization in the country.

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May 10th, 2011

Disaster Relief for the Southern United States from Johnson & Johnson

By William Lin, Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

We have been saddened by the images of the aftermath of severe weather that hit the southern United States, destroying thousands of homes and leaving over 300 people dead, with hundreds more injured and many still missing.   Whenever natural disasters occur, we are all touched by the magnitude of the impact and are committed to providing assistance where it is needed.

Continuing a long-standing commitment to helping those in need, Johnson & Johnson and our operating companies have been working with our relief agency partners to provide emergency relief across the several states affected by these natural disasters.  Our immediate response has included cash contributions and product donations from our Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices and Diagnostics businesses.

We have engaged with our disaster relief partner organizations to deliver much needed supplies to community health centers and free clinics. We will continue to work with these partners as they pursue ongoing relief efforts, and support them as they address the needs of the affected communities. 

The expression of concern from our colleagues across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has been inspiring and has demonstrated, once again, our commitment individually and collectively to helping those in need.

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