May 13th, 2016

The White House Announces New Funding for Microbiome Research

By Dirk Gevers, Ph.D., Global Head, Janssen Human Microbiome Institute

Janssen Human Microbiome Institute

Sometimes, big opportunities spring from the smallest seeds—or in the case of a landmark call to action from the White House today—bugs.

The bugs I’m talking about are the trillions of microbes that live in and on us, collectively known as the human microbiome.

Throughout medical history, we saw these microbiota as the enemy—a source of illness to be eradicated. Yet recent discoveries have revealed that the microbiome plays a unique and crucial role in disease and wellness.

Today, microbiome science is exploding, with advances occurring in parallel across many disease areas. At Janssen, we believe the microbiome presents an unprecedented opportunity to change the face and future of healthcare, and we are seeking to use these tiny bugs in big ways to not only treat disease, but also to intercept illness and promote health.

The Microbiome Gets a Funding Boost

We are certainly not alone in our quest.

Today, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) announced The National Microbiome Initiative to prioritize funding and other resources to realize the promise of microbiome science.

To translate today’s exciting efforts into interventions to improve human health, the life science industry has a unique opportunity to evolve and accelerate novel drug discovery and develop approaches that are potentially more natural and personalized.

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May 12th, 2016

Women Deliver 2016: Unleashing the Power of Young People to Help Improve the World

By Joy Marini, Executive Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Mamar, whom I met in Ethiopia, taught me how feedback from our youngest advocates can help change healthcare policies and services for the better.

In the Middle Ages, there was a Latin phrase that came to represent the idea that all public policies should be created with the full participation of everyone who’d be affected by them, even (and especially) groups generally excluded from political, social and economic opportunities.

Next week at Women Deliver 2016, this phrase—nihil de nobis, sine nobis, or “nothing about us, without us”— will be the rallying cry as hundreds of young people join world governments, NGOs, global philanthropic organizations and health practitioners at the largest conference on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women in more than a decade.

As it turns out, today’s youth are using that ancient concept to change our 21st-century local and global agendas.

What We Can Learn From the Young

While in Ethiopia visiting the Fistula Foundation, with which Johnson & Johnson has a partnership, I met a young woman named Mamar.

At 16 years old, she had suffered from obstetric fistula, a debilitating injury caused by childbirth.

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May 11th, 2016

JLABS @ Toronto Debuts in the MaRS Discovery District


The launch of JLABS @ Toronto on May 11 marks Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s first JLABS site outside of the United States. Located within Toronto’s bustling MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs, JLABS @ Toronto will serve as an incubator for emerging entrepreneurs across a range of healthcare specialties.

The 40,000-square-foot facility will support start-ups with cutting-edge modular and scalable lab space, state-of-the-art equipment, programs and access to potential investment partners as they work to build successful early-stage companies. It also features the JLABS device and digital prototype lab, providing entrepreneurs with access to highly specialized tools and skills-building programs to design and develop smart health technologies.

JLABS @ Toronto joins a network of life science facilities in San Diego, San Francisco, Boston and Houston that are home to more than 100 early-stage companies advancing bio/pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health programs.

To find out more about the immense potential of JLABS @ Toronto, we sat down with Johnson & Johnson Innovation team member Sanjeev Dutta, M.D., Vice President, Medical Devices, a former Toronto resident who will help mentor up-and-coming startups at the facility.

Sanjeev Dutta

What is the scientific scene like in Toronto? It’s a city that may not come to mind for many as an innovation hub.

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May 10th, 2016

Impact in Asia: How Johnson & Johnson Is Helping to Create Healthier Societies — One Country at a Time

Johnson & Johnson group worldwide chairman Sandi Peterson visits Japanese charity CHIKYU No GAKKO, which gives children’s books to local families.

When you’re a company whose guiding principle is to help make the world a safer and healthier place, one person at a time, there is often no better way to measure impact than to pack your bags and experience hard work in action.

On a recent trip to Asia, that’s exactly what Johnson & Johnson’s group worldwide chairman, Sandi Peterson, did.

And what she saw left her feeling “extremely proud and inspired” by the difference that the company’s products and programs were making throughout the region.

So we caught up with Peterson to hear more about some of the most memorable moments she spent visiting with healthcare workers, patients and community members in Japan, Indonesia and India—just three of the more than 60 countries where the company has offices.

Impact in Japan: Helping to Rebuild After Fukushima

Peterson with mothers and children in Fukushima.

“In Japan, I met with our partners from CHIKYU No GAKKO, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the healthy upbringing of children and offering childcare support. Johnson & Johnson is collaborating with the organization to aid in the recovery and reconstruction of Fukushima following the devastating 2013 earthquake and nuclear explosion that left lingering environmental effects on the community.

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May 9th, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Kicks Off Its Participation in the Fortune/ U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

Elsa-Marie D’Silva and Gongi Reddy Latha Kalyani met with leaders in Washington, D.C. as part of the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.
Photo credit: Shereen Tewfik, Vital Voices

For the next two weeks, two businesswomen hailing from India will be calling Johnson & Johnson’s world headquarters in New Jersey home.

Their unique corporate residency is thanks to their participation in the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, a program launched in 2006 to pair women from around the world with some of the most powerful female business leaders in the U.S.

The goal: equip international mentees with invaluable knowledge that they can use to bolster their own businesses back home—and inspire positive change in their local communities.

Meet the Mentors and Mentees

This year’s Johnson & Johnson mentors include vice president of corporate citizenship Lauren Moore, Janssen Pharmaceuticals president Michelle Goodridge, vice president of marketing Janis Smith-Gomez and president of consumer products Kathy Widmer. Together with their teams, the women will share business and industry knowledge with Gongi Reddy Latha Kalyani and Elsa-Marie D’Silva.

Both Kalyani and D’Silva are entrepreneurs and emerging leaders in their own right: Kalyani is the founder of Ancient Living, a company that produces skin, hair and healthcare products made from ancient Indian medicinal and aromatic herbs.

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May 6th, 2016

Nurses Week

7 Heroes of Healthcare Share: “My Proudest Moment as a Nurse”

By Meghan Rabbitt

Anyone who’s ever been to a hospital knows that nurses are akin to everyday heroes.

They get to know their patients intimately by caring for them physically and mentally, offering tough love and encouragement in spades. And they do this while also offering endless support and sympathy to families.

So in celebration of National Nurses Week, we asked nurses from around the country to brag a little by sharing their ultimate aha! career moment—the one experience that they will carry with them forever.

Here are seven moving stories that will no doubt stay with you, too.

“The Night I Learned What It Meant to Be ‘The Nurse’”

Martin Schiavenato

Martin Schiavenato

“I was a brand new nurse working the night shift in the NICU, and one of my patients was an infant who was born so prematurely that we couldn’t do anything to save his life. His young mother was stoic throughout the whole experience, and I felt helpless standing next to her, waiting for the inevitable to happen.

As I stood beside this grieving mother, she told me she wanted to have her baby baptized before ‘he was gone.’ I ran to the charge nurse with the request, thankful to finally feel like I could do something.

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May 5th, 2016

Helping Our Employees Build Families

Enhancing Adoption, Fertility, Surrogacy & Nursing Mother Benefits


By Peter Fasolo, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer & Lisa Blair Davis, Global Head of Benefits, Health & International Total Rewards

Enhanced Benefits

At Johnson & Johnson, we are firmly committed to living Our Credo – by respecting the dignity of our employees, fostering a workplace culture of health and providing equal opportunity for everyone.

Our avid support for the 21st Century working family – no matter what shape that family takes – is critical to our workplace culture of health. Last year, we announced a significant upgrade to our parental leave policy in the United States. Moms who give birth can take up to 17 weeks of paid leave during the first year of birth. All new parents – maternal, paternal, adoptive or surrogacy-assisted – can take eight weeks of paid leave during the first year of the family’s new addition. When it comes to supporting our employees, our work is never done.

That’s why today, I’m thrilled to share that we are enhancing the benefits we offer for adoption and fertility, and are introducing brand-new benefits for surrogacy and nursing mothers. We recognize that family planning is an expensive, sometimes stressful proposition, and these policies cement our effort to assist more J&J employees as they endeavor to build a family.

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May 5th, 2016

Moms and Dads Speak Out: “What I Wish Were True for Every Child Everywhere”

By J. Bianchi

Moms + Social Good

Photo Credit: Nothing But Nets

Each day, over 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And every two minutes, a child dies from malaria.

Not only are these statistics tragic and staggering but they’re also incredibly frustrating because many of the basic needs that can improve the health of mothers and children—things like medications and vaccinations—are out of reach for many of them.

That’s why, on May 5, hundreds of experts and advocates for the health and wellbeing of women and children are joining forces to prove that small actions can lead to big changes at the fourth annual Moms+Social Good gathering, an event created by the United Nations Foundation in partnership with Johnson & Johnson.

The goal: draw attention to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children around the world, and help inspire parents to take action by connecting them to leading experts—and each other.

“We look forward to a world where every girl has a chance to receive an adequate education, where every mother has the medical support necessary to minimize the complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and where children across the globe have access to the healthcare needed for a long and happy life,” says Debra Bass, President of the Global Baby Franchise at Johnson & Johnson and a speaker at the Moms+Social Good event.

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May 2nd, 2016

4 Important Facts About the Safety of Talc

Johnsons_baby_powderJOHNSON’S® Baby Powder, made from cosmetic talc, has been a staple of baby care rituals and adult skin care and makeup routines worldwide for over a century.

The most common cosmetic applications for talc are face, body and baby powders, but it’s also used as an ingredient in color cosmetics, soap, toothpaste, antiperspirant, chewing gum and drug tablets.

Following decades of studies conducted by medical experts across the globe, it has been demonstrated through science, research and clinical evidence that few ingredients have the same performance, mildness and safety profile as cosmetic talc.

Talc, also known as talcum powder, is a naturally occurring mineral that is highly stable, chemically inert and odorless. The grade of talc used in cosmetics is of high purity—comparable to that used for pharmaceutical applications—and it’s only mined from select deposits in certified locations before being milled into relatively large, non-respirable-sized particles.

Today, talc is accepted as safe for use in cosmetic and personal care products by the European Union, Canada and many other countries, including Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, Turkey and Indonesia.

To help further highlight the safety profile of cosmetic talc, here are four key scientific and clinical facts about the mineral:

Fact #1: Since the 1970s, talc used in consumer products has been required to be asbestos-free, so JOHNSON’s talc products do not contain asbestos, a substance classified as cancer-causing.

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May 2nd, 2016

A Message About Talc

JOHNSON’S<sup>®</sup> Baby Powder30 years of studies by medical experts around the world, science, research and clinical evidence continues to support the safety of cosmetic talc. We first offered JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder as a product choice more than 100 years ago because we were confident in the safety of talc. And today, we continue to manufacture and sell JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder with talc because we remain completely confident in its safety. We remain committed to safety and innovation, and will continue to work hard to exceed consumer expectations and evolving product preferences. This commitment to innovation led to the introduction of JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder made with cornstarch as an additional option for consumers nearly forty years ago.

Everyone at Johnson & Johnson sympathizes deeply with the women and families who have been affected by ovarian cancer, a devastating disease with no known cause. We know the women and families affected are searching for answers and want to understand the science.


When concerns about an association between talc and ovarian cancer were first raised in the early 1980s, Johnson and Johnson took them very seriously and did the things you expect from a company you trust including:

  • Testing to ensure that the talc in JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder meets the highest Quality standards (US Pharmacopeia),
  • Engaging with the FDA, regulatory agencies, and governments around the world
  • Monitoring studies and all available information examining the safety of talc
  • Talking with independent consultants from outside our company about their point of view on the safety of talc.

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