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Celebrating Transformational Innovation

Innovation Center November 22nd, 2016

While the thrill of scientific discovery is a great reward, many of the people behind some of the greatest innovations of our time go largely unrecognized. At Johnson & Johnson, we believe that scientific excellence and its impact on the world should be widely celebrated.

One way in which we recognize the passion and dedication of our most exceptional scientists and engineers is through the annual Johnson Medal program, the highest award given for R&D excellence within Johnson & Johnson.

Recently, we honored 22 distinguished recipients of this year’s award, who have now joined the ranks of the more than 300 outstanding Johnson Medal awardees.The innovations from our winning teams are each different but transformative in unique ways: a new game-changing technology in therapeutic skin care, a new tool that helps surgeons perform procedures with greater ease, a first-of-its-kind contact lens for people with an age-related vision condition, and a new drug—developed in record time—to help patients who have an incurable type of cancer.

We asked the winners what motivates them to strive for innovation, even when the odds seem stacked against them. These scientists and engineers, who are among the very best in the world, all said something very similar: patients, consumers, doctors, families.

In essence, at the heart of all that we do are the people we serve and a desire to improve their health and wellbeing. With our patients and consumers at the core, our scientists and engineers work creatively and relentlessly to solve countless technical, clinical and regulatory problems, collaborating internally and externally to make sure they can deliver innovative solutions as quickly as possible to the people who need them.

I believe that transformational innovations like these should be passionately celebrated. That’s why we foster and celebrate innovators wherever they may be—within our own organization or in scientific communities around the world, whether through the Johnson Medals or the Dr. Paul Janssen Award, which recognize innovations that have already delivered an impact on human health, or fostering future generations of scientific leaders though support of initiatives like Next Einstein Forum, 1000 Girls - 1000 Futures, BioGENEius Challenge, and many more.

So to all of you innovators, keep bringing forward your ideas, your diversity of perspective and your heart and soul. And don’t give up until your innovation reaches the people who need it most.

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