New ways to detect, intercept, treat and track life threatening diseases were at the forefront of the 35th annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. But as much was made of the remarkable innovations highlighted at JPM, Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s Robert G. Urban, reflects on how much more can be accomplished when it comes to Diversity & Inclusion.
“It benefits everybody who experiences it (and) by disrupting conformity, it produces a public good,” say Sheen S. Levine, professor at the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and David Stark, professor of sociology at Columbia.
In 1991, we downloaded the world’s first Internet browser for the one-millionth time, sent the Hubble telescope into space and witnessed the early stages of analyzing DNA and sequencing genes through the Human Genome Project. A record-breaking 33 young biotech companies completed IPOs. And as Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s Robert G. Urban reminds us, we also gathered for the 10th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference to celebrate all that the biotechnology industry had accomplished in only a decade. All to remind us how hard it will be to imagine in just another 10 years.
Scientific researchers – in academia and the private sector – give us tremendous gifts of health and happiness. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a parent or a grandparent to Alzheimer's, or has taken medicine to treat a headache, or has avoided illness altogether thanks to a vaccine, knows the benefit of scientific progress is personal. Extending and improving lives eases more than human suffering – it also addresses the economic toll of life-threatening disease. Over the past four decades, life expectancy gains due to scientific advancement have added trillions of dollars per year to the economy in the US alone.
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Today’s medical device advances are no longer just iterations of the surgical tools that have been used for decades. We are now seeing companies that can 3D-print patient-specific scaffolds to allow tissue integration for bone healing, and develop sealants to provide surgeons added assurance of reducing post-operative leaks. These and other medical innovations – previously unimagined – continue to improve the outlook for and health of patients.
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.