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JNJBTW Follow Wednesday

  To celebrate the fact that it’s now officially Spring (despite the fact that it’s cloudy and cool today in New Jersey where our World Headquarters is located), we decided to get a little bit crazy on JNJBTW and do a Follow Wednesday post instead of a Follow Friday post. So here’s a mid-week look at what’s going on in and around the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.  As mentioned a few posts ago, our 2011 Annual Report is out, and this time it’s in three formats:  the traditional print format that we’ve been doing since 1944, the online digital version and now a video highlights version on ennTV.  The first highlight story is here, and as more come out over the course of 2012, we’ll post them on the blog. Tech Crunch posted about a recent Johnson & Johnson announcement that’s been in the news:  Index Launches Its First Life Sciences Fund: $200M And Partnering With Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson  Bloomberg also has a story.  The Pharmalot blog has an interview with Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, with the Johnson & Johnson perspective behind the announcement. Over on the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood section, Tina Sharkey, Chairman and Global President, BabyCenter LLC,  has a post called Giving New And Expecting Moms Power In The Palm Of Their Hands.   The post is about empowering women in developing nations who cannot access health clinics.  These women also don’t have computers to access the internet, but they do have mobile phones, and MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action)  gives them health information through their mobile phones.  MAMA is a public-private partnership founded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Johnson & Johnson, with support from the United Nations Foundation, mHealth Alliance, and BabyCenter. If you’ve ever played the Six Degrees of Separation game, our Kilmer House blog has a post that shows how Johnson & Johnson is connected to people like Thomas Alva Edison, Paul Robeson, Queen Victoria of England and, of course, Kevin Bacon.  So check out Six Degrees of Separation, J&J Style.  The Johnson & Johnson Health Channel  is featuring a video about an 11-year old girl with diabetes  who is a competitive Irish step dancer, a very physically demanding activity.  She and her mother talk about how products from two of our operating companies help her manage her diabetes and continue dancing. If you’re looking for a quick way to incorporate Johnson & Johnson news and updates into your personal news streams, you can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.  We have four corporate twitter feeds, @JNJComm for news and information; @JNJStories for stories from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; @JNJHistory for posts from our history blog Kilmer House and interesting historical facts; and @JNJVideo to highlight the wide variety of video stories on the Johnson & Johnson Health Channel on YouTube. We’ll have another post tomorrow for World Water Day, so be sure to check back in! In the meantime, Happy Spring – in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway! [caption id="attachment_3723" align="aligncenter" width="414" caption="New Jersey spring daffodils! Photo taken by the blog's editor."][/caption]