By Paul Stoffels, Global Head, Pharmaceuticals Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson
This morning, the 2011 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research call for nominations officially opened. Once again, Johnson & Johnson will recognize a scientist or group of scientists, selected by an independent committee, whose achievements in the field of biomedicine or medical technology have made, or have strong potential to make, a measurable impact on human health.
Over just six years, the Award has accumulated a truly remarkable roster of winners whose transformative work has impacted millions of lives. By recognizing their accomplishments, we keep alive the spirit of Dr. Paul Janssen, for whom the Award is named, and encourage the next generation of innovative researchers.
I’ve had the privilege to meet the previous Award winners, many of whom have made discoveries that have had a profound impact on human health. For example, it was truly my honor to recognize our 2010 Award winners, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Erik De Clercq, whose work in HIV/AIDS has transformed the treatment landscape. Having worked myself side-by-side with Dr. Paul in this therapeutic area, I know this work was close to his heart and I know the achievements of our winners would have been greatly appreciated by Dr. Paul.
I urge everyone to take a moment to learn more about the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research and to recognize an individual – or group of individuals – whose work has served as an inspiration to you and has positively impacted the lives others.