As Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson, Paul Stoffels works with leaders across the organization to set the company-wide innovation agenda. He is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee and chairs the Johnson & Johnson R&D Management Committee.
Paul spearheads the Johnson & Johnson innovation pipeline by leading teams across the pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer segments to discover and develop transformational healthcare solutions. He also steers Johnson & Johnson’s global public health strategy to make innovative medicines and technologies accessible in resource-poor settings.
Paul’s visionary leadership was instrumental in the launch of Johnson & Johnson Innovation in 2013, which he now leads to fuel innovative science and technology through strategic partnerships, licensing and acquisitions. Paul also oversees JJDC, the oldest corporate venture fund in the life science industry.
In addition, Paul has responsibility for safety of all products of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies worldwide.
Previously, in his role as Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Paul was responsible for advancing the therapeutic pipeline of Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Under his leadership, Janssen rejuvenated its therapeutic pipeline, launching multiple new medicines and bringing years of life and quality of life to people all over the world.
Prior to this, Paul held various R&D leadership roles within the pharmaceutical sector of Johnson & Johnson. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 with the acquisition of Virco and Tibotec, where he was Chief Executive Officer of Virco and as Chairman of Tibotec, and led the development of a number of breakthrough products for the treatment of HIV.
Paul studied Medicine at the University of Diepenbeek and the University of Antwerp in Belgium and Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. He began his career as a physician in Africa, focusing on HIV and tropical diseases research.