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2013 Johnson & Johnson Supplier Enabled Innovation Awards

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Creating Value through Innovation is one of the Johnson & Johnson growth drivers, and in support of this, Johnson & Johnson Procurement recognizes the best in Supplier Enabled Innovation (SEI) each year. On December 5, Hans Melotte, Johnson & Johnson Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, presented the awards in front of an audience of business partners, Procurement leaders and suppliers. SEI success stories submitted over 2012 and early 2013 were divided into three categories and reviewed by a panel of judges from the organization with a passion for innovation. Additionally, the panel selected one of the three category winners for the top honor as the SEI of the Year. And the winners were …

SEI of the Year & Best Product SEI: TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions Fast3D from DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction & Siemens PLM Software

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Teams from TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions and Siemens Product Lifecycle Management, Inc. are working on an integrated design system intended to automate the creation of customized instrumentation, allowing DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction to service more patients with individualized products. The team from Siemens brings medical imaging and software development expertise and, together with the DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction team, is customizing off-the-shelf software to meet the product needs of TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions.

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Best Process SEI: Additional Delivery of Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga®) & Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc.

The Janssen and CML team partnered to expand the manufacturing capacity for the active ingredient in Zytiga, . Abiraterone Acetate. It is manufactured by both Janssen in Geel (Belgium) and AAI-CML in Germantown (WI, USA). Both facilities were producing at their maximum capacity in 2012 and needed to increase capacity to continue meeting the increasing worldwide demand. CML over-delivered by committing to transfer the Geel process into CML in seven months’ time instead of the projected 12 months. CML more than tripled its total capacity and, in combination with the Janssen production capacity, enabled sales of over $1.5 billion globally in 2013 and provided an uninterrupted supply of this critical prostate cancer drug to patients worldwide.

Best Business Model SEI: Surgical Simulator

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Simbionix helped the Ethicon, Inc. Professional Education team develop a surgical simulator that mimics real human anatomy and surgical procedures via a computer simulated environment. It allows for training on various products using interchangeable instruments via surgical simulator hardware and procedural software. This technology allows for more comprehensive in-depth surgical training, which enables surgeons to enhance their expertise, increase their confidence, and improve patient lives.

The third annual recognition event provided all involved a chance to celebrate their achievements and to discuss new opportunities for the next great innovation. To learn more about Johnson & Johnson innovation, visit

Derick Kurdy is Procurement Category Manager in Medical Devices & Diagnostics in North America responsible for Marketing Operations, Sales & Distributor Services and Access & Affordability. He is also a member of the Procurement Supplier Innovation team and an alumnus of the J&J Procurement Leadership Development Program (PLDP).

Derick is passionate about innovation, efficiency, fitness, craft beer, his wife, son and boxer dog.

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