Helping the Legacy Live On
Dr. Paul Janssen (1926-2003) was one of the 20th century’s most innovative pharmaceutical researchers, known for revolutionizing modern medicine and inspiring a new generation of researchers. With over 100 patents to his name, his work was responsible for many breakthroughs in several fields of disease, including pain management, psychiatry, infectious disease and gastroenterology.
Despite modest beginnings and considerable skepticism from outsiders, Dr. Paul Janssen’s unshakeable goal was to launch a completely independent research company. In 1953, he established Janssen Pharmaceutical, N.V., a pharmaceutical research laboratory based in Beerse, Belgium. Success came quickly, as the fifth molecule synthesized by Dr. Paul and his associates was found to have therapeutic properties. Many more innovations followed—in fields as diverse as psychiatry, neurology, mycology and parasitology, anesthesia and allergy. Dr. Paul helped save millions of lives through his contribution to the discovery and development of more than 80 medicines, four of which remain on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines.
Today, Dr. Paul’s legacy lives on at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, which focuses on finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease.