Champions of Science | Dr. Paul Janssen Award
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Science is everywhere. It impacts our lives in every imaginable way.

From antibiotics and telecommunications, to genomics, precision medicine and 3D printing, science has improved the human condition, leading to longer, healthier, happier lives for people all over the world. But science can also seem mysterious and complex. Now more than ever, science needs champions!

Fueling Future Innovators

Women in Innovation (WiIN)

The Women in Innovation (WiIN) pilot program took place in the summer 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. WiIN is a leadership development program designed especially for women who have recently graduated from university, and provides training and tools needed to succeed in a career in STEM. WiIN extends our commitment in Africa, where the company supports young scientists and innovators through multiple partnerships and programs.

Celebrating the Power of Science

Sharing the Stories of Champions of Science

A new content series developed in partnership with Scientific American Custom Media will spotlight the brilliant thinkers, big ideas and exciting breakthroughs making our world a better place. Preview the story of more than 40 decades of discovery in mitochondrial genetics in the video below, and click here to learn more!

Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award was established by Johnson & Johnson in 2004 as a symbol of innovation and achievement to honor the memory of Dr. Paul – one of the 20th century’s most gifted and passionate researchers. Since its inception, the Award has recognized fifteen outstanding scientists, two of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.



Science is built on collaboration, partnership, sharing and ideas. Science can solve some of the world's most complex problems, but only when the best ideas are brought together. The Dr. Paul Janssen Project is proud to support "Together Science Can" - a new campaign to celebrate and fuel scientific collaboration.


Inspiring Champions of Science

The Art & Science of Ending Stigma Against Mental Illness

To continue Dr. Paul Janssen’s legacy in advocating for those with mental illnesses, The Art & Science of Ending Stigma Against Mental Illness aims to reduce cultural stigma of mental illness and increase awareness of the biological basis of brain disorders. The program will combine the transcendent nature of art in its many forms with the rationality of science to engage the public in understanding mental illness and how we can work together to conquer stigma.


Quickfire Challenge: The Lab Coat of the Future

The lab coat has been an iconic symbol in the research and medical fields since the late 1800s, and the design hasn’t changed. Through this QuickFire Challenge, the public will have an opportunity to engage in updating the lab coat into a 21st century tool and symbol of breakthrough innovation utilizing modern design, textile engineering and wearable technology. Stay tuned for the launch of The Lab Coat of the Future QuickFire Challenge.




Now more than ever, science needs champions.

We did it! Thanks to everyone who shared your support for science on your social channels by using #ChampionsofScience. We have exceeded our goal, with more than 22,500 engagements. As a result, we are making a $50,000 contribution to the Biotechnology Institute to support the next generation of innovators!

Science needs champions every day. Let’s keep celebrating #ChampionsofScience!

Tell the world why you are a champion of science and inspire others to show their support!


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May 19

Janssen Global

HIV. Influenza. Ebola. Zika. Educating on how these diseases become epidemics is crucial to prevention. Visit @NMNH to learn about the quest to stop epidemics in their tracks and improve the lives of patients around the world. #Outbreak #ChampionsOfScience

May 18


Acne is the most common skin condition in the world @DERMALAinc #ChampionsofScience #Microbiome #SkinMicrobiome #IfThen

May 18

Janssen Global

It’s here! Today is the grand opening of the #Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition, and we’re proud to have collaborated with @NMNH to showcase how human, animal and environmental #health are linked. Don’t miss out! #ChampionsOfScience

May 18

JNJ Innovation

Congratulations to 2018 #LuriePrize winner and outstanding champion of science Dr. James Chen, whose biomedical research is shaping the future of human health. #FNIHAwardCeremony #ChampionsOfScience @FNIH_Org

May 18

Emma Kohring

Such an amazing evening and #JNJ proud to be supporting an event with so many eminent scientists and talented journalists! #SMTM18 #ChampionsOfScience #mycompany @sciencemuseum @royalsociety @SeemaJJIC

May 17


We're proud to support Women in STEM through @WISEinSTEM, and are grateful to have this organization in Texas. Please nominate for 2019 today! #JLABSTMC #ChampionsofScience

May 17

Janssen Global

Our Global Therapeutic Head of Infectious Diseases, Dr. James Merson, on our collaboration with the Smithsonian for their #Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition. #ChampionsOfScience