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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Oct 23

Ronan Collins

#wishIwasthere #championsofscience #jnjcolab #cilac18

Oct 23

JNJ Innovation

#CILAC18 kicks off at 9am in Panama City & we're proud to be a founding sponsor. #JNJ's @SeemaJJIC will be speaking later today on Women and the UN Sustainability Goals 2030 Agenda. #genderequity #championsofscience @ForoCILAC

Oct 23

Seema Kumar

I had a fantastic time speaking about "Women and the 2030 Agenda" at #CILAC18 yesterday. Many thanks to @ForoCILAC, @JNJInnovation and the #ChampionsOfScience from around the world doing incredible work!

Oct 23

JNJ Innovation

"We need to enable women to equally participate in science because we need everyone's contributions to solve the challenges facing our world." @SeemaJJIC at #CILAC18 Women and the 2030 Agenda. #championsofscience #jnj @ForoCILAC

Oct 23

JNJ Innovation

We're excited to launch the Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge -- Latin America & Caribbean edition on the occasion of #CILAC2018. Calling on all scientists advancing innovation in the region to share their stories! #championsofscience @ForoCILAC

Oct 22

Diane Pressman

So great to see girls and teachers winning prizes and being recognized at a global forum like #CILAC18 for being innovators and #championsofscience

Oct 22

Next Einstein Forum

“There is so much innovation taking place across Africa..we are excited to launch the #ChampionsofScience Storytelling Challenge #NEFScienceWeek edition to uncover their achievements&engage more people in supporting & celebrating science”@SeemaJJIC Apply!

Oct 22

JNJ Innovation

We are filming some fascinating conversations in the #JNJ CoLaboratory at #CILAC18. Stop by to say hello! @SeemaJJIC #championsofscience

Oct 22

JNJ Innovation

@SeemaJJIC joins a Pan-Latin America panel of experts to discuss role of women in driving innovation and sustainability at #CILAC18. Join us in Hall B room 4. @SeemaJJIC #genderequity #championsofscience