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t Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as one of the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere.

With a broad range of products from MedTech, Vision to Pharmaceuticals, Johnson and Johnson is committed to supporting people throughout their lives and pursuing a holistic approach to care: from prevention to diagnostics and therapy. We embrace research and science to advance the health and well-being of people. To act with open hearts and minds is what inspires and unites us. We create an environment where diverse perspectives and an open dialogue are encouraged, allowing our employees to develop. By fostering collaboration across sectors, functions and with strategic partners we act as one J&J UK towards the local communities and the outside world.

130 Years of Caring

Our Organization

Johnson & Johnson is a company of enduring strength. We've been privileged to play a role in helping millions of people the world over be well and stay well through more than a century of change.
Our Leadership Team
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Johnson & Johnson has seven business locations in the UK, including corporate offices, an Innovation Centre, manufacturing and R&D facilities and a distribution centre.

Our Commitment to Innovation

Johnson & Johnson Innovation seeks to positively impact human health through innovation. We do this by helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams of creating healthcare solutions that improve peoples’ lives around the world. We work side-by-side with innovators throughout their journey, providing a robust exchange of ideas and resources to support their success.

Our Commitment to Our People

At Johnson & Johnson we truly believe that the best innovations can only come if our people reflect the world’s full diversity of individuals, opinions and approaches. Therefore, we are committed to provide a workplace that treats our employees with respect and dignity—a place where our employees are empowered to be, feel and do their best, every day.

Our Social Impact

Supporting the communities where we work and live is called out as a key priority in Our Credo and part of Johnson & Johnson’s DNA. For us, this is a calling and not just a business. A calling that we put our pioneering science, human ingenuity and whole hearts into—and have for 130 years.


We believe acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do, but also the right thing to do for our business.
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The Johnson & Johnson Story

New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.

Three brothers, Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson, found Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.

Antiseptic Wound Treatment

The Company publishes Modern Methods of Antiseptic Wound Treatment, which quickly becomes one of the standard teaching texts for antiseptic surgery. It helps spread the practice of sterile surgery in the U.S. and around the world.

First Commercial First Aid Kits

Johnson & Johnson pioneers the first commercial first aid kits. The initial kits are designed to help railroad workers, but soon becomes the standard in treating injuries.

Sanitary Protection Products

Employees manufacture the first mass-produced sanitary protection products for women, a huge step forward in women’s health.

Dental Floss

The First First Aid Manuals

As part of its commitment to first aid, Johnson & Johnson publishes the first First Aid Manuals, using proven best practices from leading physicians. The manuals are packaged with the Company's First Aid Kits.

James Wood Johnson

James Wood Johnson takes over the leadership of Johnson & Johnson until 1932.

The Company Enters the UK

Our first overseas operating company opens in the United Kingdom.

General Johnson

Robert Wood Johnson II, son of the Company founder by the same name, begins leadership of Johnson & Johnson. Known as General Johnson, he transforms the Company into a global decentralized Family of Companies.

Writing Our Credo

General Robert Wood Johnson writes Our Credo, which remains the guiding philosophy of Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson Goes Public

Dr. Philip Levine, the discoverer of the human rH factor, joins Ortho Research Laboratories, creating the beginnings of the worldwide diagnostics business. Johnson & Johnson goes public, with a listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Ethicon, Inc.

Ethicon, Inc. is formed from the Company’s heritage suture business.

Janssen Pharmaceutica Joins the Family of Companies

Janssen Pharmaceutica Belgium joins the Family of Companies. Its founder, Dr. Paul Janssen, is recognized as one of the most innovative and prolific pharmaceutical researchers of the 20th century.

New Treatments

Under Chairman and CEO Philip B. Hofmann's leadership, operating companies launch new treatments for schizophrenia, family planning and personal care.

New World Headquarters

Chairman and CEO Richard B. Sellars announces plans to build new World Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and forms a public-private partnership to revitalize the city.

New Areas of Health

During James E. Burke’s tenure and CEO, the Company enters new areas of health, such as vision care, mechinical wound closure and diabetes management, and opens the first operating Companies in China and Egypt.

Introducing ACUVUE®

The vision care business introduces ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, the first disposable contact lenses that can be worn for up to a week, thrown away and replaced with a fresh pair. The lenses eliminate the need for cleaning, disinfecting solutions and storage. Later, 1-DAY ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses become the first daily disposable contact lens.

Further Expansion

Under Ralph S. Larsen's leadership as Chairman and CEO, Neutrogena Corporation, Kodak's Clinical Diagnostics business, Cordis Corporation and Centocor join the Family of Companies; Expansion continues into Russia and Eastern Europe.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ethicon Endo-Surgery pioneers minimally invasive surgery, which uses very small incisions and helps patients recover faster than with traditional surgery.

First Coronary Stent

The development of the first coronary stent revolutionizes cardiology. Coronary stents keep the vessels open so that blood can flow to the heart. Later, Cordis Corporation produces the first stents which continuously release a drug into the artery walls to prevent them from clogging up again.

New Therapeutic Areas

William C. Weldon becomes Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, only the eighth person to lead the Company since its founding. Under his leadership, the Company enters new therapeutic areas such as HIV/AIDS, and health and wellness.

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson acquires Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, which brings in heritage consumer brands such as LISTERINE® Antiseptic (first formulated in 1879) and more.

125 Years of Caring

Johnson & Johnson celebrates 125 years of caring and looks to the next 125 years of transforming care for patients, consumers and communities around the world.

Ninth CEO Appointed

Alex Gorsky is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. As only the ninth CEO in our history, he continues a legacy of leadership.

Largest Acquisition in our Company History

Johnson & Johnson acquires Actelion, a biotech company based in Allschwil, in the canton of Basel-Country, for approximately USD 30 billion. It is the largest acquisition in the history of Johnson & Johnson.


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