Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

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The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research is given annually by Johnson & Johnson to honor the work of an active scientist in academia, industry or a scientific institute in the field of biomedical research. It was established in 2004 and perpetuates the memory of Paul Janssen, the founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.[1]

The Award[edit]

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award includes a $200,000 prize and acknowledges the work of an individual who has made a significant, transformational contribution toward the improvement of human health.[2]

Johnson & Johnson created the award in 2004 with the following goals:

  • To honor the memory of Janssen, his dedication to excellence and his leadership of young scientists
  • To promote, recognize and reward passion and creativity in biomedical research
  • To underscore Johnson & Johnson's commitment to scientific excellence in the advancement of healthcare knowledge, while fulfilling its responsibility in the community

Paul Adriaan Jan Janssen (1926 - 2003)[edit]

Known to his colleagues as “Dr. Paul,” Janssen was the founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V., a pharmaceutical research laboratory based in Beerse, Belgium, and a physician-scientist who helped save millions of lives through his contribution to the discovery and development of more than 80 medicines. His work was responsible for many breakthroughs in several fields of disease, including pain management, psychiatry, infectious disease and gastroenterology. In addition, he has more than 100 patents to his name.

The Selection Process[edit]

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award recipients are selected by an independent committee of internationally renowned scientists from leading academic and scientific institutions, whose own research contributions have resulted in critical advances in improving human health. The 2010 Selection Committee includes past Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences and previous winners of The Dr. Paul Janssen Award.

The Selection Committee chooses a scientist in basic or clinical research, who:

  • Has made a significant contribution to research that has impacted, or has strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease
  • Exhibits the standards of innovation, insight and leadership that Janssen exemplified during his career
  • Provides a living example that the study of science and technology can enable or has the potential to enable extended, healthy, productive life
  • Displays a set of ethical values consistent with the Johnson & Johnson Credo and those values that guide Johnson & Johnson

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award can be given to a scientist in academia, government, industry, a private research institution or medical or clinical practice. It typically will recognize an individual scientist, but can be shared in circumstances in which the contributions of the nominees are viewed as being of similar importance.


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Participants at the 2008 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research Symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York

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