Johnson & Johnson today announced that Paul Stoffels M.D., currently Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson, will retire from the Company effective December 31, 2021.
As the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Stoffels spearheaded the company’s research and product pipeline leading teams across sectors to set the company-wide mandate to discover and develop transformational healthcare solutions. Under his leadership, Johnson & Johnson revitalized its innovation pipeline and created one of the most robust portfolios in the industry. As a strong advocate for solving some of the world’s toughest health care problems, Dr. Stoffels relentlessly focused on unlocking the power of science and innovation from both internal Research & Development (R&D) and external innovation to develop medicines and solutions for people all over the world.
“It has been an honor and privilege to spearhead Johnson & Johnson’s innovation agenda and propel transformational innovation to deliver years of life and quality of life to millions of people around the world,” said Dr. Stoffels. “As a physician and a scientist, it is gratifying to see the healthcare landscape transformed as we unlock the best science and technology to deliver innovative medicines to solve the world’s toughest health challenges. As I reflect on the work of our talented and dedicated teams around the world, I am proud of the impact we have made and confident that our vibrant community of world-leading scientists and engineers will position our company for continued success.”
With a commitment to fueling innovation and collaborating on the best science and technology, Dr. Stoffels established Johnson & Johnson Innovation – a vast network in innovation hotspots across the world – as a critical source to access the best science and technology through strategic partnerships, licensing, acquisitions, incubation and investments. Today, there are more than 700 companies incubating in the JLABS ecosystem, countless strategic partnerships through the Innovation Centers, and many significant strategic investments through Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc., the strategic venture capital arm of Johnson & Johnson.
“Paul is an exceptional human being, inspiring people every day. His remarkable capability of bringing a vision and a mission to life, and his commitment to improving and saving lives globally, pulled the organization forward and generated a huge impact on global health and on the trajectory of Johnson & Johnson”, said Alex Gorsky, currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. “Together with the senior Johnson & Johnson R&D leaders of the R&D Management Committee, Paul created a culture of people development, sponsorship, entrepreneurial leadership, developing generations of new talented leaders for Johnson & Johnson.”
Previously, in his role as Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Stoffels led the transformation of the pharmaceutical research and development pipeline for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, driving a fundamental shift in the R&D paradigm that is now a model in the industry for productivity and innovation. Paul also played a key role in many collaborations with external partners including the licensing of key medicines, as well the acquisition of Crucell and Actelion.
“With Paul at the helm, Janssen rejuvenated its pipeline, launching multiple new medicines, making a difference for people all over the world", said Joaquin Duato, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and the next CEO of Johnson & Johnson as of January 3, 2022. “Under Paul’s leadership, the Janssen R&D teams developed more than 25 new medicines across multiple therapeutic areas. Seven of these medicines have been added to the Essential Medicines List of the World Health Organization, a recognition for the huge impact these medicines are making for patients worldwide.”
Dr. Stoffels is a recognized global leader in the world of public health. With his relentless focus on treating and eliminating HIV, Tuberculosis and Ebola, the most devastating infections on earth, his teams developed medicines and vaccines. He established Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health with the mission of making a difference for people in low- and middle-income countries. In 2020, he spearheaded the development of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine within a record time frame. The vaccine is a critical tool in addressing the pandemic for people living in low-income countries.
Paul is also a prominent thought leader on the global public health stage, advancing key global health policy objectives by representing Johnson & Johnson with organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the European Commission’s Innovative Medicines Initiative and World Health Organization. Paul was instrumental in the founding of TransCelerate Biopharma Inc., the Dementia Discovery Fund and other pre-competitive collaborations aimed to fuel investment in innovation and speed solutions to patients.
“I look forward to working with Alex and Joaquin to ensure a smooth transition for our R&D and innovation teams,” said Stoffels. “With a strong pipeline of passionate leaders, our teams will continue to focus on the most significant unmet medical needs, identify the best ideas – wherever they are in the world, and use our industry-leading capabilities to transform those ideas into solutions that deliver years of life and quality of life for people all over the world.”
About Paul Stoffels, M.D.
Paul studied Medicine at the University of Diepenbeek and the University of Antwerp in Belgium and Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.
Paul began his career as a physician in Africa, focusing on HIV and tropical diseases clinical research, and worked at Janssen Pharmaceutica under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Janssen in the early 1990s. He re-joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 with the acquisition of Virco and Tibotec, where he led the development of several breakthrough products for the treatment of HIV that helped to transform this devastating, deadly disease into a chronic and treatable condition.
About Johnson & Johnson
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