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About Johnson & Johnson in Switzerland

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 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 to Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & 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 in Switzerland towards the local communities and the outside world.

Together for a healthy Switzerland. Providing greater quality of life.

Our Heritage: 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.

How we drive innovation

As the science of human health and well-being has grown, we've been able to grow with it. Even more important, we've helped shape and define what health and well-being means in everyday lives. Our products, services and ideas now touch the lives of at least one billion people every day. We credit our strength and endurance to a consistent approach to managing our business, and to the character of our people.

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

Giving back and 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. We started this long before the word “citizenship” and “corporate social responsibility” was fashionable. 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 done for 130 years.

Awards & Recognition

We are proud to have earned the recognition of several important organizations that honor our working environment and our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Company History - Our Long-Standing Commitment

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.

Maternity Kits & JOHNSON'S® Baby Powder

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 Start of a Tradition

The tradition of providing disaster relief begins when the Company donates products and money to help the citizens of Galveston, Texas, in the aftermath of a hurricane.

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.

San Francisco Earthquake

Within hours of the San Francisco Earthquake, Johnson & Johnson donates products and money to help the citizens of San Francisco, the largest amount of help from any organization.

James Wood Johnson

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

Invention of BAND-AID®

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, invented by employee Earle Dickson in 1920, go on the market. They are the first commercial dressings for small wounds that consumers can apply themselves.

The Company Enters the UK

Our first overseas operating company opens in the United Kingdom.

Further Company Expansion

The Company expands to Mexico and South Africa (1930) and to Australia (1931).

First Prescription Contraceptive Gel

A Johnson & Johnson operating company pioneers family planning products with ORTHO-GYNOL®, the first prescription contraceptive gel. This was based on the need for trusted family planning products.

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.

Company Expansion

The Company expands to Argentina and Brazil. Ortho Research Laboratories, Inc. is established in Linden, New Jersey, to make women’s health products.

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.


JOHNSON'S® Baby Shampoo with NO MORE TEARS® formula enters the market as the first mild and soap-free shampoo designed to be gentle enough to clean babies' hair but not irritate their eyes.

J&J Opens in India

The first Johnson & Johnson operating company opens in India.

TYLENOL® Becomes Available

Johnson & Johnson acquires McNeil Laboratories in the U.S. and Cilag Chemie, AG in Europe, giving the Company a significant presence in the growing field of pharmaceutical medicines. One McNeil product, TYLENOL® (acetaminophen) elixir for children, is the first prescription aspirin-free pain reliever. A year later, it becomes available without a prescription and earns status as the pain reliever doctors and pediatricians recommend most.

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. Also, 1963 marks the last year that JOHNSON'S® Baby Powder is sold in tins.

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.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Johnson & Johnson is a founding partner in Safe Kids Worldwide, the first national and then global campaign to reduce accidental childhood injury. By 2008, the campaign helps reduce the death rate for unintentional injury in children ages 14 and under in the U.S. by 45 percent.

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.

Addressing Unmet Needs

Johnson & Johnson acquires Tibotec-Virco BVBA to help address the vast unmet needs of patients with HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases such as tuberculosis.

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

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

Every Mother, Every Child

The Company launches Every Mother, Every Child in support of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to improve the health of mothers and children in developing countries. Also this year, as a founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson helps launch the United States’ first free mobile health service that provides timely and expert health information through text messages for pregnant women and new mothers.

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.

Might Want To Reformat This Event

1. Our First Aid Kits celebrated their 125th anniversary.
2. Opened innovation centers in Boston, MA; Menlo Park, CA; London, UK; and Shanghai, China.

Teeth Whitening Mouthwash

The new Listerine® Advanced White mouthwash for whiter teeth helps remove stains, remineralizes and strengthens them all at the same time - for a confident smile with whiter teeth.

Neutrogena® Campaign

Neutrogena® moves women worldwide with its campaign “See what is possible”. The message is intended to encourage consumers on making their dreams come true and showing their best side.

Largest Acquisition in 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.

Recognition for Switzerland

Johnson & Johnson Switzerland has been recognized among the top 3 attractive Swiss employers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry ranking of Universum.


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