NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 12, 2005 -- Johnson & Johnson today announced the appointment of a top-level scientific committee of international experts who will serve as the selection committee to nominate and select the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. The Award was created to honor Dr. Paul Janssen, or "Dr. Paul" as he was known throughout the scientific community, one of the 20th century's most gifted and passionate scientists who revolutionized modern medicine and inspired a new generation of researchers. At the time of his death in 2003, Dr. Paul's work had produced more than 80 medicines that helped save millions of lives. In addition, he was the founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, which later became part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.
The Award selection committee, nominated by Dr. Per Peterson, chairman, research & development, pharmaceutical group at Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Harlan Weisman, company group chairman, research & development, pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, and Dr. Theodore Torphy, corporate vice president, science and technology at Johnson & Johnson, includes:
- Dr. Arvid Carlsson (Sweden), University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
- Dr. Jean Marie Lehn (France), professor, College de France, 1987 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
- Dr. Hartmut Michel (Germany), director, department of Molecular Membrane Biology, University of Frankfurt, 1988 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
- Dr. Edward Scolnick (United States), former president of Merck Research Laboratories, Merck and Company, now director of the Psychiatry Initiative at the Broad Institute, member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.
- Dr. Sol Snyder (United States), professor and director of the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1978 co-winner of the Albert La
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