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Johnson and Johnson

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Johnson and Johnson is a global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886.

The corporation's headquarters is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. Its consumer division is located in Skillman, New Jersey. The corporation includes some 250 subsidiary companies with operations in over 57 countries. Its products are sold in over 175 countries.

Johnson and Johnson has been consistently named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother.

Johnson and Johnson brands include numerous household names of medications and first aid supplies. Among its well-known consumer products are the Band-Aid Brand line of bandages, Tylenol medications, Johnson's baby products, Neutrogena skin and beauty products, Clean & Clear facial wash and Acuvue contact lenses.

  • 1885 Robert Wood Johnson, inspired by a speech by antisepsic advocate Joseph Lister, joined brothers James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson to create a line of ready-to-use surgical dressings.
  • 1886 The company produced its first products.
  • 1887 The company was incorporated. The company began to use the Red Cross on its products.
  • Robert Wood Johnson served as the first president of the company. He worked to improve sanitation practices in the nineteenth century, and lent his name to a hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • 1905 Johnson and Johnson registered the Red Cross as a U.S. trademark for "medicinal and surgical plasters".
  • 1910 When Robert Johnson died, he was succeeded in the presidency by his brother James Wood Johnson until 1932, and then by his son, Robert Wood Johnson II.
  • Since the 1900s, the company has pursued steady diversification.
  • 1920s Company added consumer products.
  • 1941 Company created a separate division for surgical products which became Ethicon.
  • 1970s-80s It expanded into pharmaceuticals with the purchase of McNeil Laboratories, Inc., Cilag, and Janssen Pharmaceutica, and into women's sanitary products and toiletries.
  • In recent years, Johnson and Johnson has expanded into such diverse areas as biopharmaceuticals, orthopedic devices, and Internet publishing. Recently, Johnson and Johnson has purchased Pfizer's Consumer Healthcare department.
  • 2006 The transition from Pfizer to Johnson and Johnson was completed on 18 December.

See Also

  • [1] Johnson and Johnson Company website

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