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Johnson & Johnson opens new Asia-Pac HQ

The Business Times by ELYSSA TAN


GLOBAL healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson, officially opened its new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore on Thursday to lead in the creation of new healthcare ideas and solutions for the future

Located at Science Park, the new 15,800 square metre regional headquarters will lead collaborations and partnerships to co-create new global healthcare models which are at the forefront of innovation.

It will also bring together more than 1,000 of its employees from various areas - pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer businesses in one location to spearhead new ideas and frameworks.

The headquarters also includes features such as a Design Lab, the first to be located outside the United States, and a Leadership Lab, the company's first global development centre, which will create links with universities, research groups, governments, healthcare bodies and other partners for co-creation projects.

Thien Kwee Eng, assistant managing director of the Economic Development Board, said: "Johnson & Johnson will play a key role in training and enhancing our local ecosystem and workforce with strong design-thinking skills and leadership capabilities, to innovate new businesses and solutions and address the evolving healthcare needs of consumers in Asia, from Singapore."

Another new feature is a Human Performance Institute, the first in the Asia-Pacific, to offer its proprietary leadership development initiatives to participants outside Johnson & Johnson, with the goal of training 150,000 people in Singapore by 2020.