Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office set up at the University

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07 Mar 2014

The University of Manchester has been chosen to host a Johnson & Johnson Innovation partnering office at our campus-based Innovation Centre, UMIC.

Prof Paul Townsend, Johan Verbeeck and Prof Ian Jacobs Credit: Paul Johan

Johan Verbeeck, Senior Director of Partnership Management at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, will establish a regular presence at the University working with the Business Engagement Support Team.
 
Johnson & Johnson Innovation has four Innovation Centres based in Boston, California, London & Shanghai. The Innovation Centres aim to bring together experts from Johnson & Johnson with local innovators to facilitate exchange of ideas and provide the resources necessary to support translation of research. Through these innovation centres, Johnson & Johnson Innovation can interact more directly with life science “hot spots” across the country by launching regional partnering offices.
 
By being based at the University, Mr Verbeeck said he hoped to build strong personal relationships with leading scientists to facilitate collaboration across pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics, and consumer sectors. He hopes this will lead to identification and investment in pre-clinical proof of concept innovations and, ultimately, accelerate the advancement of healthcare solutions and disease therapies.
 
Professor Paul Townsend, Associate Dean for Business Engagement, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, said: “The funding and collaboration arena in academia and biotech has changed dramatically over the recent past. This phenomenal opportunity of working with Johnson & Johnson and having them here in Manchester is a true win/win situation.” 
 
The partnership is expected to bring about enhanced opportunities for collaboration and partnership building on the University’s existing relationship with Johnson & Johnson. 

Notes for editors

For further information, please contact Alison Barbuti 

Media Relations Officer
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences The University of Manchester 
Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC)
 
Tel: +44(0)161 275 8383
Email: alison.barbuti@manchester.ac.uk
 
Images shows from left to right: Professor Paul Townsend, Associate Dean for Business Engagment, The University of Manchester, Johan Verbeeck, Senior Director of Partnership Management at Johnson & Johnson Innovation / Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences. Image by Paul Johan

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