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Johnson & Johnson 125 Years

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Johnson & Johnson 125 Years

Celebrating 125 Years

1886 – 2011


Three brothers, Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson, found Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.


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.


Johnson & Johnson pioneers the first commercial first aid kits. The initial kits are designed to help railroad workers, but soon become the standard in treating injuries.


Johnson & Johnson launches maternity kits to make childbirth safer for mothers and babies. JOHNSON'S® Baby Powder goes on the market. Its success leads to the Company's heritage Baby business.


Employees manufacture the first mass-produced sanitary protection products for women, a huge step forward in women's health.


The Company is the first to mass produce dental floss to make it affordable so that people can take better care of their teeth. The floss is originally made from leftover suture silk.


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.


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.


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 takes over the leadership of Johnson & Johnson until 1932.


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.


Our first overseas operating company opens in the United Kingdom.


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


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.


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.


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


General Robert Wood Johnson writes Our Credo, which remains the guiding philosophy of Johnson & Johnson.


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. is formed from the Company's heritage suture business.


The two-room office on the second floor of the Cu-Unjieng Building on the corner of Dasmarinas and Rosario streets in the Santa Cruz district of Manila, where the newly-organized Johnson & Johnson Philippines, Inc. first set-up shop in 1956, was so small, recalls Carmen Austriaco Payumo, who joined the company in that first year as a clerk, that she had to “share a desk with the manager’s secretary.”


JOHNSON’s® Baby Oil, JOHNSON’s® Baby Shampoo, JOHNSON’s® Baby Soap, and JOHNSON’s® Baby Cream were introduced. The next year, JOHNSON’s® Baby Cologne was launched.


Johnson & Johnson Philippines Embarked on the manufacture of personal care items – MODESS® Sanitary Napkins, BAND-AID® Brand Cloth Strips and adhesive tape as well as hospital products such as SPECIALIST® Plaster of Paris.


Augusto C. Escueta Jr. assumed the post of president and managing director, the first Filipino to hold this position. It was a time of incredible changes for the country. It was plagued by problems and crises: crippling drought, brutal typhoons and floods, and a beleaguered economy, political turmoil and seething social unrest.


Introduced the first beltless sanitary napkin in the Philippines – STAYFREE®. The beltless version of MODESS® appeared the following year.


A new plant was completed on a six-hectare property along Edison Road in Paranaque. The entire manufacturing operations transferred to a new plant fitted with then state of the art equipment, some the first of their kind in Asia.


MODESS® Lights and FEMINEX® Plus were presented to the market . Johnson’s SHOWER TO SHOWER®, CAREFREE® pantyshields, REACH® Toothbrush, JOHNSON’s ® home wound care and others followed soon after a flurry of new product activity.


On February 23, 1985, group chairman of Johnson & Johnson International, Giorgio Petronio, presided over the ground breaking ceremony for a new building at the Paranaque site that would house all of Johnson&Johnson Philippines’administrative offices.


After the historic event at EDSA in 1986, growth once again became the priority for the Company. By the end of 1987, the Company rebound was in full swing and for the first time, Johnson & Johnson Philippines was welcomed into the ranks of the country’s top 100 corporations.


Johnson & Johnson Philippines launched JOHNSON’s® Face Powder for young women.


The local team launched “Blossoms”, the first ever scent variant of JOHNSON’s®Baby Powder.


The Company decided to rename the brand "JOHNSON’s® Pure Essentials," a name that it felt was more expressive of the brand’s proposition of being a line of reliable, safe and uncomplicated skin care products that answer the basic skin care needs of young female adults.


The Johnson&Johnson ASEAN Consumer Group of Companies was formed consisting of consumer companies in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Indochina and led by a Filipino, Diosdado C. Salvador, Jr.


A new chapter for the corporate newsletter Ugnayan began.


Grace del Rosario-Castano became the 12th president and managing director of Johnson&Johnson Philippines on the first of April, 2002 – the first Filipina to take the helm of the Company.


Johnson & Johnson Philippines launched its "Total Wellness" program. One notable project is the Johnson & Johnson Childcare Center. The facility located in the LIVE for LIFE ® building provides child care services for the children of employees while they are at work.


Zinnia S Rivera was appointed President and Managing Director


The Company supports the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals to improve the health of mothers and children in developing countries. As a founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson helps launch the United States' first free mobile health service, providing health information via text messages for pregnant women and new mothers.


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.