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Dr. Victor Ambros and Dr. Gary Ruvkun Win 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research for Discovery of MicroRNAs
Date:6/19/2012

BOSTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson & Johnson today named Dr. Victor Ambros and Dr. Gary Ruvkun the winners of the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research during an event at the Biotechnology Industry Organization International Convention in Boston.  Drs. Ambros and Ruvkun won the Award for their co-discovery of microRNAs (miRNAs) as central regulators of gene expression and development. These regulatory molecules have been implicated in a wide range of normal and pathological activities, including embryonic development, blood-cell specialization, muscle function, heart disease and viral infections. Their discovery has opened new fields of research and has implications for the development of diagnostic tools and medicines.

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research was created by Johnson & Johnson to honor the legacy of one of the most passionate, creative and productive scientists of the 20th century, Dr. Paul Janssen (1926-2003).  The legacy of Dr. Paul – as he was known in the scientific community – continues to inspire the company's commitment to developing innovative solutions for unmet medical needs.  Dr. Paul's work led to breakthroughs in several fields, including pain management, psychiatry, infectious disease and gastroenterology.  Four of the drugs discovered by Dr. Paul and his team remain on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines.

"The groundbreaking research of Dr. Ambros and Dr. Ruvkun has revolutionized the understanding of gene regulation, with significant implications for future developments in the medical field," said Dr. Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson.  "Perhaps equally important is the spirit of collaboration exemplified by these researchers – exactly what Dr. Paul advocated in his own labs. Their success demonstrates that we can achieve so much more when we work together, rather t
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