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Dr. Napoleone Ferrara Wins 2011 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
Date:6/28/2011

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson & Johnson today announced the winner of the 2011 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research during the BIO International Convention (BIO) in Washington D.C.  Napoleone Ferrara, M.D., is the seventh leading scientist to win the Award, which honors a scientist or team of scientists whose contributions have the potential to significantly improve the health and lives of people around the world.  Dr. Ferrara was selected by an independent committee of eight renowned scientists, including Nobel Laureates, Lasker Prize winners, and others, for his research on angiogenesis, the process of new blood vessel formation that plays a key role in cancer proliferation and a number of other diseases.  Dr. Ferrara's discoveries opened the door to the development of a new class of therapeutics to combat a serious eye disorder and contributed to the development of new oncology therapeutics.

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"With the 2011 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, Johnson & Johnson recognizes Dr. Ferrara for the meaningful impact his discoveries have had on the lives of patients all over the world," said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson.  "Like Dr. Paul Janssen, Dr. Ferrara is a visionary who brings passion, commitment to excellence and a spirit of collaboration to the vitally important work of scientific discovery and pharmaceutical research."

Dr. Ferrara's lab isolated and cloned vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a major regulator of angiogenesis in physiology and disease, and helped elucidate the role of the factor and its receptors in the development of tumors.
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