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Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research Issues Call for Nominations
Date:12/9/2011

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research today opens its 2012 call for nominations. This prestigious award recognizes individuals whose scientific research has made, or has the potential to make, significant transformational contributions toward the improvement of human health. Nominations are available at www.pauljanssenaward.com and will be accepted until February 15, 2012, for consideration by an independent selection committee of world renowned scientists. A $100,000 cash prize will be awarded to the scientist or group of scientists receiving the Award.

The Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research honors Dr. Paul Janssen (1926-2003), who is widely recognized as one of the most productive scientists of the 20th century. Known by colleagues throughout the scientific community as "Dr. Paul," Janssen was responsible for breakthrough treatments in disease areas including pain management, psychiatry, infectious disease and gastroenterology and founded Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V., a Johnson & Johnson Company.

"We are proud to recognize and celebrate outstanding scientists who are making significant contributions to the research and development of critical new medicines, and who exemplify Dr. Paul's passion for medical innovation that addresses patient need," said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, who worked for many years alongside Dr. Janssen.

In September 2011, the Award was presented to Napoleone Ferrara, M.D., Genentech Fellow, for his central role in the discovery of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), the core signaling molecule of angiogenesis. Dr. Ferrara's research 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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