Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement on April 15, 2019, with the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to be the principal corporate partner of the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards in the United States. Part of the Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge founded by the NAM, the Catalyst Awards are a global prize competition to launch later this year, designed to stimulate innovation to transform the field of healthy longevity. The program will culminate in one or more Healthy Longevity Grand Prizes for major breakthroughs in increasing human healthspan.
"At Johnson & Johnson Innovation, we're working to change the trajectory of health for humanity. In addition to developing effective treatments, our 'World Without Disease' vision is to increasingly eliminate diseases through prevention, disease interception in its earliest forms and cures," said William N. Hait, MD, PhD, Global Head, Johnson & Johnson External Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC and Research!America board member.
"Johnson & Johnson Innovation's commitment to a 'World Without Disease' aligns perfectly with the NAM's goal to extend the human healthspan globally and equitably, and I am grateful for their partnership on this important initiative,” said Victor Dzau, MD, President, National Academy of Medicine and Research!America board member. “With its deep knowledge of the entire spectrum of human health, Johnson & Johnson Innovation is uniquely positioned to help advance the most promising innovations. I am confident that, by joining forces, we can accelerate breakthrough innovations that will transform the field and change the way we think about aging forever."
Both Hait and Dzau mentioned that the idea for this collaboration had begun as a conversation at a Research!America meeting. “A great idea can come from anywhere,” Hait said, “and we are proud to partner with the NAM to catalyze new cross-disciplinary ideas and innovation that we believe will ultimately lead to novel solutions for aging in freedom from debilitating disease."
For more information, visit https://nam.edu/initiatives/grand-challenge-healthy-longevity/.