Johnson & Johnson Launches Next Satellite Center for Global Health Discovery at Holistic Drug Discovery and Development Centre, University of Cape Town, Focused on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

The new Center is focused on outpacing the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and builds on Johnson & Johnson’s longstanding commitment to tackle this challenge
The Satellite Center in Cape Town is the second site to open in Johnson & Johnson’s network of research collaborations aimed at addressing the world’s most pressing health challenges
The collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and H3D will help to further expand and strengthen Africa’s scientific capacity as a global hub for discovery research

Johnson & Johnson (the Company) today announced the launch of the J&J Satellite Center for Global Health Discovery (Satellite Center) at the Holistic Drug Discovery and Development (H3D) Centre, University of Cape Town, in Cape Town, South Africa. This marks the latest expansion of the J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery (J&J Centers), a global network of research collaborations between the Company and leading research institutions to accelerate translational and discovery research to address some of the world’s most pressing global health challenges. The Satellite Center at H3D will work to drive new solutions to address the present and rising threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a specific focus on multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB).

The establishment of the J&J Centers is a critical step in the creation of a larger, global scientific network that will help stimulate local innovation and support researchers to drive and advance discovery research and development (R&D). Together, teams from the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and H3D will leverage their combined global, institutional and regional strengths to bolster the early-stage science, innovation and talent development needed to tackle AMR, a prevalent threat in Africa and around the world.

“Investing to increase the capacity of the innovation ecosystem in Africa is critical to strengthening the R&D pipeline for entrenched and emerging global health challenges,” said Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head, Global Public Health R&D at Janssen Research & Development, LLC. “By leveraging the unique strengths of H3D and the J&J Centers, we can cultivate the talent and capacity needed to drive innovation in the global fight against AMR.”

AMR has been named one of the top ten global health threats by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has the power to transform easily treated diseases into deadly killers by rendering medicines and medical innovations ineffective. In 2019, more than 5 million deaths were attributed to AMR, making it one of the leading causes of death worldwide. MDR Gram-negative bacteria are particularly concerning to public health because of their resistance to multiple antibiotics and the limited availability of treatment options

About the J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery
Johnson & Johnson is joining forces with renowned institutions and leveraging their regional networks to bolster innovation and health equity in parallel through the establishment of the J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery. The Satellite Centers will provide long-term opportunities for mentorship of emerging talent in the discovery sciences to stimulate both local innovation and capacity.

Johnson & Johnson launched the first Satellite Center in July 2021 at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which is focused on developing cutting-edge science to build the next-generation of drug regimens needed to treat all forms of tuberculosis (TB). The disease remains one of the most significant challenges in global health, responsible for 1.5 million deaths in 2020 and accounting for nearly one-third of all deaths from AMR.

The risk of intense epidemics is growing rapidly, with the probability of novel disease outbreaks likely to increase three-fold in the coming decades. Despite this, the last decade has seen a consistent decline in funding for basic science. The J&J Centers are an important step in turning this tide and delivering innovations needed to address the diseases that disproportionately impact the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Additional Satellite Centers will be launched in the future. To learn more, visit

Johnson & Johnson’s Efforts to Outpace Antimicrobial Resistance
Research at the new Satellite Center will build on Johnson & Johnson’s decades of work accelerating innovation – from the lab to the last mile of healthcare – to outpace the threat of AMR. As a founding member of the AMR Action Fund and AMR Industry Alliance, Johnson & Johnson has committed to investing in and advancing critical science, as well as providing access to antibiotics and safeguarding their long-term effectiveness, to meet public health needs. As part of these efforts, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are leading the pursuit for novel vaccines and therapeutics to tackle a range of drug-resistant infections, including drug-resistant TB and E. coli.

About Johnson & Johnson
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. Learn more at Follow us at @JNJNews.

About the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
At Janssen, we’re creating a future where disease is a thing of the past. We’re the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, working tirelessly to make that future a reality for patients everywhere by fighting sickness with science, improving access with ingenuity, and healing hopelessness with heart. We focus on areas of medicine where we can make the biggest difference: Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Pulmonary Hypertension.

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