JDRF to work with Johnson & Johnson to develop drug targets and pathways for treating diabetes

January 07, 2016

Funding decisions will be led by a combined review committee consisting of representatives from the JDRF and The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science and Technology and its affiliates, with oversight from a Scientific Advisory Board and JDRF volunteers.

"Beta cell survival is a critical research focus to advance the understanding of the natural history of diabetes and importantly, where to intervene to slow or arrest the progression of this disease," said Martin Fitchet, M.D, Therapeutic Area Head, Cardiovascular and Metabolism for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C. "Establishing this alliance with The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is a part of our commitment to access external innovation to drive discovery and development of new therapies for the patients who most need them."

The program aims to contribute to medical research funding in the discovery of better treatments for diabetes, facilitating cooperation between the pharmaceutical industry and universities in with the potential to lead to drug targets and products.

Source: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International