Johnson & Johnson Investing to Learn How to Predict or Prevent Disease; Studies Could Lead to Clinical Laboratory Tests that Detect Disease Earlier and More Accurately

COPD and gestational diabetes research are the subject of two new projects aimed at intercepting diseases prior to onset and identifying preventive treatments

Can new insights into the human genome make it possible to diagnose disease much earlier—even before symptoms can be observed? Multiple research programs are targeting this possibility. One example is being conducted by Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The American multinational medical-device company wants to leverage recent developments in genetics, data analysis, and its worldwide partnerships, in an attempt to answer two profound questions:

• Can the earliest signals of disease be identified; and

• What treatments will assist researchers who are trying to prevent diseases?

To pursue these two goals, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is expanding its existing research project into disease prediction and prevention, which currently involves 24 global partners, according to an Associated Press March story. (more…)