There will be very few who haven’t heard the name - Johnson and Johnson. Only a handful of companies can claim to have a lasting legacy like them. From Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and Band-Aid bandages to Benadryl cough syrup and OneTouch Glucometers, every one of us have used a Johnson & Johnson product at one point or other in our lives.
The journey from a small company that made surgical dressings to a multinational pharmaceutical giant is nothing short of phenomenal. Back in the 1860s, there was a time where sterile surgical practices were lacking at large. Inspired by Joseph Lister, who was a pioneer of antiseptic surgery, Robert Wood Johnson along with his brothers James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson founded Johnson & Johnson in January 1886 and began to offer ready to use surgical dressings to improve sanitation and health-care practices in the 19th century.
By 1937, Johnson & Johnson expanded to countries like UK, Argentina and Brazil. The company went public in the year 1944. Johnson and Johnson offers wide range of products which can be categorised into three major divisions – Pharmaceuticals, Medical & Diagnostic Devices and Consumer Products.