Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Division of Johnson & Johnson (China) Investment Ltd., announced on June 27 the opening of JLABS @ Shanghai, the world’s largest JLABS and the first in Asia Pacific. The 4,400-square-meter facility, located in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, is a collaboration with the Shanghai Pharma Engine Company, Ltd. JLABS @ Shanghai can accommodate more than 50 start-ups across the pharmaceuticals, medical device, consumer and health tech segments, and opens with 31 resident companies, including the three awardees of the Lung Cancer Innovation QuickFire Challenge.
“Johnson & Johnson has deep roots in China with an innovation footprint dating back nearly four decades. We are committed to fueling innovation in the region and unleashing the power of science and technology to advance the health of people in China and around the world,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman, Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson. “The new JLABS in Shanghai will connect global and local entrepreneurs with the expertise of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and our strategic partners to help transform great ideas into breakthrough solutions.”
At the opening, JLABS @ Shanghai announced the awardees of the Lung Cancer Innovation QuickFire Challenge, which was launched in June 2018 to focus on the prevention, interception and curing of lung cancer. The awardees will receive a total of US$750,000 in grants; one year of residency at JLABS @ Shanghai, including a laboratory bench, workstation and access to the JLABS community; and mentorship and coaching from Johnson & Johnson Innovation. The three awardees are: DNX Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Hawkeye Bio and NE Scientific LLC.
“The opening of JLABS @ Shanghai couldn’t have come at a better time for China and the world, facing the growing challenge of diabetes, cancer, and an aging population. Together we can identify and nurture best in class science to transform how diseases are treated, cured, prevented and intercepted,” said Melinda Richter, Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS. “We can’t do that well for the 1.4 billion people in China without being right here, working hand-in-hand with the right people. Today, all of you, and the companies and entrepreneurs of JLABS @ Shanghai, have the potential to create solutions that can be global answers as we work toward the hope of a world without disease.”
“Johnson & Johnson is honored to collaborate with the Shanghai Pharma Engine Company Limited to bring JLABS to Shanghai,” said Will Song, Chairman, Johnson & Johnson China and President, Johnson & Johnson Medical China. “JLABS @ Shanghai adds to our expanding presence of R&D, and innovation centers in Shanghai to develop a regional hub for innovation across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and serves as a key contributor to the government’s Healthy China 2030 initiative.”
JLABS sites have hosted more than 540 companies to date, advancing several biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical device, consumer and health tech programs. JLABS @ Shanghai will follow the same no-strings-attached approach across all existing JLABS locations: San Diego; San Francisco; Boston; Lowell; Houston; Toronto; Beerse, Belgium; New York City and the newly announced Washington, DC.