TNO and Janssen sign intention to develop new collaborations

Efficient drug development
16 December 2020

Today, TNO Healthy Living and Janssen signed a letter of intent in which the parties declare their intention to explore multiple topics for the development of new collaborations.

The selected topics represent technological areas in which both parties foresee innovations that will contribute to breakthroughs in our understanding and precision treatment of disease, as well as health domains in which unmet needs require new approaches, and accelerating drug development. In addition, the parties are seeking collaboration on topics of mutual interest in which joint efforts may add up to more than the sum of the parts.


Janssen - with its large R&D and production locations at Leiden Bio Science Park (the Netherlands) and Beerse (Belgium) - and TNO Healthy Living (which will have its main location at Leiden Bio Science Park as of Q1 2022) are both strong pillars in the research landscape of health and disease. In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Janssen is at the forefront of vaccine development, while TNO has used its knowledge power on innovations to alleviate the burden of corona in various areas. Examples include introducing a new rapid test for COVID-19 and establishing a new laboratory for virus research.

The execution of this letter of intent marks the intention of Janssen and TNO to search for alignments in terms of the investments that both parties make in research and innovation. Peter Werkhoven, Chief Scientific Officer at TNO: “As the flywheel of innovation in our society, we operate in close collaboration with public and private partners to align our research agendas and accelerate societal and economic value creation. With high expectations, we are intensifying our collaboration with Janssen, a major player in fighting sickness with science.”

About Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

At Janssen, they’re creating a future where disease is a thing of the past. they’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. They focus on areas of medicine where they can make the biggest difference: Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Neuroscience, Oncology and Pulmonary Hypertension.

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