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Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest healthcare company. It has an impressive track record of preventing, treating and curing some of the most devastating and complex diseases of our time. We honor J&J for its companywide focus on ethical action, following the credo crafted by Robert Wood Johnson in 1943 which challenges the firm to put the needs and well-being of the people they serve first. We note, in particular, J&J’s groundbreaking ethical work in the area of Compassionate Use which seeks to make investigative medicines available on a fair, rational and ethical basis; and its leadership in the Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project which advocates for the responsible sharing of clinical research data. Johnson & Johnson has been recognized as a leader in the field by Fortune magazine, InterbrandHealth and IDEA Pharma.

Accepted by JOANNE WALDSTREICHER, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Presented by ARTHUR CAPLAN, Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

 

Jan Karski


Jan Karski was a Polish resistance courier and diplomat during World War II. Karski twice infiltrated Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto and posed as a Ukrainian guard at the Izbica transit camp, all so that he could be a reliable witness of the horrors being perpetuated by the Nazis on Polish soil. Karski’s final mission was to spread the word in the West about what he had seen. He personally delivered his eyewitness account — and an urgent appeal for intervention — to British Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden and to U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Sadly, his message largely fell on deaf ears. After WWII, Karski earned his Ph.D. at Georgetown University, where he subsequently taught for 40 years in the School of Foreign Services. Karski died in 2000. In 2012, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Accepted by ANDRZEJ ROJEK, Chairman, The Jan Karski Educational Foundation

Presented by DAVID STRATHAIRN, Academy Award Nominated Actor

 

David Marwell

David G. Marwell spent nine years at the Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Department of Justice, where, as Chief of Investigative Research, he conducted research in support of the investigations and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. As part of this effort, he played major roles in the Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele investigations. Marwell subsequently served as the director of the Berlin Document Center; executive director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board; associate director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC; and the executive director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust from 2000 to 2015. In his time leading the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Marwell played an instrumental role in the development of FASPE. Marwell is currently writing a book, to be published by W.W. Norton & Company, about Josef Mengele and the Mengele investigation.

Presented by PATTI ASKWITH KENNER, Trustee, Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

— EVENT HOST—

ANTHONY KRONMAN, Former Dean, Yale Law School

— SPECIAL GUEST—

RANDY COHEN, Original Ethicist of the NY Times Magazine and Host of Person Place Thing

 
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