Career Milestones: Pavan Heda

Pavan joined Johnson & Johnson to become part of one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. In a career that has spanned almost 20 years, Pavan has worked across different industries, from consumer pharmaceuticals to medical devices to prescription medicines, gaining experience and assuming ever-greater leadership roles. Read his story:

oming to Johnson & Johnson has given me the opportunity to work in three different industries, take on numerous challenging roles and to learn new skills, all while improving the lives of people around the world. I could not have ever gotten that kind of experience elsewhere. I chose Johnson & Johnson because I wanted to join one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world. I used to think all top pharmaceutical companies were the same. I know now that simply isn’t the case.

  • 1998 - 2006

    Sr. Research Scientist, Group Leader, R&D Portfolio Manager

    Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Skillman, NJ

    I came to Johnson & Johnson straight out of college, and found myself immersed in doing cutting-edge research to create new products for women’s health. My work led to me being awarded three U.S. patents, and gaining great experience managing product development teams.

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    I love working for a company that is continually looking for talent and leadership to take it to the next level.
  • 2006 - 2014

    Portfolio Manager, Director R&D Operations
    Sr. Director, R&D Strategy and Portfolio Management

    Janssen Pharmaceuticals Titusville, NJ

    I never considered myself “just a scientist”, and at Johnson & Johnson I was given a chance to prove it. When I took on a new challenge and moved into portfolio management, I ended up using my analytical skills and knowledge to help the business make strategic portfolio and investment decisions.

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    We are bringing transformational new medications to patients that address the highest unmet medical needs while delivering significant improvement in the standard of care.
  • 2014

    Head of R&D Strategy, Business Operations
    VP, Global Head of R&D Strategy, Business Operations

    Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices West Chester, PA

    At Johnson & Johnson, there seems to be no limit to what I can do with my career. Building on my management experiences from working in consumer products and pharmaceuticals sectors, I expanded my knowledge of the healthcare industry by joining our medical devices sector. If you think about it, I’ve had the opportunity to work at equivalent of what’s considered world’s top consumer products company, top pharmaceuticals/biotech company and largest medical devices company at the same time, but stay with the same company!

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    Johnson & Johnson wants people of diverse backgrounds…not just diversity of race and gender, but diversity of experience and thought to help them see different angles.

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