Seema Kumar is Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson, where she is a member of the Communications Leadership Council and is responsible for maintaining the company’s leadership position in innovation and global health. She works closely with Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman of Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Paul Stoffels, as well as communication leaders in Corporate and R&D. Seema also serves as the communication leader for the Worldwide R&D Council and several Innovation Centers. Seema was previously Vice President, Global R&D Communications at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
Seema previously was the chief communications officer at the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research. She played a key role in enhancing worldwide awareness and understanding of the Human Genome Project.
Seema has published more than 200 news and feature articles on science and medicine, for which she has won several awards, including an Award of Excellence in writing from the American Medical Writers Association and three Gold Medals for Media Relations, Science Education, and Web Development.
Seema holds a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland (UMD), a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, a bachelor of science and communication from UMD, a graduate diploma in journalism and mass communication, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India.