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Scientists win national J&J award

Johnson & Johnson Co. has named three Rochester-based Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc. researchers among recipients of the health care company’s highest research and development award.
Paul Contestable, principal scientist; Phil Hosimer, a research fellow; and Harold Warren, R&D director, are among eight scientists nationally named as 2007 recipients of the Johnson & Johnson Award for Research & Development.
The award recognizes their work in developing a blood test to screen for Chagas’ disease, a parasite-borne infection that can cause lethal heart and lung infections and has been an increasingly worrisome contaminant of donated blood.
The locally developed screening test has detected some 260 Chagas’ disease-contaminated U.S. blood donations, including 17 in New York, since its use was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Johnson & Johnson said. The highest concentrations of contaminated blood turned up in California, Texas and Florida, the company added.
The Ortho-Clinical R&D team also was honored with a Rochester Business Journal Health Care Achievement Award for the same work in April.

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