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Frank Kirchner



Frank Kirchner

Frank Kirchner

Catalyzer Lead (ESI) - Principal Scientist

Johnson & Johnson, Consumer

Why I'm a JPAL

I have been working closely with Holobiome, a JLABS company in Boston, on now two active Research Programs developing live biotherapeutics (Bed Bugs (Sleep) and GutBusters (DH/IBS)), and have recently participated as a reviewer in the IBD Stress Test Quick Fire Challenge. From these experiences I really see the importance of focusing externally as we find opportunities to drive future innovation and think I can provide value cultivating these relationships as they are identified.


In my current role as Catalyzer Lead in Emerging Science & Innovation (Consumer, Inc), I am responsible for identifying, validating and de-risking early science with potential applicability to our Consumer Need States and for generating scientific and technical insights that will lead to differentiated new products and claims for the Consumer business. I am currently leading the Gut Brain Axis Catalyzer which includes two active Research Programs both focused on developing live biotherapeutics; Project Bed Bugs (Sleep) and Project GutBusters (DH/IBS). I joined J&J in 2007 as a consultant Research Scientist as part of Research & Development Microbiology in Product Deployment, North America where I successfully developed in vitro tissue models evaluating antimicrobial technologies for the Women’s Health Franchise as well as carbohydrate metabolism of microorganisms for Pharmaceutical R&D. In 2010, as a Senior Scientist in R&D Microbiology PDNA, I served as a project team representative for R&D Franchise and Platform support. Then, as part of the cross- franchise Microbiome Platform, I was successful in leading the design and execution of fundamental learning and technology assessment clinical studies as well as the pre- and probiotic technology development project strategy. Prior to joining J&J, I worked at Revlon in the Global Consumer Product R&D Headquarters as a research microbiologist, where I was responsible for the design and testing of preservative systems for all cosmetic formulation types as well as for the development of in-vitro models for irritation and inflammation testing. I have a B.A. degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University as well as an M.S. degree in Microbiology from Seton hall University.


"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."

Steve Prefontaine

Fun fact:

I played Rugby for 14 years of my life, now I am introducing the sport to my 4 yr old son!!