Marianne De Backer



Marianne De Backer

Marianne De Backer

Vice President, Venture Investments

Johnson and Johnson Innovation

Why I'm a JPAL

It feels great to "give back" to young entrepreneurs by helping them realize their visions for making a difference in healthcare.


Marianne has been a strategic advisor, scientist, business leader and deal maker at J&J for more than two decades and brings a unique diversity in perspective through cross-functional, cross-cultural and cross-sector leadership roles. As a scientist and R&D group leader in Europe and US, Marianne was named inventor on five patent applications. As Business Unit Director in the Alpine region she led successful launches of Xeplion® and Stelara® while significantly improving employee and customer engagement. Under her direct leadership through licensing and business development roles across multiple therapeutic areas and regions, Janssen has formed over 200 external alliances which have led to new approved medicines Olysio®, Odefsey®, Symtuza®, Juluca® as well as drugs in Phase III development. Marianne has been recognized for her enduring passion to make a difference for patients, her credo-based leadership, her ability to deliver results in complex and challenging environments, and for building bridges across organizations. She actively mentors a diverse talent pool.


Better well done than well said.

Fun fact:

I aim to meet someone new or learn something new every day. (& my teenage sons are a great inspiration ;))