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Paul Acton



Paul Acton

Paul Acton

Scientific Director and Fellow


Why I'm a JPAL

I think being a JPAL offers opportunities that flow both ways. It provides support and access to the vast resources of J&J for small biotech companies, but also it gives me the chance to see some of the cutting edge research that is being done outside J&J. Although JLABS is a "no strings attached" environment, I think it will always offer opportunities for future collaboration.


I’ve been at Janssen for 11 years, as head of the Molecular Imaging group. We support all the Pharma therapeutic areas, but our main focus is oncology. We also support the radioimmunotherapy program, and provide imaging capabilities to the Medical Devices and Consumer Divisions.  I’ve worked closely with Medical Devices over the past few years looking into intra-operative imaging, particularly using NIR imaging. Before joining J&J, I was a Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania for 8 years, and worked at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine in London, UK.  My background is physics (I have a PhD in high energy physics, and worked briefly at the big accelerator labs at SLAC in Stanford, and CERN in Geneva, before moving to medical imaging).


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

Mark Twain

Fun fact:

I drive a race car