Seema Kumar is Vice President of Innovation, Global Public Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson (J&J). In this role, Seema works to position J&J as a global pioneer in innovation and in research and development (R&D) and a partner of choice. Her responsibilities include communications regarding enterprise innovation and R&D, medical safety and ethics, policy, and global health. She also serves as the communication leader for the Johnson & Johnson R&D Management Committee and the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers.
Seema previously served as the Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication and as Vice President, Global R&D Communications of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J.
Prior to joining J&J, Seema was the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research /Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Genome Research, the flagship center for the Human Genome Project.
Seema holds a master of arts degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland, which included a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, a bachelor of science and communication from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India.