Digital Ministerial


Najat Khan

Johnson and Johnson

Chief Data Science Officer, Global Head, Strategy and Operations, Janssen Research and Development LLC


Najat Khan, Ph.D., is the Chief Data Science Officer and Global Head of Strategy & Operations for R&D at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson – a unique combination of leadership roles in the healthcare industry. As Chief Data Science Officer, Najat leads a team of 100+ data scientists and data engineers who are leveraging the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, real-world data and digital health – from end-to-end across Janssen’s pharmaceutical pipeline – to do things in pharma R&D that couldn’t be done before and drive transformational innovation for patients. As Global Head of R&D Strategy & Operations, Najat shapes Janssen’s R&D strategy, including key pipeline and portfolio decisions and new strategic initiatives—all focused on delivering on the company’s mission of changing the trajectory of healthcare. Prior to joining Janssen, Najat was a Partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Named on Endpoints News’ list of top 20 leaders under 40 in biopharma and biotech in 2022, she received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her B.A. in Computational Chemistry with a minor in Economics from Colgate University.