William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D.

Global Head
Johnson & Johnson Global External Innovation


B.A. University of Pennsylvania

M.D. Medical College of Pennsylvania

Ph.D. Medical College of Pennsylvania - Pharmacology



Dr. William N. Hait leads the external sourcing and creation of transformational innovation to help Johnson & Johnson achieve its mission to change the trajectory of health for humanity. He works on building an enterprise-wide external R&D pipeline, creating innovative solutions that utilize J&J's excellence in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products. His team strives to identify disruptive technologies and cutting-edge early innovations in disease areas of emphasis at J&J, to eliminate disease through prevention, interception and cures. 

Dr. Hait joined Johnson & Johnson in 2007 and served as Global Therapeutic Area Head for Oncology from 2007 to 2011, and then as Global Head, Janssen Research & Development, from 2011 to 2018. Before that, he was the founding Director of The (Rutgers) Cancer Institute of New Jersey. From 1993 to 2007 he was Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Associate Dean for Oncology Programs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Hait joined the Yale University School of Medicine faculty in 1984 and became Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology, Associate Director of the Yale University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Breast Cancer Unit and Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Unit. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

He has devoted time to numerous advisory and editorial boards, served in a range of scientific functions, societies and committees, was elected President of the American Association for Cancer Research (2007-2008) and has received numerous awards and honors.