Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute Invests in the Future of Wellbeing with New $18 Million Facility in Lake Nona Medical City

Construction of state-of-the-art, 35,100-square foot research and  training facility expands commitment in Florida


The Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute today announced it is expanding its footprint in the Lake Nona community in Orlando, Florida with the construction of its new global headquarters. The $18 million state-of-the-art campus, located in Lake Nona Medical City, will house the Human Performance Institute’s multidisciplinary training center and serve as the global hub for continuing research and development into science-based approaches to improve human energy capacity for performance, resilience and leadership. Construction will be completed by the end of the year.

The announcement comes as more than 250 health and wellness thought leaders from around the globe attend the annual Lake Nona Impact Forum, an invitation-only conference that brings the best and brightest minds in healthcare together for thoughtful and collaborative conversations about how to accelerate the impact of health innovation. The Forum has been supported by Johnson & Johnson since its inception six years ago.

“At the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, we are passionate about our mission to enable individuals to identify their purpose and sustain peak performance. With this investment, we are accelerating our ability to impact human wellbeing globally,” said Lowinn Kibbey, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. “In creating this world-class training environment, right in the heart of a vibrant community for medical care, research and education, the new facility will anchor our efforts to help individuals and organizations unleash their potential and their capacity for peak performance and wellbeing.”

“Johnson and Johnson’s decision to invest to further expand their footprint in Lake Nona is a testament to our city’s success in diversifying our economy and building infrastructure that drives Orlando’s reputation as a desired location for corporate expansion,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We welcome the company’s new facility, as it will create quality employment opportunities and provide a number of targeted and specialized services to our community.”

This state-of-the art training and research facility in Lake Nona will serve as the global flagship for the Human Performance Institute, will enable more workplace innovation concepts and will serve as an expression of Johnson & Johnson’s human-centered design capabilities and commitment to wellcare. To complement the physical expansion, the Human Performance Institute is transforming the brand expression across all key touch points, beginning with a relaunch of the company’s online portal at to provide users with the latest practical insights, case studies and research on expanding energy capacity and improving personal performance.

“I am especially proud of the expansion of the Human Performance Institute’s new facility in Orlando – the same city we have called home for more than 20 years,” reflected Jack Groppel, Co-Founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. “There has never been a greater need – from those starting out in their careers to the upper reaches of the boardroom – to develop vital energy-management skills. As our world grows more complex and frenetic, our research continues to prove that discovering and living your personal purpose brings energy, fulfillment and wellbeing to your life. Living a life of character brings energy, fulfillment and wellbeing to the lives of others as well.”

For more than 30 years, the Human Performance Institute has been a pioneer in proven, sustainable behavior change science, working with professional athletes, military Special Forces and Fortune 500 CEOs in the field of high performance and energy management. Human Performance Institute programs are grounded in the sciences of performance psychology, exercise physiology and nutrition to deliver proven sustainable behavior change and help individuals become physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and fully engaged for real results.

Lake Nona Institute Partners with Florida Hospital to Advance Health and Wellness Initiatives

Today, the Lake Nona Institute, the nonprofit organization of Tavistock Development Company that aims to inspire healthy, sustainable communities of the future, announced a partnership with Florida Hospital to further advance its health and wellness initiatives within Tavistock’s innovative, best-selling Orlando community, Lake Nona. Lake Nona is home to one of the fastest-growing health and life sciences clusters in the nation and is recognized as a global model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community according to the Global Wellness Institute.

The Lake Nona Institute is researching and analyzing information on human, physical, and environmental elements in real-time to better understand the interaction and effects of the built environment and lifestyle behaviors on human wellbeing. Through the partnership, Florida Hospital will participate in several of Lake Nona’s current health and wellness research initiatives, including:

  • Lake Nona Impact Forum, an annual thought leadership forum that aims to unlock innovation, advance quality of life and move the needle on health care, globally
  • Lake Nona Life Project, a groundbreaking, multi-generational study that focuses on better understanding communities and the factors that lead to better overall health
  • WHIT, Lake Nona’s Wellness Home built on Innovation and Technology, that serves as an incubator for development of forward-thinking home health technologies

“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with Florida Hospital on our promising research projects, and look forward to the many collaborative opportunities that will arise with our innovative partners – all of whom have come to Lake Nona to push the limits and make a lasting, positive impact so that we many all have a chance at a better, healthier tomorrow,” said Gloria Caulfield, executive director of the Lake Nona Institute.

Known for its culture of innovation and collaboration, Lake Nona is globally recognized as a ‘living lab’ with multiple onsite initiatives and organizations whose common goal is to improve our overall health and wellbeing. Florida Hospital joins this notable group of innovators, including Cisco, Delos, GE, GuideWell Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions, Siemens, and Technogym.

Florida Hospital is known for its spirit of innovation and enthusiastic collaboration with many partners to improve the health of our community, and to transform the way that health care is delivered. Florida Hospital looks forward to adding its HelloWell platform to the health-care innovations on display at the WHIT house. In addition, Florida Hospital will be deeply involved with the Life Project, which aligns with the organization’s focus on adopting healthy habits, the importance of preventive care and population health. Florida Hospital was pleased to participate in last year’s forum and will do more in 2018.

“We are honored to join a prestigious group of partners who have committed to advance health and wellness. Together with our resources and complementary initiatives, we believe we will change the future of health care, and create a healthier future for generations to come in this living lab Tavistock has built from scratch at Lake Nona,” said Rick Wassel, vice president, Strategic Innovation & Partnering for the Florida Division of Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital.

Building an Ecosystem for Wellbeing to be Focus of the 2018 Lake Nona Impact Forum

More than 250 of the nation’s leading health care entrepreneurs and innovators, academics, government officials and other thought leaders will discuss and develop solutions to improve health, wellbeing and sustainable living throughout the world at the 2018 Lake Nona Impact Forum held Feb. 28-March 2 in Lake Nona, Orlando, Fla. The sixth annual Lake Nona Impact Forum will focus on the ecosystem of wellbeing and feature a series of collaborative, action-oriented discussions about human longevity, the opioid crisis, the impact of healthy community innovation; progress and challenges in advancing health care; and promising health care technologies and start-ups, among other topics.

“The practice of health transcends the health care system and is relevant to our everyday environment,” said Gloria Caulfield, Executive Director of the Lake Nona Institute. “By convening some of the world’s most brilliant minds at the Lake Nona Impact Forum, we are able to put innovative thought into action that improves health, wellbeing and sustainable living at home and around the globe.”

This year’s presentations and conversations will be led by some of the nation’s foremost health and wellness leaders, including keynote speaker Sandi Peterson, Group Worldwide Chair of Johnson & Johnson. In addition, the Lake Nona Impact Forum will feature discussions about some of the most pressing health care issues today: national health care policy, epidemic of poor sleep, mental health, food system as a catalyst for health and wellbeing, understanding the importance of the immune system in relation to our lifelong health, and the opioid epidemic. A special panel will convene four former commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration who will discuss the FDA’s role in the 21st century.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Blackburn, President of the Salk Institute, Recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine
  • Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
  • Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder, The Chopra Foundation; Co-Founder, Center for Wellbeing
  • Tom Insel, CEO & Founder, MindStrong, Former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, Columbia University, and Host of “The Dr. Oz Show”
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO and President, The Cleveland Clinic
  • Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA
  • Catherine “Cici” Bellis, U.S. Professional Tennis Player
  • Ivan Lendl, eight-time Grand Slam Champion and Coach for Andy Murray
  • Deborah DiSanzo, General Manager of IBM Watson Health
  • Patrick Geraghty, CEO, GuideWell & Florida Blue

The three-day symposium, developed by the Lake Nona Institute, is an invitation-only event inspired by the Aspen Ideas Festival. The event is set in Lake Nona, a 17-square-mile integrated, master-designed community in Orlando, home to one of the fastest-growing health and life sciences clusters in the nation and a model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community that is the current focus of a longitudinal study by Johnson & Johnson known as the Lake Nona Life Project ( and home to WHIT (, a living lab for the healthy home.

Lake Nona represents the whole ecosystem of wellbeing and the Lake Nona Impact Forum is designed to take a deep dive into the various components that comprise this environment. The event is a think-and-do tank, where novel ideas are not only discussed but can be tested and explored within the innovative Lake Nona community.

To help develop innovative solutions to challenges in achieving optimum health and related technology, the 2018 Lake Nona Impact Forum is hosted at the health and life sciences cluster of Lake Nona Medical City; host venues include the Nemours Children’s Hospital, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the University of Florida Research & Academic Center, and the GuideWell Innovation Center.

The 2018 Lake Nona Impact Forum is presented by Johnson & Johnson, Innovation Sponsor KPMG, along with Founding Sponsors: Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, GuideWell Innovation, Sharecare, and Tavistock Foundation; Impact Sponsors: Integrated Wellness Partners, Technogym, Florida Hospital, and Citibank, Roche, IBM Watson Health; Medical City Partners: Nemours Children’s Health System, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, UF Health; and Contributing Sponsors: Dr. Phillips Charities, PepsiCo, Siemens, United States Tennis Association, Boxer Capital, Sleepscore, Civi Biopharma; Community Sponsors: Orange County Government, City of Orlando, Orlando Utilities Commission, Broad and Cassel, HKS Architects, Gilbane, and Bioclinica Research.

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