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A New Name, A New Look, A New Era!

In celebration of the 30+ year history of the Prize and its global reach, we are pleased to unveil our new identity and name: the Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis.


This prestigious recognition was established in 1986 by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, members of the academic chemistry community and the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium (BOSS) to bring attention to the positive impact of organic synthesis in drug discovery.


    About the Prize:
  • Awarded every two years to a chemist, under the age of 50, who has made a significant contribution to the field of organic synthesis
  • Nominations submitted by the global academic community of organic chemists
  • A panel of international jury members, chaired by Prof. B. Feringa, 2016 Nobel Prize winner, select the winner.
  • The recipient receives 20.000 Euros, a trophy, a plaque and delivers a keynote address at BOSS.
  • Learn more about our 30-year legacy here and our impressive winners here.

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Congratulations to our 2018 Winner!

F. Dean Toste


Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley


His pioneering work in homogeneous metal catalysis, in particular gold catalysis, and thorough mechanistic thinking have pushed the boundaries of synthetic organic chemistry, leading to many new discoveries at an unprecedented rate. Professor Toste was recognized at the 16th BOSS meeting in July 2018, where he also delivered a keynote lecture. (find out more here)

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Last updated: Aug 28, 2018