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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 .


2020 Prize

The nomination period for the 2020 Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis is closed.


Nominations are currently being reviewed by members of the Jury, and the Janssen Prize will be announced at the 2020 BOSS XVII Symposium (July 5 – 10, 2020).

Find out about our current winner, F. Dean Toste – Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, here


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Last updated: Jan. 3, 2020