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About the Prize

The Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis 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.

  • This prestigious recognition is 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 are 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 .


Congratulations to our
2020 Winner!

Phil S. Baran

Professor of Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute


Professor Baran’s transformative contributions and accomplishments in the field of organic synthesis center on the complexity of the synthetic challenges he addresses, the innovative solutions he develops, the speed at which he successfully accomplishes these transformations, and the industry-wide applicability of his approach (find out more here).


Professor Baran will deliver a keynote lecture at the BOSS XVII meeting in Namur, Belgium, July 5 - 10, 2020, where he will receive a trophy and certificate from Janssen Prize jury president B. Feringa and Percy Carter, Global Head, Discovery Sciences, Janssen Research & Development.

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Last updated: March 4, 2020