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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 .

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Call for Nominations

We are pleased to announce the “Call for Nominations” for the 2022 Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis. Submission deadline is December 31, 2021. Further details on the nomination process can be found here.


Congratulations to our
2020 Winner!

Phil S. Baran

Professor of Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute


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Phil S. Baran, winner of the 2020 Prize, will be recognized at the July 2022 Symposium. Find out more about his transformative contributions to the field of organic synthesis here.

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Last updated: September, 2021