Press release: National Chemical Landmark 2023

The Hague, April 21, 2023 – The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) will proclaim the Pharmacological Laboratory at Pivot Park in Oss a National Chemical Landmark on June 22, 2023. This building was the foundation for many chemical pharmaceutical inventions with great social impact, including the birth control pill. Prior to the unveiling of the plaque, a lecture program on the role of this property in chemical-pharmaceutical history, the present and the future will take place. The program is open to the public at no cost; register here.

100 years pharma in Oss
In 2023 it will be 100 years since the first medicines were made in Oss. This initiated a development that has shaped Oss into what it is today. Not only in the field of drug development and production, but also as an enterprising and innovative community.

Pharmacological Laboratory, Oss
Completed in 1939, the Pharmacological Laboratory – now known as the Banting Building at Pivot Park – is the foundation of numerous chemical-pharmaceutical inventions with great social impact, including the pill. Building on the 1930s hormone research by Ernst Laqueur, researchers at Organon, founded in 1923 – such as Stefan Szpilfogel and Max de Winter – compete in the international vanguard in this field. Shortly after the pill hit the market in America, Organon followed with its own birth control pill, Lyndiol, in 1962. The Pharmacological Laboratory played an important role in this.

The current building is no longer used by Organon, but is part of Pivot Park. More than 10 years after the start, the Pivot Park science park houses about 60 companies and more than 1.000 employees.

The KNCV has awarded the National Chemical Landmark annually since 2018. The Netherlands has a rich chemical history, with well-known Nobel prize winners, a thriving industry and high-level research. The KNCV is committed to nurturing this past and annually awarding a location as National Chemical Landmark. Previously, this title was awarded to the Oval Hall of the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (2018), the Great Office of Gist-Brocades in Delft (2019), the Sonnenborgh laboratory chimicum in Utrecht (2020), the Van ‘t Hoff Laboratory in Amsterdam (2021) and Rapenburg 31 in Leiden (2022). For more information, visit

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Pivot Park Captains' Dinner

10 years ago, Pivot Park opened its doors to the world. Thanks to your commitment, support and confidence, we have been able to grow it into the successful and innovative biopharmaceutical campus it is today.

Now it’s time to celebrate!

We are therefore delighted to invite you – along with all your fellow CEOs at Pivot Park – to a special night out featuring inspiring art, a wonderful dinner and lots of opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

Erwin Wurm | Am I a House?

For the first time, the artist shows a cross-section of his work, from Narrow Furniture to One Minute Sculptures, within the walls of a historic building. Villa Constance, a former home that today houses Museum Jan Cunen, is not only a location but also part of the conversation. Because what exactly is a house?


The development of medicines in Oss began one hundred years ago. It was then that the foundations were laid for what would become a flourishing pharmaceutical sector in the Netherlands, leading to groundbreaking discoveries such as insulin and the anti-conception pill.

Today, the entire chain is still represented in Oss, from early-stage research to the commercial scale production of medicines. Working in Oss, we focus on the health of people all over the world. Employees at dozens of companies large and small put their heart and soul into new medicines, products and services that will improve lives worldwide. Together, our strength lies in our combination of broad knowledge about the development of medicines and a thorough understanding of the requirements of high-quality production.

This shared past and common values stimulate strong bonds among everyone who works in pharmaceuticals in Oss. We build on qualities, expertise and networks that go back decades. And with a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and scientific institutions all located nearby, we offer an attractive business climate and an excellent basis for international collaboration.

We are proud to work together to create a better and healthier future for all, a collaboration that in turn fuels growing employment: today, most pharmaceutical jobs in the Netherlands are in Oss. Here we connect talent and companies and stimulate entrepreneurship, while our expert employees are our most important asset. Their drive ensures that Oss has an influence on health all over the world.

Pharma in Oss offers endless opportunities to startups and talent in a city and region that is a joy to live and work in. We are committed to collaboration and sustainable and successful entrepreneurship. Oss’s pharmaceutical companies are intrinsically competitive while also being committed to quality and safety. This, plus their focus on new health solutions and contemporary technology, makes us a leader in our pursuit of a better life for people worldwide.