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 https://chg.kncv.nl/nce.
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