Reichstein Medal

It is the most important task of the Swiss Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences to actively promote Pharmaceutical Sciences, also by honouring persons from academia and industry for their merits in this wide field of research and general actitivities. The Reichstein Medal is regarded as the "Swiss Noble prize in pharmaceutical sciences", and awarded to individuals of international standing, who have actively contributed to the promotion of pharmaceutical sciences in Switzerland with respect to research, education and professional activities. According to the by-laws of SSPhS, the candidate is selected by the Executive Committee. Selection criteria include:

  • Outstanding direct or indirect contribution to the promotion of pharmaceutical sciences in research, education and/or professional activities
  •  International reputation.
  • Excellent achievements, at least partially performed in Switzerland that directly benefited the pharmaceutical sciences in Switzerland.
  • Preferably trained as pharmacist or having received post-graduate training in pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Preferably still professionally active at date of award recognition.

The Reichstein Medal was created by the artist Willy Engel of Thun (Switzerland).

We anticipate that we will be given the opportunity to expand our little gallery of the Reichstein-Medal winners by many further persons of merit.


Reichstein-medal winners gallery

  • Prof. Dr. William I. Higuchi

    Medal winner of the year 1994

    Prof. Dr. William I. Higuchi is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. He has graduated more than 100 Ph.D.students and is worldwide known because he has authored more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters, has edited the periodical "International Journal of Pharmaceutics and his leadership in drug delivery. Dr. Higuchi is world reknown for his rigorous scientific contributions in developing mechanistic models of biologically relevant processes.

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  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Zinkernagel

    Medal winner of the year 1997

    Professor for experimental immunology at the university of Zurich and director of the Institute of Experimental Immunology has been rewarded, together with the Australian immunologist Peter Doherty, with the 1996 nobel price for medicin. Their discovery, how the immune systems detects virus infected cells is considered to be of trendsetting importance for the clinical medicine and allows the pharmaceutical sciences to develop entirely new vaccines.

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  • Prof. Emeritus Dr. Richard R. Ernst

    Medal winner of the year 2000

    Prof. Emeritus Dr. Richard R. Ernst has been awarded the Nobel Price in Chemistry in 1991 for a radical improvement of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, therewith creating a powerful diagnostic tool in medicine. After receiving his Ph.D. in Technical Sciences in 1962 from the Swiss Federal  Institute  of Technology in Zurich, he worked five years in California and returned 1972 to the ETH, where he became full professor 1976.

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  • Werner Glatt

    Medal winner of the year 2002

    Founder an honorary president of the Glatt group of companies, for his excellence as entrepreneur and for his cooperation with universities promoting Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  • Jean-Pierre Lorent

    Medal winner of the year 2005

    For the first time the Reichstein medal has been awarded for outstanding pharmaceutical services. J.P. Lorent has in the past totally committed himself to implement the ideas of the founders of the Swiss Toxicological Information Centre, which is nowadays internationally recognized for his free toxicological service to anyone enquiring, such having saved numerous lives during its foundation. The excellent reputation of the Tox Centre today has also been achieved by the modest, but the systematic and persevering work of J.P. Laurent.