Cynthia A. Maryanoff

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Cynthia Anne Maryanoff (born 1949, in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania; née Milewski) is an American organic and materials chemist.

Background and contributions[edit]

Maryanoff received a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1972 from Drexel University,[1] and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 1976 from Princeton University. From 1976 to 1977 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University. Maryanoff joined Smith, Kline & French Laboratories in 1977 and moved to McNeil Pharmaceutical, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary in 1981. She served as global head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Development in preclinical development from 2000-2004, which was responsible for moving new chemical entities from small-scale to large-scale chemical synthesis, for analytical methods, and establishing oral formulations for early human studies. Maryanoff advanced on the scientific ladder in various Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical units to the highest scientific position in the company. In 2004 she moved to Cordis (medical) Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson medical device unit, and is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Cordis facility in Spring House, Pennsylvania. She is married to Dr. Bruce E. Maryanoff.

Maryanoff has been active in the fields of organic chemistry and materials science. At Cordis she established a Johnson & Johnson Center of Excellence for Drug-eluting Devices starting with the formulation for drug-eluting stents. Maryanoff is an author on 100 scientific publications, including books (editor), book chapters, and review articles. She is an inventor on 50 U.S. patents, issued or pending, has presented 100 invited lectures worldwide. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Section Award from American Chemical Society (1991); Garvan–Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society (1999); Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club Award (1999); the Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management, a national award of the American Chemical Society (2005); the Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award for Business Development from the American Chemical Society Division of Business Development and Management (2007); the Anthony J. and Heand Silvestri Award (2008); and the Ronald Mitsch Award (2008).


  1. ^ NCCE Co-op Hall of Fame Class of 2002–2003, National Commission for Cooperative Education, retrieved 2009-05-03 [broken citation]