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Chemistry in Drug Discovery

Drug discovery chemistry is an interdisciplinary field combining synthetic chemistry, organic chemistry, computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and analytical chemistry in drug discovery. In recent years, combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening have made compound design and synthesis for lead discovery significantly more efficient. In addition, computer-aided drug design (CADD) for structure-based and ligand-based drug design has drastically reduced the time and costs involved in discovery chemistry.

We understand the challenges and risks involved in small molecule drug discovery from prediction to preclinical. Whether exploring the chemical space, rapidly analyzing large chemical compound libraries or retrosynthetic planning for hit identification, to lead optimization and compound synthesis, to final testing and quality control, we support all stages of the drug discovery workflow.  

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ACS Catalysis:It Is Not All about the Ligands: Exploring the Hidden Potentials of tBu3P through Its Oxidative Addition Complex as the Precatalyst
Learn more about a series of oxidative addition complexes with a general formula (tBu3P)Pd(Ar)X, as a class of precatalysts for challenging coupling reactions.

Organometallics: Convenient One-Pot Synthesis of L2Pd(0) Complexes for CrossCoupling Catalysis
Learn about two new methods to produce L2Pd(0) catalysts including (tBu3P)2Pd(0) precatalyst in excellent yield and purity.

Chemical Reviews: Emerging Trends in Cross-Coupling: Twelve-Electron-Based L1Pd(0) Catalysts, Their Mechanism of Action, and Selected Applications
Explore the development of various emerging technologies for generating L1Pd(0) catalysts, wherein L is a tertiary phosphine or NHC ligand.

ACS Catalysis: The Resurrection of Murahashi Coupling after Four Decades
Gain a comprehensive update on the renaissance of Murahashi coupling in conjunction with the development of appropriate reaction conditions.

ACS Catalysis: Tunable Unsymmetrical Ferrocene Ligands Bearing a Bulky Di-1-adamantylphosphino Motif for Many Kinds of Csp2–Csp3 Couplings
Read about the synthesis of MPhos ligands, and their corresponding (MPhos)PdCl2 pre-catalysts applicable in for Csp2–Csp3 couplings.

 

ACS Catalysis: Design and Application of a Screening Set for Monophosphine Ligands in Cross-Coupling
Explore a tool set developed to aid the search of optimal catalysts in the context of phosphine ligands.

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