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Enjoy the gin but spare a little thought for the tonic….

Gin is rapidly becoming the nations favourite tipple. Its undergone a modern renaissance with familiar trade names such as Gordon’s, Plymouth and London and multiple artisan distilleries appearing country-wide. It’s even drawn synthetic organic chemists out of the lab and into the refineries. This week at our 5th Winter Process Chemistry Conference in Manchester UK

Transition metal catalysis in vivo-cisplatin-mediated tertiary amide prodrug activation of cytotoxic agents in cancer cells

Figure: 1 The idea of using transition metal chemistry in a cellular setting might at first seem counterintuitive- biological conditions are challenging with respect to stability, efficiency and catalyst (not to mention patient) poisoning. Having said that many important intracellular processes are modulated by transition metals complexed in metalloproteins, with functions including storage and transport

Intrinsically safe and shelf stable diazo transfer reagent for fast synthesis of diazo compounds

At the Scientific Update OPRD conference in Milan earlier this month, Xiaohu Deng from Kura Oncology discussed a pyrimidine-derived diazo intermediate that exists predominantly in the tautomeric ‘tetrazole’ form at equilibrium in solution.[1] The compound was shown as a putative retrosynthetic building block for synthesis of a J&J P2X7 antagonist (Figure 1).[2] I’d not come

You really wouldn’t have wanted to get sick in the 1900’s…..

Antibacterial chemotherapy before the turn of the nineteenth century really was a brutal business. A fine line between killing bacteria or the host organism- the human population. Mercury and bismuth based ointments and elixirs were available from apothecaries and administered by quack doctors as remedies, most notably for syphilis- a sexually transmitted bacterial infection caused