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The Scientific Update Team – Together At Last

The Scientific Update Team had a brilliant evening having dinner and listening to the Jazz on The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells.  To be together celebrating that we are still very much here and have survived the most challenging 18 months in our history, was really rather special. We can’t wait to see you all

Identify the reagents 5: August 2021

The scheme below shows the synthesis of a late-stage intermediate towards PF-06826647, a compound identified by Pfizer as a potent and selective tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK-2) inhibitor that has entered phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Can you identify intermediates A, B and D? Answers and a reference will be posted

Identify the reagents 4: answers

Last month I posted a scheme for the synthesis of a late-stage intermediate towards AZD9833, a compound identified by AstraZeneca as a selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) and antagonist that is currently in phase 2b clinical trials for the treatment of ER+ breast cancer. I asked if you could identify reagents or intermediates A-C. Below are

Veni Vidi Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)

A couple of interesting papers published recently on aryl iodination. I sure I don’t need to reiterate how useful iodinated intermediates are in synthesis- most significantly their heightened reactivity in metal catalysed cross coupling chemistry,1 and, more recently their application as organocatalysts in hypervalent iodine chemistry.2 As is common in synthetic science, the intermediates you

Identify the reagents 4: July 2021

The scheme below shows the synthesis of a late-stage intermediate towards AZD9833, a compound identified by AstraZeneca as a selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) and antagonist that is currently in phase 2b clinical trials for the treatment of ER+ breast cancer. Can you identify reagents or intermediates A, B and C? Answers and a reference

Identify the reagents 3: answers

Last month I posted a scheme from showing Oppolzer’s synthesis of racemic Lysergic acid and asked if you could identify reagents or intermediates G, I, and H. Below are the answers! You can read more here in the full reference: W. Oppolzer et al, Helv. Chim. Acta 1981, 64, 478–481  

Identify the reagents 3: June 2021

In 1981 Oppolzer published a short, racemic synthesis of Lysergic acid. Below is a scheme of the early steps in the synthesis. Can you identify reagents or intermediates G, I and H? Answers and a reference will be posted in late June, along with another problem. Enjoy!  

Identify the reagents 2: answers

Last month I posted a scheme from a paper by a team from Merck describing the synthesis of a soluble guanylate cyclase (cGC) stimulator of interest for the treatment of hypertension and asked if you could identify reagents or intermediates B, F, and the target compound H. Below are the answers! You can read more here in

Identify the reagents 2- April 2021

A recent paper by a team from Merck describe the synthesis of a soluble guanylate cyclase (cGC) stimulator of interest for the treatment of hypertension. Can you identify reagents or intermediates B, F and the target compound H? Answers and a reference will be posted in May, along with another problem. Enjoy!

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