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Alright with Rongalite! – Reagent of the Month

Sodium formaldehydesulfoxylate,1 first reported in the chemical literature in 1905 and marketed as Rongalite (Figure 1, CAS: 149-44-0, dihydrate: 6035-47-8, from the French word rongeage for decolorize)- is a commodity chemical used in the textile and dye industry as a bleaching agent and as a reducing agent in redox initiator systems for polymer formation. Historically it has

Enabling Synthesis in Fragment Based Drug Design (FBDD) with Emerging Technologies

Dr John Studley, Science Director at Scientific Update and Dr Rachel Grainger from Astex Pharmaceuticals got together ahead of our forthcoming Organic Process R&D Conference in Lisbon, Portugal on 23-25 September. Q: Dr John Studley (JS) Can you give us an overview of Fragment Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) and how you see the technique evolving over the next decade? A:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Dr John Studley, Science Director at Scientific Update and Dr William Goundry from Astra Zeneca got together ahead of our forthcoming Organic Process R&D Conference in Lisbon, Portugal on 23-25 September. Q: Dr John Studley (JS) We are looking forward to your presentation ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! Successes and Failures from the

A Nifty Thrifty Route to Photoredox Catalysis

One of the most significant technological advancements in synthetic organic chemistry in recent years is the use of photoredox catalysis to generate synthetically useful radical intermediates and promote novel reactivity. It has the potential to enable exploration of chemical space that remains difficult to access using traditional synthetic methodology and too improve the efficiency of

The Phantom Menace

When I started my PhD one of my then colleges spent months trying to make something that was sitting on a shelf in the chemical store room less than ten feet from their bench. Could there really be anything more frustrating? Well yes there could. Imagine finding a new catalytic process or synthetic transformation only

5 Minutes with Dr Boris Gorin, Eurofins Alphora

Dr John Studley, Scientific Director at Scientific Update recently spoke to Dr Boris Gorin, Eurofins Alphora, Toronto, Canada ahead of his presentation at the 2019 ‘Organic Process Research & Development’ Conference in Toronto, Canada. Boris will talk about “Eribulin Mesylate, a Journey from Synthetic Route Discovery to Scale-Up Manufacture”. John Studley (JS): Can you tell us a bit

Scientific Update to Sponsor Award at Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Awards Celebration

Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Awards Celebration Thursday 13th June 2019 St George’s Hall, Liverpool Scientific Update is proud to sponsor the ‘Young Ambassador’ Award at the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Awards Celebration in Liverpool, 13th June. This award will be presented to an outstanding young person demonstrating communication skills and leadership associated with the chemical

Interview with Dr David Leahy, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA

Dr John Studley, Scientific Director at Scientific Update recently spoke to Dr David Leahy, Takeda, USA ahead of his presentaion at the 2019 Catalysis in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industry Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland. David will talk about “A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective on Sustainable Metal Catalysis”- following on from his paper published recently in Organometallics

Osmium (Os, Element 76)

Osmium, a group 8 d-block transition metal discovered in 1803 by the English chemist Smithson Tennant, is the rarest of the stable elements. Concentrations in the Earth’s crust are around 50 parts per trillion. The metal is found in nature uncombinrd or alloyed with its neighbour, iridium, in the alloys iridosmine or osmiridium. Around 500Kg

What is the simplest marketed therapeutic?

Lithium (Li, Element 3) Lithium, first member of the group 1 alkali metals, was discovered in 1817 by Johan August Arfwedson. It’s been around since the dawn of (astronomical) time- both stable isotopes, Li6 and Li7, being among a small handful of elements created in the Big Bang.1Terrestrially its highly abundant in seawater (up to

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