• Scalable flow method produces enantiomerically pure pharmaceutical intermediates
    FlowSyn continuous flow reactor system. (courtesy : Uniqsis)
  • Example of a chiral Cyclopropane carboxylic acid.

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Scalable flow method produces enantiomerically pure pharmaceutical intermediates

Mar 20 2024

Researchers at Lilly SA have pioneered a ground-breaking continuous flow method for the Wadsworth–Emmons cyclopropanation of alkyl-substituted chiral epoxides into chiral cyclopropane carboxylic acids, as reported by Uniqsis.

Utilising a custom setup comprising the FlowSyn continuous flow reactor and binary pump, the researchers successfully devised a novel flow process that overcame challenges associated with high temperature, pressure, and the volatile nature of the epoxide starting material.

The FlowSyn flow reactor demonstrated heightened efficiency by maintaining a higher concentration of low-boiling-point reactants in the liquid phase, due to its reduced headspace, resulting in enhanced reactivity compared to batch methods employing sealed vessels.

Furthermore, the researchers integrated their cyclopropane formation process with in-line workup and hydrolysis transformations, yielding enantiomerically pure cyclopropane carboxylic acids in impressive yields of up to 100 grams.

Uniqsis's FlowSyn, designed by a team of experienced flow chemists and engineers, stands as a fully integrated continuous flow reactor solution. Offering seamless reaction optimization and scale-up capabilities from milligrams to hundreds of grams, FlowSyn serves as a versatile tool for pharmaceutical intermediates production.

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