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Methods Mol Biol. 2010;583:109-20. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60327-106-6_4.

Chemical synthesis in microreactors.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Hull, Hull, UK.


To develop a new generation of drugs, pharmaceutical companies need to be able to synthesise and screen novel chemicals with enhanced speed. New technology that would enable a cost neutral step change in the number of potential drug candidates would provide a distinct competitive advantage. Indeed the miniaturisation of chemical reactors offers many fundamental and practical advantages of relevance to the pharmaceutical industry, who are constantly searching for controllable, information-rich, high-throughput, environmentally friendly methods of producing products with a high degree of chemical selectivity. This chapter reviews the current and future applications of microreactors that could enhance the drug discovery process.

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