Macrocyclic structures are common synthetic targets in drug discovery, interest is increasing in this field. Macrocycles are common and broadly distributed in nature, and ∼20% of all known natural products from terrestrial and marine sources possess cyclic structures. More than 100 macrocyclic compounds derived from natural products are used as commercial drugs, there is a continuing interest in exploring macrocyclic structures and macrocyclization reactions for the invention of new drugs.
Macrocyclic compounds can be obtained using a variety of continuous flow reactions for the key ring-closing step. This is an exciting area that flow chemistry is establishing its relevance towards