Development and optimization of a continuous flow ester reduction with LiAlH4 in the synthesis of a key intermediate for a PI3Kδ inhibitor (CPL302415)

    • Stanisław Michałeka,b
    • Anna M. Maja
    • Lidia Gurba-Bryśkiewicza
    • Wioleta Maruszaka
    • Marcin Zagozdaa
    • Zbigniew Ochalb
    • Krzysztof Dubiela
    • Maciej Wieczoreka
    • aCelon Pharma S.A., ul. Marymoncka 15, 05-152 Kazuń Nowy, Poland
    • bFaculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology, ul. Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warsaw, Poland

    Herein we present the development of highly productive and chemoselective ester reduction in a continuous flow system with lithium aluminum hydride (LAH) at mild temperature. The reaction was utilized for the reduction of an important precursor in the synthesis of a new PI3Kδ inhibitor (CPL302415), which is now under evaluation for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus. The productivity and the selectivity of the flow LAH reduction were compared with those of batch reaction, as well those of Ru-catalyzed ester reduction. The reaction has a high space–time yield (1130 kg h−1 m−3). The process was optimized using a design of experiments (DoE) approach.

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