Flow chemistry as a tool to access novel chemical space for drug discovery

    • Enol Lópeza
    • María Lourdes Linaresb
    • Jesús Alcázarb
    • aFacultad de Ciencias y Tecnologías Químicas, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Av. Camilo José Cela, 14, Ciudad Real, 13005, Spain
    • bJanssen Research & Development, Janssen-Cilag, S.A., Jarama, 75A, Toledo, 45007, Spain

    This perspective scrutinizes flow chemistry as a useful tool for medicinal chemists to expand the current chemical capabilities in drug discovery. This technology has demonstrated his value not only for the traditional reactions used in Pharma for the last 20 years, but also for bringing back to the lab underused chemistries to access novel chemical space. The combination with other technologies, such as photochemistry and electrochemistry, is opening new avenues for reactivity that will smoothen the access to complex molecules. The introduction of all these technologies in automated platforms will improve the productivity of medicinal chemistry labs reducing the cycle times to get novel and differentiated bioactive molecules, accelerating discovery cycle times.

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