In an effort to revolutionize the drug discovery
process a team of University of Manchester scientists are focusing on ‘light’ to
power the synthesis of biologically active molecules.
They hope to significantly reduce the cost of drug discovery – the search for and development
of potential medicines. The simple thing is that all these light sources
are super cheap so we don’t need anything expensive for our reactions so anyone can
do, I would say that this universalizes synthetic chemistry.
Reducing the costs involved with the discovery and development of medicines could spur new
investments – new research and possibly provide a significant number of drugs designed
to fight debilitating and deadly diseases. The ability to make molecules easily, as affordably
and cheaply as possible is a crucial part of what pharmaceutical companies are always
looking to improve so the fact that we can do some new transformations that before were
impossible or before very difficult or expensive can obviously dramatically reduce the cost
of that sort of proceedings. The Manchester University team has its own
time and money saving processes in place. Using the right equipment provides automatic
separation and purification of products – freeing them up to tend to other lab work.