Realising Fragment-Oriented Synthesis

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Chemistry


Fragment-based approaches are a new paradigm in drug discovery, and rely on the biophysical screening of small (<19 heavy atom) molecules, known as fragments, at high concentrations to efficiently scope chemical space. The bottleneck in converting fragment 'hits' to tractable 'leads' for development into drug candidates is the requirement for de novo synthesis of larger derivatives of the initial hits. This project will form part of a larger EPSRC/industrially-funded project to find catalytic methods to directly functionalise fragment hits and thus accelerate the key fragment-to-hit stage, unblocking the bottleneck. Specifically, this project will focus on chemocatalytic methods for the functionalization of amines in the alpha, beta and gamma positions. The new methodologies will be road-tested on known (novel, proprietary to Leeds) protein-binding fragments.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509681/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1939688 Studentship EP/N509681/1 01/10/2017 31/03/2021 Emily Faulkner
Description University of Manchester 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Biocatalysis collaboration with professor Nick Turner at the University of Manchester
Collaborator Contribution Provided training in microbiology
Impact Training within the field of biocatalysis
Start Year 2018