Posts by Elena Herrero Gomez

MercachemSyncom announces the acquisition of Chiralix

Mercachem and Syncom are pleased to announce the acquisition of Chiralix; a specialist company in chiral organic synthesis. This new addition to the MercachemSyncom group of companies broadens the offering of chiral technologies by the company and extends the unique chiral compounds available from the Chiralix compound catalogue. Moreover, MercachemSyncom can now develop flexible and efficient synthetic routes to diversely substituted chiral molecules, such as specialty amino acids, azido acids, amino alcohols, and peptide building blocks. The combination of Syncom and Chiralix catalogues also complements current ‘stock offerings’ of stable-isotope-labeled compounds, impurities, metabolites, and chiral compounds. Richard Blaauw, CEO of
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Dutch Design & Synthesis Guest Lectures: Prof. Jeroen Cornelissen

Prof. Jeroen Cornelissen (1MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands) visited Syncom as part our Dutch Design & Synthesis guest lectures. His talk, entitled ‘Using viruses as building blocks in functional materials’ disclosed the design and control of the assembly of viral protein cages into materials of well-defined nano-scale dimensions, to use these e.g. as a nanoreactor and scaffolds for functional materials employing techniques from biomolecular engineering with tools from supramolecular and polymer chemistry.
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Dutch Design & Synthesis Guest Lectures: Dr. Peter Deuss

Dr. Peter Deuss visited Syncom as part our Dutch Design & Synthesis guest lectures. His talk, entitled “Valuable chemical products from lignocellulosic biomass; a focus on lignin”, disclosed new strategies for the conversion of lignin into well-defined aromatic chemicals. Peter J. Deuss performed his bachelor and masters studies in chemistry at the university of Amsterdam (UvA). In 2006 he moved to the university of St. Andrews (Scotland) where he obtained his PhD in the group of Prof. P. C. J. Kamer working on the development of artificial metalloenzymes. After a postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. Dr. M. J.
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Make common cause: Dutch Consul General is exploring cooperation opportunities at the Fraunhofer IGB

A top-class delegation from industry and research accompanied the Dutch Consul General Peter Vermeij on Monday during his second visit to the Straubing branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB). In the future, the University of Groningen, the chemical company Syncom BV and the Fraunhofer Institute Branch at Schulgasse want to collaborate even more closely in the research fields of biocatalysis, electrochemistry and chemocatalysis to obtain new materials and store electrical energy. You can read more HERE.
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Growth thanks to cooperative

Companies working together in the Life Cooperative. It works! Ton Vries, director of Syncom and chairman of Life Cooperative, still remembers how it started. There was discussion about Avebe that would transfer her research to a large lab on the Campus Groningen. “Avebe is a cooperative,” says Vries, “and what you see is that potatoes all have the same quality. Companies ensure quality together. And why? They speak to each other to deliver the best quality together.” You can read more HERE.
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European Lead Factory is leading the way to discovering new medicines

IMI’s European Lead Factory (ELF) gives researchers access to a library of compounds and a screening service which can help them identify and validate compounds for use in potential new drugs. “The ELF allows European researchers to identify chemical matter that can serve either as tool to better understand disease mechanisms or even as a starting point for a drug discovery endeavour,” explains project coordinator Stefan Jaroch. “Usually, academic researchers or small biotech companies do not have access to such high-quality screening resources. So, the ELF provides them with the missing link to translate biological innovations into chemical substances.” Read
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Dutch Design and Synthesis Special Lecture: “Flow chemistry in Syncom. Cross-couplings and organometallic reagents in flow”

For our December edition of the Dutch Design & Synthesis Lectures, the Syncom flow team (from left to right: Kees van der Loo, Tom van den Broek, Elena Herrero and Lena Huck) presented an overview on Syncom’s flow capabilities. From photochemistry and multiphase reactions to high pressure/high temperature processes, our flow portfolio has greatly expanded in the last years. The newest addition to the team, Lena Huck, presented her postdoctoral work on the synthesis of organometallic reagents (Zn, Mg) in flow. Organozinc or organomagnesium are extremely useful reagents with applications in cross-coupling, Reformatsky or Grignard reactions, to name a few.
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