Posts by Elena Herrero Gomez

Mercachem–Syncom Group announces the appointment of Dr. Luc Van Hijfte as Senior Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry

Mercachem and Syncom are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Luc Van Hijfte as the new Senior Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry, with effect from October 16th, 2017. Luc brings significant expertise in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, and has more than 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining the Mercachem–Syncom Group, he was CSO, Drug Discovery at NovAliX, where he was in charge of the integration of biophysical technologies and chemical sciences for rational structure-based drug discovery, with special focus on fragment-based lead generation. Previously, he was Senior Director, Head of Medicinal Chemistry EU, at
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Dutch Design & Synthesis Special Guest Lecture: Prof. Paolo Melchiorre

Prof. Paolo Melchiorre visited Syncom as an special guest of our Dutch Design & Synthesis lectures. His lecture showed the great potential of combining organocatalysis and photochemistry for enantioselective synthesis. Based on a deep mechanism understanding, his research is opening the way for the development of innovative synthetic methodologies. Paolo Melchiorre obtained his PhD at the University of Bologna (Italy). After a research period at the Centre for Catalysis in Ahrus (Denmark), he came back to the University of Bologna as postdoctoral researcher and later became Associate Professor. In 2009, he joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ, Spain)
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Dutch Design & Synthesis Lecture: Prof. Bert Meijer

  At Syncom we were pleased to welcome Prof. Bert Meijer as a guest of our Dutch Design & Synthesis lectures. Winner of this year’s Nagoya Gold Medal, his talk disclosed his latest research on the non-covalent synthesis of molecular systems. Bert Meijer obtained his PhD degree cum laude from the University of Groningen in 1982 under the supervision of professor H. Wijnberg (co-founder of Syncom). After some years working in industry, Bert Meijer started as professor in Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 1992. From 2004, he was appointed as Distinguished University Professor of Molecular
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Dutch Design & Synthesis Guest Lecture: Dr. Joop ter Horst

Prof. Joop ter Horst visited Syncom as a guest of our Dutch Design & Synthesis lectures. Joop ter Horst, professor at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, addressed various technical aspects of the crystallization of chiral compounds in complex multicomponent mixtures. Joop ter Horst obtained his PhD at Delft University in 2000.  After a period as assistant professor he moved to Strathclyde three years ago. His chief interest lies in the technology of crystallization. He has been very active in the study of nucleation and also in the applications of Viedma ripening (attrition induced deracemization). He is coordinator of the EU network
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Dutch Design & Synthesis Guest Lecture: Prof. Bert Klein Gebbink

Prof. Gebbink visited Syncom to present his latest results on bio-inspired development of practical oxidation catalysts. In particular, his talk focused on the use of enzyme-inspired iron catalysts as green alternatives in oxidation processes of industrial relevance. Klein Gebbink completed his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Nolte at Nijmegen University. Following his graduation, he spent two postdoctoral years at Stanford University in the research group of Prof. Stack. In October 1999 he became assistant professor at Utrecht University. In 2006 he was appointed to professor of Homogeneous and Bio-inspired Catalysis at Utrecht University, where he is head of
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Dutch Design & Synthesis Guest Lecture: Prof. Huib Ovaa

Prof. Huib Ovaa visited Syncom as a guest of our Dutch Design & Synthesis lectures. His talk, entitled “Development of assays and drugs to target the ubiquitin system”, disclosed his latest research in the development of tools to investigate biochemical processes related to cancer. In particular, his group focuses on the development of techniques to profile cellular enzymatic activities associated with ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like systems. Prof. Huib obtained his PhD cum laude in the University of Leiden. Afterwards, he moved to the Harvard Medical School where he carried out a postdoctoral research stay in the group of Prof. H. L.
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Expansion and new jobs at Syncom

Syncom (Groningen, The Netherlands) is expanding. The company is going to develop new products and will get sixteen to twenty additional job openings. Following the expansion in 2015, the company has grown rapidly resulting in further expansion. The province contributes 206,000 euros from the Regional Investment Groningen (RIG) budget, intended for companies at the Zernike Science Park and in the Eemsdelta. You can read more HERE.
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