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NESACS’s Bench to Plant Symposium

NESACS SymposiumUpon returning to the Boston area after a number of years away, I was very much looking forward to attending The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS)’s Advances in Chemical Sciences “Bench to Plant” Symposium for the first time.  Held in Cambridge on October 22, about 100 scientists from the local area gathered for the one day Symposium focusing on Process R&D Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, and New Synthetic Methodology.

Some highlights of the top-notch presentations included:

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A Conversation with Danny Levin at Scientific Update’s January 2010 Organic Process R&D Meeting in San Diego


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Figure 1 - Summary of OPRD article by Danny Levin et al

I recently had a chance to meet with Danny Levin, President at Norac Pharma, during the 21st International Conference on Organic Process Research & Development (Scientific Update), January 2010, San Diego, CA.

After my presentation at the Organic Process Research & Development (OPRD) conference, Danny Levin described a paper he published a few years ago when he was head of research at NPIL Pharma Torcan (Org. Process Res. Dev., 2006, 10(6), pp 1296–1298). I had already used Danny Levin’s paper several times in my conference talks (figure 1) to illustrate the power of heat flow (Tr-Tj) at small scale, and Danny graciously provided some additional insight:

“I thought you might be interested in a publication of my own where I used METTLER TOLEDO MultiMax to good purpose in identifying and mitigating process scale up safety concerns during process development of a Horner Wadsworth Emmons reaction […]

The situation with the case study that I published was that we had been given a chemistry procedure that was believed by the originator to be safe and under control by virtue of slow addition of reagents. The MultiMax plot of (Tr-Tj) showed that this wasn’t the case – reagents were accumulating and the reaction and all the significant heat output occurred during warming for work-up!!!

It was the MultiMax data that quickly demonstrated the scale up hazard and allowed us to define a safely scaleable process. This critical aspect was not obvious from the presentation summary you kindly sent. You may wish to emphasize this point in future presentations to demonstrate the role of MultiMax in identifying and highlighting unsafe chemistry”.

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