User Report: V-10, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma is recognized worldwide for its highly creative drug discovery program for treating neuropsychiatric disorders, and in specialized areas with high unmet medical needs. Its Genomic Science Laboratories installed the V-10 evaporation system in 2008, which has been used extensively for drying in-house compounds. We asked two researchers at that facility, Mr. Masahiko Ikeda and Mr. Fumitaka Nishino, about their use of the V-10 in their daily work.
In order to obtain a fast synthesis of an N-unprotected tripeptide, microwave (mw) assisted deprotection, coupling and partial deprotection were applied starting with a purified protected dipeptide [Fig. 1]. The three consecutive mw assisted steps were performed without any intermediate purifications and were accomplished within some 30 minutes. The resulting crude mixture containing the Boc deprotected tripeptide ester was shown to be quite complex [Fig. 2]. The crude product was subjected to automated reversed phase flash chromatography, followed by automated fraction pooling and “thin film evaporation”. The total time for the entire procedure was 1 h 20 min. The purity of the product was > 99%.
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