Academic Venture Fund - 2017

The Future of Pharma is Sustainable

Green and white prescription capsules

Many vital medicines are unsustainable to mass-produce, demanding complex, energy-intensive manufacturing processes and leaving toxic wastes. This team is finding new ways to make drug manufacturing more efficient and sustainable. Partnering with Boston-area Snapdragon Chemistry, the researchers are testing a new chemical synthesis process--recently discovered in Song Lin's lab--that converts cheap, abundant natural resources like carbon dioxide into pharmaceuticals in a single operation. Combining this discovery with continuous-flow processes suitable for commercialization promises cleaner, greener pharmaceuticals.

Investigators: Song Lin, Héctor Abruña, Abraham Stroock