Catylix Licenses Fluorine Technology | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 30 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 25, 2011

Catylix Licenses Fluorine Technology

Department: Business
Keywords: fluorination, startups, academia

Catylix has licensed technology developed by University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, chemistry professor John F. Hartwig to quickly and efficiently introduce fluorine and fluorine-containing substituents into molecules. Adding fluorine to druglike molecules, the firm says, can improve their lipid solubility, receptor binding, and metabolic stability. Hartwig and colleagues formed Catylix earlier this year. Its first product is Trifluoromethylator, a reagent that enables trifluoromethylation of aryl and vinyl iodides.

 
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