New Molecule-Building Machine opens doors for Development of Drugs
A team of scientists at the University of Illinois has created a new machine capable of building molecules to allow development of drugs and other technologies. The new technology can be used in various sectors and the team associated with the project claims it to be the next big thing.
The team was led by Dr. Martin D. Burke, a chemistry professor and an M.D. Burke said the machine allows users to swiftly assemble complex small molecules, thereby making it possible to accelerate the development of new drugs.
Burke in a statement said that the team wanted to make the very chemical complex process of chemical synthesis a simple one. “Simplicity enables automation, which, in turn, can broadly enable discovery and bring the substantial power of making molecules to nonspecialists”, he added.
Burke said the new automated molecule-building technology will prove to be a great boost for a wide range of applications in many therapeutic areas. With the push of a button, one can instruct the new automated machine to begin synthesizing a range of small organic molecules.
Burke said the technique enabled them to easily synthesize 14 classes of molecules, including some complicated ones with multiple rings.
Burke is confident that the molecule-making technology will speed up the search for new medications, research probes, and electronic device components.
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